Tips for Packing Fragile Items

Whether you are moving just a few miles away or across the country, there are some items you simply can’t leave behind. Whether it’s grandma’s porcelain dolls she gave you or a beautiful glass vase you use every week, it has to come to your next destination. With that in mind, how do you go about packing fragile items? If you choose not to let your moving company help you—which, Suburban Solutions will pack for you if you’d like—you should read on to see our top tips when it comes to packing up fragile items in the smartest and safest way possible.

Prepare in Advance

First, lay out everything that will need to be packed with special care. That way, you’ll be able to see how much packing material you will really need in order to keep your items secured. Second, take into account what all you need to pack. Crystal, porcelain, and other breakables require a bit of time to be securely packed. This is not a process you will want to rush! If you are not hiring movers, start way in advance. That way, you will have enough time to plan and research the best ways for certain items to be wrapped.

Have the Right Tools

You will need to have strong, quality boxes in all different shapes and sizes to accommodate your items. Packing paper, pliable cardboard, bubble wrap, packing tape, and scissors are all must-haves, as well. Finally, keep your biggest table out and ready to serve as your workstation for packing. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out your materials and grab what you need when you need it.

Know How to Pack

Here are some of the most popular fragile items you will need to know how to pack:

  • Plates: We recommend that you pack your plates in vertically in small to medium-sized boxes. Line these boxes with crumpled packing paper on both the bottom and the top! To avoid scratching and chipping, wrap each plate in bubble wrap and keep it in place with tape. Next, put paper in between each standing plate. Be extra careful not to overpack the box!
  • Glasses: Wrap each glass on its own with packing paper. You can place crumpled paper inside the larger pieces to eliminate some of the empty space. Select small or medium sized boxes and line them with plenty of packing paper, both on the top and the bottom. You should also layer the paper in the spaces in between the glasses, as well. Put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box with lighter glasses on top.
  • Lamps: Box up your lamp shades separately with the flat sides facing down. Place the bases in a large box if needed and wrap them in bubble wrap for extra security.
  • Photos/Frames: You should place your picture frames in small to medium-sized boxes with the image standing if it is more than eight inches. Place crumpled paper in between each frame, and wrap the frames in packing paper. For extra security and to ensure that the frames don’t move around in the box, top the frames with more packing paper. If you have any pictures that are over three feet in size, secure these with a moving blanket, wrap it in plastic, then move it separately from everything else!
  • Specialty items: If you have something oddly shaped, yet fragile, be cautious when packing it. Note if the item has any handles or protruding surfaces that may become damaged. Secure the entire item in bubble wrap, be quite liberal with your tape! Place the item on a piece of pliable cardboard, then put another piece of cardboard on top of the item. From here, you can wrap the entire thing in tape to make sure it is nice and stable. After that is complete, you may place the item in a box that is lined with packing paper and crumpled paper in the gaps. Mark this box as fragile!

Mistakes

Some people choose to use newspaper, old towels, blankets, and paper towels to wrap their items instead of using real packing materials. This is not wise! Newspaper tends to be dirty, and you will be left with quite a mess as soon as you move into your new place. Paper towels are not strong enough to guarantee a safe arrival, and old towels slip and slide. They also can’t be secured with packing tape.

Contact Suburban Solutions

If you want to be really sure that your fragile items will make it from one spot to the next, it’s time to call a moving company that can help: Suburban Solutions. Our team is ready to help you pack up all of your valuables and help you begin the transition to your new home. If you are worried about safely packing your belongings, we can help! We also offer packing services. To see what all we can do for you during your move, reach out to us today and ask. We can’t wait to hear from you.