How To Safely Pack And Move Your China Dishes And Glassware

Protecting your belongings is a high priority when moving from one place to another. Things can get broken when you pack them into boxes and stack them on top of each other in the moving van. You will need to know how to pack things right to avoid them getting damaged. Here is how you can pack your breakables like your chinaware to keep them safe during your move.

What You Will Need:

  • Boxes
  • Packing Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Tape Gun

Dish Barrel Boxes

Dish barrel boxes can be used to pack your china plates, bowls, and saucers. These are smaller and taller boxes than a normal moving box. The sides are made out of reinforced cardboard for extra strength. There are handles on the sides of the box for easier lifting and carrying. The boxes can be safely stacked on top of each other without worrying about tilting and tipping – unlike the different sized boxes you might get from liquor stores and supermarkets to pack and move your other belongings.

Putting Boxes Together

Dish barrel boxes typically have to be put together. Take two flaps on opposite sides of each other and fold them together to cover the bottom opening of the box. Then take the other two flaps and fold them together over the ones you've just folded. Take your tape gun and tape the flaps shut.

Packing Paper

Many people use old newspapers for packing dishes and glassware. Crumple up some of the newspapers and place them at the bottom of the box. This will create a cushion between the dishes and the bottom of the box. You should then wrap each plate in newspapers and set them in the box on top of each other. Start by placing the largest plates at the bottom and putting the smaller plates, saucers, and bowls at the top of the pile. If you don't want to use newspapers because the ink from the newsprint can get on the china, moving companies should be able to supply you with white packing paper that won't leave any marks on your china.

China Glassware

You can buy inserts that go into the dish barrel boxes. These inserts have cells that you can place your china glassware in so the glasses don't move around and bang into each other. The inserts cost a couple of extra dollars, but they are safer to use than wrapping your glasses in newspapers and stacking them on top of each other inside a box.

Close Box

Fold the top flaps together exactly like you did the bottom flaps. Tape the box shut so it can be safely moved.