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How to pack your fragile items when moving home

As we’re all aware, glasses, dishes and any other fragile items, need to be specially packed to avoid any damage during the moving process. We’ve created some simple steps to help protect your delicate items and help you learn to pack them the correct way.

1. Use the correct boxes

Before you start packing your fragile items, you should first try to find a special cell box that is made to transport glasses and bottles. This will help to stop your glasses from moving and save you a lot of time on individually wrapping each item.

2. Use textiles for extra support

When you start packing your items, they’ll need a soft bed of packing material to help cushion them through transit. Items that are great to use are crumpled packing paper, bath towels, jumpers and scarves. Try to use these by padding the top, bottom and sides of your boxes so that your items are fully protected, no matter how they travel.

3. Paper then bubble wrap!

Since fragile items need all the protection they can get, you need to wrap each piece separately so that you’re avoiding the chance of accidental damage. Try to use one sheet of packing paper and insert one corner into the open end of the glass to provide accurate cushioning, then fold both sides of the paper up over the edges. You’ll then need to tuck in the sides as you roll each piece.

Be sure to do this for each individual glass or dish. Additionally, if you need to bubble wrap also, don’t apply it right onto the glass. Sometimes, if bubble wrap comes directly into contact with glass, it can stick to the glass and break it. So, make sure you wrap the glass with paper first!

Plates are usually much easier to pack. Place one piece of paper in between the plate and another, then take the corners and pull it completely over the entire surface. Repeat this step so that the other corners are held down by the plate on top.

4. Place items into boxes correctly

When you’re packing plates, it is always best to store them upright, rather than stacked on top of each other. This is because if the box experiences any force, the edges of the plates will be able to handle much more pressure than if they were laid flat.

5. Fill empty space

Once most of your items are wrapped safely, you should try and fill any empty space with rolled up packing paper, clean socks or air-filled pillows. Glasses and dishes always travel better when they’re snug in transit. Be sure to pack boxes three inches from the top and add a crumpled layer of packing paper as a final layer. Then, when the box is sealed, ensure the top flaps of the box are difficult to push down so that a box on top won’t break the fragile items below.

6. Label, label, label

As obvious as it may sound, be sure to label all fragile boxes so that if someone else is helping you move, like Home Moovers, we know to be extra cautious with your items.

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