Dec 16, 2022 by Wendy Hoke

How to Pack Stemware, Glassware, and Dishes

  • Wrap mugs and glasses separately and individually.
  • Wrap a wineglass stem with separate paper, then wrap the entire glass in packing paper.
  • For items with lids, such as teapots, wrap the item first, then wrap the lid and the item as a bundle.
  • Use dish packs to prepare your dishes, stemware, and glassware for moving. A dish pack, which is a box specifically made for packing dishware, is much sturdier than a standard box, and you should use one for fragile items such as collectibles and dishes.
  • Stack and wrap plates in bundles of 2 to 4, and bowls in bundles of 2 to 3. However, fragile china should be wrapped individually prior to bundling.
  • Line a dish pack with plenty of crumpled paper. Begin with the heaviest items at the bottom. Bundles of bowls and plates can be on their side to make space. Layers may be protected with additional cardboard or cell packs.

A Dish Pack Box Helps to Ensure Secure Transportation

When you pack for a long-distance relocation, a dish pack is a worthy investment. This sturdy box has a double wall, and corrugated construction to protect glassware, china, crystal, and other fragile items during a move.

Wrap items of glassware, crystal, and china separately in clean wrapping paper – not newsprint. Begin at the corner, wrap diagonally, and continue to tuck in the overlapping paper as you wrap. You can use newsprint on the outside as extra protection and a generous amount of padding for all fragile items.

China and Glassware

Your larger china plates and platters should form the lowest layer of the box.

Use plenty of packing material as a bottom layer. You should wrap each fragile item separately, then wrap again as a bundle of 2 to 3. Use a double layer of newsprint on the outside to finish.

Carefully surround every bundle with additional packing material and fill in any open space. Leave two to three inches at the top for more packing material for additional protection. You can use cardboard dividers for extra sturdiness between layers.

Smaller plates, bowls, and saucers should be the next layer.

Bowls and Odd Shaped Dishware

Depending on their size, you can use these either as a bottom or a top layer. Wrap them as you do flat plates. Shallow bowls can form the edges of the carton, although deeper bowls should be nested together with packing material between them.

Lids for sugar bowls and teapots should be wrapped separately, then turned upside down on top of their mate. Wrap both together and follow with extra layers of newsprint. Even if you use a dish pack or mini-cells for fragile china, wrap tea and coffee cups separately and protect the handles with extra packing material. Pack cups upside down.

If you use regular boxes, wrap each item with extra paper. You will need more boxes and space, although you can save money by not purchasing dish packs

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