Whether a wedding gift or a treasured family heirloom, you want to protect your fine china on a long distance move. China is very delicate so it breaks, chips, and cracks very easily. It is essential to pack your fine china correctly so it stays intact while moving cross country. Here are our tips for packing your fine china so it will be safe from damage.
First, start by lining the bottom of a box with at least a one inch layer of padding. Next place each plate on a square sheet of wrapping paper. Then take each corner and fold to the center overlapping until the entire surface on the plate is covered. Next cut pieces of foam or bubble wrap and place in between each layer. Then pack plates in a box vertically because it reduces the pressure on the delicate center of each plate. Use packing peanuts, bubble wrap, foam, or packing paper to fill any space left in the box. You want to reduce movement to prevent breakage.
You want to start by lining the bottom layer of your box with a one inch layer of padding. Then place each bowl on a square sheet of paper. Take three corners and wrap them into the bowl, tucking the edges into the center of the bowl. Then flip the bowl and take the last corner and fold it underneath. Place the bowls upright in the box, nesting one into another. Fill any loose space with extra packing material.
For the best protection, you should get a glassware box with dividers. These dividers will help keep you glassware from rattling and breaking. Start packing your glassware by filling the bottom of your box with a layer of padding. Then make sure you wrap your heaviest glassware first. Your heaviest glassware should go on the bottom, while your more delicate pieces like stemware should go on the top. Take each piece and lie on it’s side on a square sheet of paper. You will do a roll and tuck method, where you will roll the full width of the glass then tuck the paper into the glass and along the outside. Continue until all the paper has been used. Then place each glass in an individual section of your box. When you are ready to add another layer, use a sturdy divider. Finish by placing extra padding at the top of the box.
For all the boxes you want to make sure you securely tape the top and bottom of the box. Also write the word “fragile” and then “this end up” with an arrow. If you follow these simple packing instructions, your china will be sure to be protected during your cross-country move.
I once broke almost all my kitchen ware because of sloppy and bad packing. Lesson learnt, I will be happy to follow some of your guidelines!
This is very informative about how to pack fine China. There are lots of good tips here about how to protect your China including writing stuff like “fragile” and “this end up” on the boxes and using those arrows. Very informative.
Many people, including myself, usually just wrap glasses and bowls in a paper towel before boxing and hope for the best. As this article states, it’s best to take the time to package the right way and keep everything intact.
Nice information shared on how to pack your fine China while moving to some distant places. The tip for packing your glassware the inside stuffed with paper is great as it really helps in preventing them them from breaking if the parcel containing your glassware happens to fall down unfortunately.
I have often relied on professionals for moving. Guess what? They still break a lot of stuff. When it comes to delicate items, I prefer to pack them myself. Thanks for the tips!
I once packed newly purchased plates as enumerated above. I also put it first in the box as it is the heaviest. But oh, i so forgot to put the word FRAGILE and “this end up” arrow, and the labor i hired broke all of it. So the reminders above are really important. They may be small things, but it matters a lot.
Packing your fine china is critical or else you might end up damaging everything after the move. Great tips! I should definitely follow these tips.
Packing fine china the right way is very critical. Some very useful tips mentioned here, I will definitely apply them the next time I am packing.
Packing fine China wares should be handled with special care. Adding a bunch of cushions such as towels and wrapping them in newspapers for instance are a good way of preventing breakage during the move.
I’ve broken countless precious items when packing and moving house… i wish i knew some of these life hacks earlier!
Good suggestions for packing my things up safe and secure. I always have things break during a move perhaps these suggestions will help me protect things more.
This is awesome advice! I won’t be able to use myself it since most of my dinner plates and stuff aren’t that brittle, but my mom could learn a thing or two from it. Especially since we’re about to move again!
Wow what great advice! I always end up breaking some of my plates in a move, never again, though! Thank you for your excellent instructions!
Foam and bubble wrap are life savers. A long distance move
can be fatal to your fine china. Good movers will give you some
advice for when you pack. I wrote “Grandam’s China – please be
careful”. Not one thing was broken.
This is good for dishes and glasses and bowls. I’d like to know
what to do with oddly shaped things like knick knacks and
Hummell type things. I guess just use a lot of bubble wrap
and hope for the best. Hopefully you have good movers.
Our fine china was a gift from my grandmother. It is a special family heirloom. I have to take care of it so I can pass it down to my future kids.
Fine China is precious, valuable and hard to replace. So this article is imperative for anyone with these type of possessions. Well written!
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