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How To Pack Your Dishes and Glassware When Moving House

Suppose you have already started packing up your house or just planned to initiate the task for the upcoming move. In this case, you should be aware that packing your collections is a whole different matter rather than wrapping up all the fragile items such as glassware and breakables in your home.

Therefore, you need to be cautious while moving such things. But if you manage to do the packaging correctly, you don’t have to worry about the expensive dishes and glasses being broken during loading or transportation.

Unless you do so and let go of a dish or glass, then the possibility is you have to pick up the smashing pieces. Hence don’t make this mistake, as your kitchen items are the toughest ones to pack safely due to their extreme fragility, making them hard for transport.

To do so you need tips from the experts on how to get your breakables ready for moving. Follow our step-by-step guidelines to know the procedures of wrapping up your kitchenware like an expert. Scroll down to the bottom to learn all the tips and tricks to prepare your glassware for the move.

Picking Up the Right Materials for Packing or Wrapping:

  • Dish Barrels: They are perfect as they are made from cardboard that is stronger and thicker. Thus, the barrels can absorb travel shocks and protect your dishes. You can pick wooden barrels, alternatives to cardboards that cost a little more but a safer option.
  • Cell Divider: These can be used to arrange your glasses more efficiently while packing. Cell dividers also help to prevent collision between dishes.
  • Tapes and Boxes: You should set up the boxes firmly by taping the bottoms properly. While picking up tape, always use the strong and wide ones, not the masking or duct tapes. A tape gun or applicator may come in handy if you know how to utilize it.
  • Packing Paper: It is recommended that you use paper to pack the plates and glasses. But white packing papers are preferred as wrapping up with newspapers will require washing your objects when you unpack them and the ink used is also likely to rub off and stain the dishes. You can collect paper bundles from any mover.
  • Tissue Paper: We suggest you use acid-free tissue paper for wrapping because they prevent moisture from building up, which can be the cause of tarnishing or discolouring your China and crockery.
  • Bubble Wrap: Always try to use bubble wrap due to its ultimate protection for your kitchenware. The air-filled bubbles help absorb travel vibrations and shocks in time of actual relocation.
  • Markers: Label your boxes as “FRAGILE” with markers – even though it’s obvious. It will be useful for the movers to load them in a safer position.

Dishes and glassware are ready to be packed for moving house.

Packing Glasses for Moving:

Preparing Boxes: Take several sheets of paper and cover the boxes’ bottom unless you are interested in using towels that require thick layers on the boxes.

Wrapping Glasses: You need to wrap the biggest and heaviest ones first and place them on the bottom with the lighter ones on the top.

Wrapping Two Glasses:

  • Glasses having the same size should be wrapped up together to save packaging materials.
  • Use half of the sheet to wrap the first one, add the second one next to it and continue wrapping.
  • Wrap the stemmed glasses individually.

Final Packing:

  • Fold over the glass ends at the bottom and put down the glasses into the box on top of the creased paper or heaped napkins.
  • Keep the stemmed ones in the box at last and add an extra creased paper on top of the glasses after packing them to make it perfect.
  • Shake it to be sure there isn’t any sound of clicking.
  • Next, use adhesive tapes to close the box and label it.
  • Make sure you write “fragile” outside of the box.

A couples are bubble wrap the plates for moving house

Packing Dishes for Moving:

Preparing Boxes: You need to cover the bottom of the box and the lines inside the packing boxes. To do so use bubble wrap.

Wrapping Dishes:

  • wrap each plated in acid-free tissue paper after wrapping them individually in the regular tissue paper.
  • You can pack three at a time instead of 2 if the plates are smaller, as this will save some of your packing paper.

Final Packing:

  • Always pack them into the boxes on the sides but not flat and on top of each other.
  • Place a piece of bubble wrap between each dish.
  • Gather the remaining tissue paper after the box is full of crockery and use it to fill any blanks in the corner or sides of the box. This will prevent the plates from moving inside the box during transport.
  • Put down extra bubble wrap over the top of the plates before closing.
  • Seal the boxes using packaging tape carefully and level them.
  • On the outside of the boxes, use a marker to write “fragile.”


  • Try to collect some divided boxes from a wine or liquor store. These boxes are very effective for protecting glassware.
  • While packing stacks of glasses inside a box with other breakables, always put the glasses at last on top of the other things.
  • Never over-pack the boxes and also make sure there isn’t any gap between the fragile items to shift and cause breakage.
  • Load the top of the container with paper so that there isn’t any chance you depress the top of the container when you tape down the top flaps.
  • Boxes are usually stacked on top of another when loaded into a truck, and if you don’t pack your boxes firmly, the resulting compression can break your fragile wares.
  • Unload your marked cartons into the safest area.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our article and find it helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us If you require professional packing service, we are here to assist you.

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