Packing and Wrapping a Glass Curio Cabinet

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I have an 8ft. tall curio cabinet that is mostly glass how do i pack it so it wont get broken during a move? Also I have aquariums sizes 40 gal. 60 gal. & 75 gal. that need to be protected also. all wrapped without breaking,not even a chip of galss broke?

Asked by Christine on 11/3/2013 under category Others

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Robert Moreschi
Answered on 11/4/2013

Hi, thanks for visiting! I'll be glad to answer your question and help you successfully pack and wrap your glass curio cabinet for your upcoming move. Large glass items like curio cabinets and glass aquariums can be some of the most difficult items to pack because their glass structures make them prone to damage if they are not properly wrapped and secured prior to a move. 

To counteract the pressure that will be placed on these items from outside forces while they are being loaded onto the moving truck, you're going to need to fill the negative space in the item with cushioning to help stabilize the glass and keep it from being crushed. Here's how you can do that:

Wrapping and preparing your cabinet and aquariums

Before you begin wrapping your curio cabinet and aquarium, you must obtain a few items and supplies:


  • Old blankets or comforters -- the fluffier, the better
  • Packing tape
  • Furniture pads or moving blankets
  • Cardboard


Once you've obtained your packing materials, here is what you'll need to do:  


  • Remove all of the shelves from the inside of the cabinet and also remove any shelving clips that are holding the shelves in place. It's important that any and all detachable pieces inside the cabinet are removed before it is wrapped and prepared. 
  • Take a moving blanket or old comforter and place it inside the cabinet once you've completely emptied it of its shelves and clips. Make sure to fill the entire inside with the blanket so that it takes up all of the space inside without putting any pressure on the glass. 
  • Once the inside is filled, wrap the entire cabinet in a moving blanket or large quilt, making sure to cover the entire outer surface of the cabinet with the blanket. 
  • Then, secure the moving blanket by wrapping the top, middle, and bottom portions of the cabinet with one or two layers of packing tape. 
  • If you are going to be laying the cabinet on its side to load it onto the moving truck, you may also want to place large, flat pieces of cardboard on each side of the cabinet and secure them with packing tape to create a sturdy, flat surface for the cabinet to be rested on. 
  • This procedure can be repeated for your aquariums as well. 
Loading your cabinet
When your cabinet and aquariums are all wrapped and ready to be loaded, you should pick a safe spot on the moving truck for them to be placed. Do not stack them underneath under items. Place the cabinet in a spot where it will not come in contact with any heavier items that can potentially fall on it and cause damage. If you are going to lay it on the bed of the truck, place a few moving blankets or quilts underneath it for extra cushioning during the ride.


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