China can be very important to people. Perhaps it is a family heirloom, a wedding gift, or only set out at special occasions. No matter what, it is safe to say that no one wants it breaking in transit to their new home. And china, as one can tell, is quite fragile.
Fortunately, this guide will show you the best way to protect your dishes from breaking during your move.
What you'll need
When packing your china, you'll need a few materials:
- Stack of clean packing paper or unprinted newsprint
- Dish carton
- Roll of packing tape
- Permanent marker
How to pack china
China is best packed in stacks, with paper layered in between. Remember, with delicate items like these, don't skimp on materials.
Line the bottom of a dish carton (these boxes are extra thick and sturdy) with crumpled paper for padding. The packages of china should be packed on their sides, since this is where the dishes have the most integrity. If you are going to pack different kinds of dishes in the carton, put the china on the bottom, since it is the heaviest, and put lighter, more delicate items on top. Use crumpled paper to fill in any gaps in the box; nothing should shift around. Place one final layer of packing paper on top of everything as cushioning.
Start by placing your first piece of china in the center of a stack of packing paper. Fold one half of the paper over it, and then place the next plate on top. Continue this process until you finish the stack: 4-8 plates, depending on thickness. Fold a few more pieces over the top, and roll the package together, tucking in the sides as you go.
The box should be labeled "fragile" and "this end up." Finish by labeling it with its contents and destination.