Tips on How to Safely and Properly Pack Glassware for Your Move

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Your glasses are some of your most essential kitchen items, so getting them safely to your new home is important. Glassware, like drinking glasses and vases, is fragile, so you'll want to take care during the packing process.

Using the supplies and following the steps outlined below will help to ensure your glassware makes it though the move without incident.

What You'll Need

For packing glassware you should have the following supplies:
  • Dish carton
  • Cell pack
  • Stack of packing paper
  • Roll of packing tape
  • Permanent marker

How To Pack Glassware

The first thing to do is to prepare the dish carton. Crumple some paper and put it in the bottom of the box. Then place a layer of cells (dividers) on top of the crushed paper. These cells will keep pieces of glassware from bumping into each other while in transit.

Remember: when packing, put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box. So, if you're packing plates and bowls along with your glassware, they should go in first. Stemware, on the other hand, is more fragile and should go at the top.

Once your dish carton is ready to go, you can start packing your glassware. Take one piece and lay it on its side on the corner of a stack of packing paper. Roll it in two or three sheets of packing paper, tucking in the extra paper as you roll.

TIP: When wrapping your glassware, you can tuck some of the excess paper into the open end of the pieces to add some support.

Once the piece is wrapped, place it rim-side-down in one of the cells. Placing it rim-side-down utilizes the natural strength of the piece, making it less likely to break. Once all the cells are filled, add a layer of crushed paper. Then, place a square of cardboard (which should have come with your cell pack) over the first layer of glassware. Place another set of cells on top of this, and you're ready for another layer of glassware.

Continue repeating these steps until all your glassware is packed. If you have extra space left in the box, fill it with crumpled packing paper. This will keep your glassware and other items from shifting around inside the box during the move.

Now, add one final layer of packing paper on top of everything as cushioning. Then, tape the box shut. To finish up, label the carton with its contents and destination in your new home (e.g. glassware: kitchen). For added protection, you can mark the box “fragile” and draw arrows indicating which side of the box should be kept upright.

Now, your glassware is packed and ready to make the trip to your new home.

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on April 15, 2010

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