Answered by Ana M. FerrerJune 3, 2014
Hi and thanks for visiting Movers.com! We'd be happy to help you figure out where to start packing your china and other fragile items.
Packing fragile items is definitely different than trying to pack anything else. With fragile items comes more risk, so packing them properly is your best bet to prevent damage.
For packing plates, dishware and valuable china, materials like bubble wrap and newspaper are recommended. They'll protect your dishes from scratches and act as a bumper when they're inside the boxes during transit.
Another method of packing your plates is to use Styrofoam plates:
- Simply stack the plates, alternating a foam plate and a glass plate until the stack is about 7 or 8 dishes high (or until it will fit snugly inside the box).
- Once your plates are stacked, it's recommended that you wrap them in bubble wrap and secure with tape making sure the tape only comes in contact with the bubble wrap.
- Place the stacked plates into the box and fill any voids with packing paper.
- Secure and label the box and your dishes are ready for transport.
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Where to Find Packing Materials
As for where to find these items you can take a look around your house for old newspapers, you can also use old t-shirts and rags as void fillers and in a pinch to wrap some fragile items.
To buy bubble wrap, packing paper and boxes, many home improvement and big box retailers sell these items as do self-storage facilities and sometimes commercial shipping stores like UPS and FedEx will have them for sale as well.
You can also reach out to friends and family to ask for sturdy boxes.
If you need large quantities of packing materials, of ir you'd prefer to shop from the comfort of your home, you can also look online and compare prices and find the value that works best for you.
Hiring Professional Help
If you'd like to hire packing services, fill out a free quote form for moving labor and you'll be contacted by up to seven companies!
We hope this helps and wish you best of luck with your move! Thanks again for visiting Movers.com.