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An Essential Guide On How To Pack Fragile Items

Are you moving and aren’t sure how to pack your fragile items?

We’ve all got family heirlooms or fragile china that is in danger every time we move home, so it is natural to worry about them. It is important that you pack fragile items the right way, but knowing the right way isn’t always easy.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for our guide on how to pack fragile items.

Use Varied Box Sizes

It’s first important that you make sure you have the right packing supplies for the job. You’ll need to stack well to have a secure fit that will keep fragile items from falling and breaking. Using a variety of sizes will help you maximize the space available to you.

Your boxes should range from shoe-box size up to a large ottoman size. If you don’t have anyone to help you move, never use boxes you can’t carry yourself. If you do, it increases the risk of dropping them and breaking your items.

Double Wrap with Paper and Bubble Wrap

To stand the best chance of your fragile items surviving a move, you need to wrap them right. You want to go that extra mile when it comes to fragile objects.
A key is to first wrap each delicate item in two layers of bubble wrap. Then, wrap each item again in two layers of packing paper.

Your fragile items will stay secure and wrapped in tight layers. The extra padding protects from movement and any vibrations that could cause damage.

Use Paper to Cushion the Top and Bottom of a Box

When it comes to fragile items, there is no such thing as too much padding. Scrunch up some pieces of packing paper and create a layer of padding at the bottom of your boxes. Do this before you place any delicate items in.

Once you have finished putting in the items and filling the box, put another layer of scrunched paper on top. This will provide extra cushioning and protection. If you notice any gaps between items or at the sides, fill this with paper too for extra protection.

Always Label Your Boxes

Whether you have help or you’re doing it yourself, always label your boxes. Especially the ones which are fragile. This way you know which boxes need extra care when packing and handling. Otherwise, heavier boxes might be placed on top or they might get rougher handling.

It also pays to make a note of what sort of items are in there, like ‘kitchenware’ or ‘dining room ornaments’. This way you know where to put them when you get to your destination. It’ll make organization and unpacking easier.

Always Leave an Inch at the Top of the Box

If you have fragile items at the top, and something heavier gets put on top, they’re going to get damaged. You could see the fragile items cracking or breaking completely. Leaving a gap of an inch provides some give, which will prevent this from happening.

Odd Shaped Items

If your fragile items are an odd shape, be generous with boxing space. Fragile, irreplaceable heirlooms deserve a box to themselves if it comes down to it.

For these items, place a blanket at the bottom of the box, then put the well-wrapped item on top. Finish up by placing a pillow on top of the item. This will make up for the fact that it is the only item in the box and offer extra padding. The labeling step is crucial here too, so don’t forget it!

Reduce Movement

For items likes cups and glasses, you don’t actually need box inserts. The key with these types of fragile items is to pack everything to have a snug fit. You want to prevent movement and jiggling within the box itself.

For items like vases that are hollow, pack the inside with scrunched up packing paper. Then wrap the item’s exterior. Include extra layers of paper and bubble wrap to line the box.

When packing items like picture frames and plates, wrap the item and place down vertically in the box. Alternate each item with a piece of bubble wrap to reduce the chance of them bumping together.

Plastic Wrap is Your Friend

Plastic wrap can be a godsend when it comes to packing fragile items. You can keep rugs rolled up, secure the top of storage boxes, bundle curtain rods and more.

If you do use plastic wrap, make sure you pick a van or storage unit with climate control. This will avoid any build-up of moisture which could harm items.
When looking at storage units, it’s always a good idea to choose one that best suits your needs. This way all your belongings (especially the delicate items) will be safe.

Don’t Over-Pack

It won’t pay to over-pack your boxes and hope tape will keep it together. Overstuffed boxes are harder for you or your movers to handle, increasing the drop risk.

It’s better to get more boxes than you think you’ll need. Not only could you drop them, they might rip and tear, leaving fragile items exposed.

Also don’t rely on old boxes, as their condition will deteriorate over time. They can weaken and lose their strength, opening them up to damage. In turn, this could cause damage to your items if their integrity fails.

Use Small Boxes for Heavy Items

You’ll be able to better manage heavy or bulky items if you pack them in smaller boxes. The snug fit will reduce the chance of movement.

If you don’t have smaller boxes, make sure not to pack too many heavy items in and use towels or soft items to fill in spaces. You could also use furniture pads.

Pack lighter items in the larger boxes. Or you can place heavier items at the bottom of a large box, then put lighter items on top. Never do it the other way around, or you’ll damage the lighter items.

How to Pack Fragile Items the Right Way

So there you have it! Now you’ve read this guide, you know how to pack fragile items the right way.

Use a variety of box sizes and be generous when it comes to wrapping. You can never have too much padding.

For those odd-shaped heirlooms, give them their own boxes and use pillows and blankets to pad. Don’t over-pack and always label your boxes.

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