How to Pack Fragile Items

Moving expensive fragile items from one place to another involves particular risks of breakage or damage to the items. You do not want your grandmother’s favorite set of plate end up in shards, right? Using bubble wrap alone will not protect your items. If you want your fragile items to make it from one place to another, you have to pack like an expert.

Luckily, there are a lot of packaging ideas that you can follow to achieve full protection for your items. Here are some of the techniques:

Do Not Over Pack

Do not over pack every box and hope that putting additional packaging tape will help in holding the box. Bulging boxes make it much more difficult for the movers to pack the moving van. It is a lot better to have more boxes instead of overstuffing one.

In addition to that, boxes also have a shelf life. Over the years, boxes can become weak. Therefore, to keep your belongings safe, you should not count on old boxes that have been in your basement for a long period of time.

Mix the Boxes

You may assume that it is ideal to purchases boxes with the same sizes. However, fitting all the boxes in the van is a lot like Tetris for your movers. To help them, you should purchase various sizes of boxes.

Try to buy boxes that range from ottoman large to a small shoebox. Next, fill the big boxes with lighter items and pack shallower boxes with heavier stuff.

Pillow-Top Packing

You should be thoughtful with the boxes when it comes to odd-shaped items. This is especially true for your irreplaceable and fragile family treasures. There is a recommended method for this one. First, on the bottom of the box, place a blanket. Then, place the item. Lastly, place a pillow on top of the item. Seal the box up and write the word “Fragile” in every side of the box. Also, write the contents of every box.

No Shaking

To keep the items separated, you do not really require cellular inserts for mugs, cups, and glasses. It is more vital to completely wrap up every item. For extra-fragile items like wine glasses, use two layers of packing paper. Also, you need to ensure that everything is neatly packed. This will prevent shaking. You can stuff hollow items, such as vases and goblets, with crumpled packing paper. Then, individually wrap more paper. For items that are flat, such as picture frames and plates, wrap every item in packing paper. Then, vertically place them inside the box.

Plastic is your Friend

Plastic wrap is your best friend when it comes to packing fragile things. For every type of packing jobs, stretch wrap comes in handy.

If you will not be heading immediately to your new house, use a storage area or moving vehicle with climate control if you opt for plastic stretch wrap. Moisture can build up in your packed items. This can possibly damage leather, wood, and other materials.