How to Pack Dishes in Cardboard Boxes When Moving

Packing up a household is a chore. Still, if you have plenty of cardboard boxes the job is on its way to being over. These containers are sturdy and packed properly they can withstand a great deal of banging around.

However, do not plan to use the things you pack until you arrive at the new destination. Once packed. Do not open until is the goal.

Packing dishes can be concerning. If you are using professionals to move your household items, you worry about boxes being handled roughly. If doing it yourself, well, face it. Stuff gets dropped.

This is why you want to be particular about wrapping dishes. A few suggestions will work well for preparing your dishes to arrive at your new home intact.

Use reinforced cardboard boxes– Shipping with reinforced cardboard is one way to get packages to a destination in one piece. Dishes are especially vulnerable to breaking. So please, use the reinforced box material for shipping.

Generous use of bubble wrap- Bubble wrap is fun to pop and makes a great cushion for packing dishes. Breakage is one reason it is so important when packing dishes to wrap them patiently. The air pockets in bubble wrap protect dishes against bumping, that causes dishes to crack, and chip. If you pack with enough of this insulating material, your dishes will arrive in good condition. No matter who’s doing the shipping.

Newspaper and packing paper- How many times have you gone into stores, bought glassware, and found them wrapping it in a paper, even newspaper. They cover items in a skillfully coiled paper. This is one way to protect the glass from breakage. The paper absorbs much of the jolting and can save your fine china or daily use dinnerware.

Now, you know the best material to pack dishes with for shipping. Let’s look at how to pack dishes?

  1. Gather wrapping paper and boxes in one place. Now, get ready for work. You want the job to go as efficiently as possible.
  2. Wrap plates individually. First wrap plates single, then bundle dishes together, then wrap. Place items easiest to break in the middle of the stack. This will help prevent loose containers from rattling and shaking. This motion causes breakage.
  3. Strengthen the bottom, and sides of boxes. Weak boxes are the reason for thousands of dollars in broken merchandise each year.
  4. Cushion the container completely. Pad the bottom of the box with some form of cloth, wrapping paper, and bubble wrap. You want to cushion your dishes from any outside force.
  5. Once dishes are inside cardboard boxes, cushion the top of the box as well. Be sure to reinforce any closure. Someone may turn the container upside down, or sideways. Things do not always go as planned.
  6. Separate stacks of plates with wrapping, then place them on ends or sideways in a single formation.
  7. Heavy items in first- Place large dishes along the bottom, stabilizing the crate, if placed on top they may crush weaker dishes.
  8. Label Boxes- Write fragile on boxes sides and top in order to avoid damage to dishes while in transit.
  9. Pack tightly- Leave no space between dishes. Sidestep accidental collisions.
  10. Before closing, do not forget to place an additional padding of paper across the top of the box before it is closed then seal with tape.
  11. Clear Identification- Completely identify kitchen plate boxes and label, “Fragile Handle with Care” in bold letters.

Family items are important, and some dishes are loved treasures. To lessen the chance of breakage here are a few added notes:

  • Avoid shipping damaged dishes, instead discard broken pieces, weight adds to relocation cost.
  • Pack dishes firmly, and do not overload boxes, keep packaging to 40 pounds or less.
  • Handle fragile dishes carefully, so they do not break.
  • Sometimes packing is too much. Time and patience is a factor. As a last resort, hire packers to take care of your delicate dishes.


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