Moving is a lot of hard work – no need to say this. This is why there is the need to examine its different aspects and be prepared for it. Some of the most delicate items at any home are glassware. This is why it is important to take a look at how they can be efficiently wrapped up. Glassware means not only glasses and plates – it is also table tops, glass vases, crystal cups and so many more. All of us have different glass items at home and when moving comes they have to be transported somehow. Packing glassware is not a difficult job but it requires a lot of effort to put into a safe for transportation condition a large number of small items. At the same time glassware is one of the easiest things to damage during shipping. Hence it would be good for you to be aware of a few things to be careful about. This guide will direct you how to pack for moving glassware items like cups, bowls, plates, vases, table tops etc.
How to Pack Glassware for Moving
You can consider packing glassware with newspaper or bubble wrap. You can use the bubble wrap to pack crystal glasses or other crystal objects at your home. In the other cases you can use newspaper. You will need to place all similar objects together in the boxes like cups, plates, glasses, etc. Wrap up with a layer (best – two) of newspaper every piece of glass. You can also pack vases like this.
Look for boxes at supermarkets, online, with friends who have just moved or of course from the movers. They can bring boxes to your door which is very convenient if you don’t have the time to go shopping for them.
How to Pack Glassware in Boxes – tips on packing glassware
The bowls and plates are stackable which makes them easy to pack, some glasses are as well. Place the glasses and all other glassware upright in the boxes to keep them safe. This is how you can protect them during moving. Especially for packing dishes it is advisable to use dish packing boxes but if you haven’t – you may think about cardboard ones. As you arrange the glassware in the boxes place layers of newspaper at the bottom of the box and then in between them for cushioning. At the same time take some pages and crumple them to fill in the gaps in the boxes. There should be no emptiness inside the box otherwise when you carry them and in the truck they could move inside the box and break.
Packing glassware for moving or for storage can be done in this way. It is advisable to use small or medium sized boxes for packing up glassware. Also try not to fill in the boxes completely with heavy things only. You can arrange one or two layers of glassware in the box and lighter things on top like towels. In this way you will be able to carry smaller weights easier and the boxes will be able to hold the weight inside when packing glassware with newspaper or bubble wrap.
Label well the boxes – right on every side “Fragile” or “Glassware” in order to identify it easily after you have moved in and the boxes are unloaded.
How to Pack Glass Table Tops?
Packing a glass table for moving should be done carefully. If you have enough bubble wrap you can use it – wrap it around the glass table top and then use duct tape to fix it. But if you haven’t got enough bubble wrap or you want to save some when moving then you can use cardboard from the boxes. Take a larger piece to put on both sides of the glass. Again, fix it well with duct tape. You can then wrap the glass additionally with a few blankets.
If you want to have a higher level of certainty that your glass table will arrive just fine at your new home you can use a crate. You can make one yourself or ask a moving company to do it for you. If you are creating your crate for the glass table top, make it a bit larger than the glass itself. Then use foam board on both sides of the glass top and on the thick edges as well. You can use duct tape to fix it stably. Glass table tops should always be placed on their edge inside box and truck for safety reasons.
Then place the piece of glass in a box and pack well – use a lot of cushioning material like popcorn or crumpled packing paper or newspapers.
Tips on Moving Glassware
If you are planning on how to properly pack glassware for moving then perhaps hiring movers to pack and ship your glassware is a very good option. Movers are experts in what they do – they have extensive experience in moving and if you find the right company you can move safely with a mover.
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Posted on Jun 27, 2012; Last updated: Apr 14, 2014
Topics: Self Moving Tips