10 Tips for Packing and Moving Glassware

It’s time to move and you are not looking forward to the movers breaking any of your glassware.  Instead, you decide to pack it and move it with you and let the movers take the less breakable stuff.  Sounds like a good plan, but do you know how to make sure that you don’t break any of your glassware either?  Check out 10 tips for packing and moving glassware.

  1. Use a honeycomb box: So you are wondering, what is a honeycomb box?  It’s one of those boxes with the cardboard dividers that slide together giving you a grid.  You can safely pack your glasses in a box like this.
  2. Use plain paper to wrap glasses: It seems like everyone’s first inclination is to reach for a newspaper to wrap glasses.  I guess using newspaper isn’t a bad idea since it reuses something that would normally go into the recycling bin.  The problem with newspaper is that it’s often dirty and inky.  You will get ink all over your hands and then probably on whatever you are wearing.  Not to mention that newspaper isn’t as thick as the plain paper is and will tear instead of conforming to the shape of the glass.
  3. Bubble wrap: If you are wrapping a big platter your best bet is to use bubble wrap.  Wrap the bubble wrap around the item in both directions and tape the ends securely with packing tape so it doesn’t pop loose in transit.  If you have several platters or plates you might want to separate them with cardboard to keep them from breaking during the move.  If it’s one larger item pack the bubble wrapped item in with Styrofoam peanuts or shredded newspaper.  The only problem with shredded newspaper is that it will turn into a soggy mess if it gets wet whereas the Styrofoam will keep its shape.  Pack platters on edge and not flat in the box.
  4. Use original boxes when able: I know not everyone keeps the original boxes that they got their chip and dip set in or their martini glasses, but if you do have them it’s a good idea to utilize them during the move.  They are usually sized to fit that item exactly so no moving and crashing around during the move.  Remember that you still need to wrap each item in paper and then pack it in it’s own box.
  5. Buy special dish pack boxes: These boxes are especially sturdy boxes that have a double thickness of cardboard on the walls of the box helping to prevent crushing.  If you want to add extra cushion you can use two extra sheets of newspaper to wrap around dishes after they’ve been wrapped in the clean paper.  The more protection the better.
  6. Label, label, label: Not only will labeling help the movers put the boxes in the right room, but it will help you find your coffee cups once you make it to your new place and need a cup of coffee.  Also, label all glassware as “Fragile, This Side Up!”  This will give the movers a heads up if they are moving the box or your friends if they are unloading your car when you get to your new home.
  7. Fill in the gaps: If you are using a dish pack make sure that you put the bigger, heavier items in the bottom of the box and the smaller, lighter items toward the top.  Make sure that you use crumpled up paper (either clean or newspaper) in between each wrapped item.  You don’t want items to shift around inside the box.  Also, put a thick layer of crumpled paper at the top of a box before taping it closed so that boxes can be stacked on top of each other.
  8. Tissue paper: When wrapping small glass and ceramic figurines it’s always a good idea to wrap them individually in tissue paper or paper towel first and then in newspaper.  To make the newspaper roll up better for the small items you might try crumpling it up first and then smoothing it back out before wrapping items corner to corner.
  9. Nest mixing bowls: It’s always a good idea to wrap each bowl by itself with clean paper and then nest them inside each other like they would sit in the cupboard.  Then when placing in the box turn the bowls upside down so they are more stable and don’t roll around.  Make sure there is enough paper between the bowls so they don’t clank against each other.
  10. Plates on edge: When wrapping breakable plates the same method as before with clean paper wrapping corner to corner.  Then take 2 sheets of newspaper and wrap it again.  Then place the plates on their edge and put a piece of cardboard between each plate or use a box that is already divided for plates.  The edge is stronger than if the plate was laying flat.