When you are moving home packing your fragile items can be quite nerve-wracking. It’s natural to be concerned about these items getting damaged or even broken during transport. Mirrors, artwork, crockery, glassware, lamps, or ornaments all need to be carefully packed. Read on for our top tips to keep your fragile items safe and secure during your move.

How to pack fragile items

Preparation

It might sound obvious, but good planning and preparation will help you to avoid any breakages. Start well in advance of moving day, ensure you have all the correct packing materials and that you know how to pack the individual items. Set aside time to ensure you don’t have to rush packing these delicate items.

First, you need to make sure that you have the right type of packing supplies for the items you have to pack :-

  • Cardboard boxes – good quality, strong boxes in a range of sizes
  • Packing paper – soft wrapping paper, we would suggest using acid-free paper as this doesn’t leave a residue, stain and won’t tarnish your items
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Packing tape

It is worth getting quality materials! Don’t be tempted to skip on the cost of moving boxes or packing materials. Small, but sturdy good quality boxes are ideal for fragile items. Your items are also less likely to allow items to move around when moving. Double-walled boxes will also provide more protection, flimsy or damaged boxes will not provide enough protection.

Ensure that you securely take the bottom of the box adding extra strips of tape to help support the content of the box. Layer the bottom of the box with some soft packing material such as bubble wrap, packing paper and Styrofoam peanuts. If you are packing multiple items into a box, put the larger, heavier items at the bottom.

Fill any hollow items such as glasses, jar, or ornaments with packing paper. Then wrap each individual item with packing paper and/or bubble wrap. Secure this with tape. Carefully place your items in your box, leaving space at the top for similar padding as you placed in the bottom of your box. Also ensure that any spaces in between items in the box are filled with paper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts. Empty space allows movement and movement increase the risk of breakages. Carefully seal the top of the box with tape and clearly mark the box so that you know what is inside and clearly mark as fragile, you could also use tape with fragile written across to highlight the contents are delicate.

Before the move carefully store your boxes with fragile contents away from other boxes.

How to pack specific fragile items?

Crockery

The bottom of the box should have a layer of packing materials, leave space at the top for additional packing materials. Wrap everything individually in bubble wrap, pad the inside of your box and then place the plates or saucers vertically in the box. Carefully place other items making sure there is adequate packing materials to stop anything from moving. When packing items that have lids eg teapots, wrap the lid separately.  Clearly mark the box as fragile.

Glasses

To pack glassware you could use cardboard dividers in your box or carefully pack to avoid leaving any spaces or gaps. Pack the inside of your glassware with packing paper, wrap the item in bubble wrap allowing extra any stem, secure with tape. Put some packing materials in the base or your box, carefully place your items, fill any extra space with packing peanuts or bubble wrap and then add a layer of packing materials to the top of the box, before securing with tape. Clearly mark the box as fragile.

Mirrors & Pictures

Before packing your mirrors or artwork talk to our removal advisor, as we have padded protective covers that we can use to safely transport your items.

Lamps

Not something that immediately springs to mind when you are thinking about packing, but most of us will have table or floor lamps most of these will come into the fragile category when moving. These can often be odd and irregular shapes which can making packing seem quite daunting. Ideally you could use the box the lamp came in originally, but chances are you may not have kept them. So choose a box of the correct size an place a layer of crumpled paper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom.

Depending on the style of your lamp you may be able to remove the lampshade, which can be carefully wrapped and packed separately. Secure the cord/plug for your lamp and protect your lamp from this by wrapping the plug in bubble wrap. Depending on the material the lamp is made from wrap in either paper and then bubble wrap or just bubble wrap. Transfer the lamp to it’s box and then fill any remaining space with packing paper or Styrofoam peanuts to stop the lamp from moving during transit. Securely seal the box and mark as fragile.

How to pack a lamp when moving house

Still worried about packing your fragile items?

If you are still worried about packing your fragile items, talk to your removal advisor as our expert team can pack for you.