room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal
stemware. Moving professionals recommend that each item should be
carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dish-pack moving cartons;
cellular dividers are recommended for stemware. You will also want to
include any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your "High
Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. Click
here to learn about protecting your belongings and valuables for
China & Glassware
Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually.
Using several sheets of clean paper, start from the corner, wrapping
diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
- A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is
required for moving all china and glassware.
- A double layer of newsprint serves well as outer
- Label moving cartons with room, contents, and "FRAGILE
- THIS SIDE UP."
Flat China & Flat Glassware
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a moving
carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to
three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled
items in the moving carton in a row on edge.
- Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat
pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
- Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful
to leave no voids or unfilled spaces.
- Add two or three inches of wadded paper on top of the
bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier.
- Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in
keeping layers level.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls could make
up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.
Valuables such as fine jewelry should be removed from
drawers and never packed with your household goods. They will be most
secure if they remain in your possession while moving. If you don't feel
comfortable taking your fine jewelry or other valuables with you (like
stamp or coin collections), consider hiring a third-party armored
If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually
first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a
row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top
off the layer with wadded newsprint. Even when using a dish pack and
cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting
handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then pack cups upside down.
Now they're ready for moving.
Silver & Flatware
To protect silver pieces from tarnishing while moving,
they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.
- Hollow ware -- including bowls, tea sets, and serving
dishes -- should be wrapped carefully like fragile items and packed like
china for moving.
- Loose flatware may be wrapped individually or in sets,
and in paper, clear plastic, or small gift boxes that are then secured
- Even if silverware is in a chest, consider wrapping
the pieces individually and repositioning them in the chest. Or fill all
voids in the chest with newsprint to prevent shifting. The chest can be
wrapped in a large bath towel.
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of
cushioning for moving.
- Wrap first in tissue paper, paper towels, or facial
tissue. Then wrap carefully in paper that has been wadded and flattened
- Small mirrors, plaques, and pictures should be wrapped
individually in tissue paper with an outer layer of newsprint.
- A bath towel or small blanket makes an excellent outer
wrapping and padding for glass.
- Place flat items on edge in a carton.
Very Fragile Items
Consult with your Relocation Consultant on the packing of
exceptionally fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per
pound need to be listed on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive
proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable as well
as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special
materials might be needed for maximum protection while moving.
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp (the frame
that holds the bulb), wrap the base, harp, and bulb separately in
newsprint. Place them together in a moving carton, filling voids with
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil
the shade. Instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets
of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large, light towel.
- Use a sturdy moving carton at least two inches bigger
all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using
crushed paper under the lampshade to create a protective layer, but not
around the shade. A smaller shade may be nested inside a larger one,
provided they do not touch. Only one silk shade should be placed in a
carton to avoid stretching the silk.
- Do not pack other items with shades. Label moving
cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large
glass lampshades or chandeliers.
Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors,
Paintings, Statues & Large Vases
It's best to consult with your Relocation Consultant
about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper
should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.
Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then
taped to hold the padding in place while moving. (Note: never place
tape on the surface of wood.) Don't use plastic wrap, as moisture may
get trapped and damage the wood.
Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe moving cartons are ideal for moving curtains and
drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely,
and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and
packed in moving cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company
- You may want to consider having your area rugs
professionally cleaned before moving - you'll get them back from the
cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping.
- Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so
the furniture coming off the van can go right on top of the rug.
Your packing crew will shrink wrap large, upholstered
- Talk to your moving professional beforehand about any
- Table corners can be protected with cardboard.
- You may want to consider packing couch pillows in