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Top Tips to Safely Packing & Moving Glassware

Packing for a home move is a tough task but not impossible.

Whilst in the process of packing up your things, you might need to pay extra attention to a few items that may be especially fragile.

Glassware most certainly falls into that category.

Being extra cautious in this case is worth the extra effort when you finally unpack and see your collection undamaged and in pristine condition.

If you’re about to move home, your search for the best tips on packing your favourite glassware and fragile items ends right here!

Packing Materials

  • Quality Cardboard boxes: You are best prepared by having a good selection of both small and medium-sized 200 grade cardboard boxes to hand, which most of the reputable packers and removals companies use. Stacking them won’t damage them, which is especially good good for fragile items when stacked in transit.
  • Tape: Leaving the boxes untaped is a massive mistake. That can weaken the box during transit, during which they might also be at risk of moving around or falling out of the boxes. Make sure the tape completely seals the boxes all round and you have applied appropriate pressure  to ensure the tape is fully stuck down.
  • Newspapers: To wrap and pack glassware, newspapers offer two great benefits. They come at no additional costs unlike bubble wrap and they are eco-friendly. The only downside is you may have to wash off any black ink or residue left on the glass once you unwrap the paper. But it’s a small price to pay for having a cheap, eco-friendly wrapping material.
  • Linen, Old Clothes & Towels: Old linens can make for an excellent cushioning above and below precious items.
  • Labels & Sharpies: You wouldn’t want to open every box to find out which glassware is in each box. Simply label your boxes or write on them with a thick black sharpie marker and save yourself the hassle.

Now that you’ve stacked up the necessary items to begin packing, here we go with the packing steps (performed very cautiously while keeping the first-aid box within reach, just in case you get a little overzealous, break something and get cut yourself in the process!).

Tape Scissors Bubble Wrap

Preparing the Boxes

Crumple plenty of paper to use as a cushion for the glassware if you have a good supply.

After sufficiently filling the base with the scrunched paper, create a flat base with a sheet of paper or two.

Use linen or clothes as a base if paper is limited, as you will need newspaper to fill the gaps between the items.

Just make them thick enough to save them from hitting the ground if accidentally dropped.

If you have any doubts about sufficient cushioned, apply pressure with your bare hand and you should not be feeling the bottom.

Wrapping the Glassware

Assuming you have already sorted the glassware you wish to pack, begin wrapping each individual item with newspaper.

For glasses, use a square or rectangular-shaped paper.

Place it on any flat surface and put your glass on one corner horizontally and roll until it is fully covered, leaving the end to be stuffed in the opening of the glass.

Remember that stemmed glasses such as wine glasses or champagne flutes need special care while packing.

Fill the entire glass with crumpled up paper to reinforce them and protect them from pressure.

For plates, wrap each of them separately and then stack one-on-one, packing three of them together at one time.

Create multiple layers like this and then box them up.

How do you know that you have wrapped everything sufficiently?

You shouldn’t be able to feel the edges of any of the items.

If you can, you need to add more layering to save them from getting chipped, broken or cracked where edges are exposed.

Boxing the Items


As common sense goes, heavy and robust itms should alway go in the box first: pots, tumblers, and sturdy vases should be at the base of the box.

Since they should be fine with lighter items stacked on top of them, you can rest assured they’ll be damage free.

Now you need to pack the lighter and more fragile items like the stemmed glasses.

Make sure to stand them upright and fill any gaps with plenty of paper. Be generous!

All of these items should be touching but not pressing too hard. Allow a little room for them to move.

Don’t try to force or squeeze items in as this will cause breakages.

Also, don’t overfill your boxes as you need to allow sufficient room to add padding at the top using blankets, old clothes or linens.

Plates, Dishes, China, Mugs & Bowls

Use smaller boxes to pack these items, since they tend to be heavier and can make carrying them difficult if they get too heavy.

Also, begin placing the wrapped sets close to the edges and fill any gap left in the rest of the box with crumpled paper to prevent movement.

Do not forget to finish with a layer of additional cushioning on the top as well.

Before Sealing the Box

Double-check you have extra paper or linen for cushioning above and sufficient room left above the items to allow cushioning, else all your hard work can be thrown out of the window.

Now, give your box a little shake to se if anything moves around or makes any obviously loud sounds.

If you can, fill in the gaps with more paper until you feel satisfied everything fits snuggly inside the box.

Now, you are ready to seal and label the box.

If you have the means, use a red sharpie or tape that reads “Fragile” clearly on the outside of the box.

This will tell your Essex removals company that the boxes need to be handled with extra care.

And that’s it, you’re done.

All that’s left to do is to pack the rest of your items and you’re ready for the big move!