Tips for Packing Fragile Items 

Posted by Shay A

Moving to a new place and fussing about your expensive and delicate fragile items is pretty apparent. Packing fragile items is not an easy job. The packing boxes face a lot of tears and cuts in the entire shift. And, in this process, your fragile belongings can break, crack, or even be stolen. Wouldn’t they?

The way you wrap your brittle items is the first thing you would do to protect them. Then, putting them in the correct boxes and marking those boxes correctly for careful handling is another word of caution. All you have to do is just take a little extra care. With some care, there won’t be any damage done to your precious, fragile products. 

What Do I Need for Packing Fragile Items?

Before we begin packing, we must first determine the appropriate packaging materials for them. Well, the amount and varieties depend entirely on your moving budget. Create a checklist of the following items and mark them off when you have them:

  • Moving crates of various sizes
  • Bubble Wraps
  • Newspapers or packaging paper
  • Pens/Markers for Label
  • Scissors and adhesive tapes
  • A few pieces of clothes for cushion support (like towels)
  • Dividers
  • Pliable cardboard

Your movers can also help you with these packing service supplies to make your job an easy one. 

Tips For Packing Fragile Items

Now that you have the items to pack the fragile items let us tell you some quick tips to follow.

Do not rush

It takes time to pack costly glassware and other breakables. However, you do not have to hurry. Each of the items reads “Handle With Care.” Indeed, you must handle every item with utmost care and caution. Slowing down will protect you from taking shortcuts or making costly mistakes on shifting day.

If you are not sure you would be able to do it, hire a professional mover. On the other hand, if you want to do it all by yourself, start far ahead. That is because you have to properly bundle these belongings and decide whether they’ll be transported by truck or you will carry them with you.

Take measurements and images.

Before deciding on packing the fragile items, measure any paintings or bulky pieces requiring special protection. This will help you obtain the correct size and quantity of specific packaging material. In addition, you can use this as evidence to file a claim with your insurance (if any) when something goes wrong. 

Use soft packing material at the box’s base.

To pad the base of the box, you can use pieces of cloth, styrofoam, polystyrene, bubble wrap or wrapping paper. Ensure none of the items touch the box directly. 

Place the heaviest stuff in the bottom.

Divide or categorize different fragile items. And then put the heaviest ones on the floor of the box. It is to ensure that the base is well-supported and that lighter items don’t get crushed easily. 

Fill the hollow items with newspapers or packing papers

Some hollow Items such as glasses, jars, etc., need to be stuffed with papers or satin clothes. This helps to reduce the vibrations that come out from the hollow spaces. 

Wrap every object and piece separately.

You should wrap everything from glasses and platters to delicate decorating pieces separately according to material, form and size. Remove any loose items, such as caps or covers of the items, and bag them individually. Stacking all the objects together can lead to severe damages. So, splitting them up and putting them in smaller boxes or sections will work. 

Use the tapes lavishly

To retain the packing intact and the objects from sliding out from the boxes during travel, use a lot of packing tape. Tapes work as the best packing service material. 

Label the boxes precisely

You should prominently label fragile objects on every box. Make it look big. Also, after packing, keep those boxes in a different place. Tell the movers that the boxes include fragile items and that they have to handle them carefully. Giving a heads up will make them softly load the boxes. If you have packed the box in an inverted way, mention the “Up” side as the “Down” side has the heavy items. 

How to Pack Certain Fragile Items?

Each fragile item has a different way to pack. Let us look at some way of packing fragile items:

Glass

To reduce the vacant space:

  1. Wrap glasses separately in wrapping paper. Crumble the papers, make their balls and put them in the hollow spaces.
  2. Put paper in the areas surrounding the glasses as well. Decrease the chances of the goods moving within the box as much as possible.
  3. Cut cardboard dividers and place them between each glass to keep them from touching each other. 

Plates

You’ll have to get small or medium-sized boxes to place the plates vertically. Next, place crumbled newspapers at the base of each dish, then individually cover each of them in bubble wrap. Finally, seal them with tape, then put them in the box. You can also insert a sheet of paper between every plate. Plates are heavy, so don’t stuff the box too much with paper.

Lamps

Lamps require special care, whether they are desk lamps or standing ones. If possible, unscrew it and cover the lampshade, mainly if it’s made of glass. Then, gently place it in a different box and cover it with a thick layer of paper and padding. The bottom of the lamps can be covered and shipped with the remaining items.

Flat-Screen TVs

Your TV ought to be in its original packing case. If you have thrown it already, do not panic. First, disconnect all wires and the base. Then, cover the TV box in a packing sheet and bind it with tape. Keep the remote somewhere safe, like in your bag that will be with you throughout the journey or one of those boxes which will include all the important items. It is one of the frequently “missed” items. So, keep them safe. You can also keep it with the wire. 

Picture Frames/Mirrors

You must store large and delicate items like mirrors, frames and artworks in customized boxes. Before you take this up, fasten the edges with cardboard. Next, take the bubble or plastic cover and tape it all together. At last, envelope it with crushed papers to not move when it shakes while loading or moving. 

Other Items

Your antique wash basin too needs proper packing service. It’s essential to identify the piece’s size and shape and any knobs or jutting elements that could potentially break. So, wrap the item in a bubble sheet and secure it with adhesive. It will be much better if you put a cardboard piece on its bottom and at the top. 

Takeaway

Packing fragile items is risky. Thus, if you do not want any of the items to shatter, hire a moving expert. No wonder a moving professional will give the best packing services to your breakable things. For any further information, consult OCD Moving Services today.

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