Do you have gorgeous glassware? Elegant glassware sets can be handed down through generations. The more high-end sets can certainly cost you a pretty penny, and any inherited pieces are considered irreplaceable. So, what do you when you’re moving and want to take your glassware sets with you?
If you’re looking for ways to move successfully your most precious glassware sets, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve compiled the best tips and tricks for safely transporting your delicate pieces. Keep reading below to learn more!
Materials Needed to Move Glassware Sets
If you’re looking to package properly your delicate glassware sets, you’ll want to start by gathering some supplies. There is a wide range of supplies you can use to pack up and safely move your glasses. Some of the most common supplies that we suggest are as follows:
One of the most obvious supplies you’ll need to move is boxes. Boxes come in many different shapes, sizes, and qualities, so it’s important that you select the right box for your glassware sets. For delicates, we always suggest you find sturdy boxes. A sturdy box is for more than just stacking others on top, ensuring your box, especially if it’s cardboard, is sturdy will ensure the bottom won’t fall out from under it.
It’s also imperative that you invest in a quality box because sturdy boxes have less of a tendency to crumble or dent while moving. We suggest looking for the thick cardboard boxes that have internal dividers. These dividers help keep the glasses apart during transport because there’s nothing more stressful than driving a moving van and hearing your precious glassware clink against each other the entire way.
Packing paper, just like boxes, can come in many forms and qualities. It may be tempting to use older newspaper as packing paper but not only does that leave ink stains on glasses, it’s often less effective than designated packing paper. After all, it is a product meant specifically to package delicates.
When selecting packing paper for your glassware sets, you want to ensure that you select a paper that is extremely soft. If you’re dealing with inherited, one-of-a-kind, masterpieces then delicacy is key. Soft paper won’t risk scratch the delicate surfaces. Don’t be afraid to go overboard with the packing paper. Put any excess paper in any open spaces or gaps.
Bubble wrap is an often underrated and overlooked packing item. A lot of people think bubble wrap is hard to come by and only meant for your Amazon Prime orders. However, bubble wrap is extremely easy to come by and extremely efficient for packaging and moving glasses.
Believe it or not, bubble wrap is one of the best, if not the best, items to use for packing delicates. Bubble wrap is perfect for the glassware you have that has delicate stems. Don’t be afraid to go overboard, the more safety, the better!
Packing tape is another underrated moving product that so many people negate or leave to the last second. If you’ve made the mistake of trying to use masking tape, duct tape, or even for the truly desperate, electrical tape to secure your moving boxes together you’ve probably learned your lesson. Packing tape is designed to work on cardboard boxes and works well.
Packing tape is superior to other tapes for moving glassware sets because it’s designed to hold. Other types of tape won’t stick or be as durable as packing tape. If you've made the mistake of the use with duct tape, you’ll be spending quite a bit of time open your boxes to unpack them. The ease in which you can reopen your boxes is important to avoid chips, scratches, and worse.
Lastly but certainly not least are permanent markers. A permanent marker is essential when you’re moving for more than sheer organizations sake. Once you’re done packing up your glassware sets, you can mark your boxes.
If you’re using boxes that don’t say “fragile” on them, then you’ll want to write it on there yourself. This is especially important if you’re having a moving company or even friends or family help you move. You should also use the marker to not only indicate caution for fragile items, but it’s also a good idea to draw an arrow to show which side up the box needs to sit for safety.
How to Create Safe Packages
and Wrap Items
To package your glassware in the safest and most effective way you’ll want to start by wrapping your object(s). For optimum safety, it is recommended that you wrap each item individually. You don’t want objects clinking or rubbing together during transport.
1. Step One: Gather and Prepare Materials
To begin packaging your items, you’ll want to gather and prepare the materials you will need. For this step that will either be packing paper or bubble wrap. Start by placing several sheets down on a flat, even, surface.
2. Step Two: Roll It Up
Next, you’ll want to place your piece of glassware down onto the sheets of bubble wrap or packing paper. Place the glassware at an angle so that both ends are pointing toward opposite corners. You can also crumble up a single sheet of packing paper or bubble wrap to stuff into the opening of the glassware for further safety.
Once your glass is angled, begin rolling the glass in the paper, upwards. You can tuck the ends of the paper into the opening of the glass to secure any excess. Keep rolling until you there is no more paper to roll.
3. Step Three: Fold It Over
If your glass is on the smaller side like a wine glass or teacup, you’ll have some excess paper on the ends. To take care of this, you can tuck any extra paper on top into the glasses opening. For the bottom, fold it over a few times to add extra padding to the bottom of the glass.
How to Pack?
1. Step One: Proper Placement
Start packaging your glassware by putting each individual wrapped glass into the box with the opening of the glass facing down toward the floor. This means the excess paper that you folded against the bottom of the glass will be the first level of excess cushioning. If you have dividers to place between each glass, do so now.
2. Step Two: Add Cushioning
The next step to ensure safety when packing delicate glassware is to add cushioning. Although the bottom of the glasses has extra bubble wrap or packing tape, you’ll still want to add extra cushioning for safety. After all, you’d rather be safe than sorry.
Once all of your glasses are properly placed inside of your sturdy box, you’ll want to add an extra layer of cushioning inside. Extra cushioning can take many forms. Try using crumbled packing paper, packing peanuts, and for the budget conscious, try using soft, bulky clothing or towels.
3. Step Three: Fill Empty Spaces
Step three is to fill any empty spaces you see in your box. Making sure you pick a box that isn’t too big will help eliminate worry and excess padding. If you see any gaps in your box, you can fill it with the same cushioning material we mentioned above. Again, never be afraid to go overboard, it simply adds more safety!
4. Step Four: Jostle Test
Before you reach for your packing tape, there’s one final thing you’ll want to do to ensure a successful and safe transport of your precious glassware sets. That last test is called the jostle test. To perform this test, pick up your box, and gently jostle it back and forth.
What you want to look for in the jostle test is any movement. A lot of movement inside a box means a lot of opportunities for chipping, cracking, and breaking. If you see movement, add more packing and fill any empty spaces. Once you are satisfied that your box has passed the jostle test you can tape it up.
5. Step Five: Label and Go
Your box has passed the jostle test and is ready to head to its new home, but not just yet. The final step on our packing list is to label it. You absolutely should always label fragile boxes as such. It’s also not a bad idea to draw an arrow to indicate which way the box should sit to avoid mishaps.
We also love labeling because it makes unpacking so much easier. We recommend even writing what the box contains on the outside or which room or location of the house it’s for. That way when you’re searching for your delicate glassware set, you’re not ripping through tons of boxes simply labeled “fragile.”
Moving can be a hassle but packaging your glassware doesn’t have to be. Luckily, there are a plethora of supplies and tips out there to help ensure your valuables make it safely to your new place of residence.
Next time you’re moving don’t leave packing to the last minute. As long as you take the time and effort to secure your valuables you’ll have a much less stressful time moving in general. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, and loved ones to help you move just be sure they know the helpful tips and tricks above to securely and safely move delicates.
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