Dining area items will typically include such delicate and fragile items as china and glasses and stemware. This means that in packing your dining area, you have to be extra careful and make sure that each item is wrapped individually in paper and then placed in special boxes or cartons called ‘dishpack’ cartons; for stemware, you may need to use dividers in the boxes or cartons as well. It may sound like a bit of an effort, but it’s not that difficult if you know how to be orderly and systematic and you know exactly how to pack each item. Here, then, are some brilliant tips on how to properly pack your dining area for a move.
- Glassware and china
For glassware and china, you should pack each item individually – this is essential. Use a few sheets of packing paper (unprinted; avoid using newsprint paper) and start from the corner of the sheets and wrap the item diagonally. Remember to tuck in the edges which overlap as well. It is important to use several paper sheets, and don’t forget to use sheets for cushioning and padding. For the outer wrapping, you can use newsprint paper. When you label the boxes, make sure to mark them with ‘Fragile’ and ‘This side up’.
- Flat glassware and china
As recommended by one of the top removal companies in Cheltenham, Advanced Removals & Storage, when packing flat glassware and china such as plates, place some packing paper at the box’s bottom first. Then wrap each item individually using clean, unprinted paper, and you can cover as many as three pieces in a bundle using two layers of newsprint paper. Then place the bundle in the box as a row on their edges. You can put larger plates and china such as platters at the bottom of the box, with lighter items on top as another layer. Make sure to surround each plate or china bundle with crushed or wadded up paper, leaving no voids or spaces. You should also add a few inches of crushed or wadded up packing paper at the top of the bundles so the rims of the china are protected; this will also make a more level foundation or base for the succeeding layer. If you want to keep each layer level, you can use horizontal dividers made of cardboard.
If you are not using dividers for cups, you can wrap each cup individually in two layers of paper. Then place the cups upside down in a row; make sure all the cups’ handles are facing in the same direction. Top the layer with wadded paper. But even if you are making use of dividers or dishpacks, you should still wrap each cup and protect the handles with an additional paper layer.
- Flatware and silverwar
You should protect your silverware from tarnishing by wrapping or enclosing it in paper or cling wrap, and you should carefully wrap hollow kitchenware such as tea sets, serving dishes, and bowls as well. For flatware that is loose, you can wrap each item individually, or in a set, in clear plastic wrap, paper, or gift boxes, then secure them with tape. If your silverware comes in a chest, you can still wrap each piece individually and place them back in the chest. Alternatively, you can fill empty spaces with newsprint, so the silverware doesn’t shift whilst in transport.
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