How To Pack and Move Your Fragile Items

Packing is a hassle, even more so when you’re dealing with fragile, breakable things. Aunt Siti’s heirloom vase is always in peril! But you can beat the headache and ensure your fragile items arrive in one piece by packing them properly. Here’s the best way to pack and move your 6 most common types of fragile items:


1. Plates


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Pack your glass Corelle or ceramic IKEA plates in boxes insulated with paper or bubble wrap. Ensure you cover the bottom, top, and sides in the box so the plates do not move around. For the best protection, you should wrap each plate individually. Instead of stacking them horizontally, arrange your plates vertically to minimise breakage. Avoid packing the plates in bigger boxes with other items, as this will also increase the risk of damage.


2. Cups, Mugs & Glasses


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Like plates, wrap your breakable mugs, cups, and glasses individually. Cover the entire cup and stuff some paper or bubble wrap inside the cups as well. Pack them snugly in a small or medium box insulated with bubble wrap or packing paper. If you have mugs and cups of different sizes and weights, pack the heavier, bulkier ones at the bottom to minimize damage.

3. Photo Frames & Mirrors


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If your photo frame or mirror has a glass surface that tends to shift and jiggle, you’ll have to secure it with tape to minimize movement. Pack your photo frames with packing paper and arranged them vertically as well. Fill gaps between each frame with crumpled packing paper, bubble wrap, or old newspaper to reduce jiggling.


4. Lamps


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Disassemble your lamps to make them easier to handle and move. Protect the bulb, shade or any fiddly bits with bubble wrap and packing paper. Collapse stands if possible, and pack them separately from the shade.


5. Glass-Top Furniture


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Similarly, disassemble fragile furniture and pack the frames separately from the fragile components. Ensure the breakable glass tops and parts are properly wrapped and packed with paper or bubble wrap, and give the frame similar attention to prevent scratches, breakage, and warping.


6. House Plants

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Plants are fragile too! While you’d probably leave the big palms and ferns behind, you can bring your more portable peace potted friends. The best way to transport them is in your car, where you can keep an eye on them and ensure they are exposed to stable levels of temperature, air, and sunlight. Secure branches and leaves by tying them loosely with string. Wrap pots with plastics but ensure the plant has ample access to air! You can also consider not watering them a day or two before your move so they are  lighter and easier to handle.



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Have other fragile items, or need a little more guidance? Here are some best practices when moving your breakables:



1. Use Small To Medium Boxes

You might be tempted to pack a lot of things in larger boxes with your breakable, fragile items, which increases the risk of damage. Larger boxes are also harder to fill and have more space for your items to move around and potentially break.


2. Fit Things Snugly

Eliminate any room for jiggling and movement so your items do not bump against each other and get damaged. However, do not pack them too tightly as the strain can cause your items to break.


3. Bottom Heavy, Top Light

Arranging your heavier, bulkier fragile items at the bottom and lighter ones on the top also increases stability and sturdiness of the packing. Unbalanced packing risk getting your items crushed!


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4. Use Sturdy Boxes

Don’t skimp! Thin, flimsy boxes might be cheaper, but are just not strong enough to protect your breakables. They risk tearing, warping, or breaking apart during the move, causing your items to fall out or get crushed. You can tape the top, bottom, edges and sides of your boxes with duct tape to make them sturdier and more secure.


5. Secure Your Packaging

Use tape to ensure your items are wrapped properly and securely. Movement during relocation could unravel loose packaging and expose your items to damage. Also tape and seal the boxes shut properly to prevent your items from falling out.


6. Label!

Label your boxes with its contents, and mark it obviously as fragile or breakable! That way, you (and your friends or movers) will be aware of the contents and be more careful while handling them.


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7. Take It Easy

Moving is stressful especially when timelines are tight. But the hassle and rush can cause you to make silly, costly, and potentially dangerous mistakes that will damage your breakables and cause injuries. To avoid this, ensure you have ample time for a smoother move. Get a professional relocator to execute your move if needed. They’ll arrange your move, provide proper packing materials and guidance, and handle your items with care. Plenty of  verified moving experts on Kaodim are happy to help!