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Packing Fragile Items

Packing fragile items is an activity fraught with danger. Grandma’s antique vase could get smashed or a wedding plate set demolished, if you’re not careful. These six tips for packing fragile items can ensure that everything makes it to your new home in one piece:

Have the Right Supplies

Cutting corners on packing supplies will only result in broken items and shattered hearts. The best tip for packing fragile items is to start with the right supplies. You’ll need clear, wide packing tape, styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, clean tissue paper, heavy cardboard boxes, zip-lock bags, and a Sharpie marker. Without these basic supplies, packing fragile items is impossible. Whilst wrapping the outside of fragile items may be a given, people sometimes forget to also pack the inside. You should make sure you put packing materials inside vases, bowls, and other vessels, as well as out. Pack the inside of these items with tissue paper before wrapping in bubble wrap. The tissue will provide extra strength and support to hollow items.

Tape It Up

Don’t underestimate the power of a securely taped box. Even when care is taken, if the tape gives way, the item is finished. Use wide packing tape, not skinny scotch tape, and place at least two strips over the center seam of the box on both sides. For additional safety, use a strip of tape on both sides of the flaps. This “H”-shape made up of at least four strips of tape will ensure that no matter how heavy the items inside, the box will stay secure.

Pad the Top and Bottom

When packing fragile items, don’t just worry about padding the actual item, pad the box too. Add two to three inches of Styrofoam peanuts into the bottom of the box. Place the fragile items into the box next, followed by two to three additional inches of Styrofoam peanuts on top. You’ll find this adds extra support and cushioning to the items.

Double Box It

For particularly fragile items, using two boxes can ensure the item makes it through the move safely. Packers will need two different sized boxes. Pack the larger box with Styrofoam peanuts and nestle the smaller box inside. Then, more packing peanuts around the item. Securing the items in the double packing means that, even if the outer box gets damaged, the inner box will keep your items safe.

When to Hire Help

If you have a large number of fragile items, especially if the items are unusually shaped, you might not have the time or supplies necessary for packing it all safely. This is when it becomes even more important to hire professionals. Whether it’s a move on a tight schedule or simply a large array of fragile items, relying on a professional moving company is often the best choice.