The Best Ways to Pack Your Fine China for a Move

by Dusty Rhodes on Sep 07, 2017  in 
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If you are planning to move, proper packing is very important to keep your fine china well protected from damage during the moving process.  Because fine china is notoriously very fragile, you need superior packing methods to ensure these delicate items do not chip or break while in transit.  When packing these items it is important to work on a soft surface, so you might want to work on carpet or lay blankets down to provide a cushioned work surface.  Once you have a soft work space, lay all of your items in front of you and pack each piece following these important steps.

Step 1
Place a sheet of packing paper or tissue paper flat on your work surface.  The sheet should be large enough to completely cover the item.  Place plates face down and wrap them completely, folding the corners inward to cover the plate.  For bowls and cups, crumple on or more pieces of packing paper or tissue paper and place it inside the bowl or cup.  Then, wrap them completely, folding the corners inward and securing them with tape. 

Step 2
Place a large piece of bubble wrap flat on your work surface. Place plates face down in the middle of the bubble wrap and cover them completely, folding the corners inward and securing them with tape.  For bowls and mugs, hold the packing paper in place in the middle as you carefully turn the bowl or mug over.  Wrap it completely in bubble wrap, securing the corners with tape.  (For cups with handles, cut a 4-6 inch wide strip of bubble wrap and place it around the handle of the cup.  Tape it securely) 

Step 3
Use a cardboard box that is just big enough for the plates to fit snugly.  If the box is too big, the items could slide around and get damaged.  Place each plate face up in the bottom of a sturdy cardboard box.  Repeat with each plate, stacking them carefully.  For bowls and cups, do not place them inside each other.  Instead, make a single layer of bowls or cups by placing them carefully in the bottom of a sturdy box.  Cover them with a substantial amount of peanuts or packing paper and if there is room, place another layer of bowls or cups on top.  Secure the box with plenty of heavy duty tape.

Always take precaution when packing delicate items such as fine china.  Taking the time to pack them properly, will ensure they arrive safely and undamaged at their new location.

Dusty Rhodes