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How do you pack plates for a move? Guide to Packing Tableware

If you are interested in learning how to pack dishes for a move, then you must have already started the arduous task of packing items for the move. It's no secret that packing is the ultimate challenge of a move, the most time-consuming task that is notorious for ruining even the most impeccable plans.

And if you've read some of our other packing tips, then you probably know rule number 1 when packing for a move: Start packing as soon as possible. packing up and never look back. Along with storage areas, kitchens are the next most difficult areas to sort and pack into suitable moving boxes.

So, what's the best way to pack dishes for a move? Read this blog from Moving Company Direct continue to find out the answer.

What you need to pack kitchen utensils for a move

Packing tableware for a move can be quite tricky due to the extra fragile nature of kitchen plates. Dishes are usually made of ceramic materials such as porcelain and glazed earthenware, and that alone makes them extremely susceptible to damage during a move. And this is exactly why you need to make sure you use the right dish packing supplies so that you don't find pieces of broken utensils when you arrive at your new home.

Reinforced cardboard boxes. It is best to be safe and opt for special boxes made of double layers of corrugated cardboard to better protect the very fragile contents. These specialized containers with thicker walls, also called dish containers, are ideal for your immediate purpose: to package dishes safely so that they do not break during transport. However, if you haven't secured tray boxes before packing your fragile kitchen plates, don't worry – regular cardboard boxes will also suffice, provided you follow the packing steps outlined below.

Packing porcelain dishes

Bubble wrap. Okay, one thing's clear, you're going to need a lot of bubble wrap, simply because the famous bubble protective material is your best friend when it comes to packing dishes into dinnerware moving boxes. The simple truth is that if you can afford enough bubble wrap, chances are your stuff won't have a single crack in it.

Wrapping paper. The best wrapping paper for dishes is soft, white, acid-free wrapping paper that you can buy online or at any hardware store. The biggest advantage of wrapping kitchen plates with wrapping paper is that it creates a soft protective layer. One thing to keep in mind: Don't use newsprint (newspaper). Be aware that newspaper can easily leave ink stains on your valuable kitchen plates. These ink stains are not only difficult to remove, but can also completely ruin a piece of kitchen utensils, including a plate set, for example.

Packaging tape. You will need a roll of high-quality packing tape to secure the paper and bubble wrap once you have packed the porcelain plates. The tape will prevent, for example, your dish from sliding out of the packaging material, which can happen quite often.

A set of markers. Have a black marker and a red marker ready to label the sign packing boxes once they are full. Use the black marker to note the contents (KITCHEN DISHES) and the destination area (KITCHEN), then mark “FRAGILE” and “CAUTION” with the red marker to draw attention to the fragile nature of the cargo.

How to pack dishes for a move

Follow the detailed steps below to learn how to pack dishes safely, regardless of the distance your fragile items travel during the move. Whether it's just a few kilometers across the city or a few hundred kilometers across the country.

Here we describe the individual tableware packaging method that will provide the best protection for your fragile kitchen items. At first, that packing technique may feel a little slow, but once you get the hang of it, after packing a few kitchen plates, you'll be able to speed it up thanks to its repetitive nature. In fact, you shouldn't have any trouble packing your dishes for a move as long as you follow a few basic safety rules and guidelines.

So, how should you pack plates for a move? Follow these packing steps and you'll be packing your fragile items in no time.

Step 1: Tightly seal the bottom of any box you will use. Tape the center bottom line of the box from the outside, even if the cardboard box is brand new. Also reinforce the sides of the boxes to be on the safe side and prevent a box from breaking under the weight of the packaged porcelain plates.

Step 2: Line the inside of the moving boxes with crumpled packing paper or newspaper. The idea here is to create a soft insulation layer that will absorb any shock during the move, keeping the packed kitchen plates as safe as possible. Skipping this preparation step can seriously compromise the safety of the entire packaging operation. In addition to paper, you can also use sheets of bubble wrap or even bath towels to pad the bottom of any dish packaging box.

Step 3: Choose a place to pack your belongings. The place where you wrap your kitchen plates in paper and bubble wrap before putting them in suitable boxes. It is advisable to use the kitchen table for that purpose. Packing plates on the floor is also an option, but you will have to constantly bend over, which will put extra strain on your back and legs.

Step 4: Place the stack of soft wrapping paper on the kitchen table. Remember, you don't want to use newspapers because of the potential risk of newspaper ink transferring onto the delicate surface of your valuable kitchen items.

Step 5: Place a breakable object in the center of the stack and cover it by pulling a few sheets over the breakable board. Working diagonally from one corner to the next, wrap the piece completely by tucking the ends of the paper into the center of the board. Then use a bit of tape to secure the paper bundle.

How should I pack dishes for a move?

Follow the tableware packing steps in this article to keep your fragile kitchen items safe and undamaged during a move.

Step 6: Continue wrapping your kitchen plates one by one using the simple wrapping technique described in Step 5. Once you have some plates wrapped in paper, you can speed up the wrapping process thanks to its repetitive nature.

Step 7: Consider adding an extra layer of bubble wrap for your more expensive and valuable sets of kitchen plates. An extra sheet of bubble wrap over the paper bundle guarantees the safety of those extra vulnerable items. Again, use a little tape to secure that top layer of bubble wrap.

Step 8. Move the wrapped plates into the service boxes one by one. The proper technique for arranging your fragile utensils is to place them in the moving containers, standing on their edges, and never flat. Another tip for packing dishes is that the heavier dishes should always be placed at the bottom of the box and the lighter fragile utensils should be placed on top.

Step 9: Separate each row of kitchen plates from the next row using insulation material – paper, bubble wrap, towels or whatever. This way you provide even more protection for the kitchen utensils.

Step 10: Fill the remaining holes in the fish packing boxes to immobilize the entire package. Do this by adding pieces of paper, discarded sheets of bubble wrap, or pieces of old clothing. Your goal is to ensure that not a single piece of utensils moves around in the container during the move.

Step 11: Test whether you have successfully immobilized the kitchen plates in each box by lifting the container from the ground and shaking it slightly in the air. Ideally, you should not feel anything moving in the shell box. If you do, add more paper or bubble wrap to fill in any remaining gaps.

Step 12: Place a final protective layer of paper or bubble wrap on the top, close the lid and tape it shut with tape.

Step 13: Label each packed tray box. This is the final step of packing dishes for a move that most people overlook. But you shouldn't underestimate the importance of labeling the boxes: just take a black marker and write KITCHEN SIGNS on at least 2 sides of each box.

Safety tips for packing dishes

It would be disastrous to find some of your favorite sets of kitchen plates broken after opening the moving boxes to begin the unpacking process. To prevent such an unpleasant incident from ever happening to you, here are some additional safety tips for packing dishes for a move:

To save valuable time and money at the same time, inspect all the china plates you're about to pack and see if there are any that just aren't worth the effort. For example, there is not much point in paying for the transportation of fairly cheap sets of kitchen utensils that are already cracked, chipped or ruined in some way.

Packaging fragile plates

It is certainly not advisable to make a moving box too heavy, unless you are eager to see your dishes fall to pieces.

Are you moving and would you like help packing your dishes or other items? Then that is very understandable. We at Verhuisbedrijf Direct can help you pack your belongings. This saves you time and ensures that all items are properly packed and will not be damaged. Contact us or do one quote request to make your move happen!

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