Keeping fragile items safe and secure during a move can be daunting, especially when you have little or no experience packing. To prevent breaking, chipping or scratching your precious items, it’s really important to plan ahead and prepare thoroughly to keep your valuables damage-free. Here are the best tips on how to pack fragile items yourself.
If cardboard boxes are your only available option, be careful to secure the bottom with strips of tape to prevent heavy items breaking through.
Stay clear of flimsy and fragile boxes that can soak up water or moisture easily. Choose thick, sturdy or double-corrugated boxes for extra protection.
Use boxes that are only slightly larger than the items to avoid shifting around during transit.
For a more robust method, our flexible and cost-effective plastic Easycrates are available in different sizes to suit your specific requirements. We also offer computer crates that can comfortably house a workstation.
2. Invest in Good Quality Packing Materials
Other than boxes or crates, you will also need foam, packing paper, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts or even towels. This lessens the chance of fragile items being broken by helping to absorb any vibrations that might occur.
For electronics, use the original packaging materials if possible.
For glasses, plates, stemware, and other china, it’s recommended to use cell boxes or cardboard with dividers.
Order all high-quality packing materials you need in our Box Shop.
Labels are helpful in identifying the content inside each box or crate and making the unpacking process easy and time-saving.
Clearly mark the outside of your box using a “Fragile items” label, so that anyone who moves it will remember to pay extra care and attention. It’s a good idea to group boxes containing fragile items together to avoid confusion or mistakes when being handled.
4. Box Clever
Smartly layer your valuables in order with smaller items sitting on top and bulky, heavier items packed at the bottom. This way, the base is well-supported and smaller things won’t be crushed.
Use packing papers or bubble wrap to pack items individually. Be sure to wrap all sides of the item, including the top and bottom.
5. Fill Empty Spaces
If delicate items are left with space to move around freely, there is a chance that they may bump into each other or crash into the sides of the box.
To avoid this, stuff the box with cushioning materials such as packing paper, packing peanuts, towels, or linens.
Don’t try to put as many fragile items as possible in one box as the outcome might be costly and irreparable.
We hope that our 5 tips on how to pack fragile items will help you during your move.
If all of these packing and preparation steps seem nerve-wrecking and somewhat overwhelming, why not give Edward Baden a call? Relocation experts for more than 25 years with an unrivalled knowledge in a wide range of industries, Edward Baden guarantees to provide you with one-stop cost-effective relocation services. We handle fragile items of any size and in any form, from glassware, china and artwork, to historical artefacts and scientific instruments.
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