Let’s talk about the steps you can take to keep your china safe while it’s moving across the country.
Step 1: Use Boxes Made for Moving
To begin, we highly recommend packing your china into dish pack boxes. These are specifically designed with fragile items in mind. If you’ll check out the picture below, you can see that dish pack boxes are made with reinforced walls and adjustable divider partitions to add the extra protection required with moving things like china.
If dish pack boxes aren’t available, you can also use small- or medium-size boxes. Just make sure they’re made for moving, rather than used ones from the grocery store. Though it’s sometimes tempting to use boxes like this – especially when they’re free – they’re not designed for protecting fragile items, and you’ll normally find that it’s not worth it in the end.
Dish pack, small, and medium boxes can all be purchased online from the U-Pack Box Store, with free shipping right to your door!
Step 2: Get the Right Supplies
In addition to moving boxes, you'll also need a few moving supplies to protect your china.
Step 3: Pack the china
Making sure each piece of china is packed thoroughly and properly is extremely important. Here are some tips to help ensure your fragile items travel safely:
- Before you start packing a box with breakable items, place a layer of crushed packing paper at the bottom of the box for cushion.
- Always place the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and build up in layers with the lightest on the top.
- Limit the weight of each box of china to 10 lbs.
- Divide the layers and fill in empty spaces with crushed packing paper.
- Wrap each item individually using several sheets of packing paper (the more packing paper around each piece, the more protected it’s going to be).
How to pack plates:
- Center one plate on top of the stack of packing paper.
- Take a few sheets of packing paper (2-4 sheets) from one corner and fold over the plate.
- Take the same amount of sheets of packing paper from the opposite corner and fold over the plate.
- Repeat this process for the two remaining corners.
- The four corners of the packing paper will overlap, meeting in the middle of the plate.
- Place another plate on top of the wrapped plate, the repeat the process again, taking a few sheets of packing paper one corner at a time and folding it over the plate.
- Continue this process of stacking and wrapping plates.
- The goal is to make a small stack of completely wrapped plates. Typically, a stack is 4-8 plates, all depending on the thickness and size of your plates.
- If necessary, use packing tape to tape down the packing paper if it will not lay flat on top of the top plate in the stack.
- Put the stack of plates in the box vertically, like in a dishwasher, because plates are stronger standing up.
- Use more crushed pieces of packing paper to fill in any gaps in the box. This will help to reduce any possible shifting while in transit.
How to pack bowls:
- Wrap your bowls just like you wrap your plates, making a stack of wrapped bowls. Be sure to place them in the box vertically, too.
How to pack glasses:
- It is best to wrap all glasses individually.
- For packing glasses, place the glass on its side near one corner of the packing paper.
- Start from the corner. Take a few sheets of packing paper and tuck them into the opening of the glass. Then, begin wrapping the packing paper around the glass.
- As you are rolling the glass diagonally toward the opposite corner of the packing paper, tuck in the overlapping edges of the packing paper underneath the glass.
- If your glass has a stem, wrap the stem of the glass in tissue paper before wrapping the entire glass in packing paper. This will provide extra protection for the stem.
- It is best to put glasses upside down in the dish pack box.
How to pack serving dishes with lids
- Wrap the lid and the serving dish separately.
- Use several layers of packing paper to wrap the serving dish. First, wrap the dish right side up, then turn it over and wrap it again. This will ensure that the serving dish is completely covered with packing paper.
- If the serving dish has a handle, wrap the handle in tissue paper first, then in packing paper for added protection.
- For the lid, secure it also with several layers of packing paper.
How to pack oddly shaped pieces of china
- Oddly shaped pieces of china should be wrapped with an abundance of packing paper. You want to make sure that the entire piece is completely covered with several layers of packing paper to provide cushion.
Step 4: Close the box
Once the china is packed safely in the box with plenty of packing paper around each piece, you can prepare to close the box.
- Add plenty of crushed packing paper into the box to fill gaps within the box
- Give the box a gentle shake. If you feel any movement at all, the china isn’t secure enough, so add more crushed packing paper.
- Put crushed packing paper on top of all the china (once there is no more shifting) so that when you close the box, there’s no space between the dishes and the inside of the top of the box.
- You should be able to press down on the top of the box and it not move position.
- Close the box and tape it down using the packing tape.
- Label all four sides of the box with the words “FRAGILE CHINA” and “THIS SIDE UP” so that it won’t get flipped upside down by accident.
And that’s it! You’re done! Make sure that no other heavy boxes will be placed on top of the boxes filled with your china because any amount of pressure could be a potential danger to your dishes.
If you have questions about how to pack china, let us know - we’re happy to help! Just leave us a comment below!
And before you start packing up your china, take a look at these helpful videos and tips about packing and loading!