Packing fragile items: this is how you do it

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Anyone who has moved before knows how time-consuming packing can be. And then we are mainly talking about packing fragile items. After all, you don’t just throw them in a box. But how do you best approach that? Make it easy for yourself.

What do you pack fragile items in?

There are a few options for packing fragile items:

  • Bubble wrap– is perhaps the best-known option. The air bubbles in the plastic have a shock-absorbing effect and therefore ensure that your fragile items are well protected during your move. All you have to do is wrap your stuff tightly in the foil, and you’re done.
  • Do you still find bubble wrap a little too protective? You can also first roll mirrors and other fragile items in corrugated cardboard. Then, add some bubble wrap, and you will significantly reduce the risk of breaking.
  • Wrapping paper also protects your stuff well. Especially for small items – such as cups, glasses and cutlery – wrapping paper works well. Always use enough. You can also use newspaper for this but always test beforehand whether the ink does not transfer onto your things.
  • Use other items that need to be moved. For example, you can pack glasses in socks, use tea towels to protect your plates, and hide your photo frames between the bedding. Two birds with one stone!
  • It is best to transport large, fragile items in a separate box. Wrap the item in foil or paper and place a blanket on the bottom of the box and a pillow on top.

Where do you transport your fragile items?

One golden rule applies: keep your moving boxes as portable as possible. It may seem convenient to have to carry fewer boxes, but you don’t want to risk the bottom of the box giving way. For the same reason, it is also smart to divide your fragile items over a number of moving boxes.

Also, fill your moving boxes as much as possible because you don’t want your stuff to have too much slack or room to move. Therefore, cover your fragile – and often heavy – items with light material, such as clothing or towels.

You can also buy handy partitions in many shops. They ensure that you can transport glasses, bottles or other fragile materials easily and safely.

Of course, label each box “fragile” so that movers and helpers know to handle it with care.

Move fragile things better …

Crockery: wrap each part of your crockery separately in ample wrapping paper. This way, you create a crumple zone around your tableware, as it were.

Glasses: it is also best to pack glasses individually in wrapping paper. Place them upright in the box and start with the largest glasses.

Cups and Bags: You don’t necessarily need dividers for these. It’s much more important to wrap them in wrapping paper and ensure the box is full enough, so your items don’t have any room to move.

Plates: Wrap them in bubble wrap and place them vertically in a box. It is best to also stuff some paper at the top and bottom.

Vases: hollow objects such as vases should not only be wrapped in wrapping paper, but it is also best to put them in it.

Lamps: wrap lampshades in (a lot of) paper and lamp bases in bubble wrap.

Visit Britwrap to buy protective packaging materials at a fair price. They have a wide range of packaging materials like rugs and mattress covers, floor protection roll, etc, to guarantee the safety of your possessions throughout transport. Do you have a golden tip for packing fragile items? Then let us know below!

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