How to pack plates and dishes for moving

One of the most fragile items you'll need to pack during a move are your dishes and plates. If they are not packed properly - it's easy to crack or even completely broke them even if you handle them with greatest care.
You don't need to worry about that though, just follow our step-by-step guide and you'll learn how to pack plates for moving and any other flatware like a pro. In addition, we will explain how to pack dishes without newspaper, because of the fact that it might leave ink. So, if you have wondered how to pack plates and glasses for moving, scroll to the lines below.

What you need before you start packing your dishes:

  • Sturdy medium-sized box – the box should be light enough to be moved after you fill it with plates.
  • Packing Paper (plain newsprint is ok too) – you will need one sheet for every 2 plates.
  • Packing tape - your best friend when you are moving house.
  • Bubble wrap - to ensure extra protection for your flatware.
  • Kitchen towels - great replacement of the bibble wrap if you don't have any.
  • Marker or labels - even though it's obvious – it's important to mark your boxes Fragile.
  • Plates and dishes - all of the flatware could be packed easily with this method.

How to pack plates for shipping correctly:

  1. Line the medium sized box with a sheet of bubble wrap. The bubble wrap should be big enough to cover the bottom, the sides of the box and to have enough spare to cover the top of the box;
  2. Place a stack of packing paper on the table (or the kitchen counter-top);
  3. Place the first plate in the center of the packing paper;
  4. Take 2 sheets of packing paper and fold one of the corners over the plate. Ensure the plate is completely covered;
  5. Place the second plate on top of the covered first plate and fold the remaining three corners of the packing paper;
  6. Use packing tape to secure the packed dishes;
  7. Put the packed plates in the box. Place them on their side, not flat. This way the dishes could sustain a lot more pressure;
  8. Repeat all the steps until the box is full;
  9. If there is space left in the box after packing all the plates - fill it with bubble wrap or towels for extra cushioning;
  10. Cover the top of the box with the spare bubble wrap and seal it tightly;
  11. Label the box “Fragile” and mark the room “Kitchen”.


Check out the video below to see this technique in action:

Things to consider when packing plates:

  • For the smaller plates you can pack 3 at a time instead of 2. This will save you some packing paper.
  • Using newspapers instead of plain newsprint or packing paper is not recommended, as it could leave ink all over your dishes.
  • If it don't move – it won't brake. Ensure there is enough padding, so the plates are tight in the box. If you doubt – add more padding!
  • If you'll fill your box with 2 rows of plates – put the heavier below and the lighter – on the top. Don't forget to add a padding between the rows. Bubble wrap is the best choice for that. The second row is also great for more fragile things, like stemware, glasses, teacups or even figurines.
  • If you are using moving company for your relocation and they pack your items – they will be responsible for your belongings. Packing by yourself doesn't give you that benefit. That's why it's often better to use professional packers and movers – they will reduce the chance for damages during the move, and all of your stuff will be fully insured.

Knowing how to pack the dishes and the plates is simply not enough if you plan a long distance move. If you are about to relocate and take everything with you to the new destination, please check our detailed post for packing before a long distance move.

Packed the dishes and can't decide what to do next? We suggest to start packing your shoes as soon as possible. If you have no idea how to start or proceed, check our complete guide about packing shoes.


Get a Free Quote

Comments are closed.