One of the most fragile items you'll need to pack during a move is 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 the 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 bubble wrap if you don't have any. Also can be used to pack your knives.
- 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:
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 doesn't move – it won't break. 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 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 a 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 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.