Packing up your kitchen is one of the toughest parts of moving house. All those fragile and awkward shaped items make this a tricky task.
Hopefully this guide will give you some handy hints and help keep your items safe whilst they’re being moved.
Step 1: Packing Materials
Make sure you have good quality boxes, packing paper and tape. We can provide all these items to our customers within 20 miles of Exeter. We recommend small boxes for packing glasswear so a double wall box around 12x12x18cm is ideal.
Step 2: Get Comfy!
Spending hours packing boxes can be quite uncomfortable so clear a nice space on a worktop or table and set out your paper. A good tip is to put the box you are packing on top of another box on the floor to lift it up and save too much bending. Bring the items to be packed to your packing area.
Step 3: Make up a box
Sounds simple but do this properly and you can save many potential problems. If you have good quality tape this is easier but a couple of strips across the main joint which will form the bottom of the box, and then a strip along the end joints, is good practice.
Step 4: Soft cushion
Scrunch up some packing paper and make a soft base in the box to cushion the glass from the base of the box, around 6 – 8 sheets of paper should be fine.
Step 5: Get wrapping
Firstly wrap your glass in one sheet of paper, roll the glass along the paper and wrap it fairly tightly. Then in an different direction wrap again but more loosely this time. Fold in any overhanging paper on either side. The idea is the loose paper and air gaps cushion the glass on all sides. Have a look at the video at then end of the page to see how to do this.
Step 6: Fill your box
You can stand your glasses up or lay them down in the box. With very
fine glass or tall stem items we would lay them down, as pictured. Put around 4 per tier in the box.
Step 7: Padding
Pad around each tier of glasses with lots of paper and then, like you did at the bottom of the box, scrunch up some paper and make a soft dividing layer.
Step 8: Repeat
Build 2 to 3 tiers in the same way as described and the make sure that all gaps are filled with paper so nothing can rattle around in transit. Pad the top of the box out with paper; when you seal the box this will push down to protect the contents.
Step 9: Close, mark and load Seal the box up well with tape and mark the room it’s going to on the box. Also label the box as fragile. Load the box high up in the van so that it doesn’t have any weight pressing down on it.Step 10: Give us a call!
Please remember Van Man Removals Exeter offer a full packing service and our trained staff can pack up your house while you relax!– Packing service