How to Pack Fragile Items for a Move

August 7, 2023

A Comprehensive Packing Guide

Sometimes moving is difficult, especially when it comes to packing fragile items. It is not just about wrapping them in bubble wrap and hoping for the best. Proper packing techniques and materials can make a significant difference in ensuring that your fragile items reach their destination safely. In this guide, we will provide you with tips and tricks on how to pack fragile items for a move.

Choose the Right Packing Materials

Choosing the right packing materials is essential to ensure that your fragile items do not get damaged during the move. Some of the most commonly used packing materials for fragile items include:

Bubble wrap: Bubble wrap is an excellent material for cushioning fragile items, as it provides a layer of protection against impact. Wrap each item in bubble wrap and secure it with tape.

Packing paper: Packing paper is ideal for wrapping fragile items such as glassware and dishes. It is essential to use enough paper to ensure that the item is fully covered.

Packing peanuts: Packing peanuts are a great option for filling empty spaces in boxes, as they provide additional cushioning. However, be sure not to over-pack the box with peanuts, as this can cause the items to shift during transit.

Foam sheets: Foam sheets are a great alternative to bubble wrap, especially for larger items. They can be cut to size and wrapped around the item for added protection.

Moving blankets: Blue moving blankets are another excellent option for protecting your fragile items during the move. These thick blankets are specifically designed for moving and are made of durable material that provides an extra layer of cushioning to protect your delicate items. They are particularly useful for large and heavy items such as furniture, mirrors, and artwork. Be sure to securely wrap the item in the blue moving blanket and then secure it further with tape to ensure that it does not move or shift during transit.

Pack Your Fragile Items Correctly

Packing fragile items correctly is crucial to ensure that they are protected during the move. Here are some tips for packing different types of fragile items:

Glassware & Dishes: Wrap each glass or dish individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, and place them upright in the box. Fill any empty spaces with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper.

Artwork: Use a piece of cardboard to create a flat surface and place the artwork face down on it. Wrap the artwork in bubble wrap, and secure it with tape. Place the artwork in a box with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper.

Electronics: Remove any batteries or detachable components and pack them separately. Use bubble wrap or foam sheets to wrap the item, and place it in a box with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper.

How to Pack TVs and Monitors

When it comes to protecting your television during a move, a moving blanket can be an excellent option. Start by unplugging and removing any detachable components, such as the base or speakers. Wrap each component individually in bubble wrap or foam sheets and pack them separately in a labeled box.

Next, wrap the television itself in a blue moving blanket and use packing tape to secure it tightly. Be sure to cover the corners and edges, as these areas are particularly susceptible to damage during transit. Once the television is securely wrapped in the blanket, place it in a box with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper to ensure that it does not move or shift during transport.

Remember to label the box as fragile and mark it as containing a television, so that your movers are aware of its delicate nature. When it comes time to unpack, be sure to remove the moving blanket carefully and inspect the television for any damage before plugging it back in.

Label Your Boxes Clearly

Labeling your boxes correctly is essential, especially when it comes to fragile items. Here are some tips for labeling your boxes:

Fragile: Be sure to label any box containing fragile items with a “Fragile” sticker. This will alert the movers to handle the box with care.

This Side Up: If there is a specific orientation in which the item needs to be transported, label the box with a “This Side Up” sticker.

Contents: Label the box with a brief description of its contents. This will make it easier to identify the box when unpacking.

Room: Label the box with the room where it belongs. This will make it easier to organize the boxes when unloading.

Is it advisable for me to pack fragile items by myself?

We suggest that you pack your own delicate items for a few reasons. Firstly, it allows you to give your most valuable possessions the attention they require. Although full-service moving companies are highly skilled and trained in packing items to prevent damage, errors can still occur.

You don’t have to choose one or the other – you can still ask your moving company to pack the majority of your items while you handle the fragile ones. However, if something breaks, please note that some companies will only reimburse damages to items they packed.

If you lack the time or desire, almost any moving companies offer packing and other related services that you may want to use on a moving day.

Packing fragile items for a move can be a daunting task, but with the right materials and techniques, you can ensure that your items arrive safely at their destination. Remember to choose the right packing materials, pack your items correctly, and label your boxes clearly. By following these tips, you can take the stress out of moving your fragile items and enjoy a smooth and successful move.

If you are at all unsure about your packing skill, ask for help. Cactus Moving provides professional packing services. Contact your local movers today to request an estimate.