Let’s be honest – anything which makes moving day easier and more stress-free has to be a good thing, right? So here are some tips on how to do your glassware packing like a pro. Not only will these save you time and effort, they will make the whole process seem so much easier, and also reduce chances of your favourite glassware getting damaged during the move.
Experts in removals in Gloucestershire recommend that when it comes to fragile items, and by fragile we mean anything that might break if pressure is applied to it, you’ll need plenty of ‘scrunch’ – the scrunched up paper used to fill spaces between fragile items and act as a shock absorber to cushion any impact to the box in which the fragile items are packed.
When packing glassware, try to construct layers within the packing box, maybe three to four layers in total. Start with heavier items for the bottom layers and work your way up to lighter items for the top layers. Just like playing Tetris; try to place fragile items in the best space within the packing box, to fill as many gaps between items as possible. This will help ensure minimum movement when in transit. Pack plenty of scrunch between each item to help fill those gaps.
Avoid packing fragile items directly next to heavy items or kitchen appliances. Either use extra scrunch to separate them or pack heavy items in a separate packing box.
Try to fill all gaps within the box with scrunch – you can’t really overdo it – as this will only help to protect fragile items. Your aim should be to completely fill all spaces with packing paper to avoid items moving or jostling in the box.
Pack fragile items firmly – not tightly or loosely. If you pack them too tight then any small impact to the box may cause an item to shatter. Loosely packed items will move around during transit – increasing the risk of breakages.
Don’t pack fragile items in big boxes which then become too heavy to lift easily – this can increase the risk of the box slipping or being dropped. You should be able to lift a packing box marked ‘fragile’ without undue strain.
Once the box is full of items, pack a final layer of scrunch on top to cover all the items. When packed properly, you should have to apply slight pressure to the flaps in order to close the box, before sealing it with tape. Ensuring you have enough scrunch packing within each box will significantly decrease the risk of items moving, and reduce the possibility of breakages while being loaded, transported and unloaded at the other end.