What you will need for packing:
- Foam Cushion Sheets
- Packing Peanuts
- Bubble Wrap
1. Choose a box that will allow you to pack no more than 10 pounds
The key to this step is to choose a compact box to prevent over packing. Over packing can cause the box to become heavy and difficult to move, often times movers choose to put larger boxes at the bottom allowing to load other smaller items on top of them. This risks putting the valuable chinaware under pressure and may be exposed to any possible breaking of the fragile china.
2. Put packing peanuts at the bottom of the box
If you need packing peanuts, PakMail offers a variety of Packing Supplies. Packing peanuts are more compact and can ensure that the china has a steady cushioning underneath them.
3. Wrap china in newspaper before placing on top of the packing peanuts
Carefully wrap each piece of china individually for added protection. If wrapping multiple pieces of chinaware together is desired, make sure that there is no areas of china or glass touching each other. This can cause the chinaware to chip if they are touching one another in the shipping process.
*Do not skimp on the newspaper; make sure each piece is adequately wrapped with newspaper to ensure the packing quality.
4. Pack the wrapped items into the box
Arrange the wrapped china into the box securely by placing foam cushion sheets between each item. Make sure to leave at least 1 inch of space between the side of the box and the fragile items.
Tip: For plates, place them on their edge as they are much stronger packed that way. Put scrunched up newspaper at the bottom of a box carrying plates and then slide cardboard, bubble wrap or foam between them. It is recommended to wrap each plate in a few sheets of paper to keep them well padded and to prevent any of them from coming into contact with each other.
5. Fill the empty spaces with packing peanuts, newspaper or foam paper
To prevent items from shifting and moving during the shipment process, make sure to pack any empty spaces in the box with packing peanuts, scrunched newspaper or with foam. Give the box a light shake to see if items are able to move around.
6. Tape the box tightly
Securely taping the box shut will prevent any chance of the box opening during shipment. Also, make sure to write “FRAGILE” and “THIS WAY UP” on the box to alert individuals moving the package.
Tip: Check the box for any potential indentation if other boxes will be placed on it. If the box can be compressed in any way from having other heavy items placed on top of it, this pressure can damage the fragile contents. If the lid can be pressed inward at all can add more stuffing to ensure no indentation can ruin the contents inside.
PakMail Indianapolis has years of experience packing and shipping family heirlooms. On a weekly basis we send individual items and smaller amounts of fragile collectables to families across the country and all around the world.