How to Pack Your Fragile Items For Moving House

It’s easiest to pack room by room, so it’s handy to already have out and ready to go you packing boxes for your fragile items. If you’ve got kids, get them to help by taping and preparing a bunch of boxes all ready for you to just grab.
The trick to productivity packing is to avoid worrying about the whole house and concentrate on one place at a time instead.
You should go room by room when packing your house, and inside each room, drawer by drawer and shelf by shelf by shelf.

It takes time to pack your house, so give yourself a few days at least and ask for a few helping hands if you can. Pack your last box of necessities and clearly mark it (even better, carry it in the car with you, not the moving truck) so that when you first arrive at your new home, you have easy access to those things. Give yourself a pat on the back when you’re done, to get through it.

You’re going to need a few bits and bobs for packing your delicate items. These could include your photo frames, vases, art work, silverware, occasion dinnerware, fine crystal, anything you would like to get the it’s destination in once piece. The items you will need are as follows:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam wrap
  • Packing paper


As a tip, it’s helpful to use linen, towels, pillows blankets, etc to line your packing boxes with, on top and on the bottom, and also between items like vases. This helps to shock proof and stop things moving around while in transit.
Don’t forget to clearly label your boxes FRAGILE! Also avoid using newspaper directly on your items and the ink can often rub off and on to your possessions. It takes longer to pack delicate items than to pack the other things. When they arrive safely intact, the extra time and precautions you take to secure your breakables would be worth it.  If you are feeling unsure if you are going to pack your fragile items correctly, it is completely acceptable to hire a removalists that pack and unpack for you!



Start by putting at the bottom of the box two layers of bubble wrap or packing paper. With a thin layer of packing paper, cover each piece of dinnerware and stack them in the box one at a time, adding an extra layer of bubble wrap or paper for every three dishes. Wrap them individually with foam wrap or T-shirts or tank tops for particularly delicate items such as wine glasses and coffee mugs.

Delicate Serveware and Dishes
It is necessary to correctly pack your dishes to avoid breaking them during transit. For best performance, pack them standing on their sides like record albums. To pad them, you should use foam plates between them and on the top and bottom. To fill any holes and keep the content from moving.

Glassware Products
When you use this simple trick, glassware is easy to pack-pack every piece in a brown paper lunch sack and fill the voids in the box with wadded packing paper to cushion them. Line small or medium boxes, top and bottom, with sufficient padding. Layer spaces around glasses with paper or towels as well, reducing the probability of the goods moving inside the package as much as possible. At the bottom of the package, put the heavier objects, with lighter items (like empty plastic containers) on the top.

Valuable paper products
This could be anything from vintage postcards, collectible magazines, photos, or books.
Use waterproof packaging to encase the products, like a sealed plastic zip-lock bag. To prevent folding and creasing, sandwich the waterproof packaging between some cardboard. In an envelope that is taped closed and marked as fragile, pack the prepared object, do not bend, and do not fold. Consider using a more sturdy container such as a hard plastic box or bin with a lid.

Prints and Artwork
Investing in a flat picture box can help ensure the protection of your paintings and prints. They’re going to cost more, but they’re worthwhile. Try to find one on each side that is about 3 or 4 inches bigger than your artwork. You will have to use more padding materials if it is bigger, and if it is smaller, you will not have enough space for padding and you run the risk of damage.

For photo frames wrap them in bubble wrap. Line a box with crumpled paper and set it inside carefully. If they are over eight inches high, stand the frames up. To avoid shattering of glass, put an x of the painter’s tape across the frame glass. Picture frames should be mounted in small to medium boxes lined with paper and, if larger than 8 inches, should stand with crumpled paper between each piece. Using wrapping paper to wrap frames. To ensure things don’t move around in the box, top frames with more packing paper or secured with a moving blanket, wrapped in plastic, and moved separately while moving paintings and photographs that are over 3 feet in height. Separately wrap or pack larger frames over 3 feet tall.


With the blades pointed in the same direction, place several knives on a hand towel. Start at the bottom and roll the towel up so that between each blade there is a cushion. To cover the tips and your hands, then fold over the side of the towel. Lie flat in the box.

Heavy Objects
The bottom should be put as how the box containing delicate objects should be arranged when travelling will play a huge role in what condition they will arrive in. You would need to first position the heavier objects at the bottom before placing less heavy items in order to prevent them from being crushed or broken. To prevent harm to your delicate objects, avoid moving boxes.


A delicate and significant task is packaging artwork. It’s best left to experienced movers who have experience with artwork if you care for your art and are unable to take appropriate care. To make things run smoother, hire yourself a furniture removalists service that will give you peace of mind when you have to travel with antiques and brittle items. For things such as paintings and fine art, wine collections, and sculptures and statues, for specialised care and handling for your special belongings during your transfer.   Don’t forget about checking that your delicate fragile items are covered by insurance while in transit.