How To Pack Dishes, Plates, And Glassware For Moving

How To Pack Dishes, Plates, And Glassware For Moving
To pack your cups, mugs, and glasses safely, start by filling them with crumpled packing paper. First step is to gather the required supplies to pack these delicate items. Learn step-by-step guide to pack each of these breakable items to make it to your new home.

If you are packing and relocating to a new house, you sure need to know the ways to pack delicate house belongings to make sure it gets to your destination house safely.

When discussing packing for a household move, the kitchen is the most difficult room of all time. The use of the right box during a move for packing glassware, breakables, and china can make sure your move is safe to its destination.

If you’ve lost a breakable item in transit before, you may be wondering how to pack your glassware without losing any this time. We’ve been there and back, you get to your new home and unpack few glasses to use for your celebratory drinks, only to discover that they cracked or broken on the way.

In this comprehensive guide, we discuss how to handle different types of glasses and dishes by packing them carefully and with the right materials for the job.

As you work through your moving checklist and you are ready to pack, below is what you should know about packing delicate items safely.

Important Packing Materials for Packing Dishes

When you are packing dishes, the game is called wiggle room. While additional space is often a great thing, you want as little as possible when it comes to packing dishes. That is where you need your important packing supply, and packing paper.

It will safeguard most of your fragile dishes, such as glassware and fine china, so you will need to get plenty of it. As for other packing materials, it’s a simple list. Below is what you need for the safe packing of dishes:

  • Packing paper
  • Dish boxes
  • Medium-sized boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Labels and markers

There, you have it. Leave bubble wrap out of this and we suggest you look away (if possible) from the printed newspaper. While it is easy to wash off, newspaper ink could become stains for good on dishes when it comes to it.

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How to Pack Plates for Moving

This simple method is always effective and is the simplest method for wrapping a plate using paper. It is also very easy and comprehensive. Follow the below tips:

  • Prepare a flat and solid surface on which the packing will be done.
  • Cover it with newspapers or packing papers: get wider papers for the place you plan to pack. The size is when it covers the entire plate.
  • Place the plate in the middle of the paper sheet and fold one of the corners gently until the whole plate is covered.
  • Then, place one other plate on the top and cover it with one of the leftover edges. Repeat this 4 times until you used the entire sheet to its full capacity and all four plates are completely wrapped with the paper. One important rule is to avoid placing the plates flat inside moving boxes, always position them on their sides. 
  • Use enough paper or other soft packing materials at the base of the box and on its sides.
  • Stack the plates on one another, with the next going to the top.
  • The stack should be laid on their sides until the entire box is filled.
  • Avoid leaving any free space in the moving box, the plates should lean properly on their side.
  • If you notice any space in the cardboard box, fill the gap with some packing paper.
  • Label the top and side of the box immediately after sealing it

Mark “fragile” and separate the box as it will be later loaded in the moving vehicle.

How to Pack Ceramic Plates for Moving

Packing ceramic plates is not something that should stress you at all. Before you do it, make sure you find out more about why plates of such material are delicate. Knowing this will make sure you handle any ceramic object carefully.

Ceramic objects are brittle but also strong. The materials don’t show any deformations until it is too late. When a ceramic surface is being over-pressured, it won’t change its form until it’s damaged. Some of the highly important properties of the ceramics include: 

  • High strength
  • Toughness
  • Hardness
  • Wear resistance
  • Non-magnetic
  • Static
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Low thermal conductivity

The particles contained in the ceramic material don’t lift easily unlike they do in metal. This is because certain ionic and covalent bonding is present. They hide every deformation from you.

The Japanese method for repairing broken ceramic objects is called Kintsugi. Instead of covering it, the repair on the exposed damage of the ceramic object is to be a part of its history. This feature sometimes increases the value of the object.

Bubble wrap is effective when packing ceramics; the air inside it will take in the pressure from any external forces, thus, preventing the pressure from getting to the ceramic objects. Wrap each item with bubble wrap and complete it using duct tape, stack each plate on top, and properly seal it in the cardboard box. 

How to Pack Cups, and Mugs for Moving

During the packing of dishes like cups and mugs, you can give them the same treatment as small bowls. They will use much packing paper, but their durability is higher than stemmed glasses.

Pack your cups, mugs, and glasses safely by first filling them with crumpled paper. You can then rap the small vessels in one or two sheets. Begin at a corner of the packing paper, with your item on an angle. Roll the cup across the paper towards the opposite corner.

Also, add more protection by folding in the excess paper. If you consider your cup strong enough, you can wrap two together on one sheet of paper. Immediately you reach the middle of the paper, place the next cup beside the first one and continue to roll to the end of the paper.

This is more effective if the objects are of the same shape and material, so we suggest you avoid pairing items that don’t match.  

How to Pack Glasses for Moving

Glass doesn’t change form and bend, which is why it cannot survive excessive pressure without breaking apart. It doesn’t have an orderly crystalline form. Dropping a glass object on a strong surface will make it break apart but if you apply slowly-moderate pressure on it, it will remain fine.

The resistance of toughened glass is higher than standard glass materials. It’s enhanced with additives which makes it highly resilient while it still maintains its primary qualities, like transparency.

Glass also breaks when exposed to heated temperature but you don’t have to worry about this. The temperature in the atmosphere cannot get to the point where your glassware will be at risk of breaking. 

Follow these steps:

  • Begin with an inspection: Check each glassware piece before you pack it. You can get a table or larger bed, or any other flat surface to lay all your glasses on. Go through each glass and closely lookout for any cracks or visible damage on it. Remove anything that has a suspicious look because it may cause some noise during the move if it eventually breaks inside.
  • Sort valuable items: Any costly item should be packed in a separate cardboard box. The rest of the glassware, including other items like vases, can be packed in the primary box with glassware. Be more careful with highly expensive glassware and better move it to the new home with your vehicle for improved safety.
  • Wrap the glassware and seal the boxes on a flat surface: Any flaws due to insufficient comfort in the process may lead to broken glassware. Wrap all the glasses one by one with packing paper.
  • Determine the most secure way to put glasses in the cardboard boxes, leaving out small amounts of gap
  • Fill the gaps with packing paper
  • Use duct tape to seal the box nicely after completing the top layer with bubble wrap
  • Mark every box as fragile.

How to Pack Wine Glasses for Moving

Wine glasses are super-thin, thus they easily get broken during transit and residential relocation. Many people don’t know how they should get ready, pack and move wine glasses so they can unpack them safely. Wine glasses that have long stems are mostly at the risk of breaking, be more careful with them by designating a box just for your stemware.

Consider the steps below to assure the safety of your wine glasses during the move:

  • Use bubble wrap to wrap the stem of each glass
  • Put moderately crumpled packing paper inside the glass. If any glass gets broken, the paper will reduce the damage so it can hopefully be repaired.
  • Wrap the entire glass in paper and seal using duct tape.
  • Make use of a cell pack in the box and place individual glass in a separate cell. If it finds it hard to enter because of its size after wrapping, make use of two cells for each glass.
  • When you fill all cells, complete the packing process by blocking off space with packing paper.
  • Use duct tape to seal the box as usual and add reinforcement if it’s been used already.
  • Label the box for easy unpacking; those carrying the box will also know it contains fragile items.

How to Pack Pots and Baking Dishes for Moving

When looking for ways to pack your dishes, you may want to overlook your pots and pans, but don’t. Non-stick pans are at higher risk of scratches and all cookware can get dented easily.

  • Begin with the normal procedure of reinforcing the box with tape, but don’t just apply it for the bottom this time, add extra support to the edges too. Pots and baking dishes are often built from metal so they are heavier than normal dishes.
  • Wrap any other kitchenware in packing paper and stack it at the bottom of the moving box. You also will want to unload the cardboard box by first removing the delicate pots on top and then continue with the heavier and less-delicate item at the bottom.
  • Add more layers of packing paper to the packed kitchenware, placed on the bottom of the box.
  • Label ‘heavy’ on the box to alert anyone that has to later carry it.

Other Tips for Packing Dishes

Aside from buying sufficient packing paper, to wrap small items, there are certain packing tips and tricks to simplify packing dishes. Below is what you should remember as you are in the process of becoming a professional dish packer:

  • Pack heavier stuff first
  • Vertically stack dishes always
  • Reduce on packing paper with the use of towels
  • Cushion everything and fill all gaps in each box
  • Label all box fragile and open this way
  • Gently load dish boxes in the moving truck
  • Don’t over-pack boxes— 45 pounds max.
  • Fill cardboard boxes to the top
  • If you don’t have enough packing paper or bubble wrap, try linens or towels as cushioning

Do not use the oversized box. Don’t forget that the highest weight should be 50 lbs.


Now that you are equipped with all the necessary information required to pack dishes without breaking any, you can now gather the packing paper and dish boxes and begin to pack up your kitchen. Don’t forget these tips as you do your work and you will get to your new home with every piece of your dishes in good shape.

If there are fragile items to pack in your home, and won’t be able to handle, our professional out of state packers can help you.