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Dining Room

Dining room includes the most fragile china and crystal stemware. Moving professionals recommend that you carefully wrap each item in paper and place them in dish-pack moving cartons. You will also want to include items with value exceeding $100 per pound on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. Click here to find out more about protecting your belongings and valuables for the move.

China & Glassware
Wrap all of the pieces of china and glassware individually Start from the corner, wrap diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.

  • A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is necessary for moving china and glassware.
  • For outer wrapping, a double layer of newsprint serves well.
  • Label moving cartons with room, contents, and "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP."
Flat China & Flat Glassware
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a moving carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the moving carton in a row on edge.

  • Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
  • Surround each bundle with crushed paper.
  • Add two or three inches of wadded paper on top of the bundle to protect rims.
  • Horizontal cardboard dividers can keep layers level.
  • Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer.
Wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top off the layer with wadded newsprint. Even when using a dish pack, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Pack cups upside down.

Silver & Flatware
Protect silver pieces from tarnishing while moving, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.

  • Hollow ware - including bowls, tea sets and serving dishes - should be wrapped carefully and packed for moving.
  • Loose flatware may be wrapped individually or in sets, and in paper, clear plastic, or small gift boxes that are then secured with tape.
  • Even if silverware is in a chest, consider wrapping the pieces individually. You could also fill all voids in the chest with newsprint to prevent shifting.
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning for moving.

  • Wrap in tissue paper first, paper towels or facial tissue. Then wrap carefully in paper that has been wadded and flattened out.
  • Small mirrors, plaques and pictures should be wrapped individually in tissue paper with an outer layer of newsprint.
  • A bath towel or small blanket makes excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass.
  • Place flat items on edge in a carton.
Very Fragile Items
Consult with your Relocation Consultant on the packing of very fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per pound need to be listed on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable and delicate, it may be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection while moving.
Lamp Bases

After removing the light bulb and lamp harp (the frame which holds the bulb), wrap the base, harp and bulbs separately in newsprint. Place them together in a moving carton, filling voids with wadded paper.

Lamp Shades
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large, light towel.

  • Use a sturdy moving carton at least two inches bigger than the largest shade.
  • Do not pack other items with shades. Label moving cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large glass lampshades or chandeliers.

Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases
It is best to consult with your Relocation Consultant about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.

Table Leaves
Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then taped to hold the padding place during a move.

Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe moving cartons work best for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe.

Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.

  • You may consider having the rubs cleaned before moving.
  • Rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so that the furniture can be placed on them.
Your packing crew will shrink wrap large, upholstered items

  • Table corners protected with cardboard.
  • Talk with moving professionals beforehand about leather items.
  • Pack couch pillows in large boxes.