Moving Boxes And Packing Tape: Five Ways To Pack Fragile Items

When you’re sitting shoulder-deep in moving boxes, tape, and packing paper, to moving houses is a stressful time would be underselling it.

And, because every move is different, stress can mean different things to different people.

But, let’s be honest: for most people, that stress comes from packing breakable items.

moving boxes aren't the only thing you have to worry about on moving day

You need a solution that helps you brace your fragile items in transit, so they don’t break, chip or shatter on your way to your new home or office. Join us, today, as we take a closer look at five great moving tips to help protect your valuables during your next move.


The granddaddy of all fragile moving items, plates make for worrisome cargo on the best of days.

Luckily for you, transporting these extremely fragile items is actually relatively easy, if you plan ahead.

Start with enough medium-sized boxes to store all of your plates. Line the bottom briefly with crumpled packing paper, and keep some to add on top, once the box is closed.

Wrap each individual plate in bubble wrap, taping it secure once it’s wrapped. Then, stack them vertically, and add a few sheets of packing paper between each plate as you go. Try not to stuff the box with too many plates. If you have to force it, you’re overextending your box.

Line the top of your moving boxes with crumpled paper, tape it shut, and you’re ready to go.


When it comes to packing glasses, filling up empty space is the secret to moving houses, without hassles.

Wrap each glass, individually, with packing paper. Ball up a little more paper and stuff it into the container, to diminish the empty space in the glass.

Then pack your glasses into a box lined with packing paper. Use excess packing paper to fill the gaps between glasses as well.

Much like packing groceries into a bag, make sure your heaviest glasses are on the bottom, so they don’t put pressure on your superfine crystal.

Pictures and Frames

Your memories are precious, so it makes sense you’d want to protect your pictures and frames during a move.

These are also, typically, some of the most fragile things people own.

Pack frames, wrapped in packing paper, into small-to-medium sized boxes lined with even more packing paper. Top frames with packing paper, digging into the gaps between them to make sure they do not shift during the move.

In cases where pictures over three feet in size are being moved, secure each picture with a moving blanket, plastic wrap them, and then move them.

Speciality Items

Large, odd-shaped items are part and parcel of any home.

Whether it’s a bust, antique stroller, or something completely different, the best way to wrap speciality items is to go a little overboard.

Wrap the entire item in bubble wrap, then packing paper, taping it down as you go. Then place it between two separate pieces of cardboard, like a sandwich, and bend those towards each other so their edges meet. Tape this down with liberal amounts of packing tape.

Place this package in a paper-lined box, stuffing any open spaces or gaps with balled up wrapping paper to make sure the package doesn’t move around.

Tape up your moving boxes. Label them. Pack them onto a truck bed and move.

Small Items And Cell Packs

For the small, breakable items, such as mugs, glass statuettes, and ceramics, give some consideration to a cell pack.

These are foldable cardboard boxes with compartments for items that keep them still in transit and reduce breakage.

Once items are packed into these cell structures, wrap them up in newspaper and pack them away to your heart’s content.

Get Moving, The Smart Way

No two moving days are ever the same.

But everybody’s got something they hope won’t break, during the trip.

Hopefully, you’ve learned a little something from today’s moving tips, ahead of your next move. Interested in moving services to help make your next move a smoother experience?

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