How To Pack These 7 Sensitive Items

Moving 101: How To Pack These 7 Sensitive Items

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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One of the most tiring and delicate aspects of moving is packing the fragile items you’re bringing into your next location. It needs utmost effort, appropriate strategies, and suitable wrapping material to keep the products in one piece during the move. Neglecting these considerations may result in denting and breaking of your prized possessions.

Suppose you’re packing sensitive items for your upcoming move. In that case, you must know the different and suitable ways to protect the breakable products while moving. For that purpose, here’s an article about the various ways you can apply in packing other fragile items. So, read on!

1. Glasses

You may start the packing by using a moving checklist to determine your best options. In packing your glasses, you can use medium-sized boxes, old towels, and traditional bubble wrap. To keep this wrapping material intact, you need dependable scotch tape to cover them fully. In addition, it’ll help you fit them into the boxes or other storage you’re planning to use.

If you’d put the glasses in a box, ensure that the bottom is filled with an old towel or crumpled newspaper. These will cushion the glasses and prevent them from chipping or breaking, especially if the package is accidentally dropped.

2. Bottles

Wrap every bottle with bubble wrap, an old towel, or a newspaper. The thinner the bottles are, the more layers of wrapping materials you should pad. You also need to ensure that the bottle should have no enough gap that may cause it to move freely, chip, or smash itself when bumped into by a hard object.

You may also use a pre-made wine box or a corrugated cardboard box. The former will provide enough space and protection as its initially designed for bottles, especially wine bottles. The latter is an excellent option if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative.

3. Mirrors

If you’re packing regular-sized mirrors, you need a glass carton or a flat box previously used for trays or thin television. Before inserting the mirrors into the light boxes, you should ensure that they’re appropriately cushioned with bubble wrap or pieces of paper. Tape an X-mark in the glass’ center to keep it intact during transit.

For heavy and life-sized mirrors, you may use the boxes for refrigerators and other large appliances and fixtures. You may use an old blanket to wrap the entire mirror. Ensure that the mirrors won’t chip their edges by covering them with pieces of carton or newspaper.

4. Lampshades

Since lampshades have irregular shapes, you must disassemble them before packing them. You can wrap the bulbs with bubble wrap and crumpled newspaper before keeping them in a separate container. Use a paper pad—a multilayered material to cover the shade’s skeleton. Tie the power cord, wrap it in a plastic bag or Tupperware, and label its lid.

Although you can use old newspaper in wrapping the bulbs, avoid doing it on the shades as it can leave print marks that could stain the lamps. Some alternatives for a newspaper are lightweight towels or old cottony shirts.

5. Artwork

Choosing the correct moving box is the first step in wrapping an artwork. Consider the size and shape of the art piece before finally selecting the box. A typical artwork box is ideal for paintings, while wooden crates are appropriate for busts and statues. Most artwork boxes can be custom-made, so most of these boxes have the necessary space and cushion for a safe move.

For the best wrapping quality, you may still create better padding with more layers of bubble wrap. You may also consider plastic wraps for the painting. A blanket or a towel may be enough for busts, while expensive décor may need a customized box and wrapping material.

6. Fragile Picture Frames

Use a large glassine envelope in wrapping picture frames before bubble-wrapping them. Avoid packing the product too tightly but ensure that the tape is fastened enough to keep the wrapping materials in place, especially in the loose ends.

Large frames need specialty boxes. Adding extra layers of bubble wrap is essential to pad the items. Using a foam board for this purpose is also a good choice. Stack the frames vertically and avoid placing them in a flat position to prevent breakage.

7. Electronics

If you’re packing an electronic gadget with memory, create a backup file before packing it. Tight packing may provide unusual pressure that may control the functions of the electronics. You also need to remove the batteries before the trip. You also need to remove wires and other peripherals.

As much as possible, you must use the original electronics box. However, if you can no longer find the original, look for an alternative, such as traditional moving boxes. Bubble-wrap the electronics before putting them into the box. Insert silica gel inside the box to prevent moisture buildup.

Wrapping Up

Wrapping can be tiring, and packing fragile objects can be the most tiring part of the moving preparation. Fortunately, there are tips and tricks to make the process more manageable. From packing books and glasses to wrapping life-sized mirrors, choosing the most appropriate box and materials ensure that the sensitive item will reach its new home without hairline damage.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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