How to Pack Glasses When Moving

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When packing and moving the kitchen, you need to be extra careful when packing fragile items like glasses and cups Use this step-by-step guide to pack all your glassware to ensure it all arrives at your new home in one piece.

Use the Right Kind of Packing Supplies

For glasses and other glassware, I suggest using a medium-size box rather than a large box that may get too heavy and awkward to move.  You'll also need packing paper, newsprint, towels or other soft material.

You can use bubble-wrap - just remember that it's hard to recycle and expensive to buy. Other materials that are free work just as well.

If you decide to use old newspapers, just be aware that you'll have to wash the glasses after they arrive at your new home to get rid of the black print.

You'll need paper or dish towels - anything that can be easily wrapped around each glass or set of glasses. Other packing materials you'll need include packing tape and a marker to label the box.

Prepare the Box

If you're using paper, whether it's packing paper or newsprint, crumple up several sheets - enough to cover the bottom of the box. Crumpling paper will provide enough cushioning to protect the glasses from hitting the bottom or if the box is accidentally dropped.

If you're using towels or sheets, make sure you have a thick enough layer on the bottom to protect the contents from bumps.

Wrap Each Glass

You should always wrap and pack the biggest, heaviest glasses first.

  You'll be placing these on the bottom of the box with lighter glasses on top.

Using a flat clean surface, lay your stack of paper or towels on the table or counter.  Take one glass or mug and place it in one corner of the stack of paper or towels at an angle.  Start to roll the glass or mug and as it rolls, stuff the ends of the paper or towel into the glass's opening and wrap until the glass is completely covered.

Wrap Two Glasses

If you have large sheets of paper, you can save packaging materials by wrapping two glasses in one sheet. This works best if the glasses are the same size. Follow the above instructions, and once you've used half the paper sheet and the first glass is fully wrapped and protected, add the second glass next to it and continue wrapping, stuffing the paper ends into the second glass's opening.

Box it Up

Now that your glass or glasses are wrapped, fold over the ends at the bottom of the glass, creating a nice tight package. You shouldn't be able to feel the cup's edges at this point. If you can, you may need to wrap another layer of paper depending on whether the glass has a handle or a large lip. 

Place the glass or set of glasses into the box on top of the crumpled paper or stacked towels. 

Continue to Wrap

Keep wrapping your glasses into single or double packages and place them one on top of another.  Make sure heavy, larger glasses are on the bottom and lighter glasses on top.   

Leave Room at the Top      

Make sure you don't stuff the box full and that you leave room at the top for extra packing material. You want to make sure that the amount of crumpled paper that you added to the bottom of the box is the same amount that you add to the top.

  Or if you're using towels or other materials, leave enough room to add a thick layer on top. 

Check Your Package

Before you seal the box closed, gently shake the box back and forth. You shouldn't be able to hear any glass clicking or much shifting of its contents.  Once your happy with your packing, seal the box closed with packing tape and label it, noting what's inside and which room it belongs in. I also always mark the box as "fragile" so that the movers know that they need to be careful moving it.

Stemmed Glasses

For glasses that have a fragile stem, such as wine glasses, you can follow the steps above, but before you start to wrap the glass, make sure you wrap the stem first. I always use half a sheet to wrap the stem, then place it on the stack of paper and start rolling. This just ensures that the most fragile part of the glass is well protected.

  Also, you should only wrap one stemmed glass at a time rather than two and these glasses should always be packed in the box last, leaving lots of room for extra cushioning in the box's top.

Other Packing Tips

Ask a wine store or specialty liquor store if they can give you some divided boxes. This will provide extra protection for your glassware.

Pack stacks of glasses in an individual box or place in another box with other fragiles. Just make sure the glasses are put in last on top of the other items.

Don't over pack the box; however, make sure there isn't empty space where glasses can shift about. Extra space should be filled with rolled up newspaper or bubble-wrap.