The dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Each item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dish pack cartons; cellular dividers are recommended for stemware. You will also want to include any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your “High Value Inventory” list to make it easier for you to establish a proper additional insurance valuation coverage, if desired.
China & Glassware: Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Using several sheets of clean paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
TIP: Use newspaper only for cushioning – never place newspaper against items as the ink will rub off. It can get embedded in fine china, so be cautious!
- A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and glassware.
- A double layer of newsprint serves well as outer wrapping.
- Label cartons with room, contents and “FRAGILE—THIS SIDE UP.”
Flat China & Flat Glassware:
- Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, and then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the 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, being careful to leave no voids or unfilled spaces.
- Add two or three inches of wadded paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier.
- Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.
If not using cellular dividers, 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 and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then, pack cups upside down.
Silver & Flatware:
- To protect silver pieces from tarnishing, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint or plastic wrap.
- Hollow ware—including bowls, tea sets and serving dishes—should be wrapped carefully like fragile items and packed like china.
- 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 and reposition them in the chest. Or, fill all voids in the chest with newsprint to prevent shifting. The chest can be wrapped in a large bath towel.
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items:
- Be sure the items are well protected with plenty of cushioning.
- Wrap first in tissue paper, 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 an excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass.
- Place flat items on edge in a carton.
Other Fragile Items:
If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you by a professional. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection.
- After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. Place them together in a carton, filling voids with wadded paper.
- Lamp Shades: Never wrap lampshades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
- Use a sturdy carton at least two inches bigger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lampshade to create a protective layer, but not around the shade.
- A smaller shade may be nested inside a larger one, provided they do not touch.
- Only one silk shade should be placed in carton to avoid stretching the silk.
- Do not pack other items with shades.
- Label cartons “LAMP SHADES—FRAGILE—TOP LOAD ONLY.”
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades:
- It is best to have a professional crate large leaded or other glass lampshades or chandeliers.
- Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases: It’s best to contract a professional crating company 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 in place. (Note: never place tope on the surface of wood.) Don’t use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.
- Draperies & Curtains: Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hangar, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.