How to Pack Glasses for Moving House

Whether you’re moving to a new home or packing up your storage unit, it’s important to carefully pack your belongings, especially when it comes to more fragile items. Our experts are here to help you prep and pack your glasses for moving, so that they’ll last the journey with no breakages in sight.

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You will need…

Cell boxes or supermarket wine cases are the best choice for transporting your glasses safely. If you have the right packing materials to hand, you can use regular cardboard boxes, too.

  • Packing paper. The best kind of packing paper is print-free. While you could use old newspapers, be aware that newsprint could smudge onto your glasses once you’ve unpacked them.
  • Tissue paper. Opt for an acid-free option as this will help to protect your glasses without leaving any stains behind.
  • You can use a regular tape for lightweight boxes, but if you’re travelling a long way, or you’ll be storing your glasses for longer, a more secure tape will help keep your box’s structure intact. Water-activated tape is a great option for extra peace of mind.
  • Marker pen. Using a marker pen on your moving boxes lets you keep track of everything when you get to your new location: celebrating your new home with a bottle of fizz is even better with your champagne flutes to hand.
  • Packing peanuts. When packing fragile items like glassware, it’s important to add stuffing to your boxes to prevent them breaking in transit, and packing peanuts are a great way to bulk up any empty spaces.
  • Crumpled-up paper. If you don’t have packing peanuts to hand, crumpled-up paper is a cheaper way to protect your fragile items while they’re on the move.

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How to pack your glasses for moving: step by step

1. Prepare your cardboard boxes

Take a cardboard box and place a layer of crumbled paper to the bottom of the box, to form some cushioning. If you’re building your box from scratch, make sure to test the weight it can hold before you start packing.

2. Start with the heaviest items

Start with the heaviest items first, as these will need to be placed to the bottom of the cardboard box. Place crumpled paper or packing peanuts in the globe of each glass, without pressing too hard, or putting too much paper in the glass.

3. Wrap each glass diagonally

Lay each glass diagonally on a piece of packing paper, carefully twisting as you wrap to make sure the whole glass is covered. Tuck the ends of the paper into the globe and stem for full coverage. You may want to add three of four layers to ensure each one is properly protected.

4. Place your glassware carefully

Once your glassware has been wrapped, place the item at the bottom of the box on its side and repeat the process with the next glass. Once your box is full, pack the top with packing peanuts or crumpled paper to make sure there’s little movement.

5. Seal your boxes

Seal it up with strong parcel tape, and label it as fragile to make sure you and your moving experts know to handle the box with care. Don’t forget to take a marker pen so that you can write what’s in the box, so that it’s easier to locate once at your new destination.

Packing stemware for storage and removals

Wine glasses, champagne flutes and fragile stemmed glasses are particularly vulnerable to breakages, so it’s best to use cell boxes when packaging them up.

Add a couple of layers of tissue to protect each item within its individual cell, as well as packing peanuts at the top of your box. Once you’ve taped up each box, mark it as fragile, so both you and your movers know to handle it with care.

Proper packing can make all the difference when you reach your new home or storage unit. If you’re looking for more information on how to preserve furniture in storage long-term, our handy guide is full of hints and tips.