Packing Fragile Items

Fragile Items Packing Guide

The China Barrel or Dish Pack is the Essential Box for the Packing of All Glass Household Items – China, Glassware, Dishware, Platters Figurines, Ornaments, Lamps, Vases, etc should all be packed in the China Barrel box. Also, Small Pictures, Paintings, Glass Shelves, etc should all be packed in the China Barrel box.

Packing a China Barrel

Amply plenty of crumpled paper in the bottom of the barrel box to form a cushion layer 2 to 3 inches thick. For the bottom layer start with heavy items such as dinner plates, platters, corning ware, & canisters. Always pack plates, saucers, bowls, platters on their sides or edges and NEVER lay them flat. Fill in spaces with crumpled paper to ensure a snug fit. Apply another layer of cushioning and pack medium weight items such as saucers, small plates, mugs, bowls, & small canisters. Apply another layer of cushioning and use the top layer for light and more delicate items such as glasses and cups. Always pack these in an upright position and never lay flat. Leave enough room at the top of the box for a final layer of cushioning. Remember if anything moves or shifts when a box is moved it is not properly packed and needs more cushioning.

A great packing method for even more protection when packing especially fragile items such as figurines or fine china is to use Two 2 Cubic Boxes Inside of One China Barrel Box. Two sealed 2 cubic boxes placed one on top of the other fit inside one china barrel box perfectly – you only need a small amount of cushioning on top of the second sealed 2 cube box to bring the inside level to the top of the china barrel to snugly close the top flaps of the china barrel. Of course, pack the items well into the 2 cube boxes using plenty of cushioning. This is simply the best box packing method you can use to give your especially fragile items the ultimate level of protection.

Plates, Dishes, Saucers, Bowls, Platters

With packing paper stacked neatly in place on the work table, center one plate on the table. Grasp a corner of two sheets and pull the paper over the plate until the plate is completely covered. Stack a second plate on the first and grasp another corner of two sheets and pull them over the second plate. Stack a third plate. Grasp the remaining two corners and fold using two sheets, one corner at a time, over the plate. Turn the wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your paper. Wrap the entire bundle in two or three sheets. Start with one corner of your packing paper and pull two or three sheets over the bundle, cover the bundle with the next corner, then the third corner, and finally the fourth corner. Seal the plate bundle with packing tape. Place the bundle in a china barrel so that the plates are standing on edge. Never pack any dishware lying flat. For smaller dishes and less fragile plates, you can stack up to five pieces in one bundle.

Glasses, Cups

Wrap the glass or cup in one or two sheets of paper and tuck in the corners to firmly form a compact piece. Place the wrapped piece in the china barrel standing upright or upside down and upright. Glasses and cups are almost always placed in the top layer in the china barrel. Never pack glassware lying on its side.

Stemware

First, wrap one sheet of paper carefully around the stem to form a support. Then lie the glass on its side on a sheet of paper and roll the glass tube you have formed into a firm piece and place it in the china barrel standing upright or upside down and upright. Stem glasses are always paced in the top layer of the china barrel. Never pack stemware lying on its side.

China, Crystal, Ornaments, Figurines, Vases

Warp each piece in one or two sheets of paper and pack them carefully in the china barrel using the heavier pieces on the bottom and lighter pieces on the top system. On very fragile pieces wrap the item in soft tissue paper first and then wrap in packing paper. This tissue paper/wrapping paper method will give the item much better protection. Figurines especially must be wrapped in soft tissue paper and then wrapped in packing paper for maximum protection. Vases need to be wrapped in much more paper and placed in much more cushioning  and you may only be able to pack one vase in one barrel.

Small Pictures, Paintings, Glass Shelves

Wrap each item in two or three sheets of paper and stand on end in the china barrel. You can get quite a few of these items in one barrel as they stand up snugly very well against one another. But be sure in packing these that china the barrel does not become too heavy. It is better to pack fewer pieces and more cushioning into a single china barrel to be sure the barrel remains manageable.

Lamps

Remove bulb, harp, shade, and roll up the cord. Wrap the body of the lamp in plenty of paper and pack the lamp upright into the box and if a lamp is too tall for the china barrel telescope two boxes together for enough box height to adequately pack the lamp. Wrap harp and decorative knob in packing paper, label it, and tape to the inside wall of the box which contains the lamp and be sure to write on the box label the harp lamps are in the box. Up to four lamps can usually be packed into one china barrel as long as you have room to use plenty of cushioning between the lamps so they do not come into contact with each other. Small cushions and light linens work well as cushioning between lamps in the barrel box.

Lampshades

Lampshades do not have to be packed in china barrels nor do lampshades require any cushioning inside the box. Lampshades are packed in 2 cube, 4 cube, 5 cube, or 6 cube boxes – depending on the size of the lampshade. Gently wrap lampshades in white packing paper and seat them in an empty box without cushioning. Be sure you choose a box big enough so the lampshade fits easily inside the box with a tiny bit of room between the lampshade and the sides of the box. You can gently nestle one or two smaller lampshades inside a bigger lampshade as long as they do not press against one another. Lampshades are the only items that are fine if they move slightly inside the box. Be sure to label the box “LAMPSHADES – TOP LOAD ONLY”

The Picture Carton or Mirror Carton is the Essential Box for the Packing of Paintings, Pictures, Mirrors, Small Glass Table Tops, and Glass Shelves.

Paintings

Place plenty of cushioning in the bottom of the picture box, wrap paintings in paper pads and stand the painting on its side edge in the box. Fill in areas on both sides of the box with cushioning and place a layer of cushioning on top of the items before you seal the box. Get a snug fit with paintings and not too tight. Normally two paintings are put into each mirror box but three thinner paintings can be packed in one mirror box as long as it does not squeeze the paintings together and put pressure on the paintings which could result in damage.

Pictures, Mirrors

Place plenty of cushioning in the bottom of the picture box, wrap items in paper pads and stand the item on its side edge in the box. Fill in areas on both sides of the box with cushioning and place a layer of cushioning on top of the items before you seal the box. Since most pictures are thinner and have a glass front, they can handle a little more pressure than paintings and thusly you can pack up to four pictures in one picture box as long as the pictures are not compressed too tightly and as long as it does not make the box too heavy.

Small Glass Table Tops, Glass Shelves

Place more than the usual amount of cushioning in the bottom of the picture box. Wrap items in paper pads and stand the item on its side edge in the box. Fill in areas on both sides of the box with cushioning and place a layer of cushioning on top of the items before you seal the box. As glass tabletops and glass shelves are much heavier than paintings or pictures, use much more cushioning and less glass pieces in each picture box to keep the box from being too heavy. Too many glass pieces in a picture box can cause the box to collapse so use care in packing to keep the picture box manageable.