Packing the Dining Room

The dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Each item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dishpack 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" form to receive proper valuation coverage.

China & Glassware

Individually wrap all glassware and pieces of china. Use several sheets of clean paper, start from the corner, wrap diagonally and continuously tuck in overlapping edges.

  • Use a generous amount of cushioning and paper padding in order to properly protect all china and glassware.
  • A double layer of newsprint serves well as outer wrapping.
  • Be sure to label the cartons with room, contents and "FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP."


Flat China   Flat Glassware

Cover bottom of a carton with cushioning material. After wrapping each piece individually with clean paper, wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Then align the bundled pieces in a row on edge of the carton.

  • Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
  • Do not leave any voids or unfilled spaces in cartons. You can fill empty space with crushed paper.
  • Include a two to three inch layer of wadded paper above the bundle to protect rims and provide a level base for the next layer.
  • The second layer could be shallow bowls, smaller plates and saucers. Wrap and pack these items in the same way listed above.


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

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.

Leaded Glass Shades and Chandeliers

The best option is to request that your moving professional pack chandeliers or large leaded or other glass lamp shades.

Marble Slabs, Painting, Large Cases, Glass Table Tops, Large Mirrors,   Statues

For these pieces you should consult with your moving company regarding custom-made crates and cartons. Be careful to never let paper 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 tape on the surface of wood.) Don't use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.

Draperies and Curtains

The best and easiest option is to pack your drapes and curtains in wardrobe cartons. Fold them lengthwise, place them over a padded hanger, pin securely and hang then in the wardrobe. Curtains and drapes may also be folded and packed in cartons that are lined with clear paper or plastic wrap.


The company will handle area rugs so simply leave them on the floor.

  • If you have your areas rugs professionally cleaned, you’ll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping.
  • When loading the truck, load the area rugs last so when the movers unload the rug first they can place the furniture directly on the rug.


Your packing crew will shrink wrap large, upholstered items.

  • Speak with your moving professional before packing about any leather items.
  • You can protect any table corners with cardboard.
  • You may want to consider packing couch pillows in large boxes.

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