Many of the most precious things we own also happen to be fragile, which can make the moving process more difficult than it needs to be. While packing fragile items can be a bit of a worry, there are ways of doing so that will massively reduce the risk of damage in transit.
Take a look at our 12 top tips on how to pack fragile items for storage, and you’ll soon see how to give your treasured possessions that bit of extra protection.
1. Use small boxes
Breakages often occur as a result of items shifting during a move. But you can significantly reduce the risk of this happening simply by using the smallest possible boxes for your fragile items. Choose boxes that are only just larger than the items in question for the best protection.
2. Avoid voids in packaging
Voids in packaging can allow even the most securely wrapped items to move around unexpectedly, and that’s when damage might happen. If you find any empty space in the packaging after packing items, fill these with other packaging materials or smaller items.
3. Use bubble wrap
Protect fragile items with specially designed packaging materials such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts. If your fragile items are nestled within a tight layer of bubble wrap, they’re far less likely to be broken during a move.
4. Wrap in plastic
Plastic wrap is another effective way to protect fragile items. Once items are wrapped in bubble wrap, it’s a good idea to add another layer of plastic wrapping for extra protection. Not only will this provide an added barrier, but it’ll also help to limit the risk of items moving around en route.
5. Label everything clearly
It goes without saying that any moving boxes containing fragile items should be clearly labelled. Of course, you might be fully aware of what’s inside every box in the days after packing them, but you may have forgotten by the time you start taking them out of storage.
6. Create a cushion base
If you’re packing heavy, fragile items, we recommend creating a cushion base at the bottom of any cardboard boxes you use. This barrier will reduce the impact on any items inside as the box is moved.
7. Pack items in the right order
Make sure you plan the move well and pack items in the right order. Heavy items should always go at the bottom of the box, with lighter, more delicate items on top.
8. Stock up on cardboard dividers
Anything that reduces movement within the boxes will protect fragile items. Cardboard dividers are a great way of doing this. They’re very affordable too. Save money by stocking up on cardboard dividers in advance of moving day.
9. Buy packing peanuts
Packing peanuts are invaluable when it comes to filling any empty space and reducing the risk of damage in transit. Use them to secure your most fragile items and stop movement.
10. Add extra protection wherever possible
Don’t be afraid to layer up bubble wrap, packing paper, plastic wrapping and everything else you can find to keep your items well protected. If you don’t feel something is wrapped well enough, it probably isn’t. An extra layer of wrapping won’t hurt.
11. Communicate clearly
Make sure everyone involved in helping you move is well aware of the contents of each box, paying particular attention to any boxes containing fragile items.
12. Don't rush it
Packing for a move is never a quick and easy task, but we wouldn’t recommend rushing it even if you are in a hurry. Take your time, pack items well and make sure everything is as secure as possible well before you start loading boxes into your car or van.
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