The Best Way to Pack China Dishes

Packing china dishes correctly is crucial to ensuring their longevity and minimal damage. Whether you are shipping or storing fine china, using bubble wrap is the safest way to package the delicate items. The size of the box, the tightness of the bubble wrap and the amount of gaps left in the box will determine the success of packaging. Following simple steps will help make packing your fine china more successful and easier.

Fine china must be packaged properly to ensure minimal damage.
  1. Find an appropriate box. An appropriate box to use when storing fine china items is one that will not let you pack no more than 10 pounds. The reasoning behind this thought is that heavier boxes are usually stored or shipped on the bottom of stacks. Keeping the weight of your box beneath 10 pounds will ensure that it is kept on top of other boxes, hence keeping your china safe.
  2. Protect the bottom of the box. Place foam cushion or packing peanuts at the bottom of the box to create a cushion for the china items.
  3. Wrap each individual piece of china in bubble wrap, being careful not to wrap too tightly. Wrapping pieces too tightly could create undue stress and cause them to crack or break.
  4. Arrange each piece of bubble-wrapped china in the box and place packing peanuts and/or pieces of cushion foam between each piece.
  5. Fill in the gaps. Once all of your pieces of china are in the box, look for any gaps and fill them in with extra packing peanuts or foam cushion. This will ensure that the items in the box do not move around when you are transporting them.

Things You Will Need

  • Cardboard box (that holds less than 10 pounds)
  • Packing peanuts
  • Cushion foam
  • Packing tape


  • Make sure your china items are clean before storing them. Dust or dirt could scratch the surfaces of your chinaware.
  • Heavier items, such as plates, should be placed at the bottom of the box. Make sure you wrap each plate individually to keep them from rubbing together, which can cause chips or scratches.
  • Items such as teapots should be wrapped more liberally. This includes areas that are prone to chips or breaks such as lids, spouts and handles.


  • If you are shipping your china it is a good idea to buy insurance with the carrier. Even the most carefully packaged china can chip or crack.

About the Author

Quentin Shires has been writing since 2003, covering topics such as safety issues, travel and counseling. Shires holds a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University and is working toward his Ph.D. in human behavior from Capella University.

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