The Best Way to Pack Glassware When Moving

Keep your valuable goblets, china and serving bowls safe when you move by packing them right.

Wrapping the Glass

Collect sturdy cardboard boxes for your move.Collect sturdy cardboard boxes for your move.
A little bit of extra effort at this stage will prevent heartache later. Pack your glassware safely and efficiently so you can enjoy your new home right away.

Wrap each cup and glass with bubble wrap and tape it to prevent the wrap from opening in transit. If you don't have bubble wrap, you can use blank newsprint. If you're packing glasses with other items, pack the glasses on top.

Packing Glasses in Boxes

If possible use dish-packing boxes, which have square cardboard dividers for glassware (see Resources.) Before putting in the glassware, create a cushion on the bottom with a layer of packing peanuts and crumpled newspapers. Place the divider in the box and pack each wrapped glass in an upright position. If you don't have dividers, fill in the gaps with crumpled paper or bubble wrap.


Use the cardboard dividers for packing plates. Place the wrapping paper on a table and place a plate in the center. Pull up several papers by one corner and pull them over the plate. Put another plate on top of it and pull up another corner group of sheets to cover that plate. Put a third plate on top of that one and repeat. Turn them over and wrap them again with another layer of paper. Tape the bundle. Place them in the box standing up on edge; never place them flat. Fill the sides with packing peanuts and crumpled newspapers as you go. Put larger plates on the bottom and crumpled newspaper and packing peanuts between layers of plates.

Top and Tape

Fill in any gaps with more packing material. Top the packed materials with cardboard and more crumpled newspaper. Tape the box with packing tape and write "Fragile--Glassware" on the box in big letters on the top and sides.

About the Author

Ingrid Hansen has been published in "Twin Cities Business" magazine, the "Murphy Reporter," "Twin Cities Parent" magazine and the "Southwest Journal" newspaper. She has also written more than 30 non-fiction books for the K-12 library and education market, and has been a subject matter expert and a course designer for online college curriculum. She teaches English Composition at a local college, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University.