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How to Prepare Fragile Items for Storage

Wrap all fragile items individually with packing paper or bubble wrap for added safety. Line the bottoms of the packing boxes with adequate padding and use lots of crumpled paper, bubble wrap, soft fabric items (towels, clothes, etc.) or other appropriate materials to provide extra cushioning between the items. Mark the boxes “Fragile” and “Handle with care”. Make sure you:

  • Place plates, saucers and bowls on their sides to prevent breakages;
  • Place cups and glasses with their rims down;
  • Smaller dishes in larger ones only if both are properly wrapped;
  • Store delicate and/or expensive dishes and glassware in specialized dish packs;
  • Store paintings, mirrors and framed pictures in specialized mirror boxes;
  • Use masking tape to create an “X” on glass surfaces in order to add strength and prevent shattering. Consider placing flat cardboard pieces on both sides of the glass for maximum protection;
  • Store statuettes, figurines, and other pieces of art or fragile collectibles in wooden crates (if you decide to use cardboard boxes instead, at least make sure they are small and very strong).