Your Essential Guide to Packing Plates, Lamps, and other Fragile Items

Moving from one place to another is often a hectic experience, simply because there seems to be so much to do in such little time, and because you’re never quite sure what problems might come along. For these reasons, it’s important to start early – as early as you can – and have a good organisation in place. But is that enough? Well, no. It’s a good start, but there are certain things you have to keep in mind, especially when it comes to packing items of a fragile nature. There are three risk factors: the packing, moving, and unpacking – and when it comes to fragile or breakable items, you need to take some extra precautions. Here is your essential guide to packing plates, lamps, and other fragile items:

Start with the basics

These are just simple rules, but by applying them, you are sure to save yourself a lot of trouble. Furthermore, you can avoid a lot of damage. The basics are:

  • If you think you have enough packing supplies, you’re probably wrong. Stack up on them, and buy them well in advance.
  • 15 kilos per box is more than enough. Don’t overdo it.
  • Always fill empty spaces with rags, crumpled up paper, or bubble wrap – this will prevent the items from moving around.
  • Place the heaviest items at the bottom to keep an easy-to-handle centre of gravity during lifting, carrying, and transporting.

How to handle plates

Plates can be stacked together but they need to have a protective layer separating them. Put the biggest plate at the bottom, and alternatively add a new layer of protective coating (bubble wrap) and another plate. Once the stack is complete, tape the plates together to prevent them from moving around.

How to handle lamps

You’ll want to fortify the bottom, so use plenty of tape (and don’t be shy, either). Disassemble the lamp and wrap each part in bubble wrap. Make sure the box is completely filled with cushioning materials to prevent the lamp parts from moving around, as confirmed by removals Stroud professionals from Advanced Removals & Storage.

Actually, it’s all about physics – but of course, that’s a useless statement when it comes to the items you have such an attachment to. A more productive statement of advice would be: you can’t go wrong with some extra padding, and if you value your items, then your precautions are sure to pay off in the end.

By the way – one more extra tip: fill your boxes so there are no empty spaces. You don’t want to over-load the boxes and make them too heavy, but you want to have no empty spaces to avoid items moving around during the move. Crumpled up paper, old socks, and bubble wrap often go a long way. Happy moving!

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