December 22, 2017 Local Moves

How to pack common fragile items for Moving

Fragile things are not to be handled lightly. You may have valuable or priceless heirlooms in your possession that you need to move, but you might underestimate their true fragility if you decide to not handle them with great care. Glass, porcelain, clay, wood, and many other things can break, bend, or chip if you aren’t careful enough.

First, give yourself plenty of time. It takes time to pack up valuables, so do not be in a rush to pack. Packing fragile items require resources such as padding, filler, boxes, tape, and other packing materials so do not proceed to pack until you have these items. You will also need a table available in order to pack all of this. Furniture movers in Melbourne should have materials handy if you cannot get them on your own.

Here are some items that you likely own that you would rather pack carefully and securely:


A lamp is a source of room lighting, but it’s also a work of art; a mini statuette if you will. So it is important that you treat a lamp like the furniture movers in Melbourne would. Disconnect the lamp shade and put it in its own box, separate from the lamp’s base. Be sure that the box where you put the base inside is filled with bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Line the lamp shade with paper or a plastic sheet so that it can be protected from dust, if you are going to store it for a while.


Ceramic, Fine China, and porcelain are just a few materials that dinner plates are made of. You would not like to waste them by treating them like your typical crockery. To pack fine dinner plates, wrap each plate in bubble wrap and stack them in a box one by one. Line the box with paper, but make sure that you do not stuff the box. If you have a plate stacked at the very top of the box, where the opening is, put that plate in a new box instead.


Glass vases, bowls, plates, drinking glasses, and jars are many glass objects for putting things in. Even secured, glasses can easily split or break when they take just enough impact by setting down their boxes. Wrap each glass item individually with packing paper, and fill jars, bowls, and glasses with crumbled paper. Inside a box, place the heaviest objects at the bottom and put lighter items on top. Line these items with paper or bubble wrap all throughout. All this paper will serve as shock absorbers so that the amount of impact to your glass will be greatly reduced.

Picture frames.

Picture frames must be placed in small or medium sized boxes, each wrapped in packing paper. Separate each frame in a box with crumpled paper. Some picture frames may contain glass, so be super careful. If you have a picture frame that is bigger than a meter long in size, it must be secured with a plastic sheet, towel, or blanket, and moved separately from your smaller picture frames.

Be sure that before the day you move that you have all your supplies, equipment, and boxes available, so that you are not short of boxes or other packing materials. When handling fragile items, fill each box to the top and close the box, securing it with your tape of choice. If your box has its flaps torn off, we advise against using it for moving. And of course, do not forget to write “FRAGILE” in permanent marker on the box, so that others are aware.