Preparing for Moving Fragile Items

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Posted on Mar 07, 2020

Preparing for Moving Fragile Items

Losing one fragile item during a move can feel tragic, when that item is one-of-a-kind or a family heirloom. This is just one reason of many, why you should work with an experienced moving company like Branch Out Moving & Delivery of Raleigh, NC. Professional movers know how to best protect your breakable and treasured items during a move. They ensure all of your belongings arrive at your new home in one piece. But whether you are moving fragile items on your own or have a team of packers and movers to help, you should consider some tips for protecting your valuables.

Prepare In Advance for Moving Fragile Items

Preparing in advance for moving fragile items first means having the right tools on hand to prevent breakage during the packing process and in transit. The best tools include:

  • Moving boxes of various sizes
  • Packing paper
  • Pliable cardboard
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Moving blankets
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Marker to label boxes

You can find these supplies at Branch Out Moving & Delivery in Raleigh. But besides these items, you also need a large space in which to lay out each fragile item, wrap it and secure the wrapping with tape, as needed. In your workspace, take your time to wrap the items and pack each box. Place the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. When you tape each box, ensure you label as “fragile” and describe the contents.

If you want to ensure the best care for your porcelain, glass, ceramics, antiques and other fragile items, hire a professional company. They pack each item for you, using the best standards of care for fragile item moving. These teams also insure your packed items for repair or replacement if damage occurs.

Packing the Most Common Fragile Items

Most household moves involve packing and transporting plates, glasses, lamps, framed pictures and other fragile items. Consider the packing advice below, for moving fragile items:


Pack plates in small to medium “dishpack” boxes designed to hold their weight. Before filling each box, line it with crumpled packing paper, from the bottom to the top. Individually wrap each plate, securing the wrapping with tape. For stacks of plates, place a layer of packing paper or bubble wrap between each one. Packed plates are heavy, so do not overpack the box.

Glasses and Cups

Wrap drinking glasses and cups individually. Use packing paper and insert crumpled paper or a cloth into the empty space of each glass or mug. As with plate packing, you need to line your box with packing paper as padding for the bottom and sides. As you place glasses and cups in the box, fill empty space with crumpled paper or other wrapping. Remember to pack the heaviest items first in the bottom, then lighter items at the top.


Remove each lamp’s shade and set aside. Wrap the base of the lamp like a dish, using plenty of paper and padding. Place the base in a medium to large box and pad empty space with bubble wrap or other cushioning. Pack the lamp shade separately. As with other fragile items, wrap the shade with paper and fill empty space with crumpled paper or other wrapping.

Framed Pictures

Individually wrap each framed picture and use a moving box that is proportionate to the frame. For large frames over eight inches, stand each one in the box on one side with crumpled paper between frames or other items. If you have pictures over three feet in size, wrap each one with a moving blanket and plastic wrap instead of using a box.

Get Help for Moving Fragile Items from Branch Out Moving & Delivery in Raleigh, NC

Whether you are moving fragile items locally, across North Carolina or out of state, Branch Out Moving & Delivery will do the work for you. Using professional movers takes all of the packing stress out of your move and enables you to focus on other aspects of your relocation. You gain immediate peace of mind in knowing that professionals know precisely how to package and protect each of your cherished items. In Raleigh, throughout the Triangle Area and elsewhere in North Carolina, call Branch Out Moving & Delivery at 919-888-0090 to schedule your move.