An easy step-by-step guide to packing plates and flatware to ensure they arrive at their destination in one piece.
Time Required: Indefinite
- Choose a medium size box and line it with an extra large sheet of bubble wrap. Make sure the bubble wrap is large enough that it spills outside the box and completely covers the inside including the bottom.
- Place a stack of plain newsprint on the table. The sheets should be large enough to accommodate the plates or object you need to pack.
- Place the first plate in the center of the top sheet and fold one corner of the sheet over the plate until it’s completely covered.
- Take the next plate and place it on top of the first plate. Wrap the remaining three corners of the plain newsprint sheet over the second plate.
- Secure the newsprint with packing tape.
- Place the two plates in the box on their side. Plates should never be packed flat. If the box encounters any kind of force, plates on their edge can sustain a lot more pressure.
- Continue wrapping and placing the plates in the box until the box it tightly packed.
- Fold in the edges of the bubble wrap so the plates are covered and protected. If there is room remaining in the box, place linens or towels on top of the plates before sealing the box.
- Mark the box “Fragile”, list the items on the outside and their location: “Kitchen” or “Dining Room”.
- Place heavier items on the bottom; lighter items on top.
- If you don’t have bubble wrap, use linens or towels as cushioning.
- The box you use shouldn’t be too big. Remember, the maximum weight should be 50 lbs.
What You Need
- Medium size box
- Sheets of plain newsprint
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Dinner plates, butter plates, serving plates or saucers