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Dining Room

The dining room packing tips are very important to consider for a few reasons. Primarily, the dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Each item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dishpack cartons; cellular dividers are recommended for stemware.

Beyond Packing Tips for the Dining Room

Aside from dining room packing advice, there are some other things you will want to remember. You will want to include any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your "High Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. It's important to do this so that in the unlikelihood that something should happen, you can receive compensation for your damage or loss.

QMM's Packing Tips for the Dining Room

China & Glassware

  • Individually wrap all pieces of glassware and china. Use several sheets of clean paper, begin from the corner, wrap diagonally and continuously tuck in overlapping edges.
  • Cushion all china and glassware with a generous amount of paper padding.
  • Label boxes with room, contents and "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP."

Flat China & Flat Glassware

  • Put cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Individually wrap each piece with clean paper, then wrap up to three pieces in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Put these bundled pieces in the carton in a row on edge.
  • Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
  • Surround each bundle of pieces with crushed paper. Don't leave any voids or unfilled spaces.
  • Protect the rims and provide a level base for the next tier by adding a two to three inch layer of wadded paper on top of the bundle.
  • Another way to keep tiers level is to use horizontal cardboard dividers between layers.
  • Saucers, shallow bowls and smaller plates could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items, listed above.


Wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place those upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction, if you're not using cellular dividers. Separate each layer with added newsprint. Even when using a dish pack and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first, protecting handles with an extra layer of clean paper. Then, pack cups upside down.

Silver & Flatware

  • Completely enclose silver pieces in newsprint or plastic wrap to avoid tarnishing.
  • Wrap hollow ware, such as tea sets, bowls and serving dishes, carefully like fragile items and pack like china.
  • Loose flatware may be wrapped individually or in sets, and in clear plastic, paper or small gift boxes that are then secured with tape.
  • Even if silverware is in a chest, wrap silverware pieces individually and reposition them in the chest. Or, fill all empty spaces with newsprint to stop the pieces from moving. The chest can then be wrapped in a large bath towel.

Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items

  •  Use a lot of cushioning to properly protect them.
  •  First, wrap items in tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue. Then, wrap them in wadded and  flattened out paper.
  •  Wrap plaques, pictures and small mirrors individually in tissue paper and then in newsprint.
  •  A small blanket or bath towel could be used as outer wrapping and padding for glass.
  •  Put flat items on edge in carton.

Fragile Items

Talk with your Moving Professional about the packing of exceptionally fragile items. Items with values exceeding $100 per pound must be noted on your "High Value Inventory" form to get proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials might be needed for maximum protection.

Lamp Bases

First, remove the light bulb and lamp harp. Then wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. Put them together in a carton, filling spaces with wadded paper.

Lamp Shades

  • Do not wrap lamp shades in newspaper because the ink will soil the shade. Rather, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a large lightweight towel or a pillowcase.
  • Use a sturdy carton at least two inches bigger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer, but not around the shade.
  • You may nest a smaller shade inside a larger one, if they do not touch.
  • Only place one silk shade in a carton to avoid stretching the silk.
  • Avoid placing other items in a carton with shades.
  • Label cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."

Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades

Have your moving professional crate large leaded or chandeliers or other glass lamp shades.
Glass Table Tops, Large Vases, Paintings, Statues, Large Mirrors & Marble Slabs

Ask your moving company about custom-made cartons and crates for pieces of this kind. Paper should never be allowed to touch the surface of an oil painting.

Table Leaves

Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then taped to hold the padding in place. (Note: never place tape on the surface of wood.) Don't use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.

Draperies & Curtains

Ideally, pack curtains and drapes in wardrobe cartons. Fold them lengthwise, put over a padded hanger, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe. You may also fold and pack curtains and draperies in cartons lined with plastic wrap or clean paper.


  • Do not move area rugs because the moving company will handle them.
  • A good option is to have your area rugs professionally clean before your move because you'll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping.
  • Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so the furniture coming off the truck can be placed right on top of the rug.


  • Your packing crew will shrink wrap large, upholstered possessions.
  • Speak with your moving professional before the move about any leather items.
  • You can protect table corners with cardboard.
  • You may want to consider packing couch pillows in large boxes.

Comprehensive Packing Tips for the Dining Room

Our detailed dining room packing tips will assist you in wrapping fine china and your large furniture just the same. Since the dining room will likely be containing some of your most fragile and valuable items, it's important to follow our dining room packing tips accordingly.

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