The best way to pack your fine china is to copy the methods that professional packers and shippers use to keep delicate objects safe. Work in a large, uncluttered area such as a table covered by a soft blanket or on carpet or soft flooring to avoid breaking any of your pieces while packing. Arrange your pieces methodically in front of you so you won't miss any small pieces.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Tissue paper
- Clear tape
- 1/2-inch thick 12-to-24-inch wide bubble wrap
- 3/16-inch thick 12-to-24-inch wide bubble wrap
- Double-walled or dish-packing boxes for shipping
- Small cardboard boxes
- Plastic bins for storage
- Packing peanuts
- Packing tape
- Felt-tip pen
Measure your dishes to verify the boxes provide at least 3 inches of space on each side of the largest plates when you set wrapped plates inside the boxes. You will use the small boxes for securing small, individual pieces inside larger packing boxes.
Group the china so that all the plates of one size are stacked together, and group bowls, cups and saucers similarly. Separate odd items such as serving bowls, gravy boats, soup tureens and sugar and creamer servers in their own area.
Wrap each piece of china carefully with tissue paper. Secure the tissue paper around the wrapped china with regular, clear packing tape. Complete the wrapping of each piece in your china set in tissue paper, and put them back as you had them arranged.
Weave the 3/16-inch bubble wrap beneath and over five plates and tape the wrap in place against itself, and then wrap and secure the entire piece with the 1/2-inch thick bubble wrap.
Wrap individual pieces with the 3/16-inch bubble wrap taped in place first, and then follow with a second wrap of the 1/2-inch bubble wrap.
Add 3 inches of packing peanuts layered on the inside bottom of the box. Set your first china pieces in the box in a layer, ensuring that they have 3 inches of clearance on all sides from the edges of the box.
Cover each layer of fine china with at least 2 inches of packing peanuts. Gently tamp or shake the box to help the peanuts settle as you load the box.
Continue adding pieces to the box until all that remains is 3 to 4 inches of space between the last layer and the box lid. Add peanuts to fill that gap. Close the lid and thoroughly secure the box shut with packing tape.
Insert the smaller boxes inside a large box on a 3-inch layer of peanuts. Add peanuts between the smaller boxes, other boxes and the sides of the larger box. Include a 3-inch layer of peanuts above the small boxes for added protection before closing up the box.
Add a label to each box and use the felt-tip pen to write its contents on the label. This helps you identify what is inside the box if you plan to put them in storage after they have been shipped.