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Start by gathering all of the essential packing supplies you'll need:

  • Sturdy boxes in various sizes with flaps that can be completely closed
  • Packing paper
  • Paper pads
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent markers

Your dining room probably contains a lot of heavy, valuable items like dining room sets, fine china and glassware. Follow these simple moving tips to make sure everything gets packed and moved safely.


When packing breakable items, line the bottom of your boxes with crushed paper for extra padding. Wrap all pieces of china in clean paper. Using several sheets, start from the corner and wrap the paper diagonally across the dish. Continually tuck in the overlapping edges. Place them on their edges in a sturdy box. Never pack them flat. Remember to put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and then build up in layers with the lighter items toward the top. Separate the layers with crushed paper.


To pack stemware, roll up a sheet of packing paper and wrap it around the stem of the glass. Use another sheet of packing paper to wrap up the rest of the glass. Do this individually for every piece.


Silverware can be wrapped individually or in sets. If silverware is in a chest, fill in all the empty spaces in the chest with tissue paper, then wrap the chest in a paper pad.

Fragile Items

Vases and other fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap with a paper pad around the outside.

Moving Tips - United's Expert Advice

Moving Tips - United's Expert Advice

Before you move, learn how to pack like the pros. United's Expert Advice will show you our proven practices for packing the items in your dining room.

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