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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.
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Packing your own dining room? Here’s your guide to pack smart and simply.
Breakables and fragile items abound in the dining room. Here are some helpful tips for packing your dining
room ahead of your Ottawa move.
Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Using several sheets of newswrap, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newsprint. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge.
If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Top off the layer with wadded 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.
To protect silver pieces from tarnishing, they should be completely enclosed in newswrap.
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning.
Consult with your moving professional on the packing of exceptionally fragile items. 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.
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. Place them together in a carton, filling voids with wadded paper.
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead, carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
It’s best to have your moving company crate large leaded or other glass lamp shades or chandeliers.
It’s best to consult with your moving company about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.
Table leaves are best wrapped in professional moving blankets (Note: never place tape on the surface of wood.) Don’t use plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.
Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hangar, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.
Your van operator will stretch wrap large, upholstered items.