how to pack china glassware cups

How to Pack Flat China, Glassware and Cups

Moving company packers use a dish pack – an exceptionally sturdy corrugated box with double-wall construction – for china, glassware and other fragile items less than 18 inches in size. Unless boxes of similar strength and construction are available, you might want to purchase several dish packs from your moving company.

China and Glassware

  • Wrap all pieced of china and glassware individually in clear paper. Using several sheets of paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges. A double layer of newspaper serves well as an outer wrapping. A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and glassware. Label cartons “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP.”
  • Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
  • Place cushioning material in the bottom of the box. Wrap each piece individually, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newspaper. Place these bundled items in the box in a row on their edges.
  • Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add 2-3 inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level.
  • Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as the larger items.


  • Even when using a dish pack and mini-cells for china, wrap cups individually, protecting handles with an extra layer of paper. Then, pack cups upside down.
  • If not using a dish pack or cells, wrap cups as previously described 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. Complete the layer as for plates.