How to Pack Fragile Items – Video

An instructional video showing excellent tips relating to packing and moving fragile items such as mirrors, glass, pictures etc. Moving or storing these types of items can be stressful so its useful to check out professional tips before attempting it. Follow our blog and make your next move or relocation a breeze.

How to pack fragile items, pictures, glass, in boxes & cartons – Video Transcription

Okay, now that we’ve covered the small carton, we’re going to move on to the medium carton.

Here in the living room, its most common uses would be lamps, lamp shades, or small pictures, which we are going to start with first. You can also find this box to be useful in the kitchen for pots and pans, small appliances, cereal boxes, etc., or upstairs in the bedrooms for clothes and linens.

We’re going to start now by packing small pictures, and the first thing we need to do when we’re packing fragiles in a box is to put a cushioning at the bottom of the box to prevent those items from being damaged.

Now, we’re going to start by making a cushion ourselves out of white newsprint. So, I’m going to pull three sheets of paper together, loosely, and then I’m going to roll them together leaving plenty of air gapping in the middle. That is actually what provides the cushioning for the, for the bottom of the box.

So, I roll that up, and I’m going to tuck in the end a little bit, and then I’m going to place it in the box, perpendicular to the seam at the bottom of the box. I will now continue to make additional bumps to fill up the bottom of the box.

Okay, with the cushioning all the way across the bottom of the box, we’re ready to start wrapping up our pictures. We’re going to start with pictures that are the largest you can fit in this size box. So, lay them down face-first on the white newsprint, and then simply wrap them right up.

Now for this, you may want to have just a couple of spare tabs of tape to help up the end result so that it doesn’t pop open on you. And then, you’re simply going to slide it in the box, and you want to put the picture perpendicular to the cushioning at the bottom of the box so that they can’t slide behind one of the cushions and end up unprotected.

We’re going to continue this process from front to back, much like the book boxes, until we have a tight, unshifting block of pictures.

Okay, now I’ve placed the pictures in the box from front to back. When placing the pictures, again, we place them perpendicular to the cushioning at the bottom, and we put them glass-to-glass, and back-to-back, to make sure that no items could be damaged. The pictures are in the box in a manner which they can’t shift around. I filled some vacant space here with some crumpled newsprint as we mentioned earlier in the books and CDs video, and up in the front where I used the smallest of the pictures, I was able to fit two side-by-side.

Now, I’m ready to put a cushioning up at the top of the box, seal it, and this box will be ready to go. So, first, the box itself is slightly unlevel because there were taller pictures here and smaller pictures here. So, I’m going to use a couple of small cushions made up the same way we made the ones at the bottom of the box, to level the surface off.

Now, I’m ready to put the cushions up at the top of the box, and you’ll see, again, I’m going to put them perpendicular to the items I packed. So, I’m going to slide the cushions all through over the top, and now this box is ready to seal and label just like we did before.

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