Simple Tips for Packing Your Dining Room Safely

Moving can be stressful, especially when you don’t know how to pack fragile or awkwardly-shaped items. The dining room can be one the most difficult rooms to pack; from delicate dishes to appliances and large pieces of furniture, you have a variety of items that each require a different packing method. Merit Moving Systems, an established Orange County moving company, has some simple yet useful tips for packing your dining room safely—and with minimal hassle!

Tip 1: Get Organized

You can save a lot of time and frustration by getting organized. First, decide which items you will keep and which you will donate or throw away. Next, sort your belongings so like items are in one place. Before you begin packing, check to make sure you have everything you need.

Here’s a list of supplies that will help you get started:

  • Sturdy boxes in various sizes
  • Dish carton
  • Packing paper/pads
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Packing tape
  • Felt tip marker

Tip 2: Pack Fragile Items First

One of the most stressful parts about packing a dining room is trying to keep fragile—and sometimes expensive—glassware and china protected. With the right tools and proper caution, you might find that this process is simpler than you thought.

How to use a dish carton:

A dish carton is your ally when packing stemware and other dishes. First, prepare the dish carton by placing crumpled packing paper in the bottom of the box. Place a layer of dividers (cells) on top of the paper. These will prevent your stemware from bumping into each other. If you are packing dishes or glasses along with your stemware, place the heaviest items on the bottom and the most fragile items on the top.

Prepare each individual glass or dish by wrapping it with tissue paper and packing paper, filling any open areas with paper for added support. Place glasses rim-side-down in one of the cells. Once all the cells are filled, add another layer of crushed packing paper followed by a layer of cardboard and repeat. 

Tip 3: Pack Decor and Appliances

The next step is to pack your pictures, mirrors, vases, and other home décor items. This is also a good time to begin packing your kitchen appliances. As with your dishware, wrap each individual item with wrapping paper and place in a durable box that suits the size of the item. Line each box with crumpled paper, and follow the following tips to help keep your items safe:

  • Pack like-items together, or heavy items on the bottom and light items on top.
  • Do not over-pack your boxes with too much weight.
  • Keep your items safe from jostling by filling in any gaps with paper.
  • Wrap mirrors and pictures separately, covering each with tissue paper and padding.
  • Consider professional packing services for large or expensive items.

Tip 4: Prepare Dining Room Furniture

On moving day, take precautions that will protect your home and belongings from damage. Secure all cabinet doors and drawers. Protect table corners from damage with padded paper or using corner protectors offered by your moving supply store. If possible, remove table legs and table leaves, wrapping them separately in towels or linens. Finally, make sure any nuts, bolts, and screws are placed in secure plastic bags or containers and labeled appropriately.

If you’re going with a professional moving company, you can benefit from furniture shrink-wrapping service that will keep your larger pieces protected against dirt and damage.

Moving might be a hassle, but when you have the right tools for the job, you can enjoy a simple move that protects your valuables—and your peace of mind! If you’re looking for local movers serving Riverside County, San Bernadino County, and Orange County, we hope you will consider Merit Moving Systems!

Our professional home movers offer full-service packing, loading, delivery, and storage solutions for a seamless move that’s always on-time and on-budget! Get started today with a free moving estimate!