Packing Tips

How To Move Fragile Furniture And Possessions

Written by David Johnson

fragile boxThis article has some great tips for safely packing and transporting fragile furniture and other belongings during your move.

Safely Moving Breakable Items

No one wants to be the person responsible for poorly packing their fragile items only to find them chipped, cracked, or broken when you’re ready to unload them. A lot of your belongings may be awkward in shape and size and they will need to be carefully wrapped and moved to keep them safe from damage. Follow the steps outlined here and you will definitely be better prepared to safely move your furniture and fragile items.

Gather Up Your Protective Materials & Moving Supplies!

wrap fragile items with towels

The first step you will need to take is to buy or gather up free moving boxes, bubble wrap. newspaper, and packing peanuts. You will be using these items to safely and securely pack your smaller, fragile items such as ornaments, decorations, glasses, and other breakable stuff that you want to keep safe.

Read our previous articles here and here if you want to learn how to get the aforementioned items for free.

Otherwise, you can purchase them over the counter at almost any department store like Target, Walmart, or your local U-haul or shipment center. Most of the time you’ll have more of this stuff lying around your place than you even realize. Another great place to find cheap packing supplies is the internet…like on

How To Move Fragile FurnitureĀ & Large Items Safely

moving fragile furniture

If you have fragile furniture that needs maximum protection during your upcoming move, then you will need to have a decent amount of blankets, tarps, and other types of padded coverings to ensure their safety during transport. Any extra blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, thick clothing, towels, etc can be used to wrap up the edges of wood furniture and cover your furniture surfaces. Most U-haul and truck rentals have their own “furniture padding” for your use but just beware that they charge extra for using it. so its better to avoid using it if you can.

When loading or unloading the furniture. make sure to do your best to safely maneuver around corners and walls so you don’t scratch, crack, or dent anything. Don’t try moving heavy or awkward furniture by yourself unless you absolutely have to…even if you “definitely have the strength” to do it alone. Trust me, no matter how strong you are, its still easier to safely maneuver large or heavy furniture like tables, couches, and desks with a partner down hallways, through doorways, and around turns.

Safely Wrap & Pack Your Small & Fragile Belongings

packing fragile glass

As mentioned earlier, all of your glassware, candles, dishes, collectibles, and other breakable items will need to be carefully wrapped in packing paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap. Make sure that when you are packing them together in boxes that you have an adequate amount of padding separating them and that they don’t have room to slip around. A great way to pack dishes are with towels or blankets, by making sure there is always a layer of towel between each one so they can’t grind on each other.


Use as much paper and padding as necessary to keep your breakable items from shifting around.

Always make sure to mark your boxes clearly as “FRAGILE” when you pack them to let whoever is loading or unloading them know to take extra care and precaution.

Transport Your Stuff Safe & Secure

[styled_image size=”medium” align=”right” link=”#” lightbox=”yes” alt=”Fragile Box”][/styled_image]Moving, especially moving long distances, can be a particularly tedious and overwhelming task…especially if you have a lot of fragile furniture and possessions to worry about. If you can afford it, its always recommended to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings long distance or across the country. However, if you are the one responsible for relocating yourself, by following the tips and guidance in this article I am confident in your ability to make the move on your own with little to no collateral damage.

I hope you enjoyed this article and were able to take away a few pointers to keep your fragile items and furniture safe on your upcoming move!

About the author

David Johnson

I am a (former) professional mover and industry expert. I blog about the tips and tricks for moving your household and possessions safely and cheaply from A to B. I stay up to date on the moving industry odds and ends. Follow me and bookmark this site to make sure you don't spend more than you have to on your next move!


  • These are great tips! You want to make sure that you are using the proper materials to wrap or more your furniture. Many moving companies will provide the materials and help you make a smooth transition.

  • Thank you for the information. I am planning my future move. The idea for the towels and blankets for wrapping is really , as these are good shock absorbent.

  • Aside from apartment or house hunting, one of the most difficult and stressful stages of relocating or moving is the packing stage especially when you have lots of stuff to pack. These tips you have provided are certainly very useful and I believe several readers will make great use of these. Thank you so much for posting.

    • Thank you for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the tips in this article. You’re definitely right about the packing process being the most stressful stage of the move. I totally agree. Cheers!

  • Hi. These are truly great moving tips that DIY movers should know about. Moving can be done easily as long as you have the right materials. Moving boxes, moving blankets and mattress bags can help make moving more convenient.

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