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

Safely Moving Breakable Items

fragile boxNo one wants to be the person responsible for poorly packing their fragile items.  It’s a terrible feeling when you finally arrive to your new home only to find your stuff 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 article here if you want to learn how to get free boxes for moving.

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 Amazon.com.

Blankets, mattress pads, and comforters work great as furniture padding as well.  They can be used for protecting tvs, computer monitors, mirrors, glass, and more.


How To Move Fragile Furniture & 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.  This means taking precaution and getting some help 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.

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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 (be careful of ink stains), or bubble wrap.   Clothing such as socks, t-shirts, hand towels, etc also work great for keeping glass and porcelain items safe during the move.

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 during the drive.

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


Transport Your Stuff Safe & Secure

fragile moving boxMoving, especially moving long distances, can be a particularly tedious and overwhelming task.  This is especially true 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. Professionals are licensed and insured to handle your belongings.  That means that if there is an accident, you will be completely re-reimbursed for any losses that occur.  They move large, heavy, awkward, and fragile items on a daily basis and are particularly skilled when it comes to doing so.

However, if you are the one responsible for moving 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. Make sure that you pack your moving truck or container in a way that allows no room for large items to slip and slide around.  It’s not fun when you come to your first hard stop or hit a speed bump and hear everything crashing around back there.

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Get Some Help With The Heavy Lifting, Loading, and Unloading

Our partners over at HireAHelper.com have a great service to help people find labor-for-hire for their moving and packing needs.  If you don’t want to hire a full service moving company, but you still require some help with the heavy lifting, then this is a great option.  Check for local teams who can help you with the packing and loading below.


With the tips I covered here, I am confident you will be able to safely move your fragile items and heavy furniture with no problems.

Good luck on your next move!  


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  • Nice Article David, fun to read your handy storage tips. As a new start up in portable storage it’s good to read about peoples experiences so we can take note and provide the best for our customers. Thanks!

  • You must properly wrap all the fragile items, while packing items like cups and glasses place a paper on the inside so they stay upright and not clash with other items in the box. Secondly, while the placement of the item inside the cardboard box, make sure that robust pieces are stacked at the bottom, while delicate items like cups must be placed on top. Moreover, you must ensure that the fragile items are placed safely inside the cardboard box, and you must use box dividers to place items like glass and cups.

  • 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.