Packing your china requires special attention. For these fragile items, you should use dish packs or sturdy, medium cartons with 3-4 inches of crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the carton for additional cushioning. Everyday plates can be wrapped in stacks of four, however, the more delicate the plates, the smaller the stack.
Place one plate in the corner of your stack of white, unprinted newspaper and using 1-2 layers of paper, pull the corner up and over the top plate. Fold the side corners of the paper into the middle and then place another plate on top. Repeat the process until you have four plates in a stack, individually protected by layers of paper.
Finish the process by rolling the stack away from you to the far corner until the bundle is completely wrapped and protected. Then place the bundle into the carton ON EDGE. Never place plates flat in a carton.
Plates can form the bottom tier or layer of the carton, followed by bowls in the next layer and finally by cups, glassware and goblets and other light, fragile items. Separate each layer in the carton with a cushion of newspaper and ensure that each wrapped piece is snug in its layer to prevent movement. Empty spaces can be filled with crushed newspaper and the top of the carton should be marked “Fragile” and “This Side Up”.
When packing your possessions you should give them the same care you would give them in your home. That is why we encourage you to order LaPorte’s specially designed packing materials for your move. Remember, if you don’t want to pack your things yourself, LaPorte offers packing services to meet your needs.