When you move to a new house or place items in a storage lot, you should always take time to carefully pack your belongings, and this is especially true if they’re made from fragile materials like glass. In this guide, we focus on everything you need to know about packing glassware and stemware, letting you preserve your favourite fragile items for years to come.
You will need…
Cardboard cell boxes, or supermarket wine cases
- Tissue paper
- Packing paper
- Marker pen
- Packing peanuts
- Crumpled-up paper
You can get all of these must-have packing materials from any Space Station location.
How to wrap general glassware for storage and removals
Use the following instructions for items like glass bowls, tumblers, vases and kitchenware – anything that doesn’t have a stem.
- Take a cardboard box (cells removed) and place crumpled paper inside, so there’s a fair degree of cushioning.
- Start with the heaviest, sturdiest pieces of glassware, laying them diagonally on a piece of packing paper.
- Roll the item up in the paper, and repeat with three or four sheets.
- Tuck the top end of the paper into the glass’s cavity.
- Fold the bottom of the paper up and tap it secure.
- Roll the glassware in more tissue paper.
- Fold the ends of the paper so the top and bottom of the glass are protected from bumps.
- Place the glass at the bottom of the box on its side, then repeat with the next-heaviest item.
- If you’re packing a number of similar items – glasses, for instance – then use cell dividers and pack each item upright.
- After you’ve filled the box (leave a small gap at the top so you don’t overload the box), pack the remainder of the box with crumpled paper or packing
- Seal the box with parcel tape and label it as fragile.
How to wrap stemware for storage and removals
Wine glasses, champagne flutes and so forth are particularly vulnerable to breakages, so it’s best to use cell boxes and plenty of care when packing them.
- Get the celled box and place a handful of crumpled up paper or packing peanuts in each section.
- Place crumpled paper in each piece of glassware gently, without pressing the globe too hard or putting too much paper in the glass.
- Lay the glass diagonally across several sheets of tissue paper, then gently pull the paper close around the glass.
- Carefully tuck the ends of the paper into the globe of the glass and up around its stem.
- Lay the glass on its side, then roll the paper around it.
- Fold the ends of the paper up so they’re close to the top and bottom of the globe. Repeat this step with new sheets of paper.
- Place the glass into the cell box.
- When the cells are full or you’re out of glasses, pack the top of the box with crumpled-up paper or packing peanuts.
- Tape the box and clearly label it as fragile.
Whatever you’re packing, it’s important that you don’t let there be any gaps in the packaging. If there are, the box’s contents might move around and bump into one another during transit, breaking in the process.
Packing glassware takes time and patience, but ultimately a rushed job will mean broken glasses! Visit your local Space Station for packing supplies – click here to find a location near you.