Planning a move is stressful, particularly when you have to get fragile items like a glass table top from point “A” to point “B” in one piece. Simply wrapping it in paper as you would dishes and decorative items isn’t enough. When large glass items are moved without proper care and handling, they’re easily damaged. Plan your packing and your move to ensure that fragile items such as glass table tops remain in one piece.
Written by: Renee Miller
Wrap the glass top in kraft paper and apply masking tape to secure the paper. Wrap bubble wrap around the mirror several times. Tape the bubble wrap.
Measure the dimensions of the wrapped glass and place it in a telescoping packing box that is as close to these dimensions as possible.
Make your own box if you cannot find a telescoping box. Flatten or break down a box that is slightly larger than the dimensions of your table top.
Cut one side of the flattened box with scissors or a utility knife so that you have one long piece of cardboard.
Wrap the box around your table top, bending it where necessary to fit the dimensions of the table top.
Trim off any extra cardboard, if necessary. For example, if the box is several inches longer on one end, cut off the excess so that only about 1 inch remains.
Tape all open sides of the box closed, using packing tape.
Label both sides of the box “Fragile” with a marker. Make the label large and bold so that it is easily seen.
Place the glass table top on its side in the moving truck. Do not place it face down or place other items on top of it.
Place heavier items in front of the table top to prevent it from sliding or falling.
Things You Will Need
- Brown kraft paper
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Measuring tape
- Kraft paper and bubble wrap are available at most packing supply outlets.
- Telescoping boxes are available at most moving, rental and supply outlets.
- If you’ve hired a moving company, label your fragile packages and let the movers know what is inside before they load it. If you’re moving yourself but have helpers, ensure each person knows how to load fragile items, or handle them yourself.
- You can wrap glass table tops in large blankets, but these will not be as effective as a box and packing paper in preventing breakage.
- Do not use masking tape or duct tape on the cardboard box as they don’t seal as well as packing tape.
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