It may seem daunting to move fragile items, and it usually is. If you are moving a 600-year-old China Ming vase worth tens of thousands of pounds, you will even feel worried carrying it in your arms. When it is being lumped with other items for moving, it is downright scary. Other fragile items include fine china tableware, sculptures, paintings, and antique furniture. The best bet would be engaging a man and van London service to help you move. But even with the man and van, you could use a few packing tips to ensure your items are secure.
When packing glassware and ceramics, it is best to use small packing boxes with firm sides. The items should not be in contact with each other, neither should there be room for them to move and bump into each other. Each item should be wrapped in bubble wrap or cloth padding, as well as the space between the items.
Oddly shaped items like ornamental vases should be packed one item per box with all the gaps in the box filled with padding. Be sure to label the packing box ‘FRAGILE’ and place it where it is clearly visible, preferably as the last item to go into the van.
Packing fragile furniture
Glass top coffee tables, wall units, and antique furniture require special handling because they are bulky, heavy and can easily dent, scratch and break. The good thing is that modern furniture can be taken apart and packed separately. Do this for easier packing and moving.
Antique furniture presents a different challenge as it cannot be taken apart. Many pieces are also made of solid hardwood, making them very heavy. Be sure to inform the man and service if you have this kind of furniture which would require hoisting equipment and probably extra hand in addition to the driver.
Electronics are also fragile especially if they are precise instruments like microscopes, or expensive items like a 72 inch TV. The best way to pack these items is in their original packing using the insulation that came with it. If this is not possible, look for cardboard boxes that make a nice fit. Do not pack more than one item in a box. Accessories such as remote controls and chargers should also be in a separate box to avoid pressing against delicate parts such as the screen.
A man and van service is ideal for moving a few fragile items. The van is spacious enough and yet nimble to be driven carefully for a smoother ride.