How to Pack Plates & Flatware

Stack of Plates & Dishes

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your plates and flatware safe during your upcoming move.

  1. Dishpak cartons can be purchased at Walsh, they have double corrugated walls and include cells and dividers. If you do not want to use Dishpaks, you may choose a medium size box.
    Either way, line the box with an extra-large sheet of bubble wrap. Make sure the bubble wrap is large enough that it spills outside the box and completely covers the inside, including the bottom.
  2. Place a stack of plain newsprint on the table. The sheets should be large enough to accommodate the plates or objects you need to pack.
  3. Place the first plate in the center of the top sheet and fold one corner of the sheet over the plate until it’s completely covered.
  4. Take the next plate and place it on top of the first plate. Wrap the remaining three corners of the plain newsprint sheet over the second plate.
  5. Secure the newsprint with packing tape.
  6. Place the two plates in the box on their side. Plates should never be packed flat. If the box encounters any kind of force, plates on their edge can sustain a lot more pressure.
  7. Continue wrapping and placing the plates in the box until the box is tightly packed.
  8. Fold in the edges of the bubble wrap, so the plates are covered and protected. If there is room remaining in the box, place linens or towels on top of the plates before sealing the box.
  9. Mark the box “Fragile,” list the items on the outside and their location: “Kitchen” or “Dining Room.”