When packing up a kitchen, you need to have many items of varying sizes. Therefore, you need to have boxes in varying sizes, as not all items fit into the same size box.
In general, the most common box used to pack a kitchen is called a China Box or Dish Barrel. The size of this box is 5.2 cubic feet.
China boxes are well constructed for fragile items such as china, dishes, stemware, and crystal. They are corrugated cartons and are commonly used for packing the kitchen and dining room.
How to Pack a Kitchen
It is recommended when packing up your kitchenware to add two layers of bubble wrap or packing paper on the bottom of each box. By protecting your dishes in bubble wrap or with a crushed paper you add an extra level of cushioning to your fragile items. It also helps to eliminate shifting of items inside the heavy-duty moving boxes.
Then, wrap each piece of dinnerware with a thin layer of packing paper and stack them one at a time in the box. Again, adding an extra layer of bubble wrap or paper in between every three dishes. It is best to stack the dishes vertically, on their edges, rather than one on top of another, as they are less likely to break this way.
For silverware, we recommend wrapping each similar type of silverware (knives with knives, spoons with spoons, etc.) with a rubber band. This keeps them together. Next, place all of the silverware into one smaller sized box, and finally tape it closed with packing tape.
In addition to various sized boxes, pick up the following
- Bubble wrap
- Polyurethane foam
- Packing paper
- Packing tape
- Rubber bands
- Colored markers/packing stickers
Packing a Kitchen
Take care with your packing of kitchenware. Wrap each item and allow for cushioning in between items. This reduces your risk of finding broken dishes and shattered wine glasses when you open the boxes in your new location.
If you need more help packing your kitchen, our professional movers and packers are here to help.