Boxes used to pack dishes, home décor may contain lots and lots of empty spaces. While shifting, chances are there that many boxes get stacked on the top of each other and may even slide back in the moving truck. Therefore, it becomes very important to make sure that all the items stay in place and are packed on the appropriate basis. This eventually reduces the risk of damage, broken items and spills.
Right from Styrofoam, packing peanuts, newspaper, bubble wraps, one can make use of such interesting combinations to keep all your prized possessions safe and secured. Down below I would like to shed some light on each type. This will eventually help you in making a move like a PRO.
Every household comprises of larger electronics items or artwork that needs to be shipped from one space to another. Packing these valuables with Styrofoam blocks and sheets can work wonders for you. While relocating, chances are pretty much there that you didn’t get any chance to set those packing supplies aside, so what you can do is head towards home improvement stores or even office supply store to buy blocks and sheets in different sizes and thicknesses.
Styrofoam is mainly used for padding large boxes. This basically provides an extra layer of protection for heavy items such as computer monitors or flat-screen televisions. In fact, you can even think of taping similar pieces together to create separators within a larger box in case, if you are thinking of packing different types of fragile items together. It may also interest you to know that Styrofoam is also easy to cut down with a knife or a pair of scissors so that you can customize each and every piece for different items.
Some of the best examples to consider are:
- Protecting corners of television and computer screens
- Think of padding an entire box especially with electronics or some fragile items
- Creating dividers within a box
- Preventing items from shifting
- Don't forget to encase glasswares and other delicate items when stacking items in a box
- These products protect multiple fragile items packed in the same box
- They even succeed in filling empty space to prevent items from shifting
- Packing vases, glassware, ceramic items and other fragile home goods in the same box
Another versatile, crucial and easily available product to use while packing is a bubble wrap. Wrapping or cushioning around items that have higher risk of breaking or getting damaged during a move can protect them to a great extent. One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of bubble wrap is pre-wrap some of your items with newspapers or place it in plastic bags and tape the sides down. This won’t let items slip out from the bubble wrap in transit.
Examples of best uses for bubble wrap:
- Protecting glassware, vases, picture frames and mirrors
- Covering the screen of flat-screen televisions and computer monitors
- Wrapping small electronics and kitchen accessories
- Down below I would like to mention a few things to keep in mind while working with bubble wraps.
Put a layer of packing paper between your TV and that bubble wrap. However, plastic can leave marks on your screen, especially in extreme temperatures. You can even think of using some extra paper for items with sharp edges or corners. By doing this, one can keep those sharp areas from poking right through the plastic.
Make sure to wrap your items with bubbles facing inward for better protection against exterior pressure and accidental impact. The flat side is pretty easy to write on and will hold the tape in place much more effectively.
Don’t bank on one layer of bubble wrap as small sheet might not be enough for a piece of stemware, though this would be in addition to packing. Apart from this, for heavier items like a large framed mirror or your CPU, if you are thinking to use with the bigger bubbles then one layer may suffice. So what can be done is make sure to use some crumpled packing paper for extra cushioning.
Like I said before, keep the bubble wrap firmly in place by taping not just along the edges, but all the way around the item.
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