Not sure how to move wine glasses and other stemware pieces? Packing and moving any type of glassware is always tricky.
Out of all the items you’ll be moving, these pieces are particularly prone to breaking during the moving process. From wine glasses and champagne flutes to beer glasses and cocktail glasses, stemware tends to be oddly shaped, making them especially difficult to pack for a move.
Fortunately, we can help make the process easier. With the right moving supplies and know-how, transporting your wine glasses and other glassware items can be a painless experience.
For tips on how to make it to your new home without breaking wine glasses and other fragile stemware items, read our seven easy steps below.
How to move wine glasses and other stemware in 7 easy
Count and record all stemware
Whether you plan to hire professional movers or move yourself, it’s important to keep track of all inventory when transporting belongings to a new home. In addition to writing down a list of items, we recommend taking photos to document each glass’s condition. Having photos and a written record of all items on-hand makes it easier to file a claim against your moving company in case they break or damage the glassware while moving. It also makes it easier for you to keep up with your belongings throughout the hectic move. After all, if you’re moving a truck full of boxes, you may not even notice that something has gone missing when unpacking.
Purchase the right moving supplies and assemble boxes correctly
Safely packing and moving wine glasses all starts with the right moving boxes and supplies. Whatever you do, don’t just throw wine glasses in a box and hope for the best. Without properly packing your fragile stemware, wine glasses will almost certainly crack or break during the move. Fortunately, there are plenty of supplies available to make packing glassware as easy as 1-2-3. All you’ll need are sturdy, corrugated cardboard moving boxes, glassware dividers and partition kits to separate glasses, packing paper, packing tape, foam pouches (if you prefer these materials to packing paper) and a sharpie marker. Once you have the right supplies, assemble each box and add an extra layer of cushioning on the bottom. Then, insert cardboard glassware dividers inside. These cellular, cardboard dividers are an excellent way to prevent glasses from hitting one another while in-transit.
Separate stemware by category
Now, it’s time to separate your stemware by category. Categories may include red wine glasses, white wine glasses, champagne flutes, martini glasses, etc. Count each of the piece of stemware and make a note about the condition. If any glasses need to be washed and cleaned prior to the move, this is the time to do it. Once you have them ready to pack, proceed to step four.
Wrap wine glasses in packing paper
To properly wrap a wine glass in packing paper, we recommend first laying a piece of packing paper flat on the ground. Next, place the wine glass on top of the paper so that it sits on its side in a horizontal position.
Roll the paper around the wine glass and secure the top and bottom corners of the paper inside the glass. Repeat this step with several other pieces of packing paper until the wine glass is property protected with multiple layers. Secure the paper with tape to keep it in place. If you don’t have packing paper, insert each wine glass inside of a foam pouch and secure with tape.
Place protected wine glasses inside the box
Next, as you finish wrapping each wine glass in packing paper, place it inside the box so that it sits in a vertical position between the dividers in its own cell. Never put a wine glass on top of another. This divider kit should make it easy to keep stemware pieces separate. When you finish placing the wine glasses inside the dividers, surround any empty space or open gaps with more packing paper. Filling these gaps will prevent wine glasses from shifting around while being moved.
Close and secure the box with packing tape
Once you’ve finished packing the wine glasses and filled empty gaps with packing paper, close the box and secure with packing tape. For advice on how to correctly assemble and fold a moving box.
Label each box
Finally, label each box with the corresponding glassware items. It’s also a good idea to indicate where you’d like movers to place the box (i.e. “kitchen” or “dining room”) to speed up the moving process.
Most importantly, you’ll want to label the box as “Fragile” with an arrow showing “This Side Up,” so that the box isn’t held or placed upside down. Labeling all boxes correctly will save you the headache of having to sift through dozens of boxes in search of stemware during the first few weeks in the new house.
Other tips for packing and moving glassware
Make sure you have insurance
Worried about breaking or losing glassware during the move? Look into your homeowners insurance policy to see whether or not it covers items while they are being moved. If using a professional moving company, consider purchasing comprehensive valuation coverage.
If you’re planning to move a lot of glassware, you can always purchase additional insurance as well. For more information on moving insurance.
Use small or medium size boxes
Using large moving boxes to carry fragile glassware is never a good idea. The reason? It’s easier to over-pack glassware when using a large box, making it harder to carry and the contents more likely to break.
Use washcloths and small blankets
If you run out of packing paper, we recommend filling in the empty space with washcloths and soft blankets. This should provide ample protection for your items.
Wash glasses after unpacking
After moving, we highly recommend washing your wine glasses prior to using them. After all, they’ve been sitting on a hot truck in a cardboard box and could probably use a good clean to make them sparkle in your new bar cabinets.