How to Store Glassware

Nothing's more heartbreaking than the sound of glass breaking. That's why Public Storage sells special glassware and fragile item packing kits. Frank from Public Storage is here to teach you how to pack your glassware properly and avoid breakage.

Step 1 - Line a Box with Bubble Wrap

First, make sure you select a good, sturdy box. You don't want to put all of this work in just to have the box collapse. Then line the box with bubble wrap. This helps protect your contents from all sides.

Step 2 - Place Crumpled Paper On Bottom

Use crumpled paper to give your glassware a cushioned base. We recommend acid-free newsprint to avoid the transfer of ink to you or your belongings.

Step 3 - Roll Item In 2-3 sheets Of Newsprint Paper

Okay, this is the really important part. It all comes down to how you wrap your glassware items. First, lay the newsprint out and place your item in the corner. Then roll it in 2-3 sheets of newsprint paper. Be sure to tuck in the extra paper on each side of the glass as you roll. If you're wrapping stemware, use extra sheets of paper on the stems, as they are the most susceptible to breakage.

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Step 4 - Place Glassware In Box, Sturdy Items On the Bottom and Fragile Ones On Top

Be strategic about what items you put in first. The sturdier pieces should be placed at the bottom of the box, while more fragile glassware should be placed on top.

Step 5 - Separate the Layers with Cardboard

Cut pieces of cardboard to fit flat in your box and use them to create layers between the glassware. This will help protect each layer and make stacking your items a whole lot easier.

Step 6 - Place Crumpled Paper On Top

Just as you did in step 2, crumple up newsprint paper and place it on top of your now packed glassware items. This will help cushion the glassware and protect them when you stack the boxes in your unit.

Step 7 - Label the Box

Labeling your glassware box is probably the most important thing you can do. Yes, it makes the box easier to locate in your storage unit, but even more importantly, it informs you and/or your movers that the box should be handled with care. "FRAGILE" or "GLASSWARE" are the best terms to use.

Now you know how to pack glassware properly, so have no fear. Your glassware is going to be just fine.

Don't want to forget a step? Download our Tip Sheet PDF and keep it with you on packing day.