There’s a method to packing up the dining room and making sure it’s prepared for the possible long haul. The worst feeling is moving in to your new place and realizing that something is broken or has a major scratch that tarnishes the beauty of your furniture.

Every dining room is set up differently. If you follow packing procedures, you could save yourself a headache and a ton of money.

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Furniture blankets
  • Stretch wrap
  • Old newspapers
  • Assortment of Boxes
  • Packing Paper
  • Wrapping Paper

Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get started!

Packing the Dining Table
Packing the dining table is probably one of the first pieces of furniture that you should get out of the way. It will provide you with more space to maneuver and while providing you with a sense of accomplishment. Start with furniture blankets and bubble wrap for the dining table. These supplies will help you to avoid scratches and dents during the moving process.

Packing the Chairs
Now that you have taken care of the dining room table, it is time to move on to the dining room chairs. Packing chairs can be complicated because the legs are typically the easiest part to break. Make sure to wrap extensions, rails or bars from chairs with bubble wrap. These parts of the chair are most vulnerable to getting caught between doors or even worse, broken during travel. You can now wrap the rest of the chair with stretch wrap to prevent any marks from the main part of the chair.

Packing Plates and Utensils
Packing dinnerware should be lightest part of packing the dining room. It may not take a lot of heavy lifting, but if not handled properly, it could cause some havoc. Keep in mind, you are packing a box full fragile items that can be easily broken.

When you are loading silverware and glass, it is essential to make sure you fill all sides of the box with bubble wrap and paper padding. Securing each side of the box will protect any type of impact that may occur before, during, or after the move. Individually wrap plates and glasses to avoid breakage during the move. When loading the boxes, remember to pack heavy to light. Heavier items on the bottom will prevent crushing lighter items but more importantly, items falling out from under you.

Congratulations! You’ve finished the dining room. Hopefully you’ve taken a moment to account for each box by labeling it “Fragile”. Although every dining room is different, understanding the basics of packing up will help with other items that were not discussed.