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4 Commonly Broken Items and How to Protect Them

By James

Protecting commonly broken items during a move is part of our job. At Liffey Moving we do our utmost to protect your belongings, advise on packing techniques, the best equipment to use and the insurance you may need. Accidents happen, but you can minimize risks to your fragile items.

You can easily keep your items safe by understanding some of the common moving mishaps and the safety measures to alleviate the risks. Here is a list of some of the most commonly broken items and ways to keep them safe.

1.   Artwork

Artwork is among the most commonly broken items when relocating. They can be damaged easily when in transit and while packing, especially anything that contains glass. This is usually due to insufficient cushioning or improper packaging with spaces between the box and the artwork.

How to protect:

You need to put enough crumpled paper at the bottom of the boxes you use before placing in your artwork. Additionally, add more paper to the sides and the top before concealing the box. Be sure to use a sturdy box with enough paper to make it airtight.

Liffey Moving can supply you with a lot of packing equipment so please feel free to get in touch.

2.   Glassware

You need to take care when moving glassware. It is contained in a lot of items, particularly kitchen materials and picture frames.

Drinking glasses are some of the most fragile items. However, you can prevent them from breaking by following our simple safety precautions.

How to protect:

The key to keeping your glasses safe is using the right box. "Dish pack" is a safe box that you can use to keep your drinking glasses from breaking. This special box offers extra protection with its double-thick walls. Wrap your glasses with packaging papers first and lay them horizontally in the box.

Ensure there is more paper to the sides to prevent any movement during transit. Before sealing the box, ensure you lay a couple of packing papers before adding crumpled paper at the top to fill in the empty spaces.

For even more protection don’t forget to label your boxes correctly so the team here at Liffey Moving know to take added care with your fragile items. Labelling helps avoid using glassware to the list of commonly broken items.

3.   Mirrors and frames:

You can easily prevent mirrors from cracking with the appropriate precaution, whether in a washroom, bedroom, or decorative mirror. Large mirrors can be tricky to move, so it's important to let your moving team know the weight and size of your mirrors.

How to protect:

Packing mirrors and picture frames are very easy. You can decide to put them back into their original boxes, which is the safest. However, if you don't have their original boxes, you can use a soft-form cushion to wrap them and taping in "x" format across all edges. Just ensure that you wrap the mirror with many sheets of paper before taping them tightly to give extra protection.

4.   Plates

People often make the mistake of packing plates with little packing paper. Again, they fail to wrap them individually to prevent breakage.

How to protect:

Protecting plates from damages is often easier than glasses. Simply wrapping each plate with lots of packing papers keeps them from rattling in the box. To keep them well-cushioned, it is advisable to use a "dish pack." Put some crumpled paper at the bottom of the box and arrange the plates vertically. Put more pieces of crumpled paper between the plates and more crumpled papers at the top before taping it all-around to offer extra protection.

If there is little to no rattling then there is a good chance these will not be added to the commonly broken items list.


As you can see most of the commonly broken items are what you would expect and what many tend to break on a day-to-day basis. With some patience, the right packing equipment and proper labelling you can ensure that all your items are safe. Liffey Moving will do the rest.

Should you need tips on packing other items or if you have speciality items, please let the team know and we will be happy to help. We hope our article will help you avoid the commonly broken items list.

Article written by James

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