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Packing Dishes

Packing Tips – How to Pack a Dish Box

Today let’s focus on how to pack a dish box. Dish boxes, also called dish packs, are a specialized packing carton that is used to protect your most fragile and breakable items. Most moving cartons are built with a single layer of corrugated cardboard, but the dish box has a double layer of corrugated cardboard. These extra-thick walls give the items inside an added layer of protection, but it also increases the cost of the box itself. Because of this, you want to be sure you are only packing the correct items inside this box. If it is not a delicate item, it probably shouldn’t go in a dish box.

For home movers, if you have not read our General Packing Advice post yet, take a minute to read this post as well before you begin to pack a dish box. It covers the materials you will need, box assembly tips, labeling instructions, and other useful information.

Items to Pack:

Plates, bowls, glasses, cups, stemware, small appliances, vases, lamp bases, electronics


  • Using lots of packing paper is the #1 key to success when you are packing a dish box. You can not use too much. The more paper you are using, the more protection your items have. It is also important that any empty space inside the box is filled with crumpled packing paper to ensure nothing can move around inside. Start every box by filling the bottom of the box with a layer of crumpled up packing paper. This will give the bottom layer items a soft cushion of protection. When you are done packing and the box is full, be sure to do the same thing again. Another layer of crumpled paper at the top should be used to give the box a firm top and protect the top layer of items.
  • Wrap each item individually with a sheet of packing paper. Lay the item near the corner of a sheet of paper, and wrap diagonally, tucking in the ends of the paper as you go.
  • Once wrapped place items into the dish box in rows. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box and the lighter objects at the top of the box.                                           Dish pack photo
  • Plates and bowls should be loaded into the box on their side. Do not lay them flat. Cups and glasses should be loaded standing up.
  • Once you have filled one layer of the box, put down another layer of crumpled newsprint on top of the layer before you begin loading the next layer of the box.
  • Small appliances, like toasters can go in a dish box as well. Wrap these objects in a large paper pad before placing into the box.
  • Vases and lamp bases also belong inside a dish box. These should be wrapped in a large paper pad, and then stood up on end inside the box. Be sure to use crumpled packing paper to fill any extra space between items. Lamp shades should be packed in their own box.                                          Wrap lamps in paper pads
  • Electronics, such as DVD players or computer monitors should also be packed inside the dish box. Similar to the other large items, wrap each piece in its own paper pad before placing it inside the dish box.
  • Pots and pans are very durable items, and because of this the do not need to be packed in a dish box. A standard medium carton is the best choice for these items. The same goes for plastic plates or glasses. These items do not require extra protection and are safe to travel in a standard carton.

These tips should get you well on your way to successfully pack a dish box. Our video on packing your kitchen may also be a helpful resource to you, so be sure and check that out as well. Be sure to read our other posts on packing if you have questions on how to pack other boxes. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below, and we would be happy to help you out.

We are here to help if you ever decide that you need any help with your packing or moving services. You can reach out to our team at Corrigan Moving Systems at any time. We have moving companies located in Rochester NY, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Toledo OH, and across Michigan. Our team of long distance movers can also handle moves anywhere in the country.

One Response to “Packing Tips – How to Pack a Dish Box”

JenniferStevensJuly 15th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I found it interesting to read about how you should put plates and cups standing up to avoid problems.   Also, it looks like individually wrapping them might also help in the long run.  That is probably a good thing that there are ways of making a move easier in the long run.