Moving can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to packing up the kitchen. How were you able to get so much stuff in the cupboards, cabinets, pantries, and kitchen shelves? And while plates and glasses and french presses may get a lot of attention when packing, how to pack knives for moving is equally important.
It’s important to make sure that your knives are packed properly so that they don’t damage any other items in the same box. And if you pack with other silverware, you don’t want to reach into the moving box and end up accidentally cutting yourself on chef knives! Moving is stressful enough without needing a bunch of Band-Aids.
How to Pack Knives for Moving
If you are a professional chef, you probably already have a handy pouch for transporting your knives. For all others, here are some tips on how to pack kitchen knives safely and securely for moving:
- Organize your knives
- Gather packing materials
- Wrap the knives
- Secure the knives
- Load into a box
Organize Your Knives
The first step when it comes to packing your kitchen knives is to get organized. Take all of your knives out of their cutlery block or drawer and put them in the same place for easy access. If you have a lot of different types of knives (such as steak, paring, etc.), consider separating them. It will be easier to keep track of when packing.
Butter knives or table knives can probably be grouped together because there will be similar sizes and the blades are neither that pointy nor that sharp. Carving knives, bread knives, cleavers, and larger knives should be wrapped individually but can be grouped together after.
Gather Packing Materials
When packing knives, you want to choose materials that will protect both the knife itself and anything else in the same box. Layers of bubble wrap are a great option because it provides cushioning between the knife and other items in the box. The wrap will also protect against scratches or dings on the blade itself.
Layers of packing paper also work as will newspaper or towels. Just make sure that whatever material you use won’t cause scratches on your blades. If you really want to protect the tips, have pieces of cardboard handy to slide over the top of the blades. Have packing tape on hand, too.
How to Pack Knives for Moving: Wrap the Knives
Once you have chosen a material, wrap each knife individually. You can start by covering the tips of the knives with cardboard as we mentioned above, or cover the tips with towels. Not only will it protect the tip, but it won’t slice through other packing materials either.
Secure the Knives
Once each knife is wrapped, then you can wrap them all together for extra protection. Lay out packing paper or a towel and place each knife a few inches apart on the paper or towel. Then just roll them up! Tape the top and bottom of the “knife roll” to make sure none of the knives work their way out during transit.
Load the Box
With all of your knives safe and secure, put down a layer of crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box and put the knives in. Other silverware can be wrapped the same way, too, and placed in the bottom of the box. Other items can then be placed on top of the silverware. And don’t forget to label the box.
Packing kitchen knives for moving doesn’t have to be difficult if you take the time to do it properly. By organizing your knives before packing and ensuring each knife is properly secured, you can rest assured knowing that your kitchen knives will arrive safely. With these tips in mind, you should have no problem getting your favorite cooking tools safely from one place to another!
How to Pack Knives For Moving: Hire Someone Else To Do It!
Or you can just call Smooth Move People and let us take care of your cutlery. We will pack your knives (and everything else), load them onto our trucks, and then unload them when we get to your new home. All you have to worry about is where everything is going to go!
However, if you want to pack everything yourself, we have sheets of packing paper and rolls of bubble wrap and all the packing tape you’ll need! We also have boxes in various sizes as well as specialty boxes for glasses and plates as well as wardrobe boxes. If you’re moving, we have the supplies!