How to Pack a Chandelier
Chandeliers are extremely delicate and tend to have many small and fragile pieces. Chandeliers also come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, so packing a chandelier can be a difficult and time consuming task. In the steps below, we will walk you through how to pack a crystal chandelier specifically.
Step 1 - Setup a Clean Work Space First, find a safe place to work. The best option is to hang chandeliers from an industrial hook that can handle the weight. If you don’t have an industrial hook, consider wrapping the chandelier where it is hanging before placing it into the box. The fixture can be damaged just by laying it on a hard surface. If you are going to lay it down, you should place it on blankets, soft carpet, bundled up clothing, a dog bed or anything else you have that can cushion the sides.
Step 2 - Photograph Your Chandelier Before packing, always photograph your items. It is recommended to photograph any pre-existing damage. In the event that your chandelier disappears or is damaged in transit, the photos will be valuable evidence to support your claim.
Step 3 - Padding and CushionOnce you have your chandelier in a safe spot, you want to pinpoint the sensitive areas. Sharp places should be padded with thick foam. If you don't have foam you can use cardboard and bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is also good for non-sharp areas that might be sensitive to breaking, scratching or bending.
Pay special attention to the top and bottom of the chandelier. This is where most of the weight and pressure will be. For crated chandeliers, hanging it from a wooden rod will reduce the risk of top or bottom damage.
Step 4 - Pad All the Way AroundContinue the padding process all the way around the chandelier. After you have bubble wrapped sensitive sections you might have to reinforce the bubble wrap with foam or cardboard. Backing up bubble wrap is important because it can easily be poked and if it loses its air it is worthless.
Step 5 - Box the Chandelier Find a box that is at least 3” bigger than all sides of your chandelier. You’ll need double or triple walled corrugated box that is big enough for foam on the top and bottom and plenty of space around the chandelier for packing peanuts. Make sure to use plenty of tape to seal the bottom of the box.
Step 6 - Address the Negative SpaceSome items can't handle negative space and require void fill. Most chandeliers fit into this category and it is important to make sure it does not shift during transit. This can be a challenge because the fixture has small pieces that vary in size that are not conducive to bracing.
Place a piece of foam on the bottom of the box and hold the chandelier so it is barely touching the foam. Ask a friend to gently place packing peanuts into the box so that the chandelier is completely surrounded. Place another piece of foam on top of the chandelier and make sure the chandelier is held firmly in place. Close the box and seal all of the edges securely. Your package will get tipped end over end while it is in transit. You never know which end will be delivered up. So don't count on "Keep Upright" stickers to do the job and just make sure both top and bottom are adequately padded.