If you have decided to pack up your home by yourself, or maybe pack only the items you know you can handle and leave to professional packers the toughest things to pack and move, then sooner or later you’ll get to the kitchen as well.
And then, you’ll quickly realize that the kitchen itself is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to pack due to the large number of various kitchen items that can be found there: silverware, utensils, pans, pots, bowls, cups, dishes, glasses, small kitchen appliances, large kitchen appliances, and so on. To make your packing task even more challenging, your kitchen will be full of breakable items that will not survive the move unless properly packed.
However, it’s when you get to the task of packing knives for moving that you’ll likely face your first packing challenge. If you happen to own cutlery sets with around 10 or more different kitchen knives for different purposes, then you may find it hard to figure out the best way to pack kitchen knives for moving without any risk of damage to other items or injury to yourself or your movers.
Find below the best way to pack knives when moving – that is, pack knives safely and quickly.
What to do before packing kitchen knives for a move
Before you learn the steps that will show how to pack kitchen knives when moving, there are three things you need to do first in order to ensure that packing those sharp kitchen items for moving won’t end in any kind of damage or injury.
- Gather the right packing materials. You shouldn’t worry about getting the proper packing supplies to protect your knives during the move. Why? You’ll only need the most basic packing supplies: plenty of unprinted packing paper, a few sheets of bubble wrap, a roll of packing tape, and a permanent marker.
- Prepare the moving boxes. Of course, you’ll also need to get your hands on a few small cardboard boxes to store your wrapped kitchen knives – shoe boxes usually work well. Prepare a separate box or boxes only for your kitchen knives to eliminate the possibility of damaging other kitchen stuff as well. Then, make sure you place crumpled packing paper to the box bottom and line the boxes with one layer of bubble wrap to provide extra cushioning for the kitchen knives and prevent the sharp objects from cutting through the cardboard.
- Sort your kitchen knives prior to packing. Before you can learn how to pack knives when moving, you should organize your knives by sorting them according to their type and size. Group all your butter knives together as usually they are not as sharp as the rest. Then, group steak and bread knives, including the ones you use to chop vegetables. Finally, set aside your chef’s knives and carving knives and make sure you pack each one of those larger knives individually.
How to pack knives when moving: Step-by-step
The moment you have gathered the knives packing materials, prepared the cardboard boxes and sorted out your sharp kitchen objects, it’s time to pack your kitchen knives for a move. If you keep those sharp cutlery pieces in a knife block, you can pack them together with that cutlery block (the packing method is explained further below), but right now let’s focus on packing individually all the kitchen knives you own.
- Step 1. Position your stack of unprinted packing paper on the kitchen table or counter.
- Step 2. Gather several knives that are similar in size and purpose.
- Step 3. Place one knife at an angle near one edge of the paper stack, then take a few (3-4) sheets of paper and roll them diagonally over the knife multiple times until the sharp object is completely covered in paper.
- Step 4. Add another knife with its blade pointing in the opposite direction of the first cutlery piece, then continue to roll the paper until the second knife is covered in packing paper as well.
- Step 5. Add another knife to the bundle, and then yet another until you run out of paper.
- Step 6. Tuck in the ends of the packing paper to form a tight bundle and don’t forget to alternate the direction of the blades as you keep wrapping them. In most cases, one paper bundle will hold around 4 or 5 knives depending on their size.
- Step 7. Finish wrapping the bundle and take a look at it – it should resemble a roll of knives in packing paper where each knife is wrapped up individually. When you’re ready, there should be at least 20 sheets of paper that cover the knife blades, which will be enough to eliminate any chance of accidents during the actual transportation.
- Step 8. Use packing tape to secure the bundle and keep it from unwrapping itself during transport.
- Step 9. Take the permanent marker and write KNIVES on the paper bundle.
- Step 10. Transfer each paper bundle containing your kitchen knives into the cardboard box you have prepared for the sharp objects. Once the box is full, fill up any empty spaces using crumpled paper or old pieces of clothing so that no shifting occurs inside the box during the haul.
- Step 11. Close the box and seal it with packing tape.
- Step 12. Label the box clearly on at least two sides, write KNIVES, KITCHEN, and HANDLE WITH CARE
How to pack knives in a knife block when moving
If your set of knives is already inside its own knife block, then you should wrap them as they are without getting them out of the cutlery block.
Here’s how to pack a knife block for moving:
- Step 1. Apply tape to secure the knives inside the block so that the sharp objects won’t slip out of the block during transport. Make sure you use several pieces of packing tape from various angles, starting from one side of the knife block over the knife handles, and finishing on the other side of the block.
- Step 2. Place the knife block sideways in the middle of the paper stack, then roll a few sheets over it from all four edges as if wrapping a present.
- Step 3. Wrap the paper-wrapped knife block in one or two sheets of bubble wrap for extra protection.
- Step 4. Transfer the protected cutlery block to the bottom of the moving box that contains other kitchen items, including your bundle-wrapped kitchen knives.
Safety tips when packing knives for a move
Finally, here are a few knives packing tips that will help you stay safe throughout the move:
- Cover the blades of larger and sharper knives with pieces of bubble wrap, use tape to keep the plastic material in place, and then wrap those knives in packing paper as detailed above.
- Pack butter knives in secured bundles of four, the way you would pack your cutlery pieces.
- Consider packing your knives in old towels or other pieces of clothing but make sure you have protected the blades first with bubble wrap to prevent damage to the cloths.
- Be extra cautious when packing knives simply because they can easily hurt you. ALWAYS touch your kitchen knives on their handles, not on their blades and cutting edges.