How to Pack Silverware

Protecting flatware while relocating 

Unless you plan on replacing your flatware or eating nothing but finger foods at the new place, you’ll want to know how to pack silverware properly to protect it from damage during transit. Follow along to learn the proper steps to keep everything safe until you’re ready to set up your new kitchen. 

Packing up silverware for a move.


Wrapping silverware for a move 

If you keep your everyday flatware in a drawer organizer or cutlery tray, you’re already halfway through the process of packing it. Transporting it in one of these is often the easiest and safest method! Here’s what else you need:  

  • A small moving box 
  • Packing paper 
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent marker for labeling
  • Plastic stretch wrap 

Then, follow these steps: 

Step 1. Line the bottom of the box with crushed packing paper. 
Step 2. Place clean and dry forks, spoons and knives into the drawer organizer. 
Step 3. Wrap the tray with plastic stretch wrap or packing paper. Secure the edges with packing tape if necessary. 
Step 4. Place the wrapped package into the box, keeping it horizontal.  
Step 5. Fill the gaps in the box with more paper before taping the lid closed 
Step 6. Label the box, and you’re good to go! 


FAQs about packing flatware 

What if the silverware is loose? 

That’s no problem! Simply use your plastic stretch wrap or packing paper to create bundles of like pieces to pack in a box. If you store flatware in a metal or plastic basket on the countertop, you can wrap up the whole thing! For ceramic or glass storage containers, it’s best to remove the utensils before packing. 

Does antique silverware need special packing? 

Sterling silver flatware is prone to tarnish if it is exposed to moisture. The best way to move it is inside its original velvet- or wood-lined chest if you have it. If not, you’ll want to make sure the pieces are clean, dry and polished before packing. Wrap bundles of pieces in paper or a soft cloth before placing them in a padded box. You can cut down on tarnishing by placing a desiccant such as a fridge container of baking soda or a piece of chalk with silver to help absorb moisture.  

How can I safely pack sharp knives? 

If your knives are in a countertop storage block, leave them there and wrap the entire thing for moving. If they’re loose, cut and fold cardboard around the sharp ends and tape it closed before packing the knives in a box. (Don’t forget to label it!) This helps protect the edges and prevent injury while handling sharp items.  

How should I move cooking utensils? 

Plastic and silicone utensils can just be placed in a box with other kitchen gear such as plastic food storage containers. Wrap metal or sharp instruments with cardboard or packing paper to avoid injury or damaging other items.  

What if I don’t want to pack my silverware in plastic or paper? 

There is another option — just use your dishtowels and kitchen rags. Wrap your organizer with dishtowels and secure it with packing tape. You can also pack up bundles of like utensils. Line the box with more kitchen linens to protect your things.  

Still need help? 

Check out our packing tips as you prepare for your move and let us know if you have any questions in the comments.