Packing Tall Table Lamps

Your major problem in packing a tall lamp may be finding a carton large enough to accommodate it. If you cannot find such a carton you can purchase tall, extra sturdy dish pack cartons from your mover. Remove shade and bulb, wrap cord around base of lamp. Line the bottom of your carton with a considerable amount of wadded-up packing papers. This will ensure extra cushioning and protection for the lamp. Spread out several sheets of packing paper so that your packing paper is extended longer and wider than the lamp. Place lamp in the center of your packing papers. Roll packing paper around your lamp. Tuck in the end of the paper at base of lamp. Use sealing tape to prevent ends from coming apart. Seal the seams where packing paper overlaps around your bundle with tape. Fold up other end of packing paper at the top of lamp and seal with tape. Place bundle in previously lined carton. If you have several tall table lamps, place them each in the carton so that the base of one lamp is next to the top of the next lamp. Alternate them, which will make them fit better in the carton. When all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper.

Lampshades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Use clean packing paper (do not use newspaper. The printing ink may smudge your valuable shade) as protective lining between each shade. Do not pack anything else with lampshades. You can also hang them in a big cupboard or in sideboard. Mark on all sides of the carton in large, bold letters "FRAGILE" "LAMP SHADES" with your magic marker.

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