Do you see yourself packing up a mirror? The weight and fragile nature of mirrors (not to mention the superstitions about breaking one) may make the packing job seem tough. But if you use the right supplies, follow the packing steps, and have some extra hands to help, you’ll easily be able to mirror the skills of a professional packer.

Moving Supplies You’ll Need to Pack Your Mirrors

  • Mirror boxes
  • One 3-ply paper packing pad for each large mirror
  • Artists’ tape
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Utility knife
  • Packing paper
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent black marker

Steps for Packing Mirrors for a Move

1. Set up your packing station

Gather your packing supplies and find a convenient place to pack your mirrors.

2. Wrap the mirrors

Start by getting help with oversized or bulky mirrors. Place a 3-ply paper packing pad on your packing station. Carefully set the mirror face up on the paper packing pad. Run an “X” of artists’ tape from corner to corner of the mirror. Large mirrors may need additional artists’ tape in the form of a cross over the “X.” For added protection, cut a piece of cardboard slightly larger than the mirror and place it over the glass. Pull the pad up around the mirror, ideally overlapping two layers. Tape the paper securely closed with packing tape.

3. Prepare the mirror box and pack the mirror

Tape the bottom seam of the mirror box with packing tape. For especially heavy mirrors, tape around the bottom perimeter to add extra strength to the box. Place plenty of crumpled paper at the bottom of the box to cushion the mirror. Place the wrapped mirror in the box and fill any space with crumpled packing paper.

4. Tape the box tightly closed and label the contents

Using your permanent black marker, write ‘mirror,’ the room the mirror goes in, and ‘fragile’ in large lettering on both sides of the box. Place the packed mirror box against a wall or other location where it will remain standing. Do not lay it flat, and don’t pack anything on top of the mirror box.