Whether you are working in the hospitality industry or are simply looking to store your own personal glassware, it is very important that you find out the best way to store glassware to prevent breakages of expensive and sometimes irreplaceable glassware that may be of sentimental value.
The best way of storing glassware really depends on the type of glassware that you have to store, with different kinds of glasses having different needs and requirements to safely keep them without risk of damage.
Day To Day Storage
Glassware is often stored on shelves and cupboards, easily reachable for quick usage either in a residential or hospitality setting. However, what is the best way of keeping different types of glassware for day to day use, and are your glasses stored as safely as they can?
Wine Glasses –
Wine glasses are on the delicate side when it comes to glasses, with a breakable stem and the rim being far more delicate and day-to-day drinking glasses. Because of this, when stored in cupboards they need to be stood the right way up as they aren’t designed to hold their own weight by their rim, causing breakages and hairline fractures than can break when being washed or during usage.
One of the most delicate bits of glassware you can have in your cupboard. Like wine glasses, they are best kept day-to-day on the right side up, but to prevent additional risk of damage it is recommended to keep them separate so they aren’t damaged by being jostled when you are reaching for another glass. There are in fact hanging racks that you can keep them stored in, keeping them out of the way of children and preventing them from falling over inside the cupboard.
Drinking glasses – Because of their far sturdier design, these glasses can be kept both upside down and the right way up; with the upside down option being best to prevent the collection of any dust or dirt from settling inside the glass. However, they can be kept any which way, with only a brief rinse under the tap to clean out any left over residue.
Mugs – Like drinking glasses, they are designed to be sturdy and to be able to survive day-to-day usage without any risk of breaking through overuse. These can also be kept in a cupboard, either upside down or the right way up; however, if you are looking for a way to save space then you may want to invest in a mug-tree or a hanging unit that keeps them out of the way while also freeing up space in the cupboards.
Long-Term Storage Solutions
If you are looking for a more long-term storage solution, or if you are moving and want them to be safely transported without a risk of breakages, then you may be interested in getting one of our storage boxes. Made of lightweight plastic, these boxes come with removable inserts to separate out the glasses to prevent any clashing during transit, which can cause fractures or outright breakages. They are also stackable, in case you need to store more than one in a space-saving manner.
When packing your glassware, however, you will also need to exercise caution by wrapping up your glassware in bubble wrap and packing paper, secured with packing tape. Before you start putting your glassware into the storage box, it is also recommended that you line the box with bubblewrap for extra protection, as well as keeping in mind what types of glasses are stored where, with heavier and hardier mugs and glasses being better at the bottom of the box, with flutes and wine glasses being kept near the top. Once you have fully packed your boxes, you may also want to label your boxes so that you know exactly what types of glass are in what box for safe storage and to save yourself time should you need to find a certain type of glass quickly at some point in the future.
If you have any questions about any of our products, please feel free to contact us here to speak with a member of our team who will be all too happy to give you all the information you need. If you are interested in buying some storage boxes, head on over to our product page, where all you need to do is tell us what kind of glasses you want stored and we will point you in the direction of the right storage box for your needs.