Glasses and cups should be stored upside down true or false

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Whether you store your glassware up or down might be a habit you picked up from your mom, or simply a response to the fit of your cabinetry. But it’s also an issue potentially on par with household squabbles like “the great toilet paper-hanging debate.” Is there really a better way to do it?

Team Up
Storing glasses rim up seems natural, since that’s how we drink out of them. Plus, this way, no lingering moisture from dishwashing can get trapped inside, like it might if you placed glasses upside down.

Team Down
Those who flip their glassware often fear dust settling inside. And some find that alternating their glasses (some up, some down) means they can use their cabinet space more efficiently.

The Verdict
Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute offers a compelling final word on the issue, especially concerning your pricier, fragile glasses.

“The rim is the most delicate part of the glass, so it’s best to store delicate crystal with the rim up, so there’s less weight on it,” she says. “All other everyday glasses are fine either way. Storing them upside-down likely does keep the inside a bit cleaner, but if you use and wash them regularly, dust won’t really accumulate. And if you dry the inside well, moisture won’t get trapped. I’ve never seen mildew on glasses.”

You might also consider hanging stemware upside-down on a handy rack, but consider the increased risk (however slight) for breakage if they fall. And hanging them in the open around kids or curious pets might just be asking for a floor full of sharp shards.

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Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She’ll be here periodically to answer your filthiest questions.

Do you have a preference on storing cups in a cupboard? Are they supposed to be right-side up or upside down? I know if they’re right-side up, dust can get in them, but upside down seems grosser to me. Is there a correct call?


I do have a preference, yes! But, as with most discussions of storage options, it’s just that: a preference. There are good reasons for my preference, and there are equally good reasons why one might prefer the other manner of storing glasses. Which means that while yes, there is a correct call, that correct call won’t be the same for all people.

My personal preference is to store glasses rim-side up. That is, in part, because that’s the way things were done in my house, and we generally tend to stick with the same habits we grew up with. That’s probably the most common reason why people store glasses the way they store them. “It’s what my mom did, so yeah, it’s just what I do. I dunno.” And that’s fine!

There are, however, more rational reasons for storing glasses rim-side up, among them that the rim is the most delicate part of the glass and therefore the most prone to chipping or cracking—storing glasses rim-side up is considered the best practice for that reason. This is especially true for finer or more delicate glassware like crystal or vintage barware.

The other reasons for storing glasses rim-side up are to keep the lip of the glass off of the cabinet floors (more on that to come) and to allow glasses that may still be wet after washing an opportunity to air-dry.


HOWEVER. There are also good reasons why you might choose to store glassware rim-side down, which entirely have to do with the your home environment. If your home is prone to dust and/or bugs, storing the glasses rim-side down is a good way to go, to keep those things out of the glass. Oftentimes, this is a regional thing: Anecdotally, it seems like people in Texas tend toward the rim-side down method, because seriously, have you been to Texas? They have some big-ass bugs in Texas. Everything’s bigger in etc. etc. etc.

If, for practical or just personal-preference reasons, you opt for storing glasses rim-side down, you can buffer them by laying down a cabinet mat, which will serve to protect the glassware and provide a layer between the glass and the cabinet floor, if the idea of having the rims of your glasses touching the shelf squicks you out. And that is a thing that very definitely squicks a lot of people out. You could, of course, clean your cabinet shelves, but that is another post for another day, my friends.


Speaking of shelves! If you’ve got an open-shelving situation, storing glasses rim-side down is optimal. There’s a lot that goes on in the air in a kitchen, and you’ll want to keep that out of your glasses.

Okay! That was an awful lot on glass storage, so to recap in a more digestible way, here’s what you need to know.


Rim-Side Up

Pros: Better for the glasses; keeps rims off of potentially dirty cabinet floors; allows glasses that haven’t been completely dried to air-dry, preventing mold or mildew from forming.


Cons: Allows dust and/or bugs to collect inside.

Rim-Side Down

Pros: Keeps out dust, bugs and droppings; best choice for open-shelving situations


Cons: More likely to cause chipping or cracking; puts rims in contact with potentially dirty cabinet floors.

Now, even after reading all of that, many of you will still express STRONG OPINIONS one way or another. To your minds, there will be no understanding of when and why and under what circumstances one might want to make a choice, vis-a-vis glassware storage, that differs from the choice you make in your own life. And you know what? Fine. Be that way. Scream at each other, carry on like children, be unreasonable. It’s actually pretty fun for me to sit back and observe as you all work yourselves into a frenzy. I’ve heard it all already.

Jolie Kerr Informal poll: Do you store your drinking glasses rim-side up or rim-side down? Do you feel strongly about your choice?

Burneko rim side up

Tom Ley up

barry rim-up! the other way seems unsanitary. I don’t want the place where I put my lips resting on the ground

Burneko the idea of drinking off a cup rim that’s been rubbing on a cupboard shelf kinda grosses me out

Greg Howard up dude ew

harvilla usually down

Greg Howard wow.

harvilla i don’t disagree with any of this

Greg Howard wow wow.

harvilla i’m a changed man

Burneko dammit harvilla, that’s how you contracted giantism

Greg Howard you have kids!

harvilla those kids have way bigger problems

billy haisley yeah down

harvilla how scuzzy are your guys’ cabinets exactly

Burneko not super scuzzy, but scuzzier than the air, for sure

Samer one shelf has a mat, so glasses go upside down on that
the other doesn’t so glasses go right side up

Burneko waffler

Greg Howard doesn’t matter how scuzzy they are, because I store the glasses rimside up

Burneko take a stand, samer
there’s no benefit to storing them rim side down
what is the benefit of doing that

Greg Howard there is none, obviously.

Samer dust etc doesn’t get in them

kyle rim down always

billy haisley my mom always told me it was to keep bugs out of them

Greg Howard rim up is not for cool people.
or down

Burneko i mean, are there a lot of dust storms inside your cupboard?
the inside of my cupboard is pretty placid, most of the time. not much weather in there

harvilla greg your need to immediately place everything in a cool/uncool binary is pretty uncool

Burneko saying that it’s uncool is not for cool people

Greg Howard wow.

Burneko “I don’t want my cups to get dust in them, so I’ll just rub them all over a cupboard floor instead”

Greg Howard the cupboard floor is obviously dustier than the air, right? obviously.

Burneko I mean, I can slather the floor of my cupboard with mayonnaise if I want, because i don’t rub the rims of my cups on it


I can’t believe we made it through that entire discussion without making a single rimjob crack, which is why I just subjected you to that absolutely terrible pun.

Jolie Kerr is the author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha (Plume). Are you dirty? Check The Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her.


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Following a few storage tips for china is a great first step toward keeping these items organized.

To be honest, I don’t use my china or crystal very often. I always say that life is too short so why not live it up? I do fall short, though, when it comes to actually using my china and crystal for more than just holiday dinners. These beautiful pieces, including many heirlooms from my husband’s family and mine spend most of their time in my buffet server or china closet.

Since they spend most of their time there, I have quite a few storage tips for china, crystal and glassware.

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Although, many of my clients aren’t begging frequently for storage tips for china, keeping this area organized will save you time and stress down the road. Improper storage of china, crystal and other glassware can result in breakage and can certainly cause angst when you can’t find a piece you are searching for.

Here are some general rules to follow for storing these items:

Storage Tips for China

The most important rule of storage for china is to do it carefully, to avoid chips and scratches. These items can be fragile and should be handled with care.

Here are some general rules of thumb:

  • Don’t crowd items together. Instead, leave plenty of room between items so they don’t clink together.
  • Always lift items off a stack, don’t slide them, since this can cause scratching.
  • Stack smaller items at top, not at the bottom, and make sure the stacks don’t go too high (no more than 10 or so plates in a stack, maximum, and less may be better)
  • If an item has been repaired keep it at the top of the stack, not lower where there will be more weight on it
  • Because stacked items can easily scratch each other use something to place between each dish in the stack, such as a paper plate, paper towel, coffee filters, or felt plate dividers
  • Cups, bowls and mugs should be stored rim side up, to prevent chipping of this most fragile area
  • Mugs may be stored on hooks to make more room within your shelves, but only if they’re not antique and have not had their handles repaired
  • If you must stack bowls together, to protect the rims place something around entire rim as cushion, but ideally mugs, cups and bowls should not be stacked at all, but instead placed next together on shelves, with enough room between each so the sides don’t touch
  • To create more shelf space for these unstackable items you can use coated wire racks to add shelving between the shelves to double your shelving space
  • Be careful when storing china items with lids, since these can slide off and fall, especially on high shelves if you store the lid directly on the item itself

Storage Tips for Crystal and Glassware

Similar rules apply to the care and storage of glassware and crystal. These items are quite fragile, so they must be handled with great care to keep them safe and looking their best.

Here are some general rules to keep in mind:

  • The thinner the glass or crystal the more delicate it is
  • The thin protruding shapes from the glassware, such as the stems, handles and spouts are the most fragile parts of all
  • If your glassware or crystal is chipped it is dangerous and should not be used for food or drink consumption
  • Do not crowd the glassware together since it may increase dangers of scratching or breaking
  • Your stemware should be stored upright, on its base, and not stacked, if placed on a shelf, or held upside down in a stemware rack (such as the one shown on the right)
  • If you can’t display your crystal, I suggest using special stemware storage chests, designed for champagne flutes, wine glasses, or other special stemware to keep them clean and safe between uses

Long-Term Storage For China And Glassware

If you’ve got to keep your china and crystal in a longer-term storage area (like an attic or basement, for example), make sure you follow these rules to keep it safe and ready for use later once you can store it somewhere more handy:

  • Don’t store it in areas with dramatic fluctuations in temperature or humidity (such as the garage or attic) – this can lead to tiny cracks in the glaze that can eventually lead to breakage
  • Pad the bottom of your boxes with bubble wrap, soft cloth or white tissue paper
  • Wrap each piece of china separately in either bubble wrap or white packing paper (not newspaper because the ink may rub off onto the china)
  • Stack only 4-5 plates in any one box
  • Have repaired plates on top of stacks, not the bottom to help prevent rebreakage
  • Do not stack storage boxes on top of one another, and don’t stack heavy things on top of these boxes
  • Label your boxes clearly, and put a warning on the top of the box not to stack anything else on top
  • You may want to consider using china storage containers, which are designed specifically to have padded sides and bottoms, and to keep your glassware and china from clinking and breaking as it is stored

How about you? Do you use your china and crystal for more than holiday dinners? Do you have any creative storage tips for china or crystal? Tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to hear!

For great ideas and tips on food storage, check out our post HERE

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Storage Tips: How to Store China

Take the time to ensure you carefully pack and move all china and glassware to your storage unit. This will help protect your items while they’re in self storage. The packing and storage tips that follow can keep these valuable belongings safe while in short-term or long-term storage:

  • Create an inventory list of all china being stored for insurance purposes
  • Get dish and glass packing kits (includes cardboard dividers and foam pockets of varying sizes)
  • Only store one dish or glass per foam pocket with separators between each to prevent friction
  • Choose sturdy storage bins and containers instead of cardboard moving boxes for more protection
  • Use bubble wrap in empty spaces within storage containers to provide cushion and prevent shifting
  • Do NOT wrap china or crystal too tightly, as this can put too much pressure on them
  • Do NOT store more than 6 to 8 dishes per storage container
  • Make sure containers are easy to carry by packing items with weight and balance in mind
  • Use labels on the outside of storage containers to mark which have fragile china and glassware
  • Raise all storage containers off the ground with pallets in your storage unit
  • Always store heavier storage containers on the bottom and lightest on the top

Where do you keep your wine glasses? Is it a hanging wine glass rack, a cabinet, one of those traditional wine glass holders or something completely different that you prefer? The possibilities and storage solutions are diverse and they each have their own defining characteristics that make them special. Choosing a certain type has to do with a lot of details including the space’s destination, size and type of décor or style.

Ceiling-mounted racks

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Integrating a wine glass rack in the kitchen can be a problem, usually because of the lack of space. However, certain types are created specifically to let you get around this problem, like this one hanging from the ceiling, above the kitchen island which also serves as a bar.{found on greatneighborhoodhomes}.

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A rustic wine glass rack can be made of wood and attached to the ceiling using metal chains. It can be a simple DIY project and it would look beautiful in an industrial or rustic space, with a wooden ceiling, exposed beams and rough finishes.{found on colliescustomdesigns}.

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This suspended wine glass rack is extremely interesting. The way it interacts with the light fixtures is intriguing. The two functions seem to become part of the same intricate design. The rack hangs above the dining table and can be accessed by all those sitting there.{found on designservicesnw}.

Under-cabinet racks

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Under-cabinet wine glass racks are also practical and space-efficient. They can be combined with a wine rack and integrated into the kitchen furniture. The glasses can be placed above the sink, making it easy to wash and dry them.

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This type of wine racks can be easily attached to the underside of the kitchen cabinets. They’re simple accessories which one can add even after the whole furniture is designed and installed. It can be part of a remodel.

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In the case of an under-cabinet wine glass rack, the module directly above it can be a series of open shelves or it can have a glass door. This space would serve as a wine rack for the bottles. It can also be used for other purposes.{found on richlandrenovations}.

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If the glass rack is part of the kitchen furniture from the beginning then it can be integrated into the cabinetry and placed at a higher level so the glasses perfectly align with the underside of the other cabinets forming a straight line.

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Usually a combination between a wine rack and a glass rack is preferred. The two go hand in hand and they’re often part of the same design. The wine glass rack is attached to the underside of the wine rack cabinet in this case.{found on hugheskitchens}.

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In the case of a wine cellar, the wine glass rack can be squeezed in a nook between the shelves designed to hold the bottles.{found on revelcellars}.

Shelf racks.

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To maintain a simple and casual look, you could opt for a simple wall-mounted shelf with a built-in wine glass rack underneath. Keep the bottles on the shelf and the glasses close-by. The shelf can be mounted onto the kitchen backsplash.{found on importtile}.

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This is a similar idea except for the fact that the shelf and glass rack is attached to two large cabinets, supporting it on either side. A second shelf mounted above this one makes the whole arrangement look natural and cohesive.{found on naubuilders}.

Wall-mounted racks

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Wall-mounted wine glass racks can take many forms. This one is really simple and can be made out of reclaimed wood or from a wooden pallet. Its size can be adjusted according to personal needs and preferences.

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Similarly, this rack has a simple and rustic construction. It’s made using reclaimed wood and has a compartment for the bottles and a glass rack underneath. The top shelf is a nice display area for decorations.

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This rack mimics the shape of a wine barrel. The curved wood gives it a really interesting look. There are three holes designed to hold three bottles and six spaces for wine glasses on the top and bottom shelves.Available for $119.

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Given how simple these designs are, they can be easily turned into DIY projects and transformed and customized. This one has an industrial look an is made with metal pipes and wood. It has six slots for glasses and a shelf able to accommodate up to six bottles.Available for $125.

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Simple and straight-forward, this wall-mounted rack is not only good-looking for also space-saving and really versatile. It can be placed pretty much anywhere given its reduced dimensions. It has a built-in rack for stemmed glasses and a box shelf for bottles.Available for $50.

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Built using reclaimed wood from pallets and with a dark finish, this rack features four slots for bottles which places them horizontally and space for 4 stemmed glasses at the center. A small shelf offers room for decorations or for more bottles.Available for $75.

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There are also other more complex designs such as this one. The whole design is actually not that complicated and it too can be transformed into a DIY project. The bottles are stored at an angle and the glasses underneath.

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But if you’re looking for a really simple solution and don’t want something sophisticated or particularly elegant, such a design may be just what you need. It’s the type of wine glass rack that can be installed in any kitchen.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

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The artwork in this living room goes really well with the two wall-mounted wine glass racks. All three elements are decorations for the wall, transforming this whole surface into a focal point.{found on marrokal}.


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A different solution is to hide the wine glass racks inside a cabinet module. This works out great in this case because the kitchen is open and the rack is placed in the corner cabinet facing the living space. It can be easily accessed without occupying the kitchen.

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But if you truly want your wine rack to stand out, consider something completely different. This one was made by repurposing a boat. It became a freestanding rack for wine bottles and glasses and it’s a sculptural piece that can fit in a corner or that can be placed anywhere else. Either way, it will stand out and it will become a focal point for that room.Available on Etsy.

All of us like to have a glass of wine from time to time and of course we need wine for parties, so storing wine at home is a usual thing. If you don’t have a cellar and don’t have any space to accommodate one, then you need to look below for the smart wine storage ideas that I’ve found for you!

Wine Shelves And Racks

This is the most popular solution for any home, you can buy or make one yourself choosing what elements to include and what not to take. The shelf or rack can be wooden or metal or of both materials and durable enough to hold the bottles and accommodate glasses. There are usual horizontal shelves and vertical ones to save some space and insert the bottles right into the holes. There exist options with a top to place a glass and appetizers, which turns this rack into a tiny wine bar.

dark wood wine rack with glasses

hanging vertical shelves with holes for bottles

industrial wall wine rack for 8 bottles

ladder bottle rack for wine storage

metal wine shelf with bottles to hang in the dining area

picket fence wine rack for bottles and glasses

rustic pallet shelves for wine and glasses

simple wine shelf with glass holders

triangular wine shelf with a top for appetizers

wall shelf for bottles and wine glasses

wall-mounted wine rack of metal boxes

You can find vertical racks for bottles only that take just some space, very little. Or you can make such a rack yourself and place it in the kitchen corner.

chalkboard wine rack with off-the-shelf drainage pipes enclosed in a fiberboard case

minimalist vertical bottle holder is suitable even for a tiny kitchen

side wine bottle shelf is ideal for small kitchens

In-Wall Wine Storage

No place to store bottles? Place them in the walls! Make in-wall storage where it’s possible and voila, you’ve received a wine storage without wasting space.

in-wall wine storage for small spaces

in-wall storage compartments for wine

walnut wine rack is slotted discretely into the living room wall

Wine Drawer Units And Cabinets

Actually, a wine drawer or cabinet can be placed anywhere – into a kitchen island, over the fridge, place it in the kitchen or dining area. If there aren’t many bottles, you can take just one drawers somewhere in your kitchen cabinets. Another idea is to store the bottles right under the stairs – attach a rack for bottles to it or just make some storage space inside.

kitchen island with a built-in wine rack

comfy storage unit made up of several wooden boxes

wine drawer unit is a comfy way to store

wine drawers for kitchen furniture

wine storage inside a kitchen island

wine tower with bottles in the lower part and glasses in the upper part

wine fridge and a liquor cabinet above

under the stairs rack for bottles

metal rack under the stairs

Why Your Glasses and Cups Should Be Stored Upside Down

When it comes to taking care of our homes, there are countless questions humans will be arguing about until the end of time like:

  • Can you crawl into an unmade bed?
  • Which way should you hang a toilet paper roll?
  • How often do bed sheets need to be cleaned?

And when it comes to the kitchen, perhaps the most asked question of all is: should your cups, glasses and mugs be stored on the shelves or in your cabinets upside down or right side up?

It’s an age-old question with staunch supporters on each side. However, we’re strong advocates that cups should be stored upside down. Still, this divisive opinion does come with a few caveats.

Here’s why you should put away your glassware upside down, how to do it right—plus a few tips on storing glasses for storage or a move.

Why Worry About Placing Glasses Right Side Up vs. Upside Down?

Think this argument sounds ridiculous? You’re not alone. However, there is a lot of validity behind why people commit to storing drinkware in a certain way. From health concerns to minimizing damage, how we put away our more fragile items matter.

Dust, Mites and Other Floating Objects

By placing your cups upside down, those nearly microscopic floating objects can’t fall in. You know those gross, tiny specs that sometimes float up inside your freshly poured drink? That’s often because the cup was placed right side up and those specs settled inside.

Pesky Pests

Even if you keep a clean home, mice, spiders, cockroaches, ants, and other pests often manage to find a way inside. Once there, why wouldn’t they wander into kitchen cabinets and walk their dirty feet all over your glassware?

Or even worse, these creepy critters sometimes make their way up the glass and fall inside. Surrounded only by tall, slick surfaces, they’re often trapped as they contaminate the cup. With no way out, they’ll also be patiently waiting inside for you to finally get thirsty and grab that glass…

If that image doesn’t give you the chills—what will?

The Argument for Putting it Right Side Up

Those all sound like pretty solid reasons to store your glasses upside down, right? So, why is there still such a push by some to store them right side up? Honestly, there are a few valid reasons worth considering.


When cups aren’t completely dry while putting them away, it’s possible for moisture to get trapped inside. If cups are left upside down for a long period of time, mold and bacteria can potentially grow.

Unclean Cabinet

If cleaning isn’t your forte, then the bottom of your shelves or cabinet could get sticky, dusty or even germ-filled. Who wants to put their lips to a glass rim that was just resting a filthy surface?

Thankfully, both of these problems are easy to remedy. Once solved, placing your cups and glasses face down will be a no-brainer.

The first thing you’ll need is a plastic or silicone dish drying mat or shelf liner. These items can be placed on your kitchen counter while cups dry, or even inside the cabinet itself. By allowing cups to fully air out even while upside down, rest assured that no moisture will be stuck inside the glass.

Then, just make sure you’re keeping the bottoms of your cabinets spic and span. It’s easy to forget about this nearly hidden part of your kitchen but only takes a few seconds every week to wipe these surfaces down. With mats and liners, this chore becomes even easier.

The Only Exception

The one time we do suggest storing your glasses right side up is for very delicate, thin glassware and stemware. With such fine, fragile rims paired with a heavier bottom, placing any extra pressure on the glass can lead to damage over time. For these items, store them right side up and carefully clean them out prior to every use.

How to Pack Your Glasses and Cups

Whether you’re moving cups and glasses into storage or moving to a new home, how can you protect them during transit? You guessed it—pack them upside down!

As mentioned above, the glass rims are incredibly fragile. By placing the heavier bottoms upwards, the more fragile rims are more protected from chipping as additional items are placed within the box. Also, since they’ll be thoroughly protected by bubble wrap or packing paper, the added pressure mentioned above is minimized.

Now, here are our tips for packing up glasses, cups and mugs:

  • Wrap up each glass with sufficient amounts of bubble wrap or packing paper.
  • Place a thick layer (or two) of additional bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper at the bottom of your box.
  • Place each glass upside down into the box. Ensure you’re not squeezing too many glasses close together as this can cause breakage.
  • After one layer is full, place another layer of bubble wrap or packing paper and repeat Step 3.
  • Repeat Step 4 until there are at least two inches of space between your item and the box’s top.
  • Add another layer of bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper while being careful not to overstuff the box. Note: The top of the box should be entirely flat.
  • Tape the box up, label the contents inside and write “FRAGILE” in large letters

Now, you’re all set to safely and securely move your glassware to their new home.

Why Are Drinking Glasses Stored Upside Down?

Storing glasses upside-down prevent bugs, dust and other contaminates.

Understand why people store their glasses upside down and why not to determine how you will do it.

Dust Prevention

Storing drinking glasses upside down prevents dust from settling inside the glasses, which is especially important if you have glasses that you don’t use very often that would have time between uses for dust to build up inside them. If you don’t store your glasses upside down, rinse them before every use to remove dust particles. If the dust layer is thick, run the glasses through the dishwasher before using them.

Pest Protection

If you have bugs in your home, you may want to store your glasses upside-down to prevent bugs from climbing into them, which will not only trap the bugs and kill them, but it will contaminate your clean glasses.

Rim Contamination Issue

One concern with placing drinking glasses upside-down is that the rim will become contaminated by the shelf, which is not a problem if you clean and dust your shelf often, but it is a concern for some.

Moisture Issues

Storing your glasses upside-down could be an issue if you don’t dry them completely. If there is even a speck of moisture inside the glass, it will evaporate in the glass and condense on the inside of the glass, which can encourage bacteria and mold to grow and will contaminate your drinking glasses.

Stability Concern

Some drinking glasses have a very delicate rim that was not meant to bear the entire weight of the glass. If this is the case, do not store the glasses upside-down, which will put undue pressure on the rim and could eventually break the drinking glasses.

Glasses and Cups Should be Stored Upside Down, That’s Why


Now we know the truth, should glasses and cups be stored upside down or not?

Should glasses and cups be stored upside down?

This issue has many pros and cons.
But we are convinced that glasses and cups should be stored upside down.

How to store glasses?

Of course, we try to take care of all the dishes and storing glasses right in our house.
However, some items require special attention. Large glasses of red wine brought from a trip will undoubtedly require more care than a massive colored glass tea mug.

When preparing dishes to put them in your cabinet, wash them, and look for cracks and chips.
Throw damaged objects immediately so that you or your kids will not be injured.

The most vulnerable parts of the dishes are the edge, the leg of the glass and the thin handles of the cups.

Keep in mind

Dust, mites, and anything else that floats around us in the air may appear in dishes that were kept bottom-down.

How to store glasses and dishes?

The choice of the place where the long-term storage of your favorite dishes and drinking glasses will take place should be сhosen with special attention.

The air temperature should be constant, without excessive: heat and cold. Also, avoid damp areas, as water can leave stains on the glasses and ruin the appearance of glassware. Thus, an unglazed balcony, wind, and the scorching sun are not suitable for responsible storage.

A cabinet or pantry located far from drafts and heating devices will cope much better with this task.

Honestly, there are several good reasons why cups should be kept in a clean and dry place.

When the cups do not get completely dry, moisture may get inside. If the cups are kept upside down for a long time, mold and bacteria can grow very fast.

How to store crystal glasses?

To save your crystal glassware from damage, we suggest to follow these recommendations:

  • products can be washed at 55 degrees Celsius (gentle mode) in the dishwasher
  • do not use abrasive products when washing
  • wipe dry with a flannel cloth

Usually, you can damage your crystal glasses when washing in a dishwasher while loading and removing it, and the glasses should be placed so as not to touch each other.
If you have crystal glassware, you need to know that the crystal glass storage must be in a dry place, and be always unpacked.

Best way to store wine glasses

To storing glasses right put the fragile glasses on their feet. If you store wine glass upside down, then the fragile edges of the glasses will have pressure, and an unpleasant odor of dampness may also appear.

Put cups one in one are a rather unstable idea. If you keep them that way, the risk of cracks increases many times.
Special plates covers will protect them from dust and save you from having to wash the dishes before every party.

Basic tips for saving your glasses during transportation

Use additional protection

Regardless of whether you have chosen a heated basement or storage box for your dishes, there are cups and glasses that require additional protection.

Glasses made of the thin glass must be filled with paper, and their legs should be wrapped in bubble wrap. After you have placed the dishes inside the box, empty spaces must be filled with polystyrene or paper.

So the dishes will definitely not move and will not split during transportation.

Main rules how to store glassware

  • Do not store glassware in places were is unstabe temperature (for example, in a garage or in the attic) — this can lead to microcracks.
  • Cover the boxes with glassware with a soft cloth or white paper
  • Glasses and cups should be stored upside down
  • Wrap each glass or plate in a sheet of white paper (do not use the newspaper — letters can be printed on the plates).
  • Obviously. Do not put heavy items on the box with your glassware

Sign your Kitchen Boxes with FRAGILE Mark

For the sake of space, we put boxes on top of each other.
Cardboard walls may not withstand the pressure of several boxes or one very heavy.

The weight of other things can crush favorite cups.

To avoid such misunderstandings, be sure to mark all the boxes with dishes and indicate that the fragile glass objects are inside.


When it comes to storage, some things are more fragile than others. One of the most delicate—and sometimes valuable—objects you can store is glassware, which can easily crack, become scratched or even lose its color.

Finding a safe place to store glassware that’s not used every day can be challenging if you don’t know how to protect it. Here are seven tips for keeping your glassware safe, whether you’re storing it close at hand or out of sight.

1. Decide What to Keep.

Before you come up with a storage system for your glassware, ask yourself how you use the glassware and whether you even need it, said Regina Lark, a professional organizer and author of the book “Psychic Debris, Crowded Closets: The Relationship Between the Stuff in your Head and What’s Under Your Bed.”

“Is it feeding the aesthetic, is it feeding how you see yourself or is the glassware something that has been passed down because somebody else placed value on it?” Lark said.

If you’re never going to use the glassware or it really doesn’t add value to your life, consider donating it or throwing it away.

2. Keep Everyday Items Close.

Naturally, you want to keep glassware that you use every day in kitchen cabinets or cupboards. While there’s some disagreement among experts about whether you should store glasses right-side up or upside down, at least when it comes to wine glasses, “store them upright if they’re in a cupboard to avoid chipping,” said Greg Tuttle, an educator for Potomac, MD-based wine retailer Total Wine & More.

The rim also one of the most delicate parts of a glass, so when it comes to crystal and other more fragile pieces, you should store it right-side up. However, proponents of storing less fragile glassware upside down point out that doing so keeps dust from collecting inside the glass.

3. Understand the Risk.

While you should be careful with all glassware, the thinner the glass, the more fragile it is. When preparing to store glassware, note that like rims, stems and handles tend to be the most delicate parts.

4. Keep the Temperature Consistent.

When storing glassware, pay attention to the environment. Avoid storing glassware in an area that’s prone to high or low temperatures or humidity, as that could cause it to crack.

5. Use Packaging That Breathes.

Do you have too much glassware for your cupboard?

“Store extra glassware in its original packaging, special boxes with cardboard dividers or free boxes from a liquor store,” professional organizer Tatiana Knight said. “As long as the items are separated and protected from damage, anything works.”

6. Consider Extra Protection.

When packing glasses for storage, whether in your basement or a self-storage unit, fill the glasses with packing paper and protect wine glass stems by wrapping them in bubble wrap. Once you’ve placed glasses inside a box, fill empty spaces in the box with packing peanuts so the glassware doesn’t shift. If your glasses are particularly fragile, consider investing in specialty containers such as wine-glass storage boxes.

7. Avoid Stacking Boxes.

This is one time when you don’t want to save space by storing boxes on top of one another. The pressure from a heavy box could weigh on a box of fragile glassware, causing one or more pieces to break. If you have a box of glassware, make a note on it not to stack any other boxes on top. Also, indicate on your label that the contents of the box are fragile.

Caring for Crystal Stemware or glasses

Mouth blown crystal will normally have a few bubbles within the glass, spotting or slight marks on the glass, this is not a flaw but a evidence that the crystal has been hand made. Crystal is quite soft because of the lead content and must be washed, stored and handled with care.

Adagio Cased Crystal by Montbronn of France

Storage and Handling of Crystal

Store your crystal where it won’t touch other items.
Do not stand or hang crystal glasses upside down, especially those with gold rims, as it can put stress to the rim, which is very delicate. Always store your crystal stemware right side up.
Carry your crystal stemware or glasses one at a time and never twist from the stem. It can be quite fragile and will break easily.

Crystal is very sensitive to temperature changes, allow to cool after washing before adding ice for example. Pour warm beverages into a warmed glass, and put ice and cold beverages in glasses that have been cooled.

Washing Crystal

Do not allow food or drink residue to remain or harden in a crystal glass for a period, it is always best to rinse as soon as possible

Crystal glassware is delicate and requires special care. Hand wash with warm water and a small amount of detergent (the more you use the more residue will build up) then rinse with warm water. Dry your crystal glassware immediately with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.

For glasses with gold engraving or gold rims, use a very mild detergent and one without ammonia.

It is advisable to have a rubber mat or cloth at the bottom of the sink to absorb the impact of dropped glasses.

Hard spots can be treated with a couple of drops of vinegar in the washing process.

Adagio by Montbronn of France

24% Lead Crystal, with its exceptionally high perceived value, has been sought after and treasured for generations, and remains a status symbol even today. Take that little bit of extra care and your crystal will last and be loved for generations.

How to Pack Cups and Glasses for Storage – Best Way to Store Glasses and Glassware

11th January, 2018

How To Pack Cups And Glasses For Storage – Best Way To Store Glassware

If you want to know how to pack glasses for storage and how to pack cups for storage you need a foolproof step-by-step procedure. Storage can be hard on your glasses and cups, so you need a plan in place if you’re going to pack to protect. Luckily, we’ve compiled this step-by-step procedure for the best way to store glassware:

Step 1: Make an inventory of the cups and glasses you want to store

Step 2: Gather all the materials you need to pack and store your glassware and cups

Step 3: Assemble your storage boxes

Step 4: Thoroughly wash and dry each glass and cup that you’re going to store

Step 5: Wrap each glass and cup following the correct procedure

Step 6: Carefully place your glasses and cups in your storage boxes

Step 7: Label and colour-code each box

Step 8: Place your boxes in your moving truck

Step 9: Pack your storage space with care and thought

Step 1: Make an Inventory of the Cups and Glasses You Want to Store

Before explaining the procedure on how to store glasses and how to store cups, you need to decide which glasses and cups you actually want to save. It’s not just a case of emptying and wrapping the contents of your cupboards and display cabinets. The amount you need to store will determine your final storage cost, so you can save money by selling or disposing of the glasses and cups you don’t use or need anymore.

Once you have decided on the items you will store, write up an inventory. This will be invaluable in ensuring that every glass or cup you wrap and pack ends up back in your possession.

Step 2: Gather All the Materials You Need to Pack and Store Your Glassware and Cups

If you were planning on using some old shoe boxes and newspaper to wrap and store your glasses and mugs, think again. When it comes to the best way to store glasses and glassware, you need high-quality packing materials to protect against the harsh environment of a storage space.

At a minimum, you will need to invest in:

  • New, double-corrugated storage boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape and tape cutter
  • Coloured stickers.

Step 3: Assemble Your Storage Boxes

Assembling your boxes is about more than folding out a few flaps. You need to prepare your moving boxes properly to ensure that they can fulfil their duty as the chief means of protection for your glasses and cups during transit and storage.

To prepare your boxes you should:

  • Line each box with a thick layer of bubble wrap
  • Reinforce the bottom of the box with lots of packing tape
  • Reinforce all the sides and seams of the box with packing tape.

Step 4: Thoroughly Wash and Dry Each Glass and Cup That You’re Going to Store

When it comes knowing how to store cups and glasses, remember that you cannot store dirty or wet glassware. Your glassware will be sitting in moving boxes for an extended period, and if they are wet, they’ll be mouldy when you pull them out of storage. If they’re dirty, the dirt will spread and be impossible to remove.

So, before you begin wrapping, you need to wash and dry every glass and cup. You should do this at least 24-hours before you start to pack, to ensure they are completely dry.

Step 5: Wrap Each Glass and Cup Following the Correct Procedure

The best way to store glasses or cups is to follow the correct procedure. When wrapping and packing, follow this process exactly:

  1. Prepare a clear, flat surface
  2. Lay out a sheet of bubble wrap
  3. Stuff the hollow sections of the glass or cup with packing paper to absorb any residual moisture
  4. Slowly wrap the bubble wrap around the mug or glass
  5. Apply a thicker layer of bubble wrap to any thinner sections like handles and stems
  6. Use packing tape to secure the entire package.

Step 6: Carefully Place Your Glasses and Mugs in Your Storage Boxes

When it comes to placing glasses and mugs inside your storage boxes, you need to do so according to the nature of the item. Fragile items, like wine glasses and flutes, should be separated with cardboard inserts. Sturdier items like tumblers and coffee mugs can be stacked, by placing smaller cups inside larger cups.

Once you have filled the box, you need to fill in empty space with bubble wrap or packing paper. This will prevent any movement, and stop glasses and cups from clashing against each other while in transit.

You need to be careful not to overfill the boxes. This will make them difficult to carry, and it also increases the chance that the bottom will fall out when you pick it up.

Step 7: Label and Colour-Code Each Box

Labelling and colour-coding your boxes will make the entire storage process easier. When it comes to labelling, you need to be as specific as possible. So, instead of just writing ‘Cups’, write ‘Tea Cups and Saucers’ or ‘Coffee Mugs’. The more specific you are with your labelling, the easier it will be to locate items when it’s time to unpack.

Colour-coding your boxes will also contribute to an easy unpack. You can correspond your colour-coding with your inventory so you can tell at a glance exactly where each box is within your storage space.

Step 8: Place Your Boxes in Your Moving Truck

You don’t want to go through all the trouble of wrapping your items, only to be careless during transit. You need to make sure that your boxes are secured within your moving truck. You also need to make sure that your boxes aren’t placed anywhere that they could be damaged by a toppling object or another box.

For particularly fragile items, you should consider placing them in the front seat and securing them with a seatbelt.

Step 9: Pack Your Storage Space with Care and Thought

You must be methodical in the way you pack your storage space. Damp is a common factor in storage spaces, so you need to keep your boxes away from the floor and the walls. The best way to keep your boxes off the floor is to use wooden pallets to create a base on the floor.

You also need to make sure you don’t stack anything heavy on top of your boxes, and place them well away from anything that could fall over.

That’s all you need to know about how to store glassware and how to pack cups for storage. Remember, if you don’t have time to devote the care you need to the process, contact a professional for a full pack, transport and store service.