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4 Ways to Store Dinnerware

Avoid cracks and chips with these easy tips

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

After eating a hearty meal with your family, where and how do you store your plates and cups? While some of us leave them to dry on the counter first, there are instances when we're rushing and we'll just stuff them inside cabinets and cupboards.

Doing this might result in cracks, chips, or worse broken dinnerware that you'd have to discard immediately. Here are 4 handy hints to help you care for your precious pieces.

Main photo from Better Homes and Gardens and Miguel Nacianceno. 

Add paper padding

Prevent stacked plates from scratching each other by inserting paper plates in between pieces. If paper plates aren't available, sheets of kitchen paper towels will do.

RL Tip: Just remember to keep your stacks low so as not to put too much weight on the piece that’s at the bottom.

Use a non-slip padding material

Line your shelves with a non-slip, slightly padded material. This allows the plate stacks to "grip" the surface that they're put on while avoiding chips and scratches.

Place them in bags

Extra special heirloom tableware and glassware deserve extra care and these quilted containers are made just for them. They come padded all around, with layers of cushioning in between so there’s no contact between each of your prized possessions. They help keep the dust out, too! These special bags come in various sizes to accommodate dinner plates and tea sets in different sizes. 

Use cup hooks

Maximize a tall shelf by installing cup hooks and hanging mugs and coffee cups from there. Spaced evenly and generously under your shelf, these handy holders will also prevent those nasty chips on your cups’ lips.

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