After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. (Use paper pads for large lamps.) Place them together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. More than one well-cushioned lamp may be packed in a carton.
Never wrap lamp shades in printed newspaper. Ink from newsprint can permanently mark a shade’s delicate linen. Carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
To allow for movement, use a sturdy carton at least two inches larger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer but not around the shade. A small shade can be nested inside a large one, if you are sure they will not touch. Only one silk shade should be placed in a carton to avoid stretching the silk. It is best not to pack any other items with your shades.