Bubble Wrap Instructions


Bubble Wrap gained popularity in the 1960s, when IBM started using it to protect computers during shipping.

Learning to correctly use Bubble Wrap can help you protect your valuable and breakable items during transit. Bubble Wrap is a well-known and often misused tool. In its basic operation, Bubble Wrap is intended to serve as cushioning for transporting items, but many unconventional users simply enjoy popping the bubbles. The correct way to use Bubble Wrap is important to know when packing fragile items, and you may soon find yourself wondering why so many people like destroying the efficient air cushions.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Scissors (we stock perforated bubble so scissors are optional)

  • Tape

  1. Lay the item you wish to wrap on a flat surface. You need to cut enough Bubble Wrap to completely cover your item more than once. If you are wrapping up prized or especially fragile possessions, it is better to be generous with the wrap.

  2. Lay out the Bubble Wrap with the bubble side facing upwards. You may have noticed that one half of the Bubble Wrap has a completely flat surface, and the other contains all of the tiny bubbles. A common mistake people make is to wrap up the item with the bubbles on the outside and the flat edge against their item. Although this does provide some cushion for the object, it does not take full advantage of the Bubble Wrap.

  3. Place your item on top of the Bubble Wrap. The item should be resting on the bubble side of the Bubble Wrap. The reason for this is that the bubbles essentially serve as cushions for your object. Each bubble contains an air pocket, which protects your item if it gets bashed around in transit. When the item is properly wrapped, the bubbles are completely encasing the object and minimizing all damage to it. If the bubbles were on the outside, they would come into direct contact with sharper or tougher objects and end up popped, thus removing a good portion of the protection for your item.

  4. Wrap up the item entirely in the Bubble Wrap multiple times. For example, if you had a picture frame, you will have cut off a large rectangular piece of Bubble Wrap. Put the long side of the picture frame up to one of the shorter sides of the Bubble Wrap, and hold them together. Now roll it up to the opposite short edge, picking up layers of wrapping as you flip the frame over and over to the other end. The majority of the frame will now be wrapped, and there should be enough wrap left to cover the gaps on the short sides. If you are wrapping something especially valuable, use another piece to ensure the item is entirely covered.

  5. Pack your wrapped item as desired. You may wish to use a small bit of tape to hold the bubble wrap in place. Now, the flat edge will be on the outside, which protects the bubbles and therefore protects your possessions more efficiently. Bubble Wrap popping is the worst outcome when it is being used properly.