As a collector, protecting my fine china is very important and it's something I take seriously. I came across this idea from Martha Stewart Living magazine many years ago and have adopted it in my home. One can buy felt rounds at housewares stores quite easily, but I find it much better to cut my own from a few yards of felt. Simply buy the fabric in the color of your choice from a local fabric store. Cut out rounds in various sizes that are appropriate for your plates. I've even done this for platters and serving pieces. What you want to do is cushion the plates and protect the ones underneath from scratches or chips.
Here on my dough counter I have some of my prized Wedgwood drabware pieces. The felt rounds just happen to be of a similar color.
This fruit saucer that I'm holding will fit snugly on the felt and will not move around. You shouldn't be able to hear the pieces of china rubbing against one another.
This rimmed soup bowl will also fit nicely on top of the one underneath. You'll notice that the round isn't too large nor too small. When cutting your felt, simply turn your plate upside down and trace the shape onto the fabric. This will give you the appropriate size.
Here's a closeup of some dinner plates ready for storage. It's important to protect the base of your plates as well as the rims. Any chips or severe scratches will greatly lower the value of your pieces.
I've stacked salad plates on top of dinner plates with a felt round in between those sets.
This glass fronted cabinet holds some of my patterns of Wedgwood. The drabware is on one side, the white bone china and Queen's Ware is on the other. Plate shelves within the cabinet not only help double my storage, but they also help prevent accidents.
The closed cabinet looks tidy and orderly.
Don't be afraid to use your nice china every now and then; I simply don't understand the person that refuses to. Give them even wear by keeping a rotation system. In other words, after washing, place the recently used plates underneath the ones that weren't used. If you follow these simple steps, you'll enjoy years of great meals on your plates without the worries. Felt rounds are a definite Good Thing!