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How to Pack a TV for Moving

How to Pack a TV for Moving

The 21st-century designs of a TV with flat screens can elevate the quality of enjoyment. However, this modern design also makes a TV more prone to breaking down. It usually ends up being one of the most fragile items in your household. That is why packing a TV for a move needs to be done more carefully than other electronics. The focus should be on keeping its most vulnerable parts safe from potential damage. Read on to find out how to pack TVs or monitors most securely and efficiently.

Packing Supplies

Because of its fragility, packing a TV is a little more tricky than packing most other household items. Its body can get scratched or wrecked during the move due to improper or insufficient packing. That is why it requires some specific supplies that you must arrange ahead of time. 

So, before getting to the ways to pack a TV, take a look at the packing supplies you will need:

1. A Blanket

A moving blanket can wrap the TV screen and protect it from possible scratches from walls or other packing materials. It works as a soft but durable barrier between the delicate screen and any hard exterior. Make sure that the blanket doesn’t have any rough features that can scratch the TV, such as zippers, seams, and buttons.

If you don’t have a blanket, you can use other alternatives like foam, foam cushions, plastic wrap, or the protective sleeve that came with the TV. In some cases, packing paper secured with painter’s tape may also work. Moving blankets are also often called furniture pads or moving pads.

2. A Box

You will need a large and sturdy box to place your TV. Its size should be able to accommodate 2-3 inches of extra space on all sides. You will need them to put soft airtight barriers like styrofoam. A good idea is to use the original packaging that the TV came in. 

A couple packed and placed a TV in a box.
It is a good idea to use original packaging that the TV came in. (Credit: HelloTech)

If your TV is bigger than usual, you can choose a TV packing kit that includes a box of the required measurements. These kit boxes are often expandable or contractable to fit a wide range of TVs, typically from 32 inches to 70 inches. You can get such kits from the storage or the moving company of your choice. 

3. A TV Screen Cover

You can use a TV screen cover for the initial protection of the monitor. It may protect the screen from smaller and lighter things, but will not be enough to prevent considerable damage. These covers can be purchased for TVs measured at 65 inches or less.

A woman placing a screen cover on the TV.
A TV screen cover may protect the screen from smaller and lighter things. (Credit: U-Haul)

4. Plastic Bags

A plastic bag will come in handy for storing the smaller accessories like the TV remote, cords, and screws safely. Even if you don’t own one now, you can easily get your hands on them from the nearby shops or reliable online stores.

How To Pack A TV

1. Clean the TV

Take the microfiber cloth and use it to clean the TV monitor. Get rid of any dust sitting on the screen or vents. Without doing so, it may cause a bad smell when you unpack it in the new place.

A woman is cleaning a TV.
Clean your TV before packing to prevent a bad smell when you unpack it in the new place.

2. Take A Photo Before Dissembling 

Before you start packing a flat-screen TV, take a photo of the assembled TV and its cables in its normal setting. This will work as a reference when you unpack the disassembled TV later.

3. Disassemble

Take out all the cords and accessories attached to it. Remember to roll the cords neatly in a coil so that they don’t get entangled. Keep accessories like the remote control and screws in a clear plastic bag. This way, you can find all the pieces required to assemble later in one place.

4. Protect The Screen 

To pack a TV while moving, you can start building a durable barrier around your TV screen by putting on the cover provided in its original packaging. They protect the screen from dust, debris, and scratches. 

5. Wrap In A Blanket

To protect the entire body of your TV or TV monitor from any external damage while moving, wrap it tightly in a blanket. Make sure to secure it on all four corners. You can use a small rope or cord to ensure that it is properly secured. This blanket will act as the primary protection for your TV and prevent empty spaces in its storage box.

The blanket will act as the primary protection for your TV and prevent empty spaces in its storage box.

6. Put In A Box

Now carefully lift the TV to place it inside your chosen box or container. It should be placed there standing upright. Put it in a way so that the blanket on all sides can fit in properly. 

7. Pad The Corners

For better safety from possible damage, you can now add foam pieces on all four corners of your TV. These are often available in TV kits. If their default size is not fitting the corners, you can break them and adjust them accordingly. You will need to secure these pieces on each spot with tape to prevent shifting during transportation.

Packing a TV for a move requires strength, strategy, and careful handling. If you find yourself struggling with any of them, you can take help from professional movers of trusted moving companies like PacWest Moving and Delivery. They have an experienced workforce that is trained to pack, unpack, load, and unload your valuable possessions like a TV.