Packing and moving your TV
For many people, the TV is one of their most valuable possessions (I know this is true for my husband!). When we moved two years ago, he was most concerned about keeping his TV safe during the move. So we did our homework and found some great information for how to pack a TV and its accessories. Take a look!
How to pack a TV
Supplies you’ll need include:
- Paper Padding
- Moving Blankets
- Permanent Marker
- TV Box and Foam Kit (various sizes)
- Packing Tape
- Packing Paper
- Moving Box (small, medium, or large)
- Ziploc® Bags
- Rubber Bands or Zip Ties
- Bubble Wrap®
Directions for packing a TV:
First, what kind of TV do you have? Plasma? LCD? LED? 3D? While you should be careful moving all types of TVs, Plasma TVs (because they have a double layer of glass) are ones that are most vulnerable to damage if laid flat. Whatever your TV type, always keep it in the upright position during the packing and moving process - never on its side, front, or back.
- Unplug all cords and cables from the TV.
- Wrap up the cords and secure them with a zip tie or rubber band.
- Put the cords in separate Ziploc bags and label what TV accessory they go to (gaming system, cable box, sound system, etc.).
- Place the cords in the box with the TV or with other TV accessories.
- If you have the original packaging, use that! The original foam inserts and sturdy box can protect your TV just like the day you bought it.
- If you don’t have the original packaging, we recommend purchasing a TV Box and Foam Kit for your TV size. The box and kit comes with a heavy duty single wall box with a protective foam bag and foam spacer blocks to keep your TV in place.
- If you don’t have the original packaging or you don’t want to buy a TV Box Kit, you can always use a large heavy-duty moving box that fits the size of your TV. Follow these steps:
- Wrap the TV in several layers of paper padding and/or moving blankets.
- Wrap the tape around the padding to secure it. Just don’t tape to the TV itself!
- Prepare the box by adding padding paper or a moving blanket to the bottom of the box for extra cushion.
- Once your TV is completely wrapped, set your TV upright into the moving box.
- Fill the space around the TV with more blankets and padding paper. You can also use pillows and blankets if you want.
- Close the box and tape it down. Then, write “FRAGILE - TV” and “THIS SIDE UP” on the box.
- If your TV will not fit in a moving box, you can build the moving box around the TV. To do this, just take a large heavy-duty cardboard moving box or two and cut it up to fit around the TV. You’ll want to use plenty of packing paper to tape the box down over the layers of padding paper and/or moving blankets.
- Always keep your TV upright while packing and never move a large TV by yourself.
- Don’t turn your TV on as soon as you get it inside your new home. Give it a few hours to adapt to the room’s temperature.
How to pack your TV accessories
- Wrap the remote control in packing paper or bubble wrap and put it in the box with the TV, or tape it to the box.
- Individually wrap the DVD player, projector, sound bar, cable box, and gaming system with controllers in bubble wrap. Then put them upright in the moving box(es) and label the box(es) “FRAGILE - TV ACCESSORIES” and “THIS SIDE UP.”
- If you have a home theater system, wrap each speaker and the subwoofer individually in bubble wrap and place upright in a moving box and label it “FRAGILE - HOME THEATER SYSTEM” and “THIS SIDE UP.”
- To pack your MP3 player, headphones, or a CD player, wrap each piece individually in bubble wrap. These items are typically pretty light and can be placed on top of the heavier accessories in the TV accessories box.
- Remember to cushion the bottom of the moving box and any remaining space with crushed packing paper to ensure that your TV accessories are secure during transit.
How to pack DVDs, CDs, Video Games
- Put your DVDs, CDs, and video games in their original protective casings.
If you do not have the original casings, consider buying cases to put each individual disc into.
- Wrap each individual case in a few sheets of packing paper for added protection, then place each case on its edge inside the box.
- If you lay them flat and stack them on top of one another, the pressure could be too much for the case and damage your disc.
- Depending on how many DVDs, CDs, or video games you own, choose the appropriate size moving box to pack them into. You could pack them separately or together depending on the case sizes.
- If there’s extra space inside the box, use pillows, paper padding, crushed packing paper, or a moving blanket to fill in any gaps.
- As you are packing, lift the box a few times to make sure it’s not too heavy for you to carry to the moving truck. You’d be surprised at how heavy discs can weight= all together.
- Close the box(es) and tape it shut. Label it “FRAGILE - DVDS, CDS, and/or VIDEO GAMES” and “THIS SIDE UP.”
We hope these directions and tips are helpful for you. If you have any questions about how to pack a TV, leave us a comment and let us know. We’re happy to help you! We also have a general post with tips for packing electronics.