Moving a large screen TV
Moving a TV to your new home
It can be hard to keep up with how to maintain expensive and valuable items like big screen TVs – especially when moving cross-country. Whether you’re relocating a short or long distance, it’s crucial to know how to package your TV. Read through these helpful steps and tips on how to move a TV so you can enjoy it in your new home.
How to move a large screen TV
Step 1: Gather your materials
We recommend always using boxes that were made for moving. So what do you need for moving a TV? If you’ve kept the original box, it’s time to dig it out of the back of your closet. Using the original packaging is always the best option because it was designed by the manufacture to exactly fit and protect your TV.
If you no longer have the original box, don’t panic, U-Pack® has solutions to help moving go as smoothly as possible. There are a variety of boxes available in our online box store to fit just about any size TV. And, you can read all about them in our blog post about TV Shipping Boxes.
While we recommend boxes for added protection, wrapping your TV in furniture pads or paper padding is also an option — we’ll cover that in more detail below.
Step 2: Disconnect the cords
Carefully unplug and bundle cords together using a rubber band or zip tie. Then, pack the cords with your TV to reduce the chance of losing them in-transit.
Note: You may want to take a picture of where each cord connects before unplugging them. This will be a big help when it comes to putting them back where they belong.
Step 3: Protect the TV screen
Now that you’ve gathered materials and disconnected cords, it’s time to move on to what we think is the most important step in protecting your TV: packing.
How to use a TV shipping box:
- Remove the TV screen from its base and wrap it using Bubble Wrap®, paper padding or foam wrap. Set it aside.
- Take the box and place crumbled packing paper at the bottom.
- Wrap the entire TV in Bubble Wrap® or foam wrap to protect it. You can also wrap tape around the entire TV first (sticky-side up of course!) and then wrap the TV using either of these materials. This ensures the wrapping material will not slide up or down during the move. Just be careful not to tape to the TV.
- After the screen is fully protected, place it in the box and adjust the panels for a tight fit.
- Use additional crumbled packing paper to fill any gaps.
- Tape the box, then take a permanent marker and write “fragile” and “this side up” before loading it in the moving truck.
How to use moving blankets or paper padding:
- When using either of these products, make sure to wrap the TV with several layers. Use at least 2 layers on the screen portion of the TV.
- Be sure to tape the packing material to TV to keep it in place during transit (NOTE: never put tape sticky-side down on the TV screen).
- Always keep the TV upright. You may want to use a permanent marker to write on the outside of paper padding as a reminder of which side is up.
Step 4: Loading your TV for shipping
No matter what type of TV you own, avoid laying it on its side in the moving truck—most shouldn’t be tilted more than 15 degrees (check with your user’s manual for verification). Flat screen TVs are made of lightweight glass and too much pressure can be placed on the screen if it isn’t stored upright.
Note: TVs can be very heavy. It’s always better for two people to do steps 3 and 4 together for precautionary purposes.
Moving different types of TVs
Moving a Plasma TV. Plasma TVs have a double layer of glass with gas inside. The screen is extra fragile, so be sure to wrap it well. Keep the plasma TV upright at all times during packing and moving and never stack anything on top of it. Plasma TVs suffer the most damage when laid flat.
Moving an LCD TV. LCD TVs are really lightweight, so you may be tempted to move them solo. However, be sure to use help so you can keep the TV upright. There is a thin layer of crystals between the display class (that’s why it’s called a liquid crystal display – LCD), so be sure you protect the screen well to protect the glass and liquid inside.
Moving an LED TV. An LED TV is really an LED backlit LCD, so take the same precautions moving an LED TV as you would when moving an LCD TV. Keep LED TVs upright and protected when moving.
Moving a 3D TV. 3D TVs can come in plasma or LED. Find out which type you have and follow the directions for moving. If you have special glasses for watching your 3D TV, make sure to pack those in Bubble Wrap® or foam wrap for protection while moving. Pack the glasses and remotes together to avoid losing them.
Have additional concerns on moving your TV?
If you’re moving a plasma, LCD, LED or 3D TV, it's only natural to use a reputable moving service. U-Pack provides affordable, safe moving for all of your household goods. And here’s the best part — you’re able to pack and load the way you want, and U-Pack does the driving!
Get a free moving quote online to see how much your move would cost, or call U-Pack at 800-413-4799. If you have more questions about moving a TV, or moving with U-Pack, leave a comment below.