Flat screens can be awkward to move and easy to break. Because of their fragile nature, they need to be properly packaged. This guide will show you how to pack a TV for moving in five simple steps.

moving a tv

Newer TVs might seem like a breeze to move compared to older box versions. However, flat screens are just as easily dropped, scratched or damaged in the moving process.

Do you know how to move a TV in the safest manner possible? It’s not hard, but it requires a few extra steps. Whatever you do, we advise you not to shove the electronic in the backseat of your car and call it a day!

Whether you’re moving across the country or just upgrading to a newer model and storing your old television for later use, it’s important to properly pack a flat screen and remain mindful of the delicate screen. Here are straightforward steps on how to pack a television for moving.

1. Unplug any cords and accessories.

how to pack a tv

The first step is to unplug and organize any external cords. On top of the power cord, you could have half a dozen other cables that you’ll need to keep tabs on.

Follow these steps to organize your TV components:

  • Dust the back of the TV to give yourself a clean area to work.
  • Unplug each device one at a time and label the cord using masking tape and a marker.
  • Velcro each cord to its corresponding electronic or store in a ziplock bag.

2. Wrap the screen in a blanket or other barrier.

wrap a tv in a moving blanket

Somehow, you need to protect the screen from scratches that could be caused by movers or packing material. Depending on what you have available, there are a few different ways you can do this.

How to secure a television screen for moving:

  • Wrap a blanket around the screen and secure the blanket using a small rope or bungee cord.
  • Use the plastic protective sleeve that came with the TV or buy some plastic wrap that’s made for moving.
  • Tape on a piece of packing paper using painter’s tape.

Read Also: How to Pack Electronics for Moving Without Breakage

3. Find the original packaging or a suitable moving box.

picking a cardboard box for moving a tv

The original packaging for televisions is about as good a storage option as you will find. The packaging is created with shipping in mind, meaning that extra care is taken to protect every part of the television. The styrofoam sections create an airtight barrier between the box and the screen.

While we recommend keeping the original packaging, we also understand the desire to recycle old boxes to reduce clutter. If you decide to get rid of the packaging, try to keep the protective sleeve or another form of screen protector included with your television. These sleeves are the ideal barrier between your screen and packing material.

If you don’t have the original packaging, explore the following options:

  • Use any sized moving box that provides at least two or three inches of extra space on all sides once the TV is inside.
  • Moving blankets or comforters from your home will work well for packing a flat screen television. They manage to keep distance between the screen and a larger moving box and provide padding without damaging the screen. Pick blankets that don’t have zippers, buttons or seams that could scratch the screen.
  • Life Storage and other moving or storage companies sell TV kits. These include wide, slim depth boxes that are perfect for most flat-screen televisions.

4. Secure the TV inside the moving truck.

packing a tv
Black rectangle shows a TV placed between larger items in an upright position.

Once you’ve got the television padded and boxed, slide it into the moving truck or car in an upright position. Remember, televisions should always be stored upright and be elevated if possible.

Ideally, store the flat screen between other items, so there’s less of a chance of it moving around. Moving the TV off the ground reduces the risk of other heavier items falling on top of it.

Consider these ideas when packing your moving truck:

  • Keep the TV between two heavy, sturdy items of furniture, like between a sofa and a mattress.
  • If you aren’t able to find a spot to slide the television between two items, then make sure to secure it against a wall.
  • Use a bungee cord to secure the TV in place. We recommend placing one cord along the base of the unit and another along the top section of plastic framing.
  • Avoid letting any cord or rope make contact with the screen, especially when those materials are being pulled taut to secure the unit.
  • Make sure to store the television with the screen facing away from the wall.

5. Unpack the TV with care.

hanging a tv on a wall

Once the TV gets to its new destination, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. If the TV is set down by movers, make sure they place it in an upright position. Carefully unbox it as soon as possible to get it out of the way.

These tips will help you unpack the flat screen safely:

  • Use two or more people to lift the screen out of the moving box. Don’t try to do this yourself if the TV is too heavy. Also, don’t place the box flat on the ground and try to slide the TV out.
  • Let the TV come to room temperature before you plug anything in and turn the power on.
  • Make sure the TV stand is large enough and sturdy enough to accommodate the flat screen. If you are using a wall mount, make sure it is drilled into studs or the proper anchors are used.

TVs provide us with endless entertainment and have become a staple in most living rooms. Make sure you keep yours in good condition by taking the time to pack and move it without causing damage. The screen is the easiest part to scratch, so keep that in mind. Good luck on moving day!

This post originally appeared on the Life Storage blog on 6/19/13 and was revised on 2/26/19 to provide new information.

About the Author

Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann has written about self storage and moving since 2015, making her our storage expert. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics and has published over 150 articles on moving, storage, and home organization. She is also a contributing writer at The Spruce and Martha Stewart.

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