How to Store a Flat Screen TV

Storing Flat Screen TVs

 

Televisions (TV’s) present some of the biggest challenges when it is time to move or store. TV’s are often less sturdy, very thin, and sometimes can be the size of a couch or love seat. TV sets have “a face” of fragile glass that can be ruined by a scratch or too much pressure while picking it up to move it. The inside of the set is extremely complex and full of a variety of electronic components that is very vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes. Over the past few years, the designs of newer TV sets are often very wide and thin and often times do not fit in a standard moving box. TV sets are also very expensive, so it is important to transport and store one properly to keep it in the best condition possible. Below, you will find some tips to help you move and store your TV.

This first thing to do when moving the TV is to clean it properly. During this step, it is important to remove any dust that is built up on the screen or in the air vents in the back of the TV. The dust can be removed with a microfiber or cotton towel as well as using compressed air dust.  The removal of dust helps to prevent scratching, and clarity issues.

Secondly and most importantly is packing the TV to either store in a storage unit or in a moving truck. If you are one of the few people who still have the original box the TV came in, you are in luck. All you need to do is put the TV back in the plastic, add some packing peanuts to the box for more stability, tape the box and off you go. If you throw everything away like me, you will need a few supplies which can be found around your home or at a store. You will need to wrap the TV in a thick comforter or blanket and secure it with bungee cords or a rope. Do not use anything that has zippers or buttons that could possibly damage the TV.Make sure you remove the stand from the TV prior to putting in the box and lastly fill the box with packing peanuts for more stability.

Your third and final step is STORAGE! StorPlace of Hickory Hollow has heated and cooled units that can be used to store your TV as well as other items that are sensitive to temperature change. Using a temperature controlled unit lessens the constant fluctuations in temperature and humidity changes. It is also important to only store the TV upright; do not lay it flat, or in a position that would cause any pressure to the screen.

StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of unit sizes such as 5 x 10 or 10 x 10 heated and cooled units that can be used to store TV’s. We are open Monday-Saturday from 9-5:30pm and can be reached at 615-731-1331 if you have any questions or are in need of a unit.