Properly Packing a Television for Long Term Storage

protecting a television for storage

Televisions can be some of the most difficult items to put away in long term storage. Older CRT televisions are bulky and not sturdy, while newer LCD and LED models are wide and thin and can be challenging to pack in a standard box. Then, there’s the fragile glass, which can be easily scratched, and interior electronic components, which can be damaged by humidity and extreme temperatures.

Rules for Properly Storing Your Television:

  1. Clean your television. Use a compressed air duster to get rid of dust in the crevices of the TV. Then, use a cleaner and soft dust cloth — made of either microfiber or cotton — to wipe down the TV. Always apply the cleaner to the cloth first, not to the TV directly.
  2. Remove the cables and TV stand (if your set came with the latter). Clean these pieces in the same manner you cleaned the television itself. Store the stand, cables, remote control, instruction manual, and any other pieces in a labeled box, separate from the TV.
  3. When possible, store the TV in the original box it came in.
  4. Remember: humidity and extreme temperatures should be avoided.
  5. Never store a TV on its back or on its screen; always place upright. Storing it on its back can severely damage its internal components. Storing a TV on its screen is also always ill-advised, as it puts pressure on the screen and can result in the screen breaking.

Below we provide a more comprehensive guide for properly prepping and storing your television:

How to Prepare Your Television for Storage

Thorough cleaning, particularly to remove dust, is critical to preparing your television for long term storage. Dust can be damaging inside your TV’s air vents because it can ruin the interior electronic components. During the moving process, friction often occurs, and dust trapped between a material and the screen can result in small scratches diminishing the screen’s quality. To clean the television, make sure to use a compressed air duster (normally used for computer keyboards) and a soft dust cloth.

Packing A TV for Storage

Ideally, you still have the original box the TV came with, along with its packaging, including protective covers and Styrofoam inserts. If you no longer have the box, a cost-effective solution to protect the screen is to use a thick comforter or blanket and then to use a bungee cord or rope to secure the device. However, make sure to avoid a blanket with hard parts, such as buttons or zippers, as these could damage the screen. A more expensive option for protecting the screen is a heavy-duty dust cover that’s appropriately sized for your TV.

Then, slide the TV into the cardboard box. Consider using additional protection, such as Styrofoam peanuts or bubble or foam wrap. If you have a CRT TV, a standard box will be sufficient for storage. If, on the other hand, you have a thin LCD or LED TV, call your storage company ahead of time to find out if they offer boxes specifically designed for these televisions.

Choosing the Right Stroage Environment

When choosing a storage unit, you need to guard against the risks of humidity and extreme temperatures. Humidity results in moisture accumulating on the electronic components. Extreme cold can cause parts of your TV to get misshapen and warped. For these reasons, it is best to rent a climate-controlled unit.

Proper Television Storage

As we mentioned, you should always store a TV upright. Avoid storing it on its back or on its screen. In the storage unit itself, make sure that the TV has its own little space, apart from other items. Do not place items on top of the television, as this places pressure on the device. Finally, label the TV box on each side, reducing the risk that you will accidentally put something on top of the TV.