One of the most challenging items on your packing list is going to be that big flat screen TV. At College Muscle Movers, we take extra care with these delicate and expensive items. If you’re planning on doing your own packing, we can help you out by giving you a little advice and looking at the truth behind one of the biggest questions in moving LCD TV screens.
Even our best advice can’t guarantee you’ll have a safe move, especially if you hit a lot of bumps in the road, but this little guide will should improve the chances of getting that TV where it needs to be safe and sound.
Let’s start with the big question:
Can I Move My TV Flat, Or Do I Have To Keep It Upright?
You’ve probably heard that you can’t lay modern TVs flat without damaging them. That’s actually only partly true. There’s nothing wrong with laying a screen flat, and it won’t break just from being horizontal instead of vertical.
The real problem is that a screen laying on its face or on its back is much more easily damaged by all kinds of other factors. Those screens are engineered to be shipped and be used standing up; a horizontal TV will have more pressure on that delicate screen, and any additional pressure—like from a bouncing moving truck—can cause real damage.
So, if your TV is perfectly packed, there’s not really anything wrong with laying it down, but on the other hand there’s no reason to take the risk.
How Should I Pack My LCD TV?
Okay, let’s get to the real issue: how to pack your TV.
First, your best option is always going to be repacking the TV in the box it came in. Of course most people don’t bother to save those boxes, but if you’re one of the people who do, you’ve got a solution all ready to go. If you’re really serious about the best possible security for your big flat screen, you can buy special boxes designed to offer similar protection from retailers like EcoBox.
But that’s probably overkill. If you’re looking for something simpler, your best option may be wrapping a soft blanket around the entire TV and sealing the blanket with tape. This protects the entire TV, and in particular it keeps the screen protected from scratches.
If you have bubble wrap on hand, it’s a good idea to add a layer or two over the blanket—and if you don’t have bubble wrap on hand, it’s probably worth picking some up! It’s a lot cheaper than a new TV, and you’ll have plenty of other fragile items to wrap too.
Finally, when it’s time to load the TV into your moving truck, make sure you have a partner to help you carry it—this is one item you definitely don’t want to drop.
Make sure you put your TV in a secure location in the truck. It definitely shouldn’t be under anything that’s likely to fall on top of it, and if it’s on top of other items, make sure it’s not going to slide off and hit the floor. If you have two mattresses, you’re in luck: putting the upright TV between the two mattresses is a great way to keep it safe and secure.
And as always, if you’re in the Minneapolis area and need a hand, College Muscle Movers is here to help.