How to Pack a TV for Moving

It’s very unlikely that you don’t own a TV in this day and age. Whether you use cable or watch Netflix only, you have this magic box to teleport yourself to a world of entertainment. If you’re planning a move, you also need to move the TV along with other belongings. 

But moving a TV can be tricky. These devices are not only expensive but also delicate. As time goes by, they seem to be getting even more delicate. Back in the day, you could throw around a CRT TV without worrying too much about it. But modern, lightweight TVs are a whole different breed. A small mistake in handling could lead to scratches on the screen or, worse, internal damage that might render the TV unusable. 

For instance, while it might seem convenient to lay a flat-screen TV down, you can actually damage the LCD panels. Also, inadequate packing can expose your TV to bumps and jolts during transport which increases the risk of a cracked screen or damaged frame.

So, learning how to pack a TV for moving is crucial if you want it in one piece after transportation. To help you out, we’ve put together this guide. Whether you're moving across town or leaving the country with it, our tips on how to pack and move your TV will ensure it arrives at your new home in perfect condition. 

Preparing for Packing the TV

The devil is always in the details. The more attention you give the packing process before you actually move, the higher the odds are that you’ll get your TV in one piece. 

Typically, we can think of two phases before you start packing the TV for moving. Phase one is gathering the packing materials and phase two is preparing your TV. 

Packing Materials

It’s a no-brainer that you need to pack your TV for moving, unless you’re planning to carry it by yourself. Even then, you’ll need to put it somewhere during transit. So, appropriate packing is the way to go. And to ensure your TV is safe and secure during a move, using the right packing materials is key. 

Here’s what you’ll need according to moving professionals: 

  • TV Box: Ideally, you should use the original box your TV came in. It’s made for this very model, after all. But if that's not available, you can get a sturdy, appropriately sized moving box.
  • Bubble Wrap: Can’t put the TV directly inside the box, can you? There has to be something between the panels and the edge of the box. We recommend wrapping your TV generously in bubble wrap to protect the screen from scratches and the body from impacts. 
  • Packing Tape: Once the TV is inside, you don’t want it to jump out of it. So, use strong packing tape to secure the bubble wrap as well as to seal the box. Be sure to check if all the seams and edges are taped to prevent the box from opening during the move.
  • Packing Paper or Foam: At this point, the bubble wrap should give you adequate protection. But we recommend using packing paper/foam to fill any gaps in the box. This prevents the TV from shifting and absorbing any shocks during transport.

Pre-Packing Setup

Before you start packing your TV for the move, a proper pre-packing setup is essential to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Disconnect the TV: Duh! The first step is removing the TV from the wall mount. If it’s not mounted, you can save some time here. Then, safely unplug all cables and accessories. Typically, you need to deal with the power cord, HDMI cables, and any other connected devices.
  • Organize and Label Wires: As you remove cables, you might lose track of them, especially if you’re not a tech-savvy individual. That’s why we recommend labeling each one using masking tape or cable labels. This will make it much easier to set up your TV at your new home. Finally, keep all cables together by gently tying them with a twist tie or a cable organizer.
  • Clean Your TV: As you’ve already taken it apart, why not clean it? You can simply use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe down the screen and the body of the TV. If you think the screen is too dirty, don’t shy away from using the appropriate cleaner. 
  • Take Photos for Setup Reference: Before you move to the big steps, snap a few pictures of your TV setup, especially how wires are connected. These photos will serve as a handy reference when you are setting up the TV in your new place.

Packing the TV for Moving

Finally, you’re ready for packing. This may seem very straightforward on the surface but there are layers of tasks that you must perform properly. As moving professionals, here are our guide on how to pack a TV for moving. 

Screen Protection

No one would argue that the screen or the panel is the most important part of your TV. You must protect it during a move because repairing a panel costs just as much as buying a new one. It’s a risk you don’t want to take. 

For LED and LCD TVs, the screen is particularly prone to pressure and can easily crack. To protect it, start by placing a foam cover or a soft blanket over the screen. This acts as a buffer against knocks. Then, secure this setup with packing tape but make sure the tape doesn't directly touch the TV screen. It could leave unwanted marks or residue.

Plasma TVs, on the other hand, need extra attention as they are more susceptible to damage when laid flat. Always keep plasma TVs upright. Then, surround the screen with multiple layers of bubble wrap, and secure it with tape around the edges.

Using Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is an essential tool for protecting your TV during a move. Its air-filled bubbles provide a cushion that absorbs shocks and impacts to shield the delicate components of your TV.

To use bubble wrap effectively, start by cutting a large enough piece to cover the entire surface of your TV. Wrap the TV generously and be sure to cover all sides and corners. 

For the best protection, layer the bubble wrap so that the entire device has multiple layers of padding. This is particularly important for the screen area, which is the most vulnerable part of the TV.

Once the TV is fully wrapped, use packing tape to secure the bubble wrap in place. Wrap the tape around the bubble wrap itself instead of the screen. This method keeps the TV snug and safe within its bubble padding, ready for the move.

Placing in Box

Once packed, you need to place your TV in the box safely. You should already have the original TV box or an appropriately sized box that fits your TV’s dimensions closely. 

Before you put it in, you should always reinforce the bottom of the box with extra packing tape for added strength. Then, lay a layer of soft packing material on the floor of the box. You may use foam sheets or blankets to cushion the TV. 

Finally, lift the TV carefully and place it inside the box standing upright. If the TV is bigger than 55 inches, you should ask for help from friends or family. 

Once the TV is inside, fill any remaining spaces around the sides and top with additional soft packing materials. This prevents the TV from shifting and absorbs any shocks during the move. 

Sealing and Labeling

Finally, you’re in the last mile stretch. To make every step so far count, you need ot seal and label the box correctly. After placing the TV and securing it with packing materials inside the box, you’ll need to close and seal the box to prevent it from opening accidentally.

Start by closing the top flaps of the box and securely taping them down with strong packing tape. Apply several strips of tape across the top seam and edges for extra security, making sure the tape adheres well to the box without gaps.

Next, label the box clearly. Use a permanent marker to write "FRAGILE" in large, bold letters on each side of the box. Also, indicate "This Side Up" with arrows pointing upwards to ensure that those handling the box know to keep it in the correct orientation during the move. 

Additional tips for packing a TV

We’ve covered our bases pretty well. But a few extra tips never hurt anyone. So, here are some unique additional tips for packing a TV for moving:

  • Detach Removable Parts: Before wrapping your TV, you should remove any detachable accessories like the stand, external speakers, or USB devices. You can pack these separately with ample cushioning to avoid damage.
  • Use Color-Coded Stickers: For easy setup at your new place, use color-coded stickers to match cables to their corresponding ports on the TV. This small step can save you time and confusion when reconnecting your equipment.
  • Silica Gel Packs: Include a few silica gel packs inside the box to absorb any moisture. In most cases, you won’t need it but if you plan on storing the TV in a box for a few days, this is a great addition. 
  • Double Box Your TV: If you're concerned about protection, consider placing the initially boxed TV into a larger box padded with more bubble wrap or foam. Some might say this is going over the top but we still recommend it, especially for expensive TVs. 


By now, you should know that packing your TV securely for a move is crucial to protect it from damage during transit. You also know how the right materials, such as a sturdy box, bubble wrap, and strong packing tape can help keep your TV safe during the move. 

Also, remember to label the box clearly as "Fragile" and "This Side Up" to guide handlers on proper transportation.

While these tips will help you pack your TV safely, sometimes the best decision is to entrust this task to professionals. Moving experts have the tools, experience, and techniques to handle your valuable electronics with the utmost care.

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