Whether it’s what we gather around during the weekend’s big game, how our kids enjoy a laugh, or even just a way to binge away a Thursday night, a television is a near constant in every home. There may be sometimes you have to momentarily part ways with your beloved tv, such as a relocation, a shared apartment with a roommate who has (gasp) a bigger television, or perhaps just need to store all your things.
But as much as we love our televisions, they can be delicate belongings. So, how do you store a television? Well, here’s how you store a tv:
1. Prepare your television for the storage unit
First things first: clean your tv screen. Dust can get into places where it doesn’t belong, resulting in short outs, cause overheating, and do other damage. Wipe it down with a soft cloth or duster, and if you are inclined to use a spray cleaner, apply it directly to the cloth, not the television. You should also give all the cables and any other components a good wipe down too. Place these in a baggie, which can be stored inside the moving box alongside the tv. Speaking of boxes—
If possible, place the television in the original packaging. These boxes are designed to hold the screens while being transported, helping prevent any damage during the bumps and jostles that come from the move. If you do not have these boxes, don’t worry. Flatscreen boxes are available from many moving supply companies. Regardless of whether or not you use an original or aftermarket box, it’s never a bad idea to use bubble wrap or other packaging material for soe additional cushion.
2. Finding the right features
When storing your television, there’s a few features that are worth looking into. For instance, climate control. Televisions, and most electronics really, are extremely sensitive to hot and cold temperatures as well as humidity in the air. To protect your tv from the weather, use the climate control feature, which will maintain a moderate temperature and humidity level within the unit.
Another valuable protection to find is security features. Many facilities will include video surveillance and even onsite management. You can also up your security game by using electronic gate access, which requires a keycode to enter the facility grounds.
3. Tips on moving and storing the television
If possible, avoid placing the television on its back while relocating. This can damage its internal components, making it useless for when it comes time to enjoy it again. Additionally, make sure you do not stack anything on top of the box the tv was set in for similar reasons.
When you place the tv in the storage unit, make sure you do not stack it too high on top of other boxes—and remember not to set its on its back—to avoid any tumbles or have anything fall on top of it.
We all love our tv. Thankfully, with the right storage preparation and practices, it can be ready to use as soon as you plug it in—no matter how long it’s been in storage.