Storing a TV

Storing a TV

By Mike Jones,

So you need to store your TV in a storage unit. First things first—be cautious when you put your TV into storage, especially if it has a flat or plasma screen. They’re delicate, and you probably spent a good deal of money when purchasing it, too, which means you’ll want to protect it in storage. Here are a few ways to safely store a TV.

Climate-Controlled Unit

In order to property store your television, you’ll need to rent a climate-controlled unit. If you don’t think a climate-controlled unit is important, think about how much the weather fluctuates where you live. Does it rain? Will it be humid? Heat and humidity, as well as extreme cold, can wreak havoc on your TV’s electrical components and break your screen. Sure, a climate-controlled storage unit means a higher monthly cost in your storage rent, but your TV will still be working and in one piece when you finally take it out.

Pack It Up

Like anything else, keeping your items protected comes from quality packing practices. If you have the original packaging for your TV, simply place your TV in its box. Add Styrofoam or packing peanuts as necessary .

If you didn’t keep your box, don’t worry. Find a fleece blanket, quilt, or comforter, and you can wrap the TV in the blanket and secure the padding with rope or packing tape. After you have secured the padding, place your TV in a slim, cardboard box that will stop your TV from moving. If you’re set on getting an old TV box, you can always go to an electronics store and ask, too.

Keep It Elevated and Upright

Another storage tip when it comes to storing your TV is to keep it elevated and standing up. Put your packaged TV on another sturdy piece of furniture in your unit (like a table or desk) to keep it from falling or getting kicked.

Invest in a Quality Lock

Self storage is convenient, but there’s a bit of risk involved in storing valuable possessions in a unit. If you’re storing a flat-screen TV, a quality lock can be the extra assurance you may need to know your investment is safe while in storage. Storage facilities typically don’t encourage renters to store anything that’s extremely valuable in their units; however, if you take the proper precautions, you’ll be able to protect your television and still store it.

As a general rule, taking the time to properly package any items you want to put in your storage unit is a good idea. When storing a TV, keep in mind how valuable your items are! Keeping your things in storage doesn’t mean the value of them has to go down.