Because the entire front surface of a flat screen is glass and its body is thin, TVs are very fragile. You may consider asking a professional to pack it for you. But, if you choose to move it yourself, ask someone for help and follow these steps (all apply to SmartTVs, LEDs, OLEDs, 4Ks, HDRs, Plasmas and LCDs):
- Take a picture of the cords, then disconnect them. Take a picture of where all the wires connect (or color code them) for easier reassembly. Then, unplug, bundle and fasten them with a cable tie, and pack them in a separate box. If any of the cords can’t be removed, use painter’s tape to attach them to the back surface (never tape directly to the screen as it could cause damage).
- Clean the screen. Use a fiber cloth to clean the TV. Removing dust or dirt particles can help prevent scratches or damage to the screen during transit.
- Remove from the base or mount. Refer to the user manual if you’re unsure of how to remove the TV from a wall mount or its base. Cover the base and mount in Bubble Wrap, and pack them separately.
- Cover the screen. Place a layer of foam wrap across the screen, and then wrap the entire thing in Bubble Wrap. Secure loose ends with packing tape, being careful to apply tape only to the packing materials and not to the television.
- Prepare the box. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper, and then slide the TV into it. Fill remaining gaps with more packing paper.
- Tape and label the box. Make sure all ends are securely taped, and write “fragile TV” and “this end up” on the outside of the box.
- Pack the accessories. Be sure to box up any additional accessories like the remote control, cable box, sound bar, speakers, etc. These should also be wrapped in packing paper.