Our Guide on How to Store a TV in a Storage Unit
Maybe you have a spare flat-screen TV or taking a break from binge-watching the latest shows. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to store your TV, we have the deluxe guide for TV storage. Read on, and you’ll discover practical solutions to protect your media investment long-term or short and ensure a stress-free retrieval when you’re ready for that marathon session of The Watcher.
The One with the Storage Unit
If you have ever tried to move a big piece of furniture, like Ross from “Friends” did with his bulky couch, you’ll understand the importance of planning when moving unwieldy pieces of furniture and electronics. Choosing an appropriate size storage unit will save you time and headaches and keep your furniture intact.
Selecting the right storage unit is the first step towards safekeeping your TV, no matter the size. Your storage unit should comfortably accommodate your TV along with other belongings without compromising the room for movement. You shouldn’t need to “pivot!” to get items in and out of a unit. Think spacious, not crammed, when looking for your next storage unit.
Moreover, consider a climate-controlled storage unit. TVs, like most electronics, are sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity. A climate-controlled environment safeguards your TV from such conditions, so you can enjoy watching your favorite shows with friends for many years.
Keeping Your TV Safe from the Upside Down
Before placing your TV in storage, you’ll want to do some routine maintenance to keep it safe from the horrors that can ruin future streaming sprees, such as dust, dirt, goo, and broken screens.
Preparing Your TV for Storage
Before storing your TV, clean it thoroughly. Start with dusting the screen, followed by gently removing all cables and securing loose parts. While cleaning, do not use harsh cleaning agents or sprays that could damage the screen’s surface. Instead, opt for microfiber cloths and TV-friendly cleaning solutions.
Gathering Necessary Supplies:
Packing up your TV for placement in storage requires a few supplies:
- Bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- Moving blankets
- Cable ties
Most supplies are in your local hardware store or can be purchased online. Alternatively, repurpose materials from around your home. Old blankets, or large towels, for instance, can be substituted for moving blankets.
Disassembling and Packing the TV:
If possible, disassemble the TV by removing the base, wall mount, or any other detachable parts. Store these in a labeled bag so it is easy to reassemble. Wrap the TV using bubble wrap or moving blankets, making sure all sides are covered and secured with packing tape.
Organizing Your TV Storage Like Dwight Schrute
The larger the TV, the more you’ll need to unleash your “Dwight-like” organizational skills. For optimal placement within the storage unit, place the TV where it is easily accessible and away from heavier items that could fall and cause damage. If storing multiple TVs, use sturdy boxes or shelving to stack them vertically, maximizing space while minimizing potential damage.
Like playing Tetris, packing your storage unit requires strategic placement to maximize space. Read our helpful tips to keep your unit organized.
Labeling and Documentation:
Labeling is essential for easy identification and retrieval. Mark each box or item clearly, preferably with a “Fragile” or “TV” sign. Also, create an inventory list or take photos of stored items. This documentation helps keep track of your TV and other electronics and is helpful when you need to retrieve them. With a meticulous approach (but hopefully not as extreme as Mr. Shrute’s), you can ensure your TV is stored safely and efficiently, ready for the next binge-watching session.
Safeguarding Your TV from Breaking Bad(ly)
You’ll want to avoid several dangers when storing a TV without a box or when not in use. If you’re storing a TV in your garage, you must remove any hazardous materials that are nearby. If you do not have the original packing box, wrap your TV in a thick, soft comforter or blanket. Use tape, cord, or rope to secure the television. As mentioned earlier, you can wrap the TV in bubble wrap or purchase a box for extra protection.
Another danger to televisions and other electronics is water and moisture. If storing your flat screen TV at home or in a storage unit, store it off the floor on a shelf or platform. This is especially important if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding. When placing the television, always place it upright. Do not store it with the screen facing down or on the backside. Never place items on the TV as this could crack the delicate screen.
Security and Maintenance:
You should secure your storage unit with a high-quality padlock. Fairfax City Storage has 24-hour security and quick and easy access. For added protection, check with your insurance provider for questions on coverage. Whatever you are storing in a storage unit especially if it is long-term, it is always a good idea to make periodic visits to check on your belongings.
Winter is Coming, and so is Proper TV Storage
Nothing beats back the coming winter better than a well-insulated storage unit. Even in Virginia, weather can turn cold and windy, with wet conditions always possible. A climate controlled unit will keep your possessions safe for a long hard winter or the hot, humid summer days.
With a carefully chosen storage unit, strategic organization and a little prep work your TV will be ready for its next debut. At Fairfax City Storage, we have your items “covered” 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Conveniently located in Fairfax, Virginia, off the beltway, come tour our facility with secured 24-hour access. Contact us today!