How to pack a TV for shipping? Whether you need to ship a TV cross-country or internationally, the transportation of such fragile items can sometimes be troublesome. TVs are probably some of the most expensive electronics in everyone’s house.
But with a little care and the right packaging materials, you can ship a TV anywhere. In this article, we give you some advice on how to handle the packing to ensure a safe transportation

If finding a custom-fit box for your TV is not an option and if you’re also missing the original box, here is how you can pack the TV properly.

What you need?

  • Packaging materials and supplies:
  • Bubble Wrap – for wrapping the TV
  •  Foam wrap – as a substitute for bubble wrap or for cushioning
  • Polystyrene sheets – for internal cushioning
  • Paper padding – for cushioning
  • Packing peanuts – for filling out space
  • Cardboard box – for placing the TV
  • Duct tape – for sealing the box

Where to get supplies?

  • Bubble Wrap – Any stationary shop or hardware store
  • Foam wrap – Any hardware store
  • Paper padding – Any supermarket or stationary store
  • Packing peanuts – Hardware stores
  • Cardboard box – Hardware stores, supermarkets
  • Duct tape – Any stationary shop or supermarket

We made a list of the main hardware stores in all European countries. You can check it in our article, How to find packaging for standard shipping.

How to pack a TV for shipping?
1. First, start wrapping the power cord in foam wrap and use duct tape to tighten it up.
2. If possible, take apart the TV leg stand and use bubble wrap to protect it from scratches and damages.
3. Place a layer of foam wrap on the TV screen and go on by wrapping the entire TV in bubble wrap. One layer is sufficient but for extra protection, you can wrap it two times. Secure the wrapping with duct tape.
If it’s impossible for you to find bubble wrap, you can use a thick moving blanket and secure it with duct tape.
4. Set up the box and cushion the walls with one layer of foam padding or polystyrene sheets. For a snug fit, polystyrene sheets are a better alternative.
5. Slide the TV inside and place the accessories next to it, but not on the side of the screen.
6. Fill the empty-spaced with packing peanuts or crumpled paper. Don’t overuse them because they will cause pressure during the transportation.
7. Close the box and seal it properly with duct tape. Cover all the corners.
8. Label the box. You can also add a “Fragile” sign. However, have in mind that such a signage cannot guarantee that a package will be treated as such and should not substitute a good packaging.

Putting everything together:
Choosing the right cardboard boxes – given the fact that TVs have different dimensions and shapes, it might be hard to find a proper box. However, if you cannot get a customized box and you are lucky enough to get a spare one might at the local market, you should make sure that the one you will find is sturdy enough to support its weight.

Choosing the packaging materials
You can always find replacements for the materials mentioned above. For example, you can use the old paper you have in the house to fill in space in the box or textiles materials to wrap the TV.

Things to remember before shipping a TV:
1. Make sure the TV doesn’t move inside the box – try to share gently the box to see if the TV is securely packed.
2. Remove any old labels – if the box is not new, make sure you remove any old labels and signages that might confuse the courier driver.
3. Measure the box accurately – you need to make sure you provide the exact dimensions and weight of the box. The final price of the shipping is set based on these parameters. In this way, you will avoid extra charges later down the shipping process.
4. Place the order sooner than later – if you are moving out the apartment, it is important to leave at least 1 working date between the collection date and your departure. This will ensure that if anything goes wrong, the courier company will have enough time to solve the situation.

If you have checked all these things, you can start shipping a TV worldwide. Check the cost of shipping a TV on our website.


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