Can you transport a TV lying down?

During The Move - April 23, 2024

In recent years, LED TV screens have grown in their size and ability to provide an immersive cinematic experience at home. However, most state-of-the-art LED TVs can be quite fragile, posing numerous challenges when it comes time to relocate. When moving the TV of your dreams to a new home, it is crucial to figure out a safe way to transport it without causing any damage.

As a professional moving company with over a decade of experience, we are more than equipped to offer guidance on transporting TVs safely. Let’s explore some key questions and concerns below to ensure that your TV does not experience any damage during a move.


Moving a TV can present several challenges and risks


TVs require additional support and protective materials to be transported safely. A common question that arises is whether it’s more safe to transport a TV lying down or on its side.

“Can you lay down a LED TV to transport it?”

It’s generally not recommended to lay a TV down while in transit. 

Flat-screen TVs are designed to stand vertically for even weight distribution, which means there are certain risks involved with laying the TV horizontally for transport. 

Though laying the TV flat won’t necessarily damage its internal components, it can disrupt the weight distribution and compromise the delicate screen. The weight of a TV is typically balanced around the edges, in order to protect the screen. Thus, laying it flat shifts this balance and increases the risk of cracks or damage, either immediately or over time.


How to pack your TV for moving


When packing a flat-screen TV for transportation, using a box provides the most support and protection. If you don’t have the original box, you can purchase a specialty box designed for flat-screen TVs. Make sure to double-check the measurements to ensure the box fits your TV properly, as prices range from $30 to upwards of $100 for a sturdy box, however, you can also try and find a box for free.

Follow these steps to pack your flat-screen TV securely:

  • Remove all power cords and cables: Take a picture of the back of the TV with all the wiring in place for reference. Then, disconnect and coil each cord or cable, securing them with twist ties before packing them away.
  • Remove all screws and bases: Detach the TV from its base or wall mount, storing each screw in a labeled baggie for easy retrieval later. Secure the bag to the TV mount or base with tape to keep all parts together.
  • Use protection: Be sure to add a few layers of bubble wrap or foam paper to protect the screen. Make sure the foam and/or bubble wrap is securely attached with tape. 
  • Box it up: Most TV boxes come with foam pieces to protect the corners of the TV and prevent shifting during transport. Place these foam pieces on first, wrap the TV in plastic stretch wrap to secure them, then gently place the TV inside the box. Fill any gaps with soft padding to prevent shifting.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a box, you can use moving blankets for padding. However, make sure to use foam corner protectors and plastic stretch wrap to secure the TV before wrapping it generously in moving blankets. Use multiple blankets if necessary, especially for transportation in a moving truck.


How to safely move your TV


As previously mentioned, laying a TV flat in its original box is not recommended due to the delicate nature of most modern flat-screen TVs. 

Instead, when transporting a flat-screen TV, it’s best to keep it propped up instead of laying it down. You can help prop it up in the moving truck by wedging it between mattresses or other soft furniture items for added stability. If you have the original box, you can use it to pack the TV for more stability and protection. Alternatively, you can purchase special transportation boxes designed for flat-screen TVs from moving companies.

You can also use straps to keep the TV in a vertical position for additional support and protection against sudden turns that could dislodge the TV. 

However, transporting a TV can make for a complicated and risky operation, especially without prior experience. a spacious vehicle, or the necessary equipment to secure the TV adequately. 


How you pack your TV may depend on the size and type of screen


Depending on the kind of TV you own, you may need to take additional steps to ensure maximum safety during transport.

At present, there are a wide range of modern flat-screen TVs like OLED, LED LCD, LCD, and QLED. Some models may have thicker frames, providing a bit more support, while others are designed to be ultra-slim and lightweight, making them more susceptible to damage during transportation.

The introduction of curved TVs adds another dimension to the equation. While curved TVs offer a unique viewing experience, their design can make them less practical and more fragile to transport compared to traditional flat-screen models.

Due to the high price tag of a LED TV, many people opt to hire professional movers to ensure a stress-free relocation experience, and so that their expensive investment does not get damaged.

To spare you from the hassle, refer to professional movers in your area to ensure the safe transport of your TV. 


For greater peace of mind, rely on JP Urban Moving for all your moving needs


Throughout this article we’ve delved into the key considerations and risks involved in transporting your TV, and helped answer whether you can lay a flat-screen TV down while moving. 

If you’re still hesitant about moving your flat-screen TV solo, we recommend seeking assistance from professional movers like us at JP Urban Moving. As a licensed and insured NYC moving company, we specialize in transporting delicate items like flat-screen TVs with care. 

With our team of skilled movers, over a decade of moving experience and specialized moving equipment, we ensure the safe transport of your TV to your new home. 

Reach out to us today to book your stress-free moving experience.

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