Often when people think of storage units, they think of garages full of furniture and stale old items, but many people don’t consider the electronics. Even the big electronics can stay safe in a storage unit. In fact, many people consider storing a tv in a storage unit. When you are storing electronics, you want to make sure they are protected. To ensure that your electronics are safe and secure in your storage unit, you need to consider a few things. Here’s how to safely store electronics in your storage unit.
Getting Prepped for Storing a TV in a Storage Unit
When storing a tv in a storage unit, one thing to consider is the size and shape of the tv. Flat-screen TVs are amazing, it’s true. Lightweight, super-thin, and clear as a bell, they’ve made our TV viewing much more pleasurable. The problem with flat-screen TVs, though, is that their screens are very fragile. They can get scratched or damaged quite easily and so need to be protected well. One of the easiest ways to do that is with a large, thick moving blanket.
A moving blanket has a few benefits that make it a perfect choice. First, they’re made of materials that, if necessary, can absorb moisture. That will protect your flat-screen TV much better if things get humid. Also, they’re easy to use. (More on that in just a second.) After you’re done storing your stuff, you can use moving blankets for all sorts of other things too. As a picnic blanket, for example, or for transporting fragile things in your car. (Around here, we keep a moving blanket in the trunk at all times.) Using a moving blanket when storing a tv in a storage unit is easy:
- Lay the moving blanket open and flat on the floor.
- Gently place your flat-screen TV on the blanket diagonally, back down.
- Fold the blanket, baby diaper style, over the top of the flat-screen, pulling it snugly.
- Tape the blanket on well so that it stays snugly around the TV. (Don’t worry, the tape comes off easily later and won’t harm the blanket.)
- Store the Flat-screen TV standing up, never laying flat. If it’s flat, and something heavy falls on it, you’re going to need a new TV.
How to Safely Store Electronics: Pack Small Electronics Separately
While we suggest putting all electronics into their own box, it can create a small-ish problem. That’s because all those small boxes can be hard to stack and store. (If they fall over, something, or someone, could get damaged or hurt.) That’s why we suggest putting several smaller electronics, once packed, into a big box. That way, you’ll be able to stack and store them much more easily.
You should also consider purchasing several of the same size boxes just for this task. That way, when all of your electronics are packed, you can stack them with ease. (When you have a million different-sized boxes, it becomes difficult to keep your storage unit organized.)
Use the Original Box When Storing a TV (or anything else) in a Storage Unit
One excellent bit of advice is to keep all of the boxes from all of your electronics. This is especially helpful when storing a tv in a storage unit. They were specifically made for them, of course, and so offer some great protection. This is especially true for large electronics like TVs and large computer screens. (We’re looking at you, 24-inch iMac.)
Now, here’s the thing; all those boxes can take up a lot of space at home. If you’re already running out of space, it simply might not be feasible to keep them all. Still, if you can, we highly suggest keeping TV boxes at least, especially if you know you’ll be moving soon. There’s no better way to store them than in their own, original box. As we suggested earlier, pack all your small electronics in their own box (if you kept them). Then, pack several of them together in a bigger box (don’t make it too heavy).
How to Safely Store Electronics: Last-Minute Check
Now that you’re ready to store your electronics, it’s important to do some last-minute preparations. If you plan to store any old computers, you should take measures to back up all your data and/or erase your hard drives (if you are storing them while you try to sell them). If you are storing VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, etc., make sure you have removed any tapes or discs that were in them.
We also highly recommend that you consider using a climate-controlled self-storage unit. Climate-controlled units are the best bet when you’re storing electronics. Always store electronics in a climate-controlled for two important reasons; heat and humidity. Save yourself the headache and take advantage of climate-controlled storage units!
Whether you are storing electronics with us at Hide-Away Storage or not, you should always ensure that your property is protected. While your electronics are in storage, you want to know that the storage unit will protect them from temperature, moisture, and other potentially harmful contaminants. Storing electronics doesn’t have to be a hassle, and if you follow the above tips, you’ll be able to store your electronics with the peace-of-mind that nothing bad will happen to them.
This post was published on 1/3/2018
It was updated on 11/30/2020