How to Ship an LCD TV

By Dan Stone

Shipping an LCD TV can be expensive and has a high break risk.
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Shipping an LCD TV can be expensive because of the size of the device and the packing material necessary to prevent the screen from breaking while in transit. Because LCD screens are fragile, even the best packing job does not ensure that the device will arrive at its destination in one piece. Once you have securely packed the TV, take it to a shipping company, such as UPS, FedEx or the USPS to send it off. Purchasing insurance may cover all or part of the cost if the device breaks.

Strap a Board to the Front

While the entire LCD device is prone to physical damage, the screen is the most fragile part. You can give the screen additional protection by securing a Masonite board or thick piece of cardboard that is cut to the size of the screen, including the bezel, over the front of the TV. The protective board can be held in place by other shipping material.

Bubble Wrap and Anti-Static Covers

Reuse the anti-static sheet that came with the TV if possible. If not, replacing it with a new sheet will help protect the device. Some TVs have a detachable base. If this is the case, remove the base at this point if it is not needed, and secure the device in the Styrofoam mount. You can protect the TV by crafting a bubble-wrap bag for the screen or wrapping the screen several times around with bubble wrap. The bubble wrap can be taped to itself to close and should cover all sides of the TV.

Packing the Box

If you still have the original Styrofoam brace and any of the other original packaging, place the screen within the remaining material in the same way that it was originally shipped. Otherwise, you can order a custom Styrofoam mounting kit for the TV or custom-cut Styrofoam to secure the device in place. Fill the empty parts of the box with custom-cut Styrofoam and anti-static shipping peanuts. You can also wrap the TV in a soft, fluffy blanket to protect it. Blankets can be used in lieu of shipping peanuts to fill the empty space but can carry the risk of static damage. The TV should have minimal mobility in the packed box.

Reuse the Original Box

If you still have the TV 's original box, reuse it in the shipping process. Shipping the TV in the original box is a risk, because the box may have structurally degraded over time. Instead, place the original box inside of a larger, new box that has at least two inches of clearance in all dimensions to hold padding material. Fill the bottom of the box with a layer or two of shipping peanuts or cut Styrofoam, place the original box on top of the packing material and surround the box on all sides with more packing material so that it does not move. If you do not have the original box, the box-within-a-box method can be used with two new boxes. Both boxes should be securely held shut with shipping tape.