How to Pack a Stereo

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These days, moving a stereo may require nothing more than packing your wireless Bluetooth speakers in a suitcase. However, with a more advanced stereo system, you need to be more careful while wrapping and packing it if you want it to get to your new place undamaged.

How to pack stereo

Here are some useful tips on how to pack your stereo for a move.

Preparing and packing your stereo

Whether you have a small wireless speaker or a multi-speaker surround sound system, you need to give as much time and care as possible when packing these devices to avoid damaging them during the move. Prepare your stereo for the move by following these steps:

  • Organize all wires and cords and tie them together to avoid tangling : Before packing your stereo, unplug all wires from the outlets, arrange them neatly, and tie them together using string, zip ties or rubber bands. Then secure the wires to the stereo with a piece of tape to keep them from getting tangled during the move.
  • Wrap the stereo and speakers in at least two layers of bubble wrap or newsprint : For enhanced protection, wrap the stereo in a few layers of newspaper or bubble wrap to prevent it from getting scratched or damaged. This is important because the interior components of the device are quite fragile, and it can cause permanent damage to the unit if they are dislodged or broken.
  • If possible, pack the stereo in its original box : The best way to pack the stereo is to put it inside the original box that it came in when you bought it. That's because that box was specially designed to protect the stereo. If you don't have the original box, ask the manufacturer if they can provide you with another one.
  • If you don't have the original box, use a special electronics box : You can obtain these special electronics boxes from our moving supplies page or contact a local moving company who may be able to supply these boxes for you.
  • Add protection and cushioning to the inside of the box : Once the stereo is well-wrapped, place it inside the box and fill in the empty space with additional cushioning to prevent the stereo from being knocked around in transit. You can use crumpled newspaper, rolled up bubble wrap, or even Styrofoam packing peanuts to make the stereo fit snugly inside the box. It would be even better if you can use the protective Styrofoam inserts that came with the stereo's original packaging.
  • Reinforce the box with packing tape : To increase the integrity of the box, seal it with a few layers of packing tape. Also place tape around any edges and weak spots on the box to reinforce its strength.

Moving and loading your stereo

No matter how well you pack and wrap your stereo unit, placing it in a bad spot on the moving truck (like burying it underneath stacks of boxes or sandwiched between a dresser and a sofa) can lead to it being damaged during transit. Here are some tips on how to load your stereo the proper way:

  • Load your stereo onto the moving truck carefully : When loading your stereo, be sure to place it in a safe place on the truck. The best place is against the back wall of the truck or against one of the sides to keep it stable and secure during the move.
  • Keep your stereo with other electronics when loading the truck : If you keep your stereo with other similar items when loading them onto the truck rather than placing them with larger items, they're less likely to be damaged during the move.
  • Make sure to clearly label the box : Before loading your stereo onto the truck make sure to clearly label the box "fragile" so the movers know to handle it carefully and not place it underneath any heavy objects.

Hire professional movers

To find movers in your area that can assist you with packing and moving your stereo, simply visit the home page of and fill out our free, easy-to-use quote form at the top of the page. You'll then be contacted by up to seven moving companies that will provide you with a no-obligation estimate for your move.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on January 2, 2014

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