Whether you want to sport a virtual reality (VR) headset or keep it out of the way when not in use, there are plenty of options for storing and displaying these pieces of tech. However, if you want to get the most use and durability out of your equipment, you need to remember a few important things.

Below, we’ve rounded up five ways to protect your headset and make it last as long as possible.

Basic care tips for your VR headset

Even the least expensive VR headsets cost hundreds of dollars. As a result, you should think about storing your headset in a way that will keep it safe and functioning for as long as possible. User guides for VR headsets often recommend putting the headset back in the box it came in—or another protective case—when not in use.

The user guides specify everything you’d expect for any technology: keep it dry and don’t leave it somewhere it’ll fall down or move around.

Sunlight can damage the lens of your headset. Regardless of how you store or display your VR headset, the lenses need to be protected from direct light.

In general, think of storing and displaying your VR headset like a normal computer—as long as you remember to keep it out of direct sunlight. Below are five things you can consider.

1. Store Your Headsets in the Box

The user guide for your VR headset probably recommends that you store your headset in the box it came in when not in use. Even budget headset makers say so, and for a variety of reasons.

For one, the boxes store easily. Plus, most VR headset boxes come with little nooks and crannies for various pieces, making it easy to keep everything together in one place. Also, the boxes that headsets come in are usually designed to cradle the headset. You still don’t want to knock it too much, but your headset should be very secure in there.

The primary downside is that the headset comes off easier than it came out of the box. Sometimes, trying to get all the pieces back into the box feels like trying to put a tent back in the bag after you go camping.

2. Store your headset in a purpose-built case

If you regularly take your headset on the road, a carrying case may be in order. There are several companies that make travel cases for VR headsets, but you may be able to find a case specifically for your headset by visiting the manufacturer’s website.

Cases don’t stack and store as well as boxes, but they offer better protection. Additionally, they often have even more pockets and compartments for extra stuff. They still have the cosmetic downside of covering up your beautiful headset.

3. Place your headset on a purpose-built stand

If you want to show off your headset, a display stand might be right for you. More than just keeping everything together, some stands even charge your headset and controller while you’re away.

Until now, headset manufacturers don’t even make stands. However, you may get something else.

4. Put your VR headset on a shelf or cabinet

If you want your VR headset to be front and center, but you have kids, a dog, or other considerations that make the stand a bit of a hazard, consider placing your headset on a shelf or in a cabinet. Naturally, the shelf or cabinet should be high enough and sturdy enough that your headset is not in danger.

The closed-design of shelves and cabinets provides light, as well as built-in protection from dust. Dust won’t permanently damage your headset, but dusty lenses will need to be cleaned more often.

5. Be creative with caution

VR headsets being designed to be worn on the human head demand creative performance. As long as the headset is in a location where the lenses are protected from direct light, and the headset isn’t subject to moisture or excessive roughness, go nuts. Mount your headset on mannequins, hat stands or Halloween decorations.

This approach is especially fun for older headsets that you keep for historical or sentimental reasons but that you don’t like as much for regular use.

Multiple ways to protect your VR headset

Keeping your VR headset safe will take a lot of forethought, but you have plenty of options for doing so. This list was not exhaustive, but will at least give you enough to get you started.

Keeping the headset safe should be your priority. Once you have completed this, you can be as creative as you want.

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