No matter if you are decluttering, renovating or simply want to replace your old furniture, you will have several options to remove it from your home. What you will do greatly depends on the state of your furniture and whether it still has some life in it. With that in mind, here is how to dispose of your unused furniture and be happy about it.
1. Hold a yard sale
If your furniture is in good shape and after you cleaned it up, you can get a fair price for it at a yard sale. This is a very common practice and people often earn to partially finance buying new furniture, home renovations or other necessities. But when it comes to a yard sale, you want people to hear about it and attract as many potential buyers as possible to sell all your items and quickly.
Also, you should consider the way you will display these items as well as what is the lowest price you are willing to accept since many buyers will haggle.
2. Place it on the curb
If your furniture is not bulky and consists of a few smaller items, you can simply leave it on the curb. However, before you do this, you should check with your trash collection service if they can collect it and whether you have to wrap it up. Otherwise, you would only litter the neighborhood and get fined for it.
In rare cases, someone might spot the furniture and take it, but if there are no cases of that happening in your street, it won’t happen to your unused items either.
3. Take it to the landfill
You can take the unused furniture to the landfill if you have a sufficiently big vehicle. It’s possible that the landfill in your area has a specific day when they do free waste disposal of bulky items so wait until then. This is something you can easily check by phone or on the website, as well as see if landfill accepts public dumping at all or has the capacity to dispose of your type of furniture.
Also, consider that you may need to make multiple trips to the landfill which means more money for gas and time to spend traveling. So, sometimes it’s cheaper to hire a removal service to get the furniture of your hands.
4. Donate it or give it away
The old saying says that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, meaning in this case that your unused furniture can actually make someone else happy. If your furniture is in good shape and you cleaned it, offer it to friends and family who may need it. It may be cheaper to restore it than buying a new one and they will appreciate the gesture.
Otherwise, contact your local church or humanitarian organization to see if they would accept your unused furniture as a donation. That way you will help shelters, safe houses and poorer members of the community to live better and more comfortable.
5. Hire a skip bin
When it comes to skips for hire, they are always the last resort since in some cases your furniture is so badly damaged that you can’t sell it or give it away. Basically, you can remove the stains and replace the upholstery, but if the frame is broken, sometimes it’s more practical to say goodbye to it permanently.
The plus side of hiring a skip bin is also that they are big enough to fit all the bulky items that you would have a problem transporting yourself. Moreover, consider decluttering your home at the same time since there will be room in the skip for other unwanted belongings and rubbish. That way you will clean your house and upgrade your furniture at the same time and for the same cost.
6. Recycle your unused furniture
If you have metal furniture, you can take it to the scrap dealer for recycling. Even steel spring mattresses are accepted at some scrap yards if you remove the fabric before bringing it to them. The best thing about taking furniture to a scrap yard is that you can even get paid for recycling.
Also, you can recycle wooden and plastic furniture just haul it to recycler or see if your local community provides bulk waste disposal.
As you can see, there are several ways to dispose of your unused furniture. However, before you decide to just throw it away, see if anyone can make use of it or help those in need. Your old furniture may be a perfect fit at someone else’s home and make them happy as it did you.