Whether you’re decluttering your home, moving or having a clear out, you may find that you have a lot of unwanted or broken furniture that you need to dispose of. There are a range of different ways to get rid of old, unwanted furniture, from selling it, giving away to charity, upcycling it, or calling in the professionals to carry out thorough household waste clearance.
• Sell, sell, sell
If your furniture is in good condition, you may want to sell your unwanted items instead. It’s a good idea to conduct some research to find out where is best to sell your items, whether it be eBay, Gumtree, or a car boot sale. You may find that you can sell a couple of solid wood items for a fair amount online, whereas you would get much less at the car boot fair, so be sure to do your research to get the most out of your old, unwanted furniture.
If money isn’t important and you just want to get rid of your old furniture, it’s a good idea to list your items on Gumtree or make use of social media, such as using Facebook Marketplace. There are plenty of people in your local area looking for a bargain on used furniture, so this is a great place to start if you want to make a little bit of cash and get items off of your hands.
• Upcycle the furniture
You will find that much of the time, furniture and other house clearance items can be fixed up rather easily. You should also take them to furniture sellers of a smaller size, as these outfits can sometimes be willing to fix up broken items to sell for profit themselves.
If you have some spare time, you may even want to give some of your old items a lick of paint or a new coating of oil to revive them. These little amendments can increase the price of your old furniture considerably and make them look as good as new.
If your old furniture is in good condition and money isn’t important, you may want to give it away to people in need. Get in touch with a local charity shop to see if they’re interested, or even consider asking a local hospice, care home, or refuge centre. In some cases, depending on the condition of your unwanted furniture, they will pick up your items for free if they’re in a good condition.
Use your judgement though, and only consider this option if your unwanted items are in good shape and could find a nice home with somebody else that needs it.
• Ask if your old furniture can be taken away by the company delivering new furniture
If you’re getting new furniture or appliances delivered, such as white goods like fridges or washing machines, ask the company whether they’ll be able to exchange your new products with the old. Be sure to ask as this is often something that companies offer at no extra charge!
This arrangement is less likely to be the case for furniture deliveries, but sometimes you can offer cash to coax those guys into taking your old, unwanted furniture.
• Hire professionals
If you have a large amount of furniture that needs to be cleared from your property, your best bet is to call upon a specialist removal company that performs domestic waste clearances. Whilst you will be paying professionals to get rid of your unwanted items for you, it ensures you don’t have to lift a single finger and all of your unwanted furniture will be disposed and recycled to the appropriate areas!