Ask the Disposal Experts: Old Furniture

Old furniture can be difficult to get rid of and storing it can quickly become a burden on your home. There are many outlets for getting rid of your old furniture the trouble is finding the right one for your particular piece and situation. When it comes to damaged, torn or stained furniture, your options are limited. Here are a few ways we recommend disposing of old and used furniture.

Make some money
If your old furniture is in good conditions (no stains, tears, etc) then try selling it on Craigslist or in a garage sale. If you reasonably price your furniture, you should be able to make a sale in no time.

If you don’t have time to sell your furniture, turn it into a donation. Thrift stores, non-profits and charities will take used furniture and make them available to people in need.

Sometimes all your furniture needs to look new is a few stitches and a good shampooing. Other times, you need to get handy. If you’re the creative type, try giving your furniture a face-lift. Could your furniture be repainted to make it look like new? Or maybe new upholstering can be done to make outdated pieces look more modern. Whatever you decide, repurposing your furniture can give you a reason to hang on to the pieces or help you sell them at a better price.

Furniture that cannot be reused by someone else can often be recycled, especially items made from wood and metal. Steel and aluminum furniture can be sold for scrap, and some plastic furniture can be melted down and reused.

Remember, if your old furniture is not in good enough shape to sell or donate, don’t leave them out by the trash in the alley or by the road. Large items are not picked up by routine trash collection and you may get slapped with an illegal dumping fee.