If you have old furniture you are looking to get rid of, you probably want the process of disposing of it to be as easy as possible.
But before you dump it to the curb or take it to the landfill, there are other options.
To you, it might just be garbage, but to someone else, it could be their new dining room table or sofa.
You most likely don't want to invest a lot of your time in getting rid of that old couch.
It's clunky, it's heavy, and there are much better things you could be doing with your time.
Even if you wanted to do it, you could end up throwing your back out if you're doing it alone, and good luck getting your friends to help you.
Thankfully there are better ways to get rid of your furniture besides sending it to the landfill.
Below, we'll go over several ways to dispose of your furniture without turning it to trash.
Table of Contents
- Post It Online
- See If It Can Be Taken Away
- Donate It
- Put It On The Curb With A Free Sign
- Find Out If Your Landfill Will Accept it
- Give It Another Chance
Post It Online, No Matter How Old
If you have ever browsed Craigslist, you know you can sell just about anything for sale online, especially if it is marked "free."
There have been things crazier than an old couched that have sold on Craigslist.
Things like old toilets, a trampoline held together by duct-tape, and a bunch of broken cinder blocks have all either been sold or listed for free on Craigslist.
Just be warned, when you list something for free, you are more likely to get flakey buyers who will cancel on you at the last minute.
It's usually better to put a price on things even if you plan on giving it away for free so you don't have to deal with anyone unreliable.
If you aren't interested in hauling it away yourself, make sure you make that clear in your listing, and they will get it from you.
Besides Craigslist, you can use Facebook Marketplace, several different Facebook groups, or similar apps to get rid of your old furniture.
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See If It Can Be Taken Away
If you need to get rid of your furniture because you're replacing it with new furniture, more often than not your old furniture can be hauled away at no extra charge.
This is almost always the case for large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.
Be sure to read the fine print on these agreements or give the company ahead of time to ask them any questions you have about it.
Although true for most appliances, it's a toss-up as to whether or not they will haul away old furniture.
Sometimes you will have to haul the furniture to a drop-off location to donate it, but that's not always true.
Sometimes you can arrange to have it picked up at your home.
And, all donations are tax-deductible, so it'll save you a few dollars at tax time.
Here is a list of some of the charities that accept old furniture:
Furniture Bank Association of North America: Through FBANA, you can locate your nearest furniture bank.
Furniture banks operate similar to food banks and will donate the furniture to those who need it at little to no cost. Many will pick up the furniture right from your house.
Goodwill and Salvation Army: If there's not a furniture bank nearby, you can always check with your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Some will pick them and some won't, so it's important to check with your local store.
Habitat For Humanity ReStore: ReStores will pick up your used furniture, along with many other things, in your community and resell it at a reduced price.
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Put It On The Curb With A "Free" Sign
If you live in a city, I'm sure you've seen this done before.
Someone puts something on the curb, writes a handwritten "free" sign to put on it and then forgets about it.
By the time they come outside again, the furniture is gone.
This can work, but it has to be done under the right circumstances.
You only want to do it with things that can be easily taken away.
Things like chairs, end tables, filing cabinets, and smaller coffee tables are good examples.
Things bigger than that, like couches and dressers, can't easily be thrown in someone's trunk and taken away.
You also need to be in a high traffic area.
If you're out in the middle of nowhere, this probably won't work.
If you do this and it sits on the curb for more than two or three days, you're going to want to take it back.
You don't want to turn into the "trash guy" of the neighborhood.
Find Out If Your Local Landfill Will Accept it
Okay, sometimes there really are no other options.
Maybe your couch is filled with bed bugs, or every drawer on your dresser is broken. Or, the drawers that aren't broken are missing.
Before you drag that old dresser out to the curb, though, you need to make sure your waste management company will take it.
The last thing you want to do is take it to the curb just to have to take it right back in.
Whether or not they take it depends largely on where you live.
Sometimes it's free, sometimes they charge, and sometimes they take everything, while other times they exclude things like appliances with electrical components.
That's why it's essential you give your local company a call.
If your waste management company doesn't accept it, you can try a private company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
Give It Another Chance
Before you throw it to the curb or make a bonfire out of it, see if there's any way you can give your furniture another chance at life.
You never know who might fall in love with your old couch or end table.
And, there are plenty of people on Craigslist who love to restore old furniture, and will happily take it off of your hands for you.
If there's no way any other human would want your furniture, you still have the option of sending it to the landfill or calling a private company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK to get it from you.
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