How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture


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How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture

Moving to a new house is a stressful and time-consuming process. And when faced with a move, you need to decide what items to take with you, what items to sell and what items you must leave behind. There can be a variety of reasons you find yourself having to rid yourself of pieces of furniture. Perhaps you are downsizing, perhaps you are treating yourself to a new sofa. But, whatever the reason, don’t be too hasty in sending your unwanted furniture straight to the rubbish tip – there are so many ways you can dispose of your furniture that could be beneficial to others. Read on to discover our top suggestions for disposing of your unwanted furniture.

Give Away to Family and Friends

The first, and often most effective option, is to give away any unwanted furniture items to family and friends. There are bound to be a couple of people within your social circle who would be interested in taking a few of your items off your hands. Advertise on social media so that people can share the items with their friends and you can advertise to as many acquaintances as possible. This is pretty much a guaranteed way to get rid of a few bits and, if not, you can always ask your friends to help you with your move.

The Council

In the UK, we have a service called the council who are apt at dealing with the disposal of large household items. You can arrange for a special collection for your waste items instead of leaving them lying, haphazardly around on the street. Most councils will collect your old items of furniture, for a fee, so that you don’t have to worry about strapping your old sofa to the top of your car.

Charity Shops

Giving your unwanted piece of furniture to charity shops is an effective way to recycle and help a worthy cause in the process. By donating your furniture there is a stronger possibility of it being re-used. Charity shops are always extremely grateful for donations and their customers often prefer finding second-hand pieces of furniture for a cheaper price than they might find elsewhere.

The Freecycle Network

The Freecycle Network is a non-profit organisation that allows its customers to give and get stuff for free in their towns and neighbourhoods. This is an ideal way to get rid of old wardrobes, beds, sofas and other large (or small) furniture items. Simply pop it up on Freecycle and wait for the replies to come flooding in. We would recommend you state that the items are free to collectors so all you have to do is have the furniture ready when they arrive. Freecycle is all about reuse and keeping our unwanted belongings out of landfills.

Sell Your Unwanted Items

It goes without saying that the best way to get rid of your unwanted things is to sell them. This way, you will save time and money – both are a huge bonus when you are preparing to move home. However, before you can successfully sell any of your possession, you need to make sure they are still usable and in reasonable condition for resale. If you are keen to sell your furniture, clean it up and sell it online. All you need to do is write a catchy ad (include a brand name, some background information, specific features, and most importantly – a couple of attractive pictures of the furniture).

Donate to Charity

Donating your old furniture to charity is so beneficial and, moreover, it is the easiest way to get rid of things when you are moving. Many local charity shops give their profits back to the community and deliver many practical household items, such as clothes and bedding, to local shelters and other support agencies to help individuals get back on their feet.

In addition to donating to charity, you could consider donating some of your items to various local schools, day care centres, libraries, hospitals and shelters.

How to Recycle Furniture

If your unwanted furniture is simply not fit to sell or pass on, don’t let it go to waste – recycle it instead. Make a point of recycling everything that can be recycled to do your bit in helping the environment. Some recycle companies will offer curb-side collection on designated days, or they will allow you to book a limited number of free collections over a length of time. Contact your local authorities for further details on their furniture recycling policies.


We hope you have found this article useful. At Simply Removals we are passionate about equipping you with all the necessary knowledge you will need to move without any problems. A lot of people ask us what they should do with their unwanted furniture so we hope this article has given you a good selection of ideas. There are so many options out there, you don’t simply have to throw everything away.

How did you get rid of your unwanted furniture? Let us know in the comments below.

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