When you have a piece of worn-out or old furniture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? If you are like most people, you’ll be thinking that it is time to replace the furniture and discard it. In some cities where curbside dumping is allowed, the old furniture can be picked up by someone immediately. Most people opt to bring old furniture to the landfill, adding more waste to the environment.
Instead of throwing away old pieces of furniture, why not consider other options?
Alternative options to remove old furniture
You have several other options to get rid of old furniture, such as the following:
- Selling it if the furniture is still sturdy, free from stains, and clean. You can find several buy-and-sell sites, so check their conditions carefully.
- Donating it to a charity organization or shelter. These organizations offer free pick up services. But make sure that you understand their conditions before they accept your donation.
- Place it in another room, such as your garage, basement, or guest room, as long as the old furniture is still in good condition but does not fit the style of the other furniture items in the living room.
- Reupholster the furniture if you have some extra cash. This means giving it a makeover. The upholsterer can replace its foam, lining, and outer fabric.
Benefits of recycling and reusing old furniture
Sometimes you do not have to hire a furniture removal service. You still have other options, such as recycling and reusing old furniture pieces, which will benefit you and the environment.
- Recycling old furniture is eco-friendly. You help minimize the need for raw materials and help reduce the greenhouse effect because you help lower the demand for new wood.
- The old furniture can be turned into something new, that you can later sell. The buyer will be able to get the furniture they want at a lower cost, which will benefit low-income families.
- Often, the materials used to make the furniture you want to discard are stronger and more durable than new ones. These base materials can be recycled and used to create new and functional items.
- Sometimes you do not need to discard and replace old furniture. You can reuse them. Your sofa and couch may only need some sprucing up. Look for a company that provides professional service to clean furniture, such as removing stains using a steam cleaner. With a new slipcover and interesting throw pillows, your old and tired-looking furniture will look fresh once again.
- Many companies today offer various services to help you reuse old furniture, from repair to refurbishing services. Sometimes, adding some creative embellishment can turn your old furniture into an interesting item that could be a conversation piece.
- If your furniture is a vintage model, use it as a centerpiece in your living room. Have a professional clean the couch, sofa, or armchair. It may need a new coat of paint, varnish, and furniture polish.
Mixing furniture pieces is trending, so find inspiration from magazines and interior design sites. Find great ideas to mix and match furniture styles. Thus, you find a better use for old items.