Whether you’re moving to a new home, redecorating, or upgrading your office decor, you’ll need a way to get rid of your old furniture.
A few small items like a desk chair or side table can easily be taken to a donation center in a car or truck. But when it comes to larger furniture pieces like a desk or couch, the task becomes a bit trickier.
To help you out, we’ve organized a list of ways to dispose of old furniture to make room for the new.
Donate old furniture
Oftentimes, your old furniture is still useful. And for less fortunate families or businesses just looking for utility, taking on donated furniture can be a blessing. If you don’t think you can sell your item for much money when you’re ready to get rid of it, donating it is generally a good idea.
Depending on where you live, you may have a number of options. Here are five places where you can donate your furniture.
Goodwill donation centers have been around for more than a century and are one of the more well-known non-profit brands around the country. Goodwill accepts a variety of item types including clothing, houseware, appliances, and of course furniture. To drop off your furniture at a Goodwill near you visit the store locator.
Habitat for Humanity
ReStores are run by local staffers and volunteers that make the donation process simple. ReStores accept lightly used furniture, appliances, housewares, and building materials. Additionally, many of the ReStores locations offer free pickup for large items like used furniture. To schedule furniture pickup with a Habitat ReStore you can schedule online.
The Arc is a community-based organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many of their local chapters accept physical items such as furniture and clothing and offer item pick-ups. Find a local chapter for furniture pickup.
Furniture Bank Network
Want to save your furniture from the landfill? Furniture banks help get old and used furniture back into the community. Aside from giving your old furniture to a family or person in need, you can also access their directory to access local furniture bank services. Find a Furniture Bank location near you.
Want to donate your furniture to help America’s Veterans and their families? PickupPlease helps veterans through acceptable donations like clothing, shoes, household items, and furniture. They operate nationwide across the country in states like CA, CO, FL, NY, OR, VA, and more and offer pickup in most locations within 24 hours. Schedule a furniture donation pickup.
Sell your old furniture
Maybe the item you’re looking to get rid of still has some residual value. Whether it's a brand-name piece of furniture or still in great condition, you may want to consider selling it for some extra cash.
While eBay might be the obvious choice for selling your furniture, there are tons of other great options - some of which specialize in local listings. Can you imagine the shipping costs associated with selling a couch?
For current Facebook users, there is a convenient way to buy and sell items locally through Facebook Marketplace.
Simply click on the Marketplace tab from your feed, add a photo and information about the item and click Publish.
While you can sell pretty much anything, listing your furniture on Facebook Marketplace is especially useful given the item can be listed locally so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs.
Like eBay, Craigslist is a well-known site for listing items for sale. You can list your furniture in the For Sale sections of the classifieds, look up haulers to take your old furniture for you, or even list it in the Free section if you plan on giving it away for free.
Similar to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp is a great app for buying and selling locally. The app is available on both iOS and Android.
After you download the app you’ll be able to take pictures, fill out the item details, pricing, and condition and list your item’s location. List your furniture on OfferUp.
If you’re looking for a simple listing solution like Craigslist, Recycler is a great place to post your old furniture for sale. In addition to a furniture-specific section, Recycler also offers listings for housing, pets, vehicles, and more.
They offer both paid and free ad postings so if you want to get your used furniture sold quickly, we’d recommend going the paid route. Create a Recycler.com account and list your old furniture for sale today.
Listia is a unique way to get rid of your old furniture. Instead of using cash, users get points for giving away items they don’t need. Once you accumulate points, you’ll be able to purchase other items (using points) on the site.
If you’re not looking for cash, and perhaps want to trade your old couch for electronics, books, or clothing, list your furniture on Listia.
If you’re not comfortable with listing your furniture for sale yourself, another great option is to work with a consignment store.
With consignment shops, you can have a local retailer sell your furniture for you - they’ll keep a portion of the profits, but it's a great way to avoid listing items yourself, having potential strangers visit your home, and not having to handle collecting payment.
To find a local consignment store to sell your furniture you can do a quick Google search for “consignment store near me” or visit Yelp to find a reputable retailer.
Recycling your furniture
Depending on where you live, recycling centers aren’t just for plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. Many local recycling centers will take furniture as well.
The only caveat is that most recycling centers take furniture made from specific materials. For example, many locations will not accept fabric-covered furniture. The best option is to take items like old lamps, wooden nightstands, tables, and wooden chairs.
If you want to take your furniture to a recycling center, give your nearest location a call to see what types of furniture they’ll accept. It beats the landfill!
Dumpster for furniture
Sometimes, your old furniture is not worth salvaging. If it's in a condition where not even a donation center will take it, the best route may be to rent a dumpster to take it to the local landfill.
Dumpsters come in a number of different sizes ranging from 3-yards to 40-yards, and depending on the size of furniture you need to get rid of the dumpster size you’ll need may vary. If you have a standard-size couch, for example, a 20-yard dumpster will likely do the job.