What do you do with unwanted furniture? Whether you’re moving house or just replacing tired chairs and tables for a more updated look, getting rid of your old stuff can be a real headache. Here we have a look at some low hassle ways to make space. Out with the old, in with the new!
No-one wants to just dump or burn old furniture. Besides, if you do either of those things you can end up looking at a hefty fine. The old adage – Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle – is a great mantra to stick to. Green waste removal is better for the environment, and for you too! But how can you do that?
Give it away
If you have a friend or family member who is moving in to their own place for the first time, get in touch! They might love to have your old sofa, and it will save them buying a new one. In a similar vein, you could put the item up on Freecycle. This is a website where people give away their old stuff for free! All others have to do is pick it up. Gone to a great new home, and hassle-free for you!
You could also donate your furniture to charity, if there’s a charity shop near you that accepts furniture. They will quite often pick it up for you, too, which means that you don’t even have to worry about transporting it. This one comes with the added feel-good bonus of knowing you’ve done something great to help someone else in need.
If it’s still in fairly good nick and you just want an updated look for your home, you could sell the item. This saves it from being dumped, and puts a few quid in your pocket at the same time! Try eBay, and take lots of pictures. Our advice? Offer it as pickup only. This way whoever buys it already knows that they must pick it up, which will save you from time wasters. Also, be honest about any damage, no matter how minimal. The last thing you want is for someone to spot a scratch and refuse the sale last minute.
If you have the time and you’re crafty, you could upcycle that old bed board into a fancy bar for your living room, or turn that table into an outdoor bench for the garden! There are a ton of ideas on the internet to give your tired old furniture a bit of spit-and-polish, and create something new and retro-chic for your home. Give it a try – you could end up with a great new item, for the price of a couple of hours and a tin of paint!
Pay to have it taken away
Be aware, most councils don’t take away bulky items for free. They do recycle what they can, though! You might be better off having a waste removal company like Waste Express take it away for you, though. Their prices are competitive with most councils, and they can be onsite within hours if you need them in a hurry! If you’re having a major clearout, then they are definitely your best bet.
Waste removal companies try to divert as much as 90% of the waste they collect away from landfill, which is much better for the environment. Waste Express operate same-day across the country and can be with you in as little as two hours if you live in one of the major cities – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Northampton, Oxford, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton. Give them a call, and let them sort you out!