Out With the Old, In With the New: Ways to Get Rid of Old Furniture

Man carrying newly bought sofa

Household furniture eventually breaks or ages to the point that they need to be replaced. While it’s relatively easy to find new furniture, it’s sometimes less easy to get rid of old furniture, especially large ones. So even if you’ve found good deals on sofas for sale online, you still need to deal with the old, dusty, and/or broken sofa to make space for the new one. So here are your options on disposing of your now-defunct furniture:

Gift or Donate

You can always ask your friends, family, or relatives if they want your old furniture. When it comes to furniture with sentimental value, most people will opt to have the item “stay with the family”. You can also choose to donate your furniture to thrift shops, charities, soup kitchens, and other similar entities and have them pick it up from your home for free. But if you do plan on gifting or donating your old furniture, make sure it’s in an acceptable and fairly usable state. Otherwise, you’d just be getting rid of trash and having friends, family or charity do it for you. If you don’t feel like it is something you’d want to gift or donate, you can also post your furniture online through social media and ask if anyone’s willing to get it off your hands for free.4


If you bought your replacement sofa on an online sale, chances are you can also sell your old sofa online as well. There are many online selling platforms available for used and old furniture; you can even do it through social media. With the right buyer, you could sell off your old dusty sofa for a reasonable price, and have the buyer pick up the equipment for you.

Repurpose or Recycle

If you have the skills, tools, and imagination, you can repurpose your old furniture in creative ways. Or you can deconstruct your old wooden or metal furniture and use it for other DIY projects. Apart from that, you can also bring the materials to a nearby recycling bin or your local recycling facility.

Ask the New Furniture’s Hauliers

When you buy and have new furniture delivered, you can ask hauliers if they can take the old furniture away. Most hauliers would agree to take your old furniture and haul them off with no extra charge. Some furniture shops even allow you to exchange old furniture give you store credit when buying a replacement from them.

Put on the Curb and Place a “Free” Sign

This is one of the classic moves when it comes to urban dwellers, and has even been parodied or used as a trope in pop culture. This often works with moderately-sized items that are easy to pick up or load in a car (such as chairs and small tables), but when it comes to beds, sofas, and any large furniture, you’d have a better chance with the other methods listed above. Also, make sure that you only do this for a few days so you won’t end up getting complaints from your neighbours.

Ask Your Trash Collector, Scrap Yard, or Local Waste Management Company

recycling garbage collector truck loading waste and trash binFor items that are beyond any use or recycling, it’s best to ask your trash company if they’re able to accept large items such as your old sofa or bed. If not, you’d probably have to drive and deposit it to your local scrapyard, or hire someone to get it off your hands and properly dispose of it for you.


Getting rid of old furniture could be a headache, but it doesn’t have to be. Choose among any of these tips and your home or apartment would be ready for the new one. Lastly, when moving or transporting large or heavy furniture, always remember to keep safety first!

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