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How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture

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  • Give away to family and friends
  • The Council
  • Donate to Charity Shops
  • The Freecycle Network
  • Sell your furniture
  • Recycle unwanted furniture
  • Put your furniture into storage

Home removals can be extremely stressful and is often a time-consuming process. Therefore, when faced with a move, you need to decide which items to take with you, which items to sell and which 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, or maybe you’d just like a chance. 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 items.

Give Away to Family and Friends

Family eating at the table

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 people 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 Dispose of Unwanted Furniture

Furniture removal  

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 special collection of 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.

If you would like to find out more about furniture disposal through the Council and the options available to you, find your local Council here.

Charity Shops Sell Your Unwanted Furniture 

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 would elsewhere.

What’s more, if you are unable to transport your unwanted furniture items to a charity shop near you, there are charities like The British Heart Foundation that can come and collect your items for free! It really couldn’t be easier to get rid of your unwanted furniture items.

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.

The Freecycle Network Dispose of Your Furniture 

Girl selling furniture online

The Freecycle Network is a non-profit organisation that allows its customers to give items away to others in their neighbourhood. An ideal way to get rid of old wardrobes, beds, sofas, and other furniture items, Freecycle is an effective way to dispose of your unwanted furniture.

Simply sign up and create an account, advertise your furniture items, and see the replies come flooding in. We would always recommend that you state the items are free to collectors so you don’t have to deliver the furniture anywhere. Freecycle is all about keeping our unwanted belongings out of landfills by reusing them and it could be a great solution to your unwanted furniture items.

Sell Your Unwanted Items of Furniture 

Pound Coins

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 on a website such as Ebay or Gumtree, include a brand name, some background information, specific features, and most importantly – a pictures of the relevant furniture items.

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. 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.

Put Your Furniture into Storage

Storage containers

Putting your furniture into storage is a great solution if you’re going to be between properties for a while, you’re travelling around the globe for a year, or you simply want to get rid of your furniture for a bit while you consider a more long-term solution.

Putting furniture into storage is a fantastic option for those who have inherited various items from family members and aren’t quite ready to get rid of them or don’t currently have the space to store them. If you require storage facilities for your furniture items, unwanted or not, you can discover our storage options here.

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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.

At Simply Removals we are passionate about equipping you with all the necessary knowledge you will need to move without any problems. You can find all the information you need around moving domestic or commercial property on the Simply Removals blog.

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