What To Do With Unwanted Furniture When Moving House

Friday 30th October 2020

When moving house you can almost guarantee that you’re going to want to buy new furniture or replace some existing furniture that you don’t want to keep anymore. But, what do you do with the unwanted furniture, you may ask? 

Well, the first thing you need to do before moving house is to work out the furniture that you’d like to get rid of, as this way you won’t waste much-needed room in the removal van that could be used. Now, let’s take a look at what to do with unwanted furniture from your house move. Some of these options may be quite obvious, but there are some really handy schemes that you can help others with. 

1. Sell 

The first thing that you might want to look at doing with your unwanted furniture is selling it. If your furniture is still in good condition and could be used again by somebody else, you could look at selling this onto others. For people who are buying their first home may be looking for some second-hand furniture to start furnishing their home before saving up to buy new furniture. 

There are many places you could sell your furniture with the most obvious ones being online marketplaces, such as Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace. Alternatively, if you don't want to sell your unwanted furniture online, you could take it along to a car boot sale or perhaps sell it onto a second-hand furniture store. 

2. Give Away To Friends Or Family

Has any of your friends or family ever admired pieces of your furniture? Consider first asking them if they would like any pieces of furniture before you clear out these pieces. This way you can know that your furniture is going to a good home and your friends and family will appreciate this gift. 

3. Donate To Charity Or A Theatre Group (for sets)

There are many charities that have their own separate charity furniture shops that are home to a variety of second-hand furniture for people to buy raising money for charity. So, when you are looking at what to do with unwanted furniture and would like to support the local community, why not donate the furniture to charity? If you donate furniture to the British Heart Foundation, they will even come and collect the furniture for you for free. So you don't have to worry about organising how you are going to get the furniture to their shop. 

You might also want to consider donating your furniture to local theatre groups who may appreciate these pieces to create sets for their performances. If this is something you’d like to do, it’s worth contacting a few of your local theatre groups to see if they could make use of your items. There are also places such as Freecycle which is a non-profit organisation that can take things off of your hands and keep off landfill sites. 

4. Dispose Of At The Recycling Centre 

If your unwanted furniture is not in the best condition for people to use again, you could dispose of this at your local recycling centres. Although, it's worth checking out the requirements of your recycling centre first, to make sure that they can take this. Nobody wants to waste a trip and find out that they won’t actually be able to take your items! 

5. Arrange Collection From The Local Council 

Unable to get your furniture down to the local recycling centre and wondering what to do with unwanted furniture? Don’t panic! You can arrange old furniture removals from your local councils, that come with a small cost. To apply for a special collection of large waste, you can visit GOV.UK for more information.

6. Sofa Rescue Schemes 

A great initiative that DFS has created to help reduce landfill and reduce harm to the planet is the Sofa Rescue Scheme which aims to recycle old sofas. Although this furniture removal service is only available to recycle sofas at the minute, if you have any unwanted armchairs, sofas or sofa beds that you want to clear out this is an option to consider. For only £89, you can get rid of up to 3 items of furniture (more with prior arrangement) and help save the environment in the process. We think that is money well spent! 

So, if you’re not sure what to do with unwanted furniture in your home, we hope this has given you some helpful advice on the steps that you could take to clear this out. 

We’d love to hear from you if there are any other options to get rid of your unwanted furniture that we haven’t covered here and we might even add them to this blog. 

Hackworthy & Sons have been carrying out house, office and international removals for over 40 years, and being the largest independent removal company in the South West we have lots of tips and advice for you. So, check out our blog or follow us on social to get organised for your house move.