Furniture can take up a lot of floor space in your home – especially when it’s no longer wanted!
Getting rid of old or unwanted furniture may not be a common chore, but it does need to happen every now and then – if it begins to break down or you decide to upgrade, move house or declutter.
No matter the reason behind it, furniture disposal can be a hassle. Not only is it usually too large and heavy to simply throw out, but it’s also not something that should be sitting in a landfill.
So, if you’re wondering what to do with unwanted furniture in Perth, here’s the ultimate guide to disposing of your old furniture responsibly.
The Lowdown on Unwanted Furniture Removal
Why not just toss that old furniture into the bin with all the other household waste? Well, there are several reasons.
For one thing, most furniture is too big to be disposed of in the same way as your daily rubbish. Local rubbish companies may not have the means nor the inclination to haul away your huge furniture.
As such, throwing that old couch next to your bin doesn’t mean it will be taken away – and it might even earn you a hefty fine.
Additionally, most unwanted furniture hasn’t reached the end of its useful lifespan. And, often, other people could get some use out of it.
If you’re getting rid of old furniture simply because it doesn’t fit your aesthetic (as opposed to getting rid of it because it is broken or dangerous), there are many better ways to dispose of it.
How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture
Choosing to recycle furniture rather than dumping it in a landfill is one of the best things you can do if you want to make a good impact on the environment.
Here are some options available if you’re not sure what to do with your unwanted furniture.
1. Donate It to a Charity
Donating old furniture to charities is a great way to get rid of stuff you don’t need while helping others at the same time. Charities will sell or give away furniture to those who really need it.
As a bonus, some charities will even come pick up your furniture, and donations are often tax-deductible.
2. Sell or Trade Online
One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure – and this is especially true of your gently used furniture. There are plenty of online sites such as Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and eBay where you can list your old furniture and earn some cash for your trouble.
Not only does this help prevent landfill waste, but listing locally can also simplify the transportation process and reduce petrol usage.
3. Host a Garage Sale
If you’re decluttering or moving, chances are you’ve got lots of items to get rid of. Holding a garage sale is a great way to get rid of all that stuff and make a bit of money as well.
4. Curb With a ‘Free’ Sign
If you have smaller furniture that will fit easily into a vehicle, putting it out on the curb with a ‘free’ sign is an easy and quick way to get rid of it.
Not many people can resist a free item, especially if it’s in good condition and easy to move.
5. Trade It in for New Furniture
Replacing your furniture with something new? Some companies may allow you to trade in your old furniture for a discount on your new items.
If you’re purchasing new furniture, be sure to ask the company what their policy is on trading in/trading up.
They might even be willing to haul it away for you if you’re getting your new items delivered! Remember, it never hurts to ask.
6. Refurbish It
If that old couch is still comfy but simply doesn’t match your new design, why not refurbish it?
Upcycling is a great way to get a unique look and style that you love, save money on new furniture and help keep old furniture out of the landfills. Instead of removing furniture from your home when it doesn’t suit your tastes, get creative!
There are plenty of tutorials and DIY guides online for everything from reupholstering to staining wood. And even if you don’t end up loving it, refurbishing old furniture can make it more appealing so you can donate it, sell it or trade it.
7. Hire a Skip Bin to Handle It
If you’ve been through the other options or your furniture just isn’t salvageable, one of the easiest ways to dispose of it is to hire a Perth skip bin.
No need to worry about trying to move or transport large and bulky furniture on your own – a skip bin can help you with unwanted furniture removal. And, best of all, they do the hard work for you and do it on your schedule.
Contact the Unwanted Furniture Removal Experts
Here at Allmetro Bins, we can pick up your unwanted furniture and dispose of it correctly so you don’t have to worry about it taking up space. We strive to recycle whenever possible in order to help conserve raw materials and reduce waste.