How to recycle old furniture

So you’ve found your dream sofa and you’ve just ordered it. It’s coming in the near future days and you can’t wait to sit back and relax on it! But before you’re able to enjoy the sofa, there’s one lingering question – What do I do with my old sofa?

Here at ScS we’ve compiled a guide on how to recycle your own furniture, which includes sofas and any other large household items.


Charity Shops

A great way to help out the environment and a new family is by donating your old sofa or items to a local charity store. The charity you donate to will come to your home and pick up your sofa, leaving you with a hassle free option to get rid of your items. Charity shops generally take any household item, as long as it is in a condition that people can use.


List the item online, no matter the quality

Listing your item on a website such as Ebay or Gumtree is another way of getting rid with ease. You can specify if you can deliver, or if the item is pick-up only. This saves you from having to organise transport or renting a van to get rid. Depending on the quality of the item, you could make some money on your old sofa.

Give the item away for free on a social media page.

It may be worth posting your old furniture on social media for free, asking if anyone is looking for a spare/new sofa. Having a ‘free’ price tag in an item is bound to gain interest, because who doesn’t love free things? From channels like Facebook, friends of friends could be notified and you could have someone picking up your sofa pretty quickly. 

Disposing at a local tip.

If none of the above options are available to you, you can always take your items to your local tip, depending on if they take the items. It’s best to call up in advance to make sure you’re able to take your sofa there. Also, be aware that you may need to apply for a permit to take a sofa to the tip if you need to use a van, and the permits can cost. 


If you can, it’s best to try and give your sofa a new home as opposed to taking it to the tip. You’ll be helping out a family who may need these items and also helps the environment too.  

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