What to do with your unwanted furniture

When you’re conducting a house clearance, knowing what to do with unwanted furniture can become a difficult problem-solving task. If you haven’t got access to a van, or don’t know someone who has a van who’s willing to give you a hand, how do you get rid of it?

It may also seem that the furniture is way past its sell-by date in your opinion, so it’s only suitable for one place; the skip. But you don’t know how wrong you could be. Take a look at our ideas for what to do with your unwanted furniture below for some inspiration and ideas.

1. Charities

Many people will invite charities to their house clearance to pick and select what they’d like to take. The trouble with this method is that charities are becoming increasingly ‘selective’ of the things they choose. Also, it’s the van drivers who will choose the items a lot of them time. Many items with scuff marks, scratches etc. will normally be rejected.

A lot of the time, you may get rid of a few items this way, but you could still be left with 95% of the things that need clearing. Likewise, if you manage to transfer the furniture to the charity shop yourself, it may be rejected for the same reasons.

The good thing about using Clear and Clean House Clearance for furniture removal or clearance of any kind, is that we have good relationships with charities. We always donate good quality items to charities that we know will sell right away. And if there are bits left over that we can’t donate? Don’t worry, we’ll find another, environmentally friendly way of getting rid of them.

2. Upcycling

You may think that no one would want your old, wooden, marked dresser; but you could be very wrong. We work with closely with charitable up-cyclers who are always on the scout for old furniture in need of a bit of TLC. Your dresser may not be fit for re-sale at a charity shop, but our friends at the up-cyclers are usually extremely grateful for furniture that need a lick of paint.

It’s also a nice thought to know that your furniture is living on after being given a new lease of life.

You’d need to conduct some research for up-cyclers that are taking on furniture, potentially hire a van and borrow some friends to help you transfer the furniture to its new temporary home.

If you choose to use Clear and Clean House Clearance, we come and collect the items that need removing, segment it all and choose which items can be donated to our up-cycling friends. You don’t need to do a thing.

3. Recycling

If your furniture can’t be donated or upcycled, then you can either recycle it or dispose of it. There are rules you need to abide by when it comes to disposing of furniture which get trickier depending on which materials are involved. You’ll also potentially have to hire a van and get the furniture to wherever you decide you’re taking it and book yourself into a tip the day before (if you plan on using one).

Clear and Clean House Clearance will either recycle your furniture or dispose of it in the most environmentally friendly way that we can (avoiding landfill as a matter of priority). We have fantastic relationships with recyclers and aim to recycle as much as we can. We can also remove other items for you, not just furniture.

If you’re conducting a house clearance or just have some furniture that needs removing, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 for a chat with a free, no obligation quote.