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Top ways to get rid of unwanted furniture

Jan 06. 2016

There are many reasons people have items of furniture they’re looking to rehome. You could be moving house, getting things out of long term storage, downsizing or simply having a good old clear out. Whatever the reason, the chances are you’ll have some unwanted furniture and need to find a way to dispose it. How you dispose of it will depend on the state of repair it’s in.
Most things will fall into one of 5 categories

  1. Bin – it’s broken and of no use to anyone
  2. Recycle (at a recycling centre) – It’s not completely broken but not really in a good enough state to sell or pass on
  3. Donate to Charity – it’s good enough for someone else to use and you don’t want to have to sell it yourself or you want someone else to benefit from the goods or any funds made
  4. eBay/buy and sell pages – it’s good enough for someone else to use and whilst you don’t want it anymore, someone else might
  5. Put it in to short term storage if you don’t have any room for it but don’t want to get rid of.


You may well think that these options only apply to the smaller pieces of furniture or household items and the only thing to do for things like sofas and washing machines is to get the council to come and take them away or take them to the recycling centre (tip). Well, that’s not the case. There are many recycling and charity projects that will collect your larger pieces of furniture providing they are in good condition, meet safety standards and also meet legal requirements. National charities like The British Heart Foundation will collect free of charge.
However, when passing your goods on to a charity or recycling project there are a few things to remember. First and foremost all items should be in a reasonable condition and reusable. Whilst this may seem obvious, donating items to charity or recycling projects can sometimes be seen as an alternative to a visit to the tip.

Having said that, when it comes to wooden furniture there are some exceptions. Some places will restore and repaint your furniture to sell on in their shops. They may not have the coverage of some of the bigger national charity shop chains, but it is well worth seeing if they have a site near you.


If you would like to use secure long-term storage or self access storage in Wolverhampton, or if you are moving home and would like to take advantage of our expert removals and declutter service – Burke Bros can help you! Please call us on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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