How to Dispose of Furniture

How to Dispose of Furniture

The hardest part of moving or downsizing is figuring out what to do with the bulky furniture items you no longer want. It’d be nice if there were an easy, snap-your-fingers-and-it's-done solution for old furniture removal or furniture disposal, but in most cities, figuring out how to dispose of that old bed frame or remove that old couch can be a headache.

Fortunately, there are some great options for furniture removal and/or disposal that are quick, simple, and in some cases, lucrative! If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of old furniture for good, here’s a list of ideas.

Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster

Renting a roll-off dumpster is key for large junk removal projects—things like fully clearing out a home or office, when it’s not worth trying to figure out what to do with each piece of individual furniture. Roll-off dumpsters come in multiple sizes and are conveniently dropped off at your location. This allows you to load the dumpster up at your own pace, which is great when you need to get rid of multiple large pieces of furniture all at once. After loading your dumpster, call ASAP to schedule a time for us to pick it up and haul it away. Again, the convenience of this option is well worth the cost of furniture removal.

Sell Old Furniture

How to get rid of a couch, bed, set of drawers, or anything else and make money while doing it: Hit up the online marketplaces. Modern platforms like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace make selling furniture easier than ever. These hyper-local marketplaces enable someone living nearby to pick up your old furniture in no time, and online payment platforms like Venmo and PayPal make the exchange of money quick and easy too. Gone are the days of having to organize a weekend-long yard sale to get rid of your stuff. With the internet, old furniture removal has never been easier.

Hire a Furniture Removal Service

Not all old furniture is in good enough condition to be sold, and not all people are in the selling mood. If you’d rather hire a professional service to haul away your furniture, there should be plenty of options depending on the area you live in. Junk removal is a big business—a simple Google search of “furniture removal near me” is likely to bring up numerous service providers in your city who can schedule a pickup time that’s convenient for you. Furniture removal costs may be a bit steeper when you hire a service, but the convenience is probably worth it for most.

Municipal Pickup

Depending on your neighborhood, you may be able to leave your old furniture on the curb for municipal junk pickup. This will require some research into the junk removal practices of the area you live in. Some municipalities have specific days of the year allotted for curbside junk removal, while others will pick up whatever you leave for them regardless of the day. Try Googling or calling your public services department before hauling your couch to the curb for disposal.

Take Your Furniture to a Dump

The landfill option only works if you have a vehicle that can transport large furniture items. If you do, and you only have one or two items you need to toss at a time, heading to the dump could be a great, low-cost way to dispose of that old couch. There are some other things to consider about taking your old furniture to a landfill, though: Not all dumps are open to the public, and some limit what types of items they’ll take. We suggest calling beforehand to make sure you’ll be able to dispose of your furniture there.

Scrap Your Furniture

This won’t work for all furniture, but if you have pieces made from materials that can be recycled by a scrap dealer, it might be something to look into. In particular, furniture with metal (old tables, chairs, shelves, etc.) may be accepted by a scrap dealer, who will pay you for the chance to recycle your metal. Look up scrap metal dealers in your area and call to make sure they’ll take your furniture so you don’t end up making an unnecessary trip.

While all of the furniture disposal tips listed above are good options, the viability of each one will probably depend on where you live. A quick Google search of “furniture disposal near me” should bring up the most popular solutions in your city. Roll-off dumpster rentals, however, are available nationwide—simply type in your zip code to see our prices for roll-off dumpsters in your area.

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