Out with the old, in with the new—ideas for what to do with your old furnitureby Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2018-05-09 16:30:22
Getting new furniture isn’t something most people do everyday, so when it happens, it’s exciting! New furniture can completely transform your home. It can give a room a new purpose, provide a whole new design style, or offer functionality that you didn’t have before. But if you’re replacing furniture, you may be faced with the dilemma of what to do with your old furniture before or after your new furniture arrives. Here are some ideas!
- Sell it. If your old furniture is still in good condition and you no longer have use for it, selling is a great option, especially if your furniture is well built and could be enjoyed by someone else for years to come. Plus, the money you make from the sale can help offset the price of your new furniture. While garage sales are a traditional way to sell furniture, they’re not always the most practical method for getting things off your hands quickly since they take time and planning. Online garage sales through social media channels and other websites can help get your furniture noticed by many people in your area. Furniture consignment stores are another good way to sell nice pieces of furniture if you have one nearby.
- Donate it. Donating your furniture is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to get rid of your old furniture, and you can feel good about helping someone else in the process. Have a friend, neighbor, or relative who is just starting out in a new apartment or home? See if they could use the furniture. What about a child, grandchild, niece or nephew in college? Maybe that old sofa would be perfect for their off-campus rental. If you don’t know anyone who could use the furniture, many charities and nonprofits will arrange to pick it up for you, and your donation may even be tax deductible.
- Put a “free” sign on it. As the saying goes, what’s one person’s trash really could be another person’s treasure, so if your municipality allows it, you could try to display the furniture in your yard or driveway with a “free” sign on it to see if anyone might consider it their treasure. Even if it’s not in the best shape, there are plenty of handy people out there who enjoy refurbishing or repurposing furniture…which brings us to our next point.
- Repurpose or refurbish it. If you’re the handy and creative type yourself, repurposing or refurbishing your old furniture could give it new life, and could be a fun project for you. You could even sell it when you’re done with it. Dressers can be transformed into bookshelves. TV stands can become a child’s play kitchen. Old dining chairs can be disassembled and made into a stylish bench. Scratched up coffee tables could be sanded, polished, and re-stained or painted to take on a completely different look. With a little imagination (or some helpful ideas from websites such as Houzz and Pinterest), the sky is the limit as to what you can create with old furniture!
- Relocate it to another room. Whether it’s your basement, garage, attic, or workshop, there may be another area in your home where your old furniture could be useful. An old dining table in a basement or spare bedroom is the perfect place to do arts and crafts or put puzzles together—if you have adequate space for it. An old desk could provide much needed work space in a workshop, while small tools or supplies could be organized in the drawers. An old bookshelf could be moved to a garage or mudroom, lined with contact paper, and used as a place to store shoes and boots. Before you decide to get rid of a piece of furniture, think about whether it would easily fill a need somewhere else in your home.
- When all else fails, recycle or discard it. If your furniture is broken or damaged beyond repair or is in such poor condition that nobody could possibly use it—either in its entirety or by using pieces from it to build something new—then discarding it may be your last resort. You’ll likely need to do a little research to find out what the requirements are for discarding furniture in your municipality. Contacting your refuse company ahead of time can save you time and effort. Some will pick up large furniture items, but they often require you to contact them in advance to schedule a pickup. Others prohibit discarding large furniture items altogether, or require you to haul the items to the landfill yourself. Save yourself the trouble of hauling that heavy piece of furniture to the curb and do your research beforehand.
One of the many benefits of handcrafted hardwood furniture is that it will last for generations when properly cared for, so once you buy it, you won’t have to worry about discarding it. If it does begin to show wear and tear through many years of use, it can always be restored to its original beauty, or refinished to take on a completely new look!