4 Alternatives To Throwing Away Your Old Sofa

Posted on: 10 November 2015

An old, outdated sofa can really detract from the appearance of a living room. If you're eager to get rid of your sofa, you might never want to see it again. However, that doesn't mean that this rather bulky piece of garbage has to go to a landfill.

If you're looking for some alternatives to throwing away an old sofa, consider the following four ideas:

Revamping it

You might be able to give your sofa such a thorough makeover that you won't even be able to recognize it afterwards.

Thoroughly cleaning and reupholstering furniture not only makes it so that you avoid throwing away your sofa, but it can also allow you to end up with a sofa that is custom-designed to fit your unique preferences.

When you have furniture reupholstered, you often have a great deal of freedom to choose the fabric textures and designs that you prefer. Check out your options with an upholstery service in your area. 

Selling it in a garage sale

Maybe you don't want your sofa anymore, but that doesn't mean that no one else wants it. It might be possible to make some money off your old sofa- and see that's it put to use- by selling it in a garage sale or flea market. 

Donating it to a non-profit

Others in your community who can't afford new furniture or who would rather save money by buying used could be interested in purchasing your furniture for a discounted price at a thrift store run by a non-profit. 

Disposing of your sofa in this way keeps it out of a landfill and also helps to support other families in your area. Make sure you check with area charities to see if they want your sofa before you get rid of it. 

Setting it up with a career in theater

Wouldn't you be proud to see your beloved old sofa up on the stage as a prominent prop in an area theater production?

Depending on how appealing or antique your furniture looks, you might be able to donate it to a local playhouse for use as a theater prop. Even if your sofa is looking pretty sorry these days, set designers can often fix up old furniture by spray painting it or covering it up with different "costumes". Try playhouses, theaters, high schools, improv schools, and colleges if you think this might be an appropriate option for your old sofa. 

If none of these options work for you, get in a touch with garbage removal services. 

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