How to dispose of furniture

Updated July 05, 2018

Furniture doesn't last forever. It eventually wears out and you may feel that you can no longer get the best use out of it. The styles of furniture also change over the years, so you may want to get rid of your old furniture in order to buy something more up to date. In many cases, the furniture that is no longer wanted is still good enough to be used by someone else. In other cases, the furniture is broken and needs to be thrown away.

Take all broken furniture that no one else can use and place it at your curb on trash day. If the furniture item is large, you will need to call your local Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). Some towns allow only one bulk item per week, while others ask you to schedule a time for them to come and pick up the item.

Call the Salvation Army and have them come and pick up your unwanted furniture. Their phone number is 1-800-95-TRUCK. They will arrange for a time when you are home, so they can take the furniture and sell it cheaply to someone who cannot afford to pay full price.

Locate a Goodwill near you. They work the same way as the Salvation Army. You can have them come to your house and pick up your furniture, or you can drop it off at one of their locations. If you are not sure of the nearest Goodwill, you can use the Goodwill locator in the Resource section.

Call your family members. If any of the furniture belonged to a parent or grandparent, it might be nice to keep it in the family. If it has no sentimental value, however, you may want to see if any of your friends could use it.

Place an ad in your local newspaper offering the furniture for free. This is a great way to dispose of your furniture, because there are always people willing to take your furniture and restore it for their own use. Depending on your local newspaper, the ad may be free or it may cost a few dollars.


Offer to deliver the furniture. This will help you find a taker much faster, because some people may not have a way to transport the furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Furniture
  • Telephone
  • Newspaper ad
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