It’s no secret that getting rid of an old sofa or couch sleeper is a challenge. Upholstered furniture may not attract many purchasers, especially if it is broken, torn, or stained. It’s annoying to think that you spent a lot of money on a piece of furniture that now appears to be useless to you or anyone else.
Unfortunately, upholstered furniture, except for the classic leather sofa, depreciates significantly over time and can be challenging to sell, even if you aren’t attempting to earn money.
As it turns out, there are other choices for getting rid of an undesirable sofa other than simply throwing it in the trash.
Plan a garage sale.
While selling secondhand upholstered furniture at a garage sale or yard sale is challenging, it is not impossible. To a large extent, it is determined by the piece’s condition. Only sell it if it is in reasonable condition. Imagine yourself in the position of having to buy it. Would you want to buy it if the tables were turned?
If you believe your sofa is in good enough condition, get it professionally cleaned before selling it. It won’t sell for a lot of money, but it will sell faster, and if you can move the couch for whoever buys it, it will go a long way toward persuading a buyer to take it.
A garage sale might be an excellent way to sell your couch if you have a lot of stuff to offer. As a result, garage sales usually attract a large audience of individuals seeking just this kind of deal.
Put the sofa up for sale in a rummage sale.
Consider donating your old couch to a rummage sale at a church, community center, or school. Your involvement may be limited to simply transporting it there, alleviating any concerns about organizing a sale on your own. On the other hand, think about it if your sofa is the only thing you need to sell.
Post an ad on the internet.
There are many websites available to assist you in getting rid of your old sofa. You can also post your notification on online neighborhood bulletin boards. You may either sell it for a fair price or give it away for nothing.
Don’t forget to specify if the couch may be delivered or if the buyer must pick it up. If feasible, include a photo of your couch, along with the notice.
Replace your old sofa with a new one.
If you buy a new sofa from a store, they may accept your old couch. So it’s never a bad idea to inquire. It’s possible that they’ll give you a dollar credit toward the purchase of new furniture, or they might agree to remove the old couch as an incentive to buy new furniture.
A well-built and in good condition used couch is more likely to be of interest to the store, as it may be resold. Some businesses may recycle the couch’s materials, while others dispose of it in a landfill.
Give it to someone else.
Check with friends and family to see if they can borrow your sofa. Someone might, especially if they have someone about to start college or know of folks looking to furnish their first apartment.
Sell it to college students.
College students may be your best takers if you live in a college town. Students are usually on the lookout for low-cost or no-cost furniture. The best option to get your message seen is to post a note on a public bulletin board in a nearby business or an online forum serving a campus community.
Donate to charity.
Charities such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and Saint Vincent DePaul may be happy to accept your furniture. Most charities will arrange for a pick-up from your home and even provide you with a receipt to use on your tax returns when you claim charity deductions. In addition, vocational/technical schools may accept good furniture that needs repair or reupholstery to give their students practice opportunities.
Check to check whether your town has any furniture banks. They’ll also remove your sofa, provide you with a tax receipt, and locate a new home for it. You may also consider donating to a homeless shelter, a local theater, or a school.
Hauled it Away
Try to avoid putting any furniture in a landfill as much as possible, but if your couch is severely broken and beyond repair, get it carted away.
Before you dispose of anything on your own, check with your city. Many localities offer services for moving your belongings away, sometimes for a price. Used furniture is recycled by the solid waste department in several towns, preferable to dumping it in a landfill.
Purchase a suitable couch and keep it in good condition.
While it may be too late for the couch, you’re attempting to get rid of right now. However, there are some actions you can do to make things simpler for yourself in the future:
- Purchase a high-quality sofa to reduce your need to get rid of it as soon as possible. Due to its outstanding quality, you will be able to find more buyers if you ever need to sell it.
- If you take proper care of your sofa, it will endure longer and be easier to sell if the time comes. Furniture should be repaired as quickly as possible to guarantee long.
- Consider reupholstering: While this may not be appropriate for all situations, reupholstering is the best choice if your sofa is a good-quality sofa and has a robust frame. When combined with any necessary structural modifications, reupholstery results in a nearly new couch.
- Slipcovers are frequently less expensive than reupholstering, and they can be custom-made or purchased ready-to-use.