At some point, even the most well-loved piece of furniture will have to be replaced – possibly because it’s been so well-loved. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and replacing sofas, beds, tables, and other items is a necessary part of life. It won’t happen all that often, of course, as these are significant purchases that cost a lot of money. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll get through your entire adult life without changing your couch at least two or three times, and often more.
So, this is perfectly normal, and it can even be fun to hunt down a great piece of furniture that you love, and that shows off your personal style. However, there is one important thing to consider; what happens to your old furniture? In the past, it would have been taken to the nearest landfill, but we now know that’s not good for the environment. So, with that in mind, what are your options? Read on to find out.
If there isn’t really anything wrong with the item you are replacing, and it still functions well – or could do with a little love – and has some life left in it, then why not think about upcycling it? Upcycling means fixing the piece of furniture up so that it looks good, and you’ll end up with what seems to be a brand new piece of furniture.
Of course, you don’t have to keep the item when you’re done if you still want to buy something new, but once you have used your craft skills to upcycle something, you might be surprised to find there will be people willing to pay you for it if it’s to their taste. The upcycled piece might even pay for your new furniture. Some ideas for upcycling include reupholstering cushions, painting wooden surfaces, and even replacing chipped or damaged legs.
Perhaps the easiest and certainly the most positive thing you can do with your old furniture is to donate it to a charity like the Red Cross. Charities always need more donations and more money so they can help the people they are set up to assist, and many will happily take furniture; they might even collect it from you, although this is something you’ll need to organize.
When you donate a piece of furniture, you are doing many good things at once. To begin with, you’re removing it from your home without the need for it to go to a landfill. Next, you’re helping the charity because they can sell the item and help people with the money. Then you’re helping whoever buys the furniture, as they will be able to furnish their home on a budget and not have to buy something new. Finally, you’re helping yourself, as you’ll feel good for having donated in the first place.
One more idea of what you can do with old furniture is to repurpose it. This won’t work for everything, but for some items, even if they are no longer any use for what they were originally intended, you can still – perhaps with a few changes – make use of them in other ways. Not only will you not be throwing anything out, but you might even be making your life easier thanks to repurposed items.
One example is an old ladder. Once an old wooden ladder is past its best, it may not be safe anymore. However, after sanding it and painting it, it can easily hold towels and be a towel rack. Or you could take an old door and turn it into a headboard, or even take an old headboard and turn it into part of a bench seat. There are dozens of ideas, so think some through before deciding exactly what to do with your old things.