3 Smarter Ways to Get Rid of Old Furniture in Malaysia
Moving to a new place? Or time to upgrade a new set of furniture but not sure where to let go of the old ones? Getting rid of old furniture can be a challenge if you don’t know where to start.
So how do you get rid of old furniture, appropriately and responsibly? Certainly by not leaving your old sofa outside the house for garbage collectors and/or random people to cart away. Improper disposal can have a negative impact on the environment such as landfill overcrowding and toxic pollution. Therefore, it’s crucial to dispose of that old sofa or other furniture responsibly. Read on to find you what your options are.
1. Sell Your Sofa On Second-Hand Furniture Shops Online
Online second-hand furniture shops offer a convenient way to sell your old sofa for some extra cash. There are a number of websites such as Barnything and apps where you can list your used sofa. Just snap a few good pictures and write an accurate description of its condition and details such as size and dimensions. Consider researching similar offerings on those sites before setting your price.
Turning to online second-hand furniture shops also has the added benefit of being regular haunts for upcyclers (people who repurpose furniture), or vintage furniture sellers or restorers who turn to such sites to find treasures to repair and refurbish. These help to reduce waste and avoid clogging up landfills.
2. Give it Away to People Who Need It
If selling your sofa to second-hand furniture shops online isn’t for you, why not just give it away? After all, one man’s trash is another person’s treasure. Start with friends and family to see if anyone bites, or widen the circle by using listing services like Barnything’s “giveaway” feature.
You could also donate your furniture to several reputable organisations that will pick up your unwanted items and channel them to suitable new owners. Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar Kuala Lumpur & Selangor (PASS.) and Community Recycle for Charity (CRC) will pick up your sofa provided it is in good, working condition. Just contact them beforehand to see if the furniture fits their specifications.
3. Dispose of Your Sofa
If selling to second-hand furniture shops online and donating aren’t an option, then you can arrange for your furniture to be disposed of responsibly. Barnything has a sofa disposal service where we will channel the sofa to either be refurbished, upcycled, or disposed of properly. Reach out to us to find out more!
Tips to Prepare Furniture Before Disposal Or Donation
Here are a few things to remember before you get rid of your old furniture:
Make sure any personal items are removed from your furniture. If it's a desk or dresser, make the drawers empty. Remove the cushions from couches and chairs and look inside for things like change and receipts.
If your furniture is very large or bulky, and able to be disassembled, consider doing so to ease the disposal process.
If the base material of your furniture is mostly metal, metal recyclers or scrap metal dealers may offer a pick-up service. Call them and find out.
If you are donating your item, it’s nice to have a quick clean-up as a matter of courtesy. Wipe it down or vacuum dust or dirt off cushions and get good karma points in the process.
With these three options, we hope we’ve offered some useful tips on how to get rid of old furniture such as sofas and other unwanted items. Whether it’s selling, recycling, donating, or finally, disposing of your furniture, remember it’s essential to do so responsibly!