It is no secret that getting rid of a used sofa or sleeper can be difficult. Upholstered furniture may not find many takers, especially when it is damaged, torn, or stained. It can be frustrating to think about the fact that you once paid good money for a piece of furniture that now seems to be of no interest to you or anyone else.
Unfortunately, with the exception of leather, upholstered furniture can depreciate greatly with use.
It is difficult to get rid of it, even when you're not looking to make money.
So, what is a sofa owner to do other than abandon his unwanted furniture by the road? As it turns out, there are plenty of options.
Hold a Garage Sale
While it is difficult to sell used upholstered furniture, it is not impossible. To a great extent, it depends on the condition of the piece. Only consider selling if it is in reasonable shape. Here's a good way to gauge the condition: if the tables were turned, would you want to buy it?
If you feel your sofa is in good enough shape, get it cleaned professionally. It may not fetch big bucks, but it will sell more easily.
If you're holding a garage sale, your sofa can simply be part of it, making it potentially easier to sell.
Place the Sofa in a Rummage Sale
Consider placing your used couch in a church, community center, or school rummage sale. Your participation could be limited to hauling it there, which eliminates any worry about organizing a sale on your own.
Consider this if your sofa happens to be the only item you need to sell, as just one piece does not warrant holding a garage sale of your own.
Place an Ad Online
There are numerous online resources that can help you get rid of your used sofa. Craigslist, eBay, and www.freecycle.org are some of them. You can try either selling it or giving it away for free.
Don't forget to mention whether you will deliver, or whether the buyer will be responsible for pick up.
Old Sofas for New
Some stores will take your old couch if you are buying a new one from them. It's always worth asking.
Pass it On
Ask friends and family if they have any use for your sofa. Chances are someone might, especially if they are heading to college soon.
Advertise to College Students
If you live in a college town, college students might be your best takers. Students are always looking for furniture that is cheap or free.
Donate to a Charity
Charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St Vincent DePaul may be eager to take your furniture off your hands. Most charities will arrange a pick-up from your home and even give you a tax receipt.
Check to see if you have any furniture banks in your town. They will also haul away your sofa, give you a tax receipt, and find a new home for your unwanted piece.
You may also consider donating to a shelter for the homeless, your local theater, or school.
Have Your Used Sofa Hauled Away
Try everything you can to prevent any furniture from going to a landfill, but if your couch is badly damaged and beyond repair, have it hauled away. Consult your city before you dispose of it on your own.
Many cities will have services for hauling away your items, often for a fee.
The Moral of the Story
While it might be too late for the sofa you are trying to get rid of right now, here are some steps you can take in the future to make things easier for yourself:
- Buy a good quality sofa, which should lessen your need to get rid of it anytime soon. If you do need to sell it for some reason, you will be able to find more takers due to its high quality.
- After bringing your new furniture home, take good care of it. It will last longer and should be easier to sell when you need to do so.
- Consider reupholstering. This may not work for everything, but if you have a good quality sofa with a sturdy frame, reupholstering is definitely an option.
- Use slipcovers. They often end up being less expensive than re-upholstering and can be custom-made or bought ready to use.