Frequently Asked Question: Furniture
Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of furniture, big & small. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of household or office furniture.
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- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Furniture FAQs
- Can you throw a couch in a dumpster?
- Can wood furniture be recycled?
- What are the benefits of recycling furniture?
- Am I allowed to put my old furniture on the curb to give for free?
- How do I take an old couch apart for disposal?
- I'm moving offices. What can I do with old office furniture?
- What are my options to get old furniture picked up?
- What are the risks of removing furniture by myself? Do I need more than one person?
- Furniture FAQs
Couches are difficult to get rid of, so it might be tempting to simply throw them out by leaving them near or in a dumpster. The problem with doing so is that many garbage services aren’t equipped to handle couch removal. In order to pick up an old couch, it often needs to be broken down before it can be removed.
However, there’s a more important reason why you shouldn’t just throw your couch in the dumpster; most of its components can be recycled. When you take the time to properly dispose of your old couch, nearly all wood and metal components can be reclaimed and recycled. There’s also an opportunity to salvage the foam, cardboard and textile components for reuse or recycling as well. Furniture recycling isn’t always easy to handle on your own, since it means you will need to find an appropriate facility and take care of transporting it there on your own, which can be difficult.
If you need to get rid of an old couch and don't want to take care of it on your own, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re couch disposal experts and will take care of all the heavy lifting for you. We’ll pick up your sofa right from where it is, load it in our truck, and then make sure it is donated or broken down for recycling.
Wood furniture presents unique problem when it comes to recycling. Most furniture is made of treated wood, which means it has been pressure treated, stained, painted or varnished. This type of wood is very difficult to recycle, since the chemicals in the varnishes, paints, adhesives and other wood treatment products can’t be used for typical recycling by-products like mulch. This also includes materials like particleboard and chipboard.
If you have items that are made from untreated wood, these can be recycled and sometimes even composted. The best thing to do with old treated wood furniture is find a way to reuse it. If you can’t find a way to reuse it on your own and just want it out of your way, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re furniture disposal experts! We’ll pick up your old wood furniture and ensure it gets donated or disposed of responsibly. We work hard to keep items out of the landfill, so you can rest easy knowing that we will take care of it the right way.
When you simply throw furniture in the trash, there’s an immediate environmental impact. If the furniture is made of treated wood, the harmful chemicals used in the treatment process could contaminate soil and water in the areas surrounding it. It could also be made of other materials that simply don’t break down naturally and will therefore sit in landfills for years.
When you recycle furniture that is made of materials like untreated wood, plastic, metal, foam, or fabric, you’re ensuring that your furniture gets turned into something new. The recycling process not only keeps items out of the landfill, but it also reduces the strain on the environment caused by the creation of new materials. (For example, mining of new metals, creating new fabric, processing fresh lumber, and more.)
One of the best ways to ensure that your furniture is properly disposed of is to let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? handle your old furniture pick up for you. Not only will we take care of all the heavy lifting and transportation for you, but we’ll also make sure it gets donated, recycled, or disposed of properly. It’s an easy way to go green!
It depends on where you are located and the type of living space you have. Some city guidelines do not allow residents to haul their furniture to the curb and will fine you for doing this. This often works only for smaller pieces of furniture, where it doesn’t block the sidewalk if you live in a high traffic area. You should also check with your strata manager on whether this is allowed in your building. It can get stressful if no one ends up taking the item, and you’ll end up having to find another tactic. To save the hassle of hauling furniture around yourself, consider calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to take it away for you. We are in your neighborhood and happy to help!
You can start by removing the cushions, then turn the sofa on its back in order to take apart the legs. Next, you’ll need a staple remover or screwdriver to take apart the upholstery. You’ll have to remove the upholstery before you can disassemble the couch completely. Since this task is usually long and hard, it’s best to leave it up to our professional and friendly crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to remove the couch from your house. We can remove the item from your home and make sure it gets properly recycled. You don’t have to lift a finger!
Since most offices contain a large amount of furniture, it’s best to take an inventory of everything you don’t need to take with you when it comes to a commercial move. This helps you keep track of what you want to take, and the items you need to get rid of. You can consider selling or giving furniture to your employees or donating them to your local charity. You can also call your city or local scrap yard to see what types of large items they are able to take. Keep in mind that these options still require you to move a large amount of furniture by yourself with the help of coworkers, which might result in injury and disrupt valuable work time. Instead, leave the heavy lifting up to our friendly crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you and even sweep up after we’re done!
First, it’s best to check with your city and see if they offer free pick up for large items. Regulations vary depending on the location you are in. You could try to sell your old furniture or give it away for free, and have the buyer pick it up from your home. If all else fails, you’ll need to haul it yourself to the dump. However, this can be tricky to organize, especially if you don’t already have a truck that can fit all your items. Save yourself some time and hassle by calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Let us do the heavy lifting for you! There’s no need to haul it out to the curb—we’ll pick up your junk right from where it’s located and load it into our truck, without you ever lifting a finger. We make sure that furniture in good condition is donated to charity and that anything else is recycled accordingly.
You definitely need an extra hand to haul most pieces of furniture. Some furniture, such as tables and chairs allow you to take off the legs first so it’s easier to move. You should never lift an item by bending over and should rely on a dolly to help roll the item around. If you don’t feel like moving these heavy items on your own, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. We’ll come to your house to provide a free estimate and bring all the moving equipment needed to take it out of your house. Just point and watch your junk disappear!