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How to Dispose of a Sofa or Upgrade it

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Recycle & Upcycle Your Old Sofa With These Tips

Did you know that in the UK alone, 672,000 tons of furniture goes to landfill each year, with a large majority of this being old sofas? In total, a report by the RSA states that Brits dispose of 1,600,000 tons of “bulky-waste” a year, with 42% of that being unwanted furniture. This is an alarming statistic indeed, and one that needs to change. Instead of taking it to a landfill, why not dispose of your old sofa using one of these suggestions instead?

Donate Your Old Sofa to Charity

There are a few charities out there that would love to take your old sofa. That is, providing it’s in a good, sellable condition. Bear in mind, that many charity shops simply don’t have the space to accommodate a whopping great sofa, but all the same, it’s worth looking around your local area.

Some charity shops own large furniture outlet stores dedicated solely to large furniture and electrical equipment. These are a great place to enquire about getting rid of your old sofa, or simply a place to shop around for a great bargain.

Before donating, you’ll need to make sure that the fire label is still attached to your sofa. Charities usually can’t accept soft furnished goods such as this without one. If you’re unsure where to find a fire label, we have a blog post for that.

Sell Your Old Sofa

This one seems pretty obvious, but you’ll be amazed how many people would rather take their sofa to a landfill than sell it! Chances are you invested a fair amount of money in your sofa when you first purchased it, why not get some of that money back? Of course, you’re unlikely to get back what you paid. Like cars, sofas generally depreciate in value the minute they leave the retailer. Try putting your sofa on the Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay or something of a similar nature. You may be surprised at what you can get, for what’s practically junk to you. People moving home are always looking for new furniture and are generally looking to keep costs down. As such, buying a sofa second-hand is usually a common choice.

Help a First Time Home Buyer With Your Old Sofa

This point follows on from number 2, but why not give your sofa away to a first-time homebuyer? You were going to dump the sofa anyway, why not do somebody a massive favour and give them your sofa. If you’ve ever moved into your first home, you’ll know how stressful and expensive it can be! A small act of kindness can go really a long way.

Take up a New Hobby

If you’re wanting to dispose of your old sofa because it’s beginning to look a little shabby, you could try taking up a new hobby instead; upholstery. Your old sofa could be your very first project. It might not turn out to be your best work, but it’s a start and who knows where it could lead to? In time you may become the greatest upholsterer of our age.

Save Your Sofa & Money By Replacing Your Cushions

Just because your old sofa is starting to feel worn out and uncomfortable, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time to get rid of it. Many people make the mistake of getting rid of their sofas prematurely.

Have you considered simply replacing your sofa cushions instead? At GB Foam Direct, you can buy sofa cushion foam cut to size. We can provide you with replacement sofa cushions, made to measure. Simply follow the five simple steps on our sofa cushion replacement page and before you know it, your sofa will be as good as new (perhaps even better).

We offer a next working day delivery service on all orders placed before 11:00 am Monday – Thursday. You could be sitting on an upgraded sofa approximately 24 hours from ordering. And with the money you saved from deciding to keep your old sofa, perhaps you could treat yourself? How about a meal and a movie? Enjoyed whilst sitting on your brand new sofa cushions from GB Foam Direct!

Below you’ll find a small selection of common sofa cushion shapes. Choose one to get started. If you can’t find the shape you’re looking for, visit our homepage to see our full range of templates or choose the custom shape option instead.

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