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5 Ways to Recycle Your Old Sofa

Recycle Old Sofa Foam

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 landfill, why not dispose of your old sofa using one of these suggestions instead?

  1. Donate Your Old Sofa to Charity

There are a few charities out there that would love to take your old sofa, providing that it’s in good condition and sellable. 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.

  1. Sell Your Old Sofa

This one seems pretty obvious, but you’ll be amazed how many people would rather take their sofa to 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 appear to 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.

  1. 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 home buyer? 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.

  1. Take up a New Hobby

Sure, your old sofa looks a little shabby right now, but what if it didn’t? Instead of throwing your sofa away, you could take up a new hobby; upholstery! Your old sofa could be your very first project and could even lead on to a new-found hobby. Who knows? In time you may become the greatest upholsterer of our age. Also, if you don’t wish to keep your sofa afterward, you could sell it on for a tidy sum.

  1. Replace Your Old Sofa Cushions

Just because your old sofa is starting to feel worn out and uncomfortable, it doesn’t 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).


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