What can we do with unwanted or old furniture?

When it's time to part ways with your furniture, consider donating it to your local charity shops, schools, or even community groups. These organisations often welcome donations of unwanted items and can give them a new purpose.

However, before donating sofas and chairs, ensure they have the BSI Kitemark, which demonstrates they meet British Safety Standards. This mark indicates that the furniture is safe and compliant with regulations, ensuring the safety of future users. To ensure your donated furniture finds a suitable, make sure it's clean and in good condition before donating.

Suggestions for reuse and the upcycling furniture

Get creative: Make your creative ideas a reality. For example, an old wooden ladder can be transformed into a stylish bookshelf, or a vintage suitcase can be turned into a unique side table

DIY projects: Get creative with DIY furniture projects! Repurpose old furniture by sanding, painting, or staining them to give them a fresh new look. You can also add decorative elements like stencils or attach new handles

Online: Join online groups such as Freecycle or local buy/sell groups on social media to give away or find free furniture items. It's a convenient way to pass on items you no longer need or find your own find pre-loved pieces for your home

Check out our blog on essential tips for donating or upcycling old furniture, for more ideas!


Old furniture may be very useful to someone else! By donating unwanted items where possible, you're not only decluttering but you are also helping support communities and those in need.