I’ve seen worn out sofas in all sorts of random places–on the street, on lawns, and even in parking lots. When it comes to upholstered pieces, figuring out what to do with them once they hit a certain age can be a challenge. If you have an old or worn-out sofa you need to decide if it’s time to reuse, recycle or replace it. Here’s how to decide which is the best decision for you.
REUSE IT. If the sofa has good bones, there’s really no reason for tossing it. Instead, think about giving it a good spruce-up. Have it thoroughly cleaned to get out old stains and set-in odors. Buy a new throw or some updated accent pillows to give it an updated look. You can even slipcover it! If it’s still usable, consider moving it to a secondary space, such as a guest room, game room, basement or garage. Be sure to cover all of your options before getting rid of it for good.
Another option is having your sofa reupholstered. You can either do it yourself or leave it to a professional. There is a plethora of fabric at your disposal, so don’t discount this option. Yes, a professional reupholster can cost as much, if not more, than a new sofa, but you’ll end up with a custom piece that will never have to see a landfill.
RECYCLE IT. Did you know that you can have your sofa recycled? I didn’t either, until recently. Since it does require extensive labor for the process, your options may be few–however, you can check out places like Earth911.com to see where you can go. If all else fails, you can dismantle the sofa and then take individual pieces to various recycling facilities.
REPLACE IT. If you have to replace your worn out sofa, you have a couple of options: sell it or donate it. If the piece is clean and sturdy, there’s a pretty good guarantee that you can sell it–for a little bit of money, anyway. Post some pictures on Craigslist or check for local buy-sell-trade pages on Facebook. If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day.
If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day. You could even check with friends and family who may be in need. Perhaps they know of a college student who could use some extra seating in their dorm. And don’t forget about places like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local churches.