What To Do With Old And Broken Furniture

If you are in the process of giving your home a fresh look or renovating your property after a natural disaster, one of the first things you most probably did was to replace old furniture.

However, you may also be faced with the dilemma of the best way to deal with the worn-out and broken furniture once the new ones come in.

Depending on their condition, below are some options you can consider to manage your ragged pieces of furniture:

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Hire Junk Removal Services

Your old and broken furniture may be in bad shape and can’t be utilized in any other profitable way. They may be beyond donating, revamping, or selling and are unnecessarily occupying space in your home.

In such an event, rubbish removal services will offer a solution to your problem. Most rubbish removal companies dispose of the furniture responsibly or recycle the recyclable parts.

Moreover, a rubbish removal company will do all the work for you by collecting the furniture from where it is. They’ll also handle the removal with expertise without causing damage to your walls or yard in the process. Some of these companies can also pick up the items on the same day, preventing your old furniture from being left on the curbside for days or weeks. 

Donate It

What may have lost value to you may be a blessing in someone else’s life. 

When you donate your old and broken furniture, for instance, to a charitable organization, they’ll collect it, fix it, and give it to someone or a family in need.

Some charitable organizations build homes for the homeless and depend on donated furniture to furnish the homes. You may never know your donation’s impact on someone’s life. 

Revamp And Re-Use

Getting rid of old and broken furniture is not the only way to deal with them. You may be shocked by the transformation of your dull-looking furniture with just a few tricks.  

Old and broken furniture can be given a new lease of life by fixing and splashing some fresh paint or varnish on them.

For instance, painting an old cabinet with a bright color will immediately give it a new look and revamp it aesthetically.

Bright colors are attractive and tend to draw people in. They make spaces ‘happy’. Salvage that boring bookshelf by painting each shelf a different color.

You can also transform the children’s study table with colorful art and playful patterns. 

Now you know what to do with the old furniture you were sentimentally attached to and were unwilling to give up yet. Use your imagination and add value to your old furniture by making it look like many more dollars’ worth. 

Recycle It

Furniture is made from many materials—both recyclable and non-recyclable. To get rid of old and broken furniture responsibly, you can recycle components like wood, leather, metal, and other recyclable materials. 

You can put these components in recycling bins or take them to recycle facilities in your area. Recycling contributes to the well-being of the environment as it reduces waste.

The recycled materials will also be used to produce new products, reducing the need for diminishing raw materials. 

For instance, recycled wood will reduce the need to cut down more trees and deforestation. Recycling also takes off the pressure from the landfills, which are already full. 

Sell It Or Trade It In

Used furniture in good condition can still fetch a reasonable price.  That dining set that seems out of place in your home is exactly what someone else is looking for.

And not everyone has the ability to buy brand new furniture. Putting up your used furniture for sale will give someone an opportunity to get decent furniture at a fraction of the price of a new one. 

You can sell your furniture:

  • By advertising online
  • To stores that deal in second-hand furniture
  • Through a home garage sale 

You can also trade-in your old and broken furniture and get a discount when buying new furniture. Some stores agree to trade in old furniture as long as they are still in good reusable condition.

Repurpose It

Old and broken furniture that can’t be fixed to serve its original purpose can be repurposed. For instance, a small ladder can be turned into a picture frame or a shelf for small potted house plants.

Or it can also be re-invented to serve as a shoe rack. 

When repurposing furniture, the possibilities are endless. Use your creativity to add more personality to your home without spending a dime.


For homeowners, dealing with old and broken furniture is troublesome. They can be bulky and may occupy the usable space inside the home. Thus, these old pieces usually end up on the curb. This should not be the case. 

From the above, you can see that old and broken furniture doesn’t always have to end up in the junkyard. There are many ways you can put them to profitable use that could also benefit the environment.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.