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Furniture Removal and Disposal Guide

16 December 2021

Advice on Furniture Removal and Disposal in the UK

Are you looking for Furniture Removal advice? If so, here is the guide for you!

There are lots of different ways to remove and dispose of furniture. From reuse and retailer take-back options to hiring a man and van waste contractor and local council services. This is your complete guide to furniture removal and disposal.

 

  1. Different types of furniture removal
  2. Types of furniture
  3. Price guide for furniture removal
  4. Using a man & van contractor to remove and dispose of your furniture
  5. Free furniture removal - reuse
  6. Donating your furniture to charity
  7. Furniture retailer take-back scheme
  8. HWRC's - taking your furniture to the local tip
  9. Furniture removal by council collection


1. Different types of furniture removal

We can split furniture removal into two categories. Firstly, the collection of unwanted furniture from a property for either disposal or reuse. For example, maybe you are refurbishing your house and have some old furniture items to dispose of. This is when you would use a man and van waste contractor or drive items yourself to your local tip. Secondly, the movement of furniture from A to B when you would most likely hire a removal company to remove but not dispose of your furniture.

In this blog, we focus on furniture removal and disposal options.


2. Types of furniture

The main two types of furniture are the following: 

1. Household furniture

This includes any large and bulky items sofa, beds, and wardrobes. Essentially anything that you would struggle carrying on your own. Household furniture can also include smaller items like coffee tables, lamps and chairs.

2. Office furniture

Office furniture usually consists of desks, chairs and filing cabinets. These items can be recycled and reused exactly as household items can be. For a more detailed look at how to clear your office furniture, check out our office clearance guide. You can also donate to a local furniture clearance charity or reupholster. 

 

3. Price guide for furniture removal  

The table below shows the range of typical prices charged by licensed man & van collectors to remove different furniture items. The data is based on thousands of examples of furniture removals undertaken in London through the LoveJunk waste removal marketplace. Prices exclude situations when items have been collected for reuse which is lower.

Table of Furniture removal prices 2021

Furniture Item Low High
Chair £15 £50
2 seater sofa £20 £50
3 piece sofa  £25 £70
4 seater sofa £30 £80
Corner sofa £40 £90
Chest of drawers £20 £50
Desk £25 £55
Fridge Freezer £15 £65
Dryer £15 £60
Pallet £15 £35
Electrical Piano £15 £45
Old TV stand £20 £50
Carpet & Underlay £30 £60
King size mattress £20 £50
Double bed £40 £80
Single bed £20 £70

source: LoveJunk marketplace 12 months ended Nov-2021

Corner Sofa Removal, £50

Comfy Sofa, £40

Chest of Drawers, £60

Fridge Freezer, £10

Two Seater Sofa, £30

Wardrobe, £30

4. Using a man & van contractor to remove and dispose of your furniture

If you are looking for the most convenient form of furniture removal; then you probably need to hire a man with a van. Man and van rubbish collectors will drive to your property, load up your items and then dispose of them. However, not all man and van collectors are licensed and insured. Similarly, not all will be available on the same day you contact them. 

Fortunately, this is where LoveJunk steps in to solve both these issues! We use marketplace technology to match you to your nearest and cheapest fully insured and licensed waste collector with the capacity to collect your items. Response time is within minutes.

 

5. Free furniture removal - reuse

We all know that reusing furniture is a better option for the planet than it going to landfill. We've put together some good options for getting rid of your furniture for free.

a) Send your furniture to a local car boot sale 

If your friends and family are a no-go, there is also the option of taking your furniture to a local car boot sale or flea market. Below is a table of the UK's top car boot sales and flea markets for furniture.

Flea Market Region Contact

The Giant Shipton Flea Market

The Showground, Shepton Mallet +441749822200

Brighton Marina Giant Car Boot Sale

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road. Brighton https://www.brightoncarbootsale.co.uk

Tynemouth Market, Tyne and Wear

Station Terrace, North Shields, England  +447907468441

Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair, Worcestershire

Malvern, WR13 6NW +441684584900

Princess May Car Boot Sale, East London

Stoke Newington, London. N16 8DF http://www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk

 

b) Donate furniture to local theatre groups

Local amateur theatre groups often need furniture donations to build sets. This is an excellent option for donating to a good cause.

c) Give furniture to family & friends 

"One man's trash is another man's treasure", as they say. However, we don't always remember to offer furniture to our immediate circle first! You never know who might be in need. Sharing furniture items between loved ones also add value to them.

d) Social platforms to give away furniture 

These websites all accept old furniture - Freegle, NextdoorFreecycleFacebook MarketplaceGumtreeAuctioneer, and of course, yours truly, LoveJunkThe main difference between LoveJunk and all these other platforms is, ultimately, convenience. With a typical response time of less than 3 minutes, the same-day collection is absolutely standard. 

 

6. Donating your furniture to charity 

The latest figures from our friends at the North London Waste Authority state that 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded every year. 

The following table lists the charities that all accept furniture donations in the UK. However, it's important to note that many of these furniture reuse charities are also registered as collectors on LoveJunk. So instead of ringing around to arrange a collection, why not try the more straightforward option of listing on LoveJunk? Let the nearest available collector come straight to you. Simple!

Charity Link
Age UK https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/donate/charity-shops/
Barnado's https://www.barnardos.org.uk/shops
Betel UK betel-uk-furniture
BHF  https://www.bhf.org.uk/
British Red Cross  https://www.redcross.org.uk/shop/furniture-and-electrical-charity-shops
Cancer Research UK arrange-a-collection
DEBRA donate-stock
Emmaus donate
Forces Support https://forcessupport.org.uk/donate-goods/
Oxfam https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/local-shops/oxfam-furniture-departments
PDSA near-me
The Salvation Army charity-shops
Sense donate-goods
Shelter https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/shops/donate_to_a_shelter_shop
Sue Ryder https://www.sueryder.org/donate
YMCA https://www.ymca.org.uk/shops/find-your-nearest-shop

 

7. Furniture removal retailer take-back scheme

Take-back schemes encourage retailers and manufacturers to be more sustainable. Above all, they enable customers to sell their old furniture back to the retailer which lengthens the lifecycle of products.

Below is a table showing the retailers that offer either a take-back scheme in addition to sustainable furniture removal services.

Retailer Link
DFS https://www.dfs.co.uk/content/sofa-rescue
Dunelm https://www.dunelm.com/info/about/take-back-scheme
Furniture Village https://www.furniturevillage.co.uk/furniture-collection-service.html
IKEA https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/customer-service/services/removal-recycling/
John Lewis https://www.johnlewis.com/our-services/home-furnishings
Loaf https://loaf.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005760225-Will-you-remove-my-old-furniture-
SCS https://www.scs.co.uk/help/delivery/sofa-removal.html
Sofa.com https://www.sofa.com/gb/terms
Sofology https://www.sofology.co.uk/responsibility/product/sofa-recycling

 

8. HWRC's - taking your furniture to the local tip

Civic amenity sites are also known as Household Waste Recycling Centres or the 'tip. They accept many different kinds of waste, including furniture. For more info, check out our list of rubbish tips in London, including rules, locations, and opening hours. |

Top tips for taking your furniture to the local tip

1. Firstly, most councils don't charge for using the tip, but it is best to check beforehand.

2. Secondly, we recommend not to hire a van as council tips usually have height restrictions in place to stop tradespeople from tipping for free.

3. Thirdly, check what types of rubbish the tip you visit allows; for example, specific tips do not take paint or oil.

4. Last of all, bring proof of residence; for example, this could include a driving license or a recent bill.

 

9. Furniture removal by council collection

Most local councils provide their residents with a collection service for unwanted furniture. Although relatively cheap, the major downside to the council collection service is convenience. As, understandably, many collections take weeks to organise. Below is a table showing the local authorities that offer a free furniture removal collection. For more information, read our council bulky waste collection prices for England guide.

Local Authority Region
Hyndburn North West
Leicester East Midlands
Liverpool North West
Manchester North West
North Lincolnshire Yorkshire and The Humber
Nottingham* East Midlands
Pendle North West
Redbridge London
Tower Hamlets London
Waltham Forest* London
Wigan North West

 

 

And lastly, thanks for reading! We hope you found our furniture removal guide useful. In short, if you're looking for safe and speedy furniture removal and disposal, we recommend using the LoveJunk marketplace. We know you'll find your cheapest, greenest collector in seconds using our platform. However, for any questions regarding our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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PS, are you moving house?

In this blog, we've focused on furniture removal and disposal, but if you are looking for information on moving furniture from A to B, we recommend using Really Moving to make this process easier. Packing up your worldly possessions and moving them from A to B safely and securely can be very stressful. They offer money-saving tips and much more!

 

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