4 Tips for Unneeded Old Furniture
This article is brought to you by CORT Furniture Rental. We take the hassle out of furnishing your new place so you can do more important things like read this article. Learn more about why furniture rental is the best way to get a great looking apartment.
Time to rent some new furniture! When living in a dated apartment or dorm, it may be necessary for some people to upgrade to a few new couches and end tables based on the condition of the old furniture. While you might be excited to break in the new recliner and look forward to sleeping on a brand new couch, a huge problem still remains: what to do with the old furniture that is now in the way.
Well, there are a few options that will help you not only get rid of unneeded furniture, but also put some money in your pocket by doing so.
Everyone looks to try and make money on any old purchase they made at one point or another. Furniture is no different. A great inherent quality about furniture is that it is durable and lasting. Therefore, depreciation will not play as big of a factor in terms of determining a reasonable price to sell a piece, i.e. more money in your pocket.
Where is the best place to put your old couch or love seat up for option? Craigslist is a popular and well-known avenue. However, make sure to make postings very explicit and detailed while also being careful of potential buyers. Another potential route to take is to seek out local resale groups either by newspaper or on social media.
For example, Champaign and the University of Illinois residents use a group called “Free & For Sale” where residents and students post various listings for clothes, goods, furniture, and other household items. Not only does this allow for easier access to various items, but this allows for potential buyers and sellers to have a better idea of who the other is transacting with. There are obviously many ways to sell old items and a wide variety of potential buyers, but these are two very popular options.
Research a local, state or national charity or nonprofit and reach out to see if they accept donations of old furniture. It can be repurposed for a person who would greatly benefit from an old recliner or couch. Consider donating to an organization such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. These organizations benefit locals in need or in hardship so it can be rest assured that the donation will be going to a person or family who could greatly benefit.
In addition, the donation could be tax deductible which allows you to save money in that sense as well. Any donation to any charity helps no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time. Some take pride in helping others — this is a great way to give back to the community.
Consider yourself creative or handy? If you have the time and patience, it would be a fun project to strip down your old couch or recliner and update it with a look to match your style. Furthermore, a little sweat equity could go a long way into turning an old ottoman worth 5 bucks into a newly refurbished one for $30 to $40. This could offset the cost of new rental furniture, and you might just come around on that old recliner or bookshelf. If you enjoy arts and crafts but on a much grander scale, there is no doubt the thrill and joy of remodeling will satisfy that urge.
Another creative method for unneeded old furniture is to figure out ways to repurpose it throughout your apartment, dorm, etc. This interesting article from House Beautiful mentions a couple creative ways to turn old pieces into handy, new staples you will love. For example, turn an old door into a bed headboard, turn an old bookcase into a stylish new wine and glass storage, and an empty easel into a fancy, rustic TV stand.
The internet is filled with thousands of different ways to repurpose that old table or chair you are thinking of throwing out. Seek out the best, most creative ways to make sure nothing goes to waste around the house. Remember, waste not want not!
Millions of ways exist to repurpose or get rid of old furniture. Whether through selling, donating, refurbishing, or repurposing, there is sure to be one use for that old, outdated recliner or grandma’s favorite rocking chair from 50 years ago. Remember to keep charity at the forefront of all options. There are few better feelings than knowing a gift to a local charity can directly impact a fellow community member.
Looking for an easy way to furnish your off-campus apartment? Renting furniture from CORT saves you time and money. See how easy it is to get great looking furniture without breaking the bank.
Apply to Write for Uloop NewsJoin the Uloop News Team
Discuss This Article
More Uloop Fashion Articles
DU HOUSING LISTINGSSee all DU Housing Listings
DU Housing Listings
WRITE FOR ULOOPApply to Write for Uloop News
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
TOP 5 NEWS ARTICLES
BROWSE OTHER COLLEGES
- By CollegeUniversity of Colorado at BoulderColorado State UniversityMetropolitan State University of DenverUniversity of DenverUniversity of Northern ColoradoRegis UniversityColorado CollegeUniversity of Colorado at DenverFort Lewis CollegeColorado School of MinesWestwood CollegeUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsAdams State CollegeColorado Christian UniversityColorado State University-PuebloColorado Technical UniversityColorado Technical University OnlineJones International UniversityColorado Mesa UniversityNaropa UniversityThe Art Institute of ColoradoUnited States Air Force AcademyUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences CenterWestern State College of ColoradoAims Community CollegeColorado Mountain CollegeCommunity College of Aurora Community College of Denver Northeastern Junior College Pueblo Community College Academy of Natural Therapy IncAmerican Sentinel UniversityArgosy University-DenverAspen UniversityAuguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-BoulderAveda Institute-DenverBel-Rea Institute of Animal TechnologyCheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Fort CollinsCheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-GreeleyCollege of International Esthetics IncCollegeAmerica-Colorado SpringsCollegeAmerica-Fort CollinsColorado Academy of Veterinary TechnologyColorado Heights UniversityColorado School of Traditional Chinese MedicineColorado Technical University-Greenwood VillageConcorde Career College-AuroraDelta Montrose Technical CollegeDeVry University-ColoradoEcotech InstituteEmily Griffith Technical CollegeEmpire Beauty School-AuroraEmpire Beauty School-LittletonEverest College-AuroraEverest College-Colorado SpringsHealing Arts InstituteHeritage College-DenverIliff School of TheologyInstitute of Taoist Education and AcupunctureIntellitec College-Colorado SpringsIntellitec College-Grand JunctionIntellitec Medical InstituteInternational Salon and Spa AcademyITT Technical Institute-WestminsterJohnson & Wales University-DenverLincoln College of Technology-DenverMontage AcademyMontessori Casa InternationalMontessori Education Center of the RockiesNational American University-Colorado SpringsNational American University-Colorado Springs SouthNational American University-DenverNational Beauty CollegeNational Personal Training Institute of ColoradoNazarene Bible CollegeNew Dimensions Beauty Academy IncOtero Junior CollegePickens Technical CollegePikes Peak Community CollegePima Medical Institute-AuroraPlatt College-AuroraPrince Institute-Rocky MountainsRedstone CollegeRegency Beauty Institute-Fort CollinsRocky Vista UniversityRolf Institute of Structural IntegrationThe Salon Professional Academy-Grand JunctionTrinidad State Junior CollegeUnited Beauty CollegeUniversity of the RockiesUtah College of Massage Therapy-AuroraUtah College of Massage Therapy-WestminsterYeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary
- By State
- By City