Your living room furniture gets a lot of use. You may spend hours on the sofa or in your favorite recliner. Your kids may bounce around on the furniture, while guests may make themselves very comfortable as you chat or watch TV together. Regardless of who is using it, your living room furniture is likely some of the most-used furniture you own. This means it can wear out more quickly than some of your other pieces.
What do you do with your living room furniture when it starts to show signs of wear and tear? You have a few different options, including calling Junk King Dayton to help you get rid of it. However, you may want to save that as a last resort since living room furniture can be somewhat expensive.
How Bad is the Wear and Tear?
For some, a few minor stains or a few small tears in the fabric isn’t that bad. If your sofa has a stain, you may simply flip the cushion over or put a throw blanket over it. You might be able to sew up small tears and rips. Any minor cosmetic damage doesn’t necessarily mean you have to toss the entire piece in the trash. Take a look at the damage and decide if it’s worth buying an entirely new piece of furniture. New sofas and nice recliners aren’t cheap, but you can get some really good deals if you wait for sales. One strategy is to continue using any furniture that shows minor wear and tear until a sale rolls around.
Buy a Cover
Another option for furniture that only has minor wear and tear is to buy a cover. Many stores sell couch and chair covers that slip over the piece and can give it a whole new look. While these covers may not necessarily be a good option for antique furniture or unique pieces, they’re great for basic sofas and chairs. Once you put the cover on, you won’t see any of those stains or rips.
They’re also perfect for those who want to change up the look of their living room since these covers come in a variety of colors. If your living room always seems dark, you can get white or light-colored covers to help brighten it up just a bit. You can even buy several different covers for each piece of furniture and rotate them out to refresh the room a few times a year. Best of all, if something does get spilled on one of these covers, all you have to do is take it off and toss it in the washing machine.
Reupholster the Furniture
If you want to take things one step further, you can reupholster the piece of furniture. This takes a lot more work than simply putting a cover over it, but the result can be much, much better. Essentially, reupholstering furniture involves removing all of the fabric and replacing it. You can replace it with something similar or go with something completely different. Often, the reupholstery process also means replacing missing fasteners, wood, foam, and other parts of the piece.
For those who are DIY experts, it’s very possible to do this yourself. You may need some specific tools, but overall, reupholstering furniture doesn’t require anything that’s too difficult to find unless you’re redoing an antique piece or a piece that uses leather or other hard to work with materials.
There are professionals who do upholstery, so if you don’t want to DIY it, you can take the piece to one of them. Depending on how large the piece is, the materials involved, and what you want done, this can be pricy. In many cases, though, it’s cheaper than buying a replacement.
Reupholstering furniture is often done when the piece gets rips and stains on it, but it can also be done when a piece is broken. It’s a good way of replacing armrests, legs, and other parts of the piece that have been damaged. Of course, this does depend on the professional. Some only deal with the fabric portions of furniture, while others may have woodworking experience and can repair those pieces, too. It’s also possible one of these experts or a professional furniture restorer can repair the frames and supports of a piece, allowing you to continue using it for years.
Move It to Another Room
If you have old living room furniture that doesn’t look so great but is still usable, you may want to simply move it to another room. This way, your guests won’t see it, but you’ll still get some use out of it. This is a good way to continue using furniture that has some minor damage but not enough to completely get rid of it. Your kids might love to have an old sofa in the basement or even in their bedroom if it fits.
If there’s no room for the furniture in your home, you may want to consider donating it. You could give it to someone you know. For example, if you have a young relative who is about to move out on their own, they may need furniture but not have the money to buy new. They might jump at the chance to have a gently used sofa or recliner.
Another option is to call a local charity to see if they accept furniture. Some organizations do take living room furniture and donate it or resell it at very affordable prices for low-income families. Some of these groups will even come pick the furniture up, though you will want to make certain that’s a service they offer when you call them. If it’s not, you may not be able to donate the pieces if you don’t have a truck that can haul them.
Another way of getting rid of old living room furniture that is still in good condition is to sell it. You can take it to a consignment shop if you have the means to do so, but you can also post it online. There are websites and social media pages dedicated to selling furniture, and you can often stipulate that the buyer has to come pick it up. That way, you don’t have to worry about having a truck for delivery. Of course, this does mean you will have to give the buyer your home address, which may give some people pause.
Call Junk King Dayton to Pick Up Your Old Living Room Furniture
What do you do with those pieces of living room furniture that you simply cannot be used any longer? Often, the only option is to get rid of them. Just like donating or selling them, though, there is the issue of getting the furniture to the landfill. You may be able to set one or two items out for bulk trash day, but the city doesn’t pick up bulk trash every week. You also have to schedule that pickup and must be able to get the furniture down to the curb.
Instead of dealing with all of that, you can make one single phone call to Junk King Dayton. Our crew will handle everything else. We will carry the furniture out of your living room and to the truck, so you don’t need to worry about getting it out of the house.
We Donate What We Can
While old furniture that is in really poor condition may end up in the landfill in some form, we first try to donate what we pick up. If the furniture is still usable, we’ll pass it along to one of our local partners. They see to it that these items get into the hands of those who need them.
If the furniture isn’t usable, we’ll check to see if it contains recyclable materials. If it does, we will remove those materials and take them to a local recycling center. Our goal is to donate or recycle as much as we possibly can to reduce how much junk ends up in the landfill. So much is already in the dump that many cities across the U.S. are running out of space. By reusing and recycling what we can, Junk King Dayton is doing our part to protect the environment.
Contact Junk King Dayton Today to Get Rid of Old Furniture
If you’ve got old furniture, broken appliances, DIY construction debris, yard waste, or just about anything else, give Junk King Dayton a call. We can haul all of that away plus more. As long as it isn’t hazardous waste, we’ll take it. Our crew of professionals will arrive on-time and will work quickly and safely to remove the items without doing any damage to your home.
To learn more or to get a free, no-obligation estimate, you can call us at 1-888-888-JUNK. You can also text information and photos of what you need us to take to 1-737-888-5865 or use our online price estimation and booking tools. We look forward to helping you deal with all of that old furniture you have.