How to get rid of old furniture

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What to do with your old furniture 

At La-Z-Boy Ottawa and Kingston we often hear customers ask “What do I do with my old furniture? ”Most of us think our old furniture isn’t that bad, someone would appreciate it, they may even pay a little something for it. Many of us are environmentally conscious and don’t want our old stuff taking up space in the landfill.

The reality is, an old sofa or chair can be difficult to get rid of.  If it’s not in near pristine condition, it can be difficult to sell and even give away. Giving away to a charity might seem like a good idea, but many charity organizations have high standards as well. 

It is not recommended to place large furniture items out on your curb for garbage collection.  The garbage trucks just aren’t equipped to handle very large items. To recycle parts of the furniture like the foam or the wood, you will need help. 

Selling used furniture

There are several websites dedicated to selling, buying and giving away used and/or unwanted items. Here you may even make a little money if your furniture is in demand.

When can you donate your furniture?

We are sometimes asked why we don’t donate used furniture to a local charity for those less fortunate.  This is something we’ve wanted to do and have had several programs over the years. As it turns out, working with various charities, warehousing and logistics has proven to be inefficient. Having our clients work directly with the charity group themselves where the furniture is in a state that it can be reused works the best.  

To that end, we are committed to providing our clients with an up to date and current list of options. They range from charitable donations, recycling and simplifying furniture disposal when needed.

Below is a list of options for getting rid of old furniture in the Ottawa and Kingston areas:

Charity: (furniture donations)

Some charitable organizations will take gently used furniture and donate it to a family in need. There are some restrictions on what they will take and their pick up areas are limited but this can be a good option for gently used furniture.

In Ottawa, consider the following organizations: 

In Kingston, consider the following organizations:

 If you have any questions about whether or not your items can be useful, please contact these organizations.

Recycling used furniture

If your furniture is more than gently used and a charity will not accept it, recycling can be the next best option. Below is a list of organizations that provide furniture recycling or disposal services throughout the region (many of these companies operate in Kingston as well).

In most of these cases, there is a fee and it can cost between $90-$500 depending on how many pieces you have. 

*Here is some important information to remember when recycling:

You shouldn’t just throw your sofa away in the garbage; most of its parts can be recycled.  When you take the time to properly dispose of it, nearly all the wood and metal pieces can be reclaimed or recycled.  

According to 1-800 got junk, “There’s also an opportunity to salvage the foam, cardboard and textile components for reuse of recycling as well. Furniture recycling isn’t always easy to handle on your own. It means you will need to find an appropriate facility and take care of transporting it there on your own, which can be difficult.” 

The city of Ottawa and Kingston Give Away Weekend!

A wonderful service provided by the city is the giveaway weekend. (Put large items you no longer want out at the curb for someone else who might want to pick them up.) 

This is another great opportunity to help others while keeping household goods out of the landfill. Click the link below to find out when the next pick up day is in your area. Give Away Weekend (Ottawa) Giveaway Day (Kingston)

Furniture Stores: Used Furniture Pick Up


Some furniture stores will pick up your old furniture when delivering new furniture to your home. This can be very convenient because you won’t have to lift a finger but there is usually a fee. 

  • La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor charges $40 for each furniture piece except for sofa beds and mattresses whereby they charge a $50 fee. 

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As you can see there are many options for getting rid of old furniture, each has its pros and cons.  Whether you decide to sell, give away or dispose of your old furniture, you now have all the information needed to make an informed choice. Good luck with your quest to get rid of your furniture in the most eco-conscious way possible.


If you are looking to replace your living room furniture, we can help!  We’d be happy to answer any of your product and pricing questions at any one of our La-Z-Boy locations in the Ottawa Kingston area.

We also provide a complimentary in-home design service if you need help designing a room. OR, fill out our design style form to see which design style best fits your lifestyle.

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