The good times have come and gone and the memories have been made and now it is time to separate and make the move forward. Was that too dramatic? Hey, the relationship with your old couch is deep. It has seen you at your worst and at your best. It has been there for the nights you hosted important guests and pizza binges on a Friday night, too.
Your old couch has been a big part of your life, but everything has its time. When looking to replace your old couch, you may find yourself so busy shopping for that new, essential piece of your living room that you forget to think about where the old one should go. Don't worry! We're here to help.
There are many wonderful things you can do with your couch once you decide it's time for an upgrade. We have valuable tips for junk removal and fun ways for you to recycle your old couch so you can get even more years out of it. By the end of this piece, you will be clear-minded and ready to purchase that new set you worked so hard for.
How to Know It's Time for a New Couch
If your budget has a lot of zeroes, then you probably don't think twice about it. For the average U.S. resident, however, buying a new living room upgrade is a big deal. It requires a great deal of time and proper preparation in order to make a carefully thought out decision. You want to pick something that sits well in the future — both financially and aesthetically.
When the time comes, you will know it is appropriate to part ways with what is quickly becoming a sore eyesight in your family room. You may pretend not to notice how bad it has gotten so you can avoid having to deal with either its removal/disposal or spending a fair amount of your earnings for something new. Still, you won't be able to deny it's time to face the music and get yourself something new when the foul odors, lack of support, creaking and other wear and tear symptoms become too much to take.
Undoubtedly, the foul odors of an old couch are what you'll notice first and push you toward the realization that this beloved piece of furniture has neared the end of its run. It doesn't matter how much Febreze you spray on it and around the room, there's just a mustiness and gym-locker smell that won't dissipate. It could be that it has just absorbed all those pizza movie nights, or the spilled soda, or the smell of your dog's wet paws — or all the above. And, you may have become immune to it, but your guests will surely notice and you don't want that.
Every time you sit down you are greeted by an unpleasant sound that is sure to drive you crazy and reminds you it's time for a change. You want to feel confident that more than a single person can enjoy themselves on your couch and won't have to listen to those pesky little noises that ring like bells in your head.
Lack Of Support
The legs are one thing but the real structure system of your couch lies with the cushions. The worn down and saggy cushions hold the shape of your rear, even when you're not sitting there. That was initially a comfort factor. Now, however, it means they're just worn down too much.
Stains And More Stains
We are all about the style of a vintage piece, but there is a difference between taste and whatever you tasted last week and left part of on your couch. There is no excuse for having an old couch full of stains. It is not only unpleasant to sit on, but also to look at. Here is where your pride should come into the equation.
Mixing It Up
Last but not least, maybe it isn't just all the reasons listed above that finally pushes you to get rid of your old couch. Instead, it's your desire to change things up. We all tire of looking at the same decor eventually, and a change in your main living space is a perfect way to spice things up a little and uplift your mood.
Reuse and Recycle
So, you finally decided it's time to get rid of your old couch. You have looked through many catalogs and have gone to several stores before finally selecting a suitable replacement. Now what? Well, you are probably wondering what you will do with the old furniture and are considering taking it to the nearest dumpster.
Wait! Not so fast, dear friend, as there are many ways you can put that old couch to good use. Recycling is an excellent way to protect the environment while getting something useful out of an item you thought had finally met its demise. Check out the following options:
Take It Apart
Couches are filled with valuable parts that recycling centers will be thankful to accept, such as springs, wood, cotton fabric and foam. We know the trouble of taking it apart may discourage you from doing the deed, but just remember you will be helping your planet. And, after all those years of holding on to a couch you knew was long gone and forcing your friends and family to sit on it, think of the disassembling task as a penance.
Yes, we said it: reuse it. You can always spruce up your old couch by having it professionally cleaned with steam. Then, purchase some new throw pillows to match the couch's colors or patterns and, boom, it's back to the days when you first decided living on your own was a good idea.
You can also reupholster it for an entirely new look, but this process can be expensive. And, unless you are attached to your old couch sentimentally, we don't recommend it. Some furniture pieces are family jewels, however, and so those may be worth the pretty penny it takes to recover them.
Tips for Junk Removal
If all else fails and there is nothing left to do but get rid of the couch, then we have some tips for you. Truthfully, you should always avoid just sending furniture to a landfill. There is always a chance someone can use your old couch. They may have more time than you do to fix it up and make the most of it. You should always find a way to offer your couch to someone who may find good use for it or, even more importantly, someone who truly needs it.
Friends And Family
We know they may not be the first people you think of to be interested in your couch, but you never really know which one of your friends or family members could make good use of it. Some individuals may simply place it in a garage for summer hangouts, while others may take the time to fix it up and feature it in their main living room.
There is no telling where you will see your old couch. Maybe once you see it in other hands, you will think you should have fixed it up yourself. We can bet the thought will flash in your head but, hey, you got a better couch at home, so no worries.
Donate Your Old Couch
There is no lack of charities seeking goods for those in need. Salvation Army and Goodwill are some of the most recognized charities in America and they will gladly take that old couch off your hands. You can always arrange a pickup and be sure your couch will be put to good use.
Donated couches have gone to the less fortunate inside shelters, have been used in vocational schools and even as part of magnificent theater sets. The opportunities that your old couch has to make a difference are endless, so don't worry, it will be fine without you.
Have It Hauled
If there truly is nothing else to be done, all the stains have become too much, the odors can't be solved with steam cleaning and the restless nights have simply taken their toll in too much wear and tear, then the least you can do is give your old couch a proper farewell. In this case, arrange to have it hauled away by your city's waste department. They will do all the heavy lifting and, even though they charge fees for the removal, they also attempt to recycle the item for you so that it doesn't just take up space and rot in a landfill.
You spent many years with your couch and made many memories, the least you can do is make sure it gets disposed of properly Your family and friends will be happy to see your living room looking great again. Remember, there are so many ways to dispose of items you no longer want or need — and that extends far beyond pieces of furniture. Somebody's yesterday is another's tomorrow.