Top 10 Furniture Items You Should Never Throw Away

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Every year too much perfectly usable furniture is placed into landfills. In a society that is increasingly more environmentally conscious let’s look at the furniture items you shouldn’t throw away.

The Top Ten

1 Antique Dining Table

Inherited items of furniture can have great sentimental value but do not always fit in with your décor or you can struggle to find space for them. Antique dining tables are often particularly large because they were made for large, dedicated dining rooms and that just isn't the way most of us live now. For such items, it’s worth considering putting them into cheap self-storage until you can find the perfect place to display them when you get a bigger home. - annap

2 Storage Chest

Useful in any room in the house, when you have finished using your toy storage chest give it a bit of TLC and it will continue to serve you well as a very functional storage solution. - annap

3 Designer Coffee Table

If you have a beautiful and expensive item of furniture that you love but isn’t suitable to a life with small children, such as a large glass designer coffee table, the question is what do you do with it? If you try to sell you will probably not get much and once your children are a little older you may want to use it again. Consider putting it into self-storage such as that available at www.storing.com instead. - annap

4 Sofa

If you are replacing your sofa, maybe it isn’t as comfy anymore, doesn’t fit with your new colour scheme or is too big for a new home, consider donating it to a charity furniture shop or freecycling rather than just throwing it away - annap

5 Crib

Whilst second-hand crib mattresses shouldn’t be used, due to the risk of SIDS, there is no problem with using a crib again. Having a baby is an expensive business, and cribs are used for such a short time that it is a lovely idea to pass them on. - annap

6 Wardrobe

If your new house has a fitted bedroom then you may have no use for your old bedroom furniture, but if it is in good condition there is bound to be someone else who will be able to use it, and this even saves the need for you to take it away to dispose of! - annap

7 Bookshelf

Everyone needs bookshelves, even the shabbiest ones can be instantly refreshed with a coat of paint. - annap

8 Chest of Drawers

Whether your family has grown or shrunk, chests of drawers are always useful storage and always in demand, so if you are downsizing or have had some new built in storage created someone is bound to be able to use your old chest of drawers. - annap

9 Nest of Tables

One of the most functional pieces of furniture in your lounge, this is one thing you should never get rid of. They are small enough to fit into the corner of your room and incredibly practical. - annap

10 Armchair

Moving in together can sometimes mean compromises, especially where furniture is concerned but don’t let you favourite comfy armchair be cast aside, perhaps it will no longer be welcome in the lounge but there is bound to be a space where it will fit right in one day even if it's only in the garden shed. - annap

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