3 steps for donating furniture

3 Crucial Steps To Donating Furniture

Steps To Donating Furniture

If you are in need of junk removal and are wondering about the 3 crucial steps to donating furniture, read on! In this post we will discuss everything you need to know about furniture donations and the best way to get rid of your precious belongings.

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Step One: Donate Or Discard

One of the first things you will need to decide is whether to donate your furniture or whether to discard it. And if you choose to discard it, you will want to get rid of it safely.

Many times people want to donate furniture but there isn’t really a need for it. For example, if you have an old tv, chances are no one will want it unless it’s under a year old.

Seeing your furniture and belongings in a realistic way will make it possible for you to recognize whether or not you should donate or discard.

Furniture That Is Hard To Donate

  • Used mattress
  • Old refrigerator
  • Old TV
  • Couches that are not in excellent condition


Your used mattress may not be the best fit for furniture donation. In fact, you may opt for mattress removal instead.

Most people find it difficult to sleep on a mattress that’s been used by others unless these criteria are met:

  • looks brand new
  • belongs to family
  • hasn’t been used
  • they can’t afford to buy one

Old Refrigerators

Your old refrigerator may not be a fit for someone’s home. Most refrigerators come with an apartment and many times a home as well. So when a person sets out to get a new one it is usually because they want to have a second one (and can afford to buy one).

An old refrigerator could end up costing you more, too. By draining energy and not keeping food fresh, you should dispose of the refrigerator rather than trying to donate it.

Old TV

Your old TV may need to be trashed. Most people won’t want an old tv unless they are a dinosaur.

Newer tv’s are crisp and have better capabilities than older versions. So don’t even bother trying to donate your old tv. Your better off just getting rid of it.

Old, Beat-Up Couches

Your old, beat up couch will probably need to get tossed in the dumpster. As unfortunate as it is, a couch that looks physically worn and used is less likely to be donation material.

Couches can often carry germs, scabies, mites and fleas. For these reasons they should be discarded after heavy use rather than donated. Any furniture removal business will be able to tell you whether your couch can be salvaged!

Step 2: Furniture Removal

Once you’ve decided to either donate or discard furniture, you will need furniture removal. It’s not easy to get a large piece of furniture out of your home, you know!

Here are some steps you can take to proper furniture removal

Whether you hire a professional service to remove our furniture or not, you will need someone to do it. If you have a huge bookcase, for example, you won’t be able to carry it out of your home for donation on your own.

Choosing the right company for your junk removal or estate cleanout project is the second step to donating furniture.

Step 3: Contact A Donation Center

Step 3 is very important and often overlooked. Once you have removed your furniture you are considering donating, it’s best that you contact your local donation center.

Below are a few reputable charities that accept donations:

The reason you will want to contact them first is because if you don’t you could make the trip and have them reject your furniture. So it’s best to call in advance and find out the items they are currently accepting.

Imagine if you hire someone and rent a truck for piano removal and bring your piano to the local Goodwill. Now imagine arriving there and having them tell you they are not accepting pianos. That would be a big disaster!

That’s why it’s best to call in advance. Better to be safe than sorry!


Donating furniture can often be a process. But we hope that this post has helped you understand how to go about donating your precious belongings.

If you are located in NJ and have any questions about getting rid of or donating furniture, please contact N. Vitale Disposal!

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