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6 Better (And Earth-Friendlier) Alternatives To Throwing Away Your Old Sofa

Parting with your old sofa can be difficult.

If it was one of the first purchases you made, it would definitely have followed you through several moves, homes and have plenty of memories attached to it. 

But before you decide to make the decision to replace your old couch with a new one, it’ll pay to think long and hard about what else you can do with it instead if having it end up in a landfill.

You might not even need to toss it out if you’re able to get creative with giving it a new lease on life. 

So what should you do with your old sofa? We’ve got a couple of ideas on how to go about it:

1. Donate it

Okay, so you’re reading this and realize that it’s too late to back out from getting that new sofa now because it’s already on its way to you.

No matter. Instead of sending it to the dumpster, why not do a quick search on the internet for places you could donate your sofa to? 

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure, and you’d be surprised at how someone might need what you no longer want, even in it’s in a less-than-stellar condition.

Whether it’s your local orphanage, animal shelter (because our furry friends do love a meaty sofa to dig into!), or even a Buy Nothing Project organization in your area, we can guarantee that someone will find a way to put your unwanted sofa to good use.

2. Sell it

Need some extra cash to fund a new sofa? Sell off your old one.

The online marketplace is a vast one, and if you take enough nice pictures of your sofa, somebody’s going to want to buy it.

Lots of people don’t mind purchasing a second-hand sofa that’s not in perfect condition if it means saving a bit of cash. 

3. Plump it up

Your old sofa might have had better days, but one reason you may have wanted to get rid of your old sofa is it’s sunken in certain spots and is no longer able to support you as well as it used to.

But what if you could fix this without throwing out your sofa?

Allow us to introduce you the Botox for old couches: Poly-Fil. It’s a polyester fibre blend stuffing that you can use to plump up your old sofa.

Stuff the sunken spots on your sofa with the right amount of Poly-Fil and then wrap it up in quilt batting to secure its shape, and voila! You’ve got a sofa that looks as good as new. 

4. Swap it

Swapping items is another waste-reducing way of getting rid of your sofa without actually throwing it away.

In fact, people bartered off valuable items in exchange for everyday necessities in the old days, such as bread for rice, meat for eggs, and the like. 

To get your search for prospective sofa buyers going, try hopping on and see if you can get takers for your asking price. All you’ll have to do is pay for shipping and a small transaction fee of not more than US$1. 

5. Swap out your sofa’s legs

One way to change the way your sofa looks without getting a new one is to change its legs.

Lower, higher, darker, lighter, skinnier or wider, it’s just about the easiest way to give your sofa a fresh new look by opting for a set of legs that look completely different from your previous ones. 

6. Get a sofa slipcover

Who says you have to throw away your sofa when it gets old?

Just like giving your walls a fresh coat of paint, maybe all your old, worn-out looking couch needs is new layer of fabric on it.

It’s so easy to upcycle the sofa you have with an affordable set of sofa slipcovers — not only will they breathe new life into your couch, they’ll also give you the chance to change up the look of your living room with fabrics and colors that you wouldn’t otherwise consider if you were to buy a new sofa or go down the reupholstering route.

To pick the right fabric for your sofa slipcover, give our fabric samples for a test run by having them sent to your doorstep: