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Pretty much everyone at some point has a piece of furniture that they no longer want; maybe you have changed your taste in decor, inherited a piece of furniture from a relative, moved house and no longer have room for an item. And of course maybe you have furniture that is damaged and want to get rid of it.
If your furniture is in good condition there are lots of things you can do with it.
May your furniture just needs repairing. If the item is an antique, find a reputable restorer by visiting the The British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association.
If not don't be afraid to have a go your self (well, if it's only going to landfill otherwise you might as well try), or let a friend who is a DIY enthusiast have a go. There are plenty of videos on YouTube with tutorials on how to repair or refurbish anything from sofas and chairs to tables and chests of drawers.
So, what if your item of furniture is truly beyond repair? Well, if it is made of wood it can be recycled.
Most local councils accept wood for recycling at some of their recycling sites, usually the larger ones. Items made of leather or synthetic materials cannot be recycled.
Finally, you can make your future furniture purchases as environmentally friendly as possible.
These are a selection of charities that accept donations of furniture for reuse by needy families around the UK.