You’re certainly not alone if you feel like it’s time to part with your old couch and look for information on simple, eco-friendly furniture disposal. We will assist you in determining what to do with your discarded furniture in this guide and how to do it safely and easily using a dumpster.
UNDERSTANDING THE STATE OF YOUR COUCH
You should determine the condition before determining which tool you’ll use to get rid of your couch. This is vital because you will be able to ‘freecycle’ (i.e. donate it instead of disposing of it if your couch is still in decent, functional condition. So when deciding whether or not to donate or dispose of your sofa, let’s examine what you should look for.
NORMAL COUCH LIFESPAN
The average couch lifespan is around 7 to 15 years. There are however, unusual cases in which it is possible to refurbish and use an old sofa, which is considered an antique, for a longer period of time. But, generally speaking, it’s better to dispose of it and buy a new couch if your couch is 7-15 years old.
YOUR COUCH’S COMFORT AND LONGEVITY
The support and feeling of your couch is another factor to remember. Are they beginning to sag the sofa cushions? If so, you have to decide if you believe like they can be replaced or not. To see how much resistance they have when squeezed, measure the cushions and how easily they adapt after you let go. It is possible that the foam needs to be replaced if there is not much resistance, or if it takes a while to decompress.
YOUR COUCH’S STRUCTURAL WEAR AND TEAR
The consistency of your sofa fabric is the next thing to remember. You can check for stains, tears, etc which over time will build up on furniture pieces. Are they minor, or is it appropriate to reupholster the couch? Furthermore, you can study the interior of the sofa. If when you sit, it creaks, it may mean it needs repair. A couch with a sturdy wood frame and metal springs could however be repairable.
HAZARDS TO HEALTH
Finally, it is important to check for any health threats, such as animal droppings, bed bugs, or mould and mildew, when inspecting the interior of the couch. Thinking about it may be frightening, but bugs can hide and infest the interior of some pieces of furniture, and over time, moisture can build up in the cushions. If all of these components are present, disposal of the couch is recommended.
TAKE OFF SOME CUSHIONS AND PILLOWS
The obvious first step in removing your sofa is to strip off the cushions and pillows. If you do not want to store any pillows, make sure to throw them in the roll-off dumpster. Old pillows from a sofa will make your new sofa or bed excellent throw pillows. You need to remove the mattress along with your cushions and pillows and dispose of it in your roll-off dumpster if your old sofa is a hide-a-bed (our condolences).
This stage is where your box cutter (straight edge) comes in. To show the frame underneath it, you will need to cut away the cloth. It can be as easy as pulling staples, but some cutting is required in most cases.
LET THE LEGS OUT
This phase is sufficiently simple. You may often unscrew sofa legs by hand, or you may need a screwdriver or Allen wrench in some situations. Using a handsaw to cut them off if the legs are melded.
Now you can disassemble the couch frame using your screwdrivers or Allen wrenches. You can have to pull nails in some situations, as well. You can cut bits of wood into a smaller more manageable size once you have it apart, so it’s easier to transport.Call us at Envirodispose for dumpster hiring in Shawnee, OK.