Tips for Finding Free Furniture Locally

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Need to furnish your home but having trouble finding a good price on furniture? Here are some ideas on how to get free furniture for your home!

Free Couch

When you move into a new home (or are just redecorating an old one), sometimes you might find that you need something to fill a space, to hold more things, or to sit on.

But (just like everything!), furniture prices have increased so much lately! The semi-affordable furniture found at places like Walmart has become so poor in quality that it’s hardly worth buying.

So, I thought we should gather together some great places to find free furniture that you can check out near you! Not all of these apply to every area, but hopefully, you can utilize at least one of these ideas.

Free junk furniture

Where to Find Free Furniture Near You

Online Community Groups

Online groups can be some of the fastest and easiest ways to find free furniture. If you don’t see anything listed for free, just post it with “ISO: Free Dresser” or whatever kind of furniture you want. You might be able to find someone who is moving and needs to clean out or someone who just needs to downsize.

Extra tip: Look for a Facebook group called “_____ Buy Nothing” (replace the blank with your town’s name).

Community Bulletin Boards

If you have some local community bulletin boards (look in the post office, library, or other frequently used spaces), you can look there for free furniture, or you can post a wanted paper as well (just get permission to post by the person in charge of the bulletin board).

Craigslist

Yes, people still post on Craigslist! If you don’t see any free furniture posted in your area, you can make a “Furniture Wanted” post to try and find something that you are looking for.

Nextdoor

If your neighborhood has a community on Nextdoor, this can be a great way to find the free furniture that you are looking for! You can watch the message boards or post a wanted ad.

Freecycle Listings

Freecycle

Our local Freecycle is no longer active, but some groups are, and they can be a great place to look for free furniture. Everything listed on Freecycle has to be free, so if you find something, make sure to jump on it right away!

Churches and Non-Profits

There are often many instances where local churches or local non-profits will do a furniture giveaway for those who need it. Watch for these furniture giveaways by following the organization’s Facebook page or signing up for their emails.

Curbside Finds

Sometimes, you can be driving along, and the right piece of furniture just happens to be sitting on the curb by someone’s trash! If you see something, first look for a sign that says “free.” If you don’t see that, just knock and ask the owner if it’s ok for you to take it (don’t just take things out of people’s yards!). This can be a really great way to gain a new piece of furniture!

Extra tip: Some neighborhoods will organize community-wide “free curb pickup” days. If you aren’t sure if your neighborhood does this, find the person who might be in charge and ask!

Large Item Garbage Days

Watch for an announcement by your sanitation that they will be doing a bulk trash day or furniture pickup day. Check out your neighborhood on this day before the sanitation service picks up and see what you can find!

College Campus Cleanouts

If you live in a college town, watch for free furniture giveaways towards the end of the semester when students are getting ready to head home.

Free Bench

Cleaning Up Old Furniture

When bringing home free furniture, you’ll want to make sure that you find ways to sanitize it before you bring it into your home.

*I would highly caution against bringing home anything that is made from a soft fabric, like couches, mattresses, and chairs. These can harbor unwanted pests and will never be worth the “free” price tag.

To sanitize a piece of furniture that you are bringing home:

  1. Start by inspecting it visually to make sure that it’s structurally sound and doesn’t have any pests that you can see.
  2. Wipe down the furniture with soap, water, and a clean cloth. Do not saturate wood with water, but simply wipe it clean of dust, dirt, and debris.
  3. Disinfect the furniture by wiping it again, but this time, with a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol. Let the piece of furniture sit until it’s completely dry.
  4. If the furniture smells bad, leave it outside (under cover but in the open air) for several days to let it air out. Keep in mind that it’s very difficult to remove a smoke smell.
My Side table

Creating New Furniture From Old

I’m sure this comes as no surprise that the furniture you find on the curb might not be the prettiest color or in the best shape. This is where your DIY skills come in!

My side table

I’m not an expert on redoing furniture (although I have done it a few times, including the piece pictured above!), so you might want to look up some YouTube tutorials. But just keep in mind that even if the piece of furniture is ugly or not in great shape, if it happens to be solid wood, you can make it into a masterpiece!

I hope that this gives you some ideas on where to find free furniture near you and what to do with it once you’ve been able to bring home a gem. Happy Free Furniture hunting!

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Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This post on How to Find Free Furniture was originally published on Little House Living in May 2024.

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