How to Get Free Furniture
When we moved into our 2 storey house, we were moving from a partially furnished basement apartment.
After putting all of our savings into the house purchase, we could barely afford to buy anything else.
We needed lots of basic furniture like a sofa, table with chairs etc.
Furniture is expensive! We had to explore free furniture options. We had no choice.
To our surprise, there were a lot of websites, apps and resources with free furniture available.
How can I get free furniture near me?
Here’s a list of 29 ways to get furniture for free.
29 Free Furniture Resources
Freecycle is a network of over 5000 groups with over 8 million members. Membership is free.
As a member, you can give or get items for free.
I love that Freecycle is about gifting and waste reduction. If you no longer need the item, you can always list it back on Freecycle and give back to the community.
This is probably one of my favorite resources to get free furniture. I got an Ikea bookshelf from Freecycle.
2. Craigslist, Kijiji, VarageSale, Letgo, OfferUp, Gumtree
Craigslist, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, VarageSale, Letgo, OfferUp, Gumtree (UK, Australia, and other areas) – these are all online sites and apps where you can buy and sell goods.
They also all have a free section with 100% free stuff including furniture.
Just google the website, “free” and your city or town to find where the free stuff is.
Know that free stuff usually goes fast! It’s still worth monitoring, especially if you’re less particular about the condition of items.
You can also always post “Wanted” ads on these websites to see if anyone in your community is willing to part with something for free. It never hurts to ask!
3. Facebook Groups
There are a lot of local Facebook groups with members in your community that are giving away free stuff.
I’ve seen free furniture listed in local buy and sell groups and mom and dad groups. To find these local groups, when you’re in Facebook, search “buy and sell” or “mom” or “dad” and your town or city.
There’s also the Buy Nothing Project Group. They operate very similarly to Freecycle. They offer members a way to give and receive, share, and lend items through a network of local groups. Membership is free.
To join a group, find one in your area. When you’ve found your community, click on the link and it’ll redirect you to your local group on Facebook.
If there’s no Buy Nothing group in your community, you can start a group here.
Nextdoor is a local neighborhood resource. You can use it to sell your goods, find out about local events, learn about criminal activity in your area etc.
Like in local Facebook groups, you’ll also see free stuff offered on occasion.
5. Yard Sales
Yard sales are a great way to get cheap furniture.
At the end of the yard sale (usually around 2-3pm on a Saturday during yard sale season), you can occasionally get free stuff that’s leftover by the curbside.
Families don’t want to lug items back into the house, especially big items like furniture.
I’ve gotten loads of free things by doing this.
Related: If you want to host your own yard sale, you can put that money towards furniture. It’s both a great way to make money quickly as well as get rid of the stuff you’re no longer using. Here are tips on how to host a yard sale successfully.
6. Estate Sale
With estate sales, the seller often needs to get rid of everything in the house. They’re motivated to move items.
As they near their closing date, they might even give away free furniture. Otherwise, they would have to pay a company to haul it away.
7. Thrift Stores
To find out if your local Salvation Army or Goodwill is participating, contact them and ask about their eligibility requirements.
In general, it’s a good idea to contact other local thrift stores too. They get donations all the time and they have limited space.
They need to move inventory. They might be willing to offer free furniture.
8. Furniture Banks
Local furniture banks collect furniture donations. They give these to individuals or families who are in need. For example, if you lost your job, are homeless etc.
To find your local furniture bank, google your city + “furniture bank”.
9. Heroes Warehouse
The Heroes Warehouse is a non-profit organization that helps previously homeless veterans with free furniture and essentials.
They accept new and gently used items that are in good working condition so you know you’re getting relatively good quality items.
If you have any gift cards on hand, you can use their Gift Card Exchange section to turn your gift cards into cash for furniture!
11. Red Cross
The Red Cross provides disaster relief to individuals and families that have experienced disasters from home fires to hurricanes to wildfires to floods.
The Red Cross responds to an average of 60,000 disasters every year.
They adapt their resources to the needs of the people. It might include anything from free meals to furniture.
12. Ashley Furniture Free Bed Assistance Program
Ashley Furniture has a Hope to Dream program where they give away beds to a underprivileged children between 3-16 who don’t have beds and come from families with low income.
They’ve given over 100,000 free beds to children.
If you know of a child that can qualify, you can place a nomination here.
13. Have a housewarming party
If you’ve moved into a new house, set up a housewarming party and create a registry.
You can create an Amazon wishlist and send it to family and friends.
You can also create a housewarming registry through Bed Bath and Beyond.
14. Swap party
A swap party is an excellent opportunity to get free furniture!
What’s a swap party?
It’s a event for a group of friends to get together to trade items. There are rules so that it’s fair and fun for everyone.
Since you know where the furniture is coming from, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re getting things in good condition.
This is one of my favorite ways to shop for things on a budget because:
- It’s FREE – you don’t have to spend any money.
- You can get rid of the clutter at your place!
You can turn your unused goods into new things you actually need!
Related: Tips on How to Host a Swap Party
15. Local community curbside giveaway
My community does this a few times a year. It’s a great way to get free furniture and other essentials for your household.
What happens in my community is that every household is invited to put out their goods on the curb for 12 hours. Anything that’s not picked up has to be brought back inside.
I’ve participated in 2 of these and gotten a lot of goods from it. One of the best finds I came across was a patio set – a cast iron table with 2 chairs. There was just a bit of paint peeling on one of the chairs, which could be easily fixed.
If you don’t have a community curbside giveaway, you should make this suggestion to your township. It’s a great way for families to do some decluttering and for other families to get items they want for free.
16. Check college and university campuses
When students finish school at the end of each term, they’re not always able to get rid of all of their dorm room furniture.
You’ll often see computer chairs, tables and beds next to the communal trash bins or just outside of the dorms on the lawns.
It’s worth taking a drive by to see what’s available.
17. Trash pick up day
While most houses are just putting out their trash, you’ll occasionally see some goods like free furniture.
It’s likely because people are moving or decluttering.
Here are indicators signaling that free furniture might be left by the curbside:
1. Whenever you see a sold sign or a moving van at a house or apartment building
This is actually how we got a big, beautiful flower painting down the street. Around 1-1.5 months after the sold sign went up, we saw the painting out by the curb.
It was a painting that I think was used for staging the house for sale. The frame alone was worth $50.
2. Around the 1st and 15th of the month
This is the time period when leases are normally finished and people have to move. Some renters just can’t take the furniture with them so they leave it out on the lawn.
3. Community-assigned days
Your community might have an assigned day of the week or month where sanitation services are specifically assigned with picking up furniture or large items that can’t fit in a trash bag.
It’s a good idea to check your community calendar or contact the township to see if this is in place.
18. Ask the landlord or previous tenant
If you’re moving into a rental unit, ask the landlord or previous tenant about the furniture you see in the rental unit.
This is how we got a free couch when we were renting a basement suite.
We had no furniture and inquired about the couch. It was a win-win situation because the previous tenant couldn’t move the couch.
She assembled it in the unit and it was too bulky to move out. You would have to take it a part, which would destroy the couch.
19. Focus on businesses
Small and medium size companies are going out of business all the time. Watch for the “going out of business” sign.
You can often get sturdy, high quality office furniture for a fraction of the price.
Watch for businesses moving as well.
When my office moved, we had to downsize significantly. We sold expensive hydraulic desks and tables for 30-50% of the original price. They were in mint condition.
20. Notice boards
There are notice boards all around town. If you live in an apartment building, look at the apartment news and notice board that’s usually right near the mailboxes.
You can often find local bulletin boards at coffee shops, grocery stores, libraries etc.
I don’t see free furniture on these boards frequently, but you never know. You might get lucky!
21. Storage units
You might have heard of the TV show Storage Wars? When storage units get auctioned off because people aren’t paying rent, the buyers often don’t want everything that’s in the unit.
They’re just after the few gems they can easily resell. Furniture is occasionally not one of them because it’s big, heavy and costs money to both move and store.
While you don’t know who’s buying the units, the storage staff do. The storage staff also know about storage units that don’t sell. They’re motivated to get rid of the stuff in these units quickly to make it available to attain storage income.
It’s a good idea to let the storage staff know you’re interested in any furniture that’s remaining – that you’ll haul it away for free.
22. Renew your furniture
If you already have furniture, but it’s a bit dated, you can always renew it with a fresh coat of paint.
We did this with our front entrance bench and changed the color to a neutral linen white so it matches the rest of our decor.
Now it’s stunning!
You can also get a new slipcover for the couch or chairs.
One of our friends uses a slipcover over their bar stools/dining room chairs. It actually doesn’t even look like a slipcover because the fit is just right.
I love how they’re removable and washable. They protect the furniture from cat scratches and kid spills.
23. Fix your stuff
You don’t need to be a furniture manufacturer or repairer to learn how to fix furniture. You can YouTube anything nowadays and find answers.
We have a wooden coffee table that had severe scratches. We just googled how to fix the issue and ended up rubbing coffee grounds on the scratch. It covered it up nicely!
24. Look for a furnished place
Furniture is expensive. It’s worthwhile to look for a furnished place especially if you only anticipate living in an area for a short time (e.g. you’re in a contract job or you’re traveling).
You’ll save time and money on all the costs that come with furnishing a place like the purchase and shipping costs as well as the hassle of trying to resell it afterwards!
This is something I regret not doing when we moved to a different country for a year. We furnished our entire apartment. At the end, we couldn’t even sell all of our furniture. We had to give a lot of it away including putting a big dining room set on the curb. What a waste!
25. Ask family and friends
You can consider posting the request on social media or discretely ask family and friends.
Some people might be in the mood to declutter. Some might already be moving, downsizing, helping to offload a deceased relative’s belongings etc.
If you know any newlyweds, they might be in the process of combining 2 houses or apartments into 1 and have free furniture to give away.
26. Ask for cash instead of gifts
Instead of getting gifts for your birthday, Christmas and other special occasions, ask for cash instead.
You can use the cash towards furniture and other things you need.
If you need free furniture, let the staff at your local churches know. They’re often willing to help people in need.
They might ask around for donations.
I know the local church in our community organizes indoor yard sales every month to raise funds. All the goods available are by donation.
Due to limited spacing, I can imagine some products that are not sold at these events are often given away for free.
Additional Ways to Get Free Furniture
28. Make more money
Ultimately, there are only so many ways to get free furniture. If your financial situation is difficult and you want to be able to afford furniture, you have to consider making more money.
There are many ways to earn a side income. For example, you can get an additional work from home job that’s flexible like being a Virtual Assistant. Here are over 10 other legitimate work from home jobs.
29. Save money
Another way to be able to get furniture is to cut expenses.
Scan through your expenses and see where you can trim costs.
For example, you can eliminate your home phone if you already have a cell phone. You can substitute your cable for Netflix or rent DVDs from the library for free.
If you’re looking for additional ideas, here are 18 things I stopped buying every day to save money. If you’re knee deep in baby costs, check out this list of free baby samples.
Another idea is to go through a no spend challenge, which is when you don’t spend money for a certain period of time. I highly recommend this exercise as it stretches your limits and forces you to be creative to get around not spending money.
Recap of How to Get Free Furniture
- Craigslist, Kijiji, VarageSale, Letgo, OfferUp, Gumtree
- Facebook Groups
- Yard Sale
- Estate Sale
- Thrift Stores
- Furniture Banks
- Heroes Warehouse
- Red Cross
- Ashley Furniture Free Bed Assistance Program
- Have a housewarming party
- Swap party
- Local community curbside giveaway
- Check college and university campuses
- Trash pick up day
- Ask the landlord or previous tenant
- Focus on businesses
- Notice boards
- Storage units
- Renew your furniture
- Fix your stuff
- Look for a furnished place
- Ask family and friends
- Ask for cash instead of gifts
- Make more money
- Save money
There are many ways to get free furniture. You can try all of these options or just a few that you feel comfortable with.
Good luck with your free furniture search!
Resources for Saving Money
Looking for other ideas to save money?
Here are my favorite money saving resources:
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To top it off, for U.S. residents, Rakuten will give you a welcome bonus of $10 after making your first online purchase of $25 or more.
For Canadians, it’s a $5 welcome bonus for signing up.
Honey is an application that looks at the items in your cart and helps you search for coupon codes. If it finds relevant codes, it enters them AUTOMATICALLY! You never have to search for coupon codes online again!
It also has other money saving features like cash back, price drop notifications, and a price history. It’s also FREE to use.
Here’s my detailed review on Honey here.
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- Honey Review: How to get the Best Prices Available
- Ebates Review: How to Make and Save Money Fast
- Best Money Saving Tips to Save You $1000’s
- 18 Things to Stop Buying to Save Money Every Day
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- EyeBuyDirect Review: How to Get Glasses for Cheap Prices
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