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Sell or donate it. If your sofa is clean, stain-free and sturdy, odds are you can sell it or donate it to a charity. In most cases, potential buyers or charity groups will even pick up the sofa from your home.
Reuse it. Before you consider getting rid of your sofa, think about reusing it. Is it totally destroyed? Or does it just need a good spruce-up? Try having it professionally cleaned, or rent a steam cleaner to get those stains out. Buy some new throws or pillows for it to freshen it up. Slipcovers are another great option — today slipcovers are available in many great textiles and colors, or can even be custom made. If you don't want your sofa in your living room, maybe it can be used in a guest room, recreation space, basement, or garage. Explore your options before tossing it out.
Recycle it. Sofas contain many of the same parts as mattresses, and can be broken up into pieces and the individual pieces recycled. Try looking onEarth911.com for a location near you that can recycle sofas. However, because it's such a labor intensive process, there are slim pickings. There's always the option of you taking it apart yourself, and recycling the respective parts. The wood, cotton fabric, foam core, and springs can all be dismantled and reused or taken to recycling facilities.
Another possibility is having your sofa reupholstered. Reupholsters are craftsmen, and can completely redo the foam, lining, and fabric at a very high quality. Do your research — a quality upholstery job will probably cost as much as a new couch. The great thing is that you get a custom piece while saving your sofa from the landfill.
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