Furniture is one of those things that you can suddenly find yourself with all these pieces that you don’t need. But when you go to sell them, you notice that the usual warnings and safety labels are missing. So how do you get rid of furniture without a fire label?
Disposing of the furniture at a tip or bulk rubbish area is one option, otherwise, try donating to charity, or selling it privately. Such private disposal won’t fall afoul of any labelling requirements for the furniture.
I’ll take you through the options on getting rid of furniture without safety labels and some tips to follow to get rid of your furniture quickly and easily via good listings on online marketplaces.
Can You Give Away Furniture Without A Fire Label?
Complying with local rules and regulations regarding safety is likely going to come down to whether it is a commercial venture or not. Giving away furniture won’t attract all the same scrutiny of the level of rules that need to be followed as if you were selling it.
This also covers sales of used goods privately. It is only really commercial operations that need to comply with such fire rules and flammability.
So if a fire label or fire safety warning has been removed or ripped off your old furniture, it won’t stop you giving it away nor selling it.
Mattresses and other furnishings can ignite very easily, a common cause is catching fire from nearby heaters or smoking. This is particularly true for upholstered or foam furniture.
Safety regulations require businesses to ensure their products are safe, but these are not extended in the same way to non-businesses.
Where On Furniture Is A Fire Label?
For couches and sofas, the fire safety label will generally be stitched in somewhere. This may be under the couch itself or under the cushions. Check under any flaps or loose covers for hidden labels, particularly on the back of the sofa.
For other types of furniture, try looking on the underside or hidden part of the furniture that would not normally be visible from a casual inspection.
As these fire regulations are relatively recent, very old furniture or antique furniture is unlikely to have a fire label. Items past a certain age will be exempt from such regulations.
How Do You Get Rid Of Furniture Without A Fire Label?
Furniture disposal starts with contacting your local rubbish dump and organizing disposal. This may be via them coming to collect from your place for a fee, or transporting it down yourself.
Some local authorities may run bulk rubbish collections so keep an eye out for any communications on that. It will typically be a few times a year or may be by appointment only.
Your other option is selling any furniture via some online marketplaces.
Craigslist is generally the first and best place for getting rid of unwanted furniture. You can offer items up for free which will make them get snapped up quicker.
Do a quick search through other similar listings and keywords to get an idea of what you should be listing the price as. Consider other ads and how long they have been listed for and adjust accordingly.
Brand recognition may help sell a piece of furniture rather than just having a basic listing of the bare minimum. Most savvy buyers are going to avoid your listing if it seems like you’re trying to hide something about the good.
Use a few good photos that cover all the different angles which also show the features and condition clearly. A concise history of how you got the furniture and briefly why you’re selling it may convince some buyers.
As with all used items, it will be easier to sell if in good condition. Do a thorough clean and take the photos in a well-lit area, and don’t be afraid to do a bit of a touchup in some editing software to make it look as good as possible by balancing the light or similar.
If Craigslist is not working for you, consider looking at Facebook Marketplace, Recycler or Offerup. Spend some time researching local trading groups or swap meets that may occur on weekends as another outlet to offload your furniture too.
Finally, one of the best ways to get rid of furniture is to advertise to your own circle of family and friends. Think about people you know who may be in the market for some cheap furniture, for example any college-aged people who have just moved.
Can I Donate Furniture Without A Fire Label?
Any furniture in relatively good condition can be donated to a charity even if it doesn’t have a fire label.
Charities will typically provide a pickup service where they will come to your residence and collect the items in a truck. This is convenient as they will have all the various equipment to shift heavy, bulky furniture easily into the truck.
Otherwise, contact the charity to find out the best way to get your furniture down to their premises.
Charities will generally be exempt from any requirements to follow such safety dictums as fire labels. Charities will be much more familiar with the rules and regulations of what they can and can’t accept, so this makes them an attractive option.
Sometimes it may be that the charity can receive a donation in exchange for furniture missing its fire label. This means they cannot set a price and sell it for that, but receive a small amount of consideration for the furniture.
You could also consider contacting local community groups such as sporting clubs or similar to see if they need any used furniture.