Look for second hand furniture before you buy new. Pass any unwanted furniture onto family or friends, or you could give it away or sell it on an online exchange website.

The Furniture Reuse Network is a national network of organisations that take furniture in good condition and pass it onto low-income families.

You can also donate unwanted furniture to local community groups and projects.  Visit the London Community Recycling Network to find out which organisations operate in your borough.

Furnish is a re-use furniture charity with a store located at the West12 Shopping Centre. Drop in to buy affordable, good quality re-use furniture and decorative items. Stock changes on a daily basis and a local delivery service is available. Furnish@West12, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8PP. Tel: 020 8749 4031. Find out more.

If your unwanted furniture is in good cosmetic condition (even if it it needs repair) you can donate it to the Reuse Project (Rework) by delivering it to the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre in a car.  The furniture will be repaired, if necessary, by trainees and people on long term job seekers allowance and moved on for resale by local charities.  Alternatively, you can have your unwanted furniture collected from your home for a fee.  Find out more.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) run furniture and electrical stores across the country. They are constantly looking for fresh stock and offer a free collection service for reusable items. Furniture and electrical stores are larger than normal BHF stores to accommodate everything from second-hand suites and bedroom furniture to electrical goods such as fridges and washing machines. For further information call 0844 412 5000 or visit the BHF website.

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