Table and Chair Removal & Disposal Service: Comprehensive Guide

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Table and chair removal & disposal services UK

Getting rid of a table or some chairs can be challenging, especially if the furniture is bulky or heavy and perhaps needs to be lifted up or down a staircase or through narrow corridors. 

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your table and/or chairs to something newer or if you’re moving and no longer need (or can justify the space for) your old furniture set, getting rid of your old table/chairs is much easier with a helping hand from a rubbish removal company near you.

Table and chair removal service near you

No matter whether you need to get rid of flatpack furniture or old-fashioned wooden tables and chairs, office desks or conference tables, patio table and chair sets, office chairs, computer desks, a dining room set, stools, benches, children’s chairs, recliners, armchairs, or any other variation of tables and chairs, makes furniture removal in the UK simple and straightforward.

Our member partners can haul any home or office furniture, no matter how heavy or bulky it may be, and dispose of it in a legally compliant and eco-friendly manner whenever possible.

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Table and chair removal & disposal: questions people commonly ask

How do I get rid of an old dining table?

Old dining tables can be donated to charities so long as they are in reasonable condition, scheduled for collection by most local councils, hauled to a council tip yourself, or collected by a man and van rubbish removal company.

Most charities in the UK will collect unwanted old furniture so long as it can be refurbished and given to individuals in need. Many councils also offer bulky waste collection, including old dining tables.

How do you get rid of a large table?

Some of the best ways to get rid of a large table in the UK include selling it online, giving it away for free to friends or family, donating to a charity, or scheduling bulky waste or furniture collection from your local council or a rubbish clearance company.

Rubbish removal companies can safely remove large tables from your home at affordable prices and with fast response times, so for many homeowners, this is the most efficient way to get rid of a large table such as a coffee table, dining table, or conference room table.

What can I do with an old table?

Old tables made of high-quality timber can be turned into beautiful furniture such as benches or refurbished into a computer desk, for example. Depending on the size of the table and your creativity, you could turn the table into other useful things such as a pet bed or coffee table.

If your old table is in poor condition and you have no need for it or the materials, you can donate it to charity, arrange for collection by the local council, or have it removed quickly by a same-day rubbish removal company.

How do you recycle wooden tables?

Wooden tables can generally be recycled fairly easily. High-quality timber from wooden tables is ideal for upcycling into new furniture; old timber in less-than-ideal condition can be recycled into wood pallets, wood chips, or wood pellets.

Note that lacquered wooden tables may be more challenging to recycle, depending on the type of lacquer finish used on the table. Certain types of lacquer may limit recycling opportunities to wood chips, for example.

How do you move a table out of a room?

To move a table out of a room, the first step is to de-clutter and clear the table. For large tables, clear a path so that the table can be safely navigated within or outside of the room or property. Heavy tables should be moved by two or more people to prevent injury. Some tables may need to be turned 90 degrees onto the side to move through narrow doorways, corridors, or up/down flights of stairs.

Load the table carefully onto a moving vehicle capable of safely transporting the table and use straps or cables to prevent the table from moving during transport.

How big is too big of a table?

For dining room tables and other large tables, it is important to have adequate clearance between the walls and the table to ensure that everyone can sit comfortably. Start by measuring any walls adjacent to where the table will be placed and subtract approximately 1 metre (about 3 feet) from all sides adjacent to the walls.

The table should ideally be a maximum length/width of the size of the measured walls minus 1m (or 2m for rooms where the table is placed between two walls). This can also apply to large conference room tables in offices.

 It is also important to consider that for large tables, moving the table into the room may be a challenge and in some cases, the table may need to be assembled once placed inside of the room. This also means that the table will need to be disassembled whenever it needs to be removed from the room.

What can you do with old armchairs?

Armchairs can be taken to the local tip for disposal or recycling, donated to charity, collected by your local council’s bulky waste collection service, sold online or given away, or collected by a rubbish removal company.

Note that upholstered sofas and armchairs must have a fire safety label in order to be sold or donated to charity. Old armchairs without a fire label cannot be legally sold due to stringent safety regulations in the UK.

How do I dispose of a chair in the UK?

Chairs without upholstery such as dinner chairs can be disposed of at your local council tip or recycled, whereas chairs with upholstery such as armchairs and recliners containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) must be incinerated. Many Household Waste Recycling Centres (council tips) can recycle unwanted chairs, depending on the materials.

How do you recycle chairs?

Chairs can be recycled in the UK at recycling centres, provided that the materials are recyclable and any upholstered furniture still has its fire label affixed. Wooden chairs and aluminium patio chairs can be partially recycled or upcycled into other furniture, for example, whereas foam and plastics may or may not be recyclable.

How do you declutter a table?

One of the most effective ways to declutter a table is to mentally categorise all of the contents under keep, toss, or place elsewhere, e.g. in storage or in another room.

Piles of paper and other everyday objects frequently clutter desks and tables, so consider using separate storage such as file folders or filing cabinets for paper documents and using drawers or baskets to hold other objects like hand cream, eyeglasses, medications, and so on.

Can I leave old furniture on the street UK?

While it is common to leave old furniture on the street in many parts of London and elsewhere in the UK, your local council could consider it fly-tipping and issue a fine for doing so. Furniture should only be left on the street if it is awaiting collection by the local council as bulky waste or by a charity.

Rubbish clearance companies can collect old furniture from your property and there is no need to leave the rubbish on the street and risk being issued a fine for fly-tipping.

How do I get rid of furniture for free in the UK?

There are many ways of getting rid of furniture for free in the UK, such as donating the furniture to charity, giving it away for free or selling it online. Some councils offer free bulky waste collection, although many councils charge a nominal fee.

If the furniture is in reasonable condition, you could refurbish it or upcycle it into new furniture or artwork.

Do dining chairs need fire labels?

Fire labels are a legal requirement on all dining chairs in the UK with upholstered materials such as cushions. Dining chairs with upholstered materials cannot be sold or donated to charities unless they have a fire label.

This includes dining chairs sold as a set, e.g. with other dining chairs and a dining table. Each dining chair should have its own fire label, which is normally sewn under the hem of the cushion or along the edges of the upholstery.

How do I get rid of a big chair?

Big chairs such as recliners and armchairs can be donated to charity, collected by the local council by scheduling bulky waste collection, sold online through marketplaces such as Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, or collected by rubbish removal companies near you.

If the chair is upholstered or has cushions, it must have its fire label in order to be sold or donated to charity. Upholstered chairs without a fire label cannot be resold or donated to charity, so consider rubbish removal to get rid of your big chair.

How can you move a chair?

Depending on the weight and size of the chair and whether or not it is bolted to the floor or affixed to a table or desk, there may be many ways to move a chair. If the chair is heavy and not attached to the floor (e.g. a barstool), one of the best ways to move the chair is to tilt the chair backwards, attaching furniture sliders underneath so that the chair can be pushed across the floor.

When moving the chair upstairs or downstairs or outside of your property and when lifting is required, ask for assistance if the chair is heavy to avoid injury.

How do you move a heavy table by yourself?

One of the best ways to move a heavy table by yourself is by using furniture sliders. Sliders are sleds that somewhat resemble skis or skateboards that are placed underneath the furniture and allow for easy sliding of the furniture across surfaces such flooring or carpet.

Lift each table leg and place a slider underneath (you may require two long sliders or four smaller sliders for long tables, one for each table leg), then push the furniture to the desired location or pull it using rope or by grabbing the table edges.

How much does it cost to remove tables and chairs?

Our licensed waste carriers in the UK have reported table and chair removal costs of approximately £20 to £150. Small desks or tables may only cost around £20 to £50 to remove, particularly if no disassembly or additional labour is required; large tables such as dining room tables or conference room tables may cost £150 or more to remove.

The cost of removing a full dining room set including the dining table and dining chairs (e.g. four) may cost around £100 or more when hiring a local rubbish clearance company.

How can I get rid of my table and chairs?

Some of the easiest ways to get rid of unwanted tables and chairs include donating the furniture to a charity, selling or giving it away, scheduling bulky waste collection from your local council, or hiring a man and van rubbish clearance company to collect and dispose of the table.

Donating furniture to a charity or leaving it for bulky waste collection from the local council requires you to move the furniture outside, whereas rubbish removal companies can perform this task on your behalf. 

How much does it cost to pick up a chair?

Our licensed waste carriers in the UK have reported chair removal costs of approximately £20 to £110. Small chairs such as barstools or children’s chairs may cost around £20 to remove, whereas heavier chairs such as metal outdoor patio chairs, armchairs and recliners may cost £110 or more to remove.

Dining chairs are typically removed with dining tables and furniture sets which may cost around £100 or more to remove when choosing a local rubbish clearance company in the UK.

How do you move furniture without lifting?

Some of the best ways to move furniture without having to lift it include the use of glides, sliders, or simply a pad to slide the furniture across the floor. Furniture sliders are convenient for moving heavy furniture without scratching the surface of the floor and can facilitate the movement of the furniture by pushing and/or pulling it to the desired location.

In some cases, a simple flattened cardboard box can be used in lieu of furniture sliders for the same purpose, although these could leave streaks or scuffs on your flooring.