Preloved furniture is an important solution for many people in Furniture Poverty.
For those on a low income or without resources to access brand new items of furniture, preloved furniture can be:
- High quality
- Long lasting
- Good value for money
- Their only way of accessing furniture
Finding preloved furniture a new home also has the advantage of being better for the environment, and can provide work and training opportunities for disadvantaged individuals.
This ‘win-win’ scenario of using preloved furniture to reduce Furniture Poverty is put into action across the UK every day by furniture re-use organisations (FROs). These vary in size, location, overall aims and business model but most are united by some common features:
- Collecting furniture that is no longer required. This may be from domestic properties, or businesses such as John Lewis who operate ‘take-back’ schemes.
- Distributing this furniture to people in need.
- Using these activities to upskill disadvantaged people by employing them as staff, trainees or volunteers
Find your nearest Furniture Re-use Organisation here.
We’re also currently compiling a range of case studies to celebrate good practice around using preloved furniture so if you know of any examples which demonstrate imagination, innovation or efficient use, please get in touch!