Like food and household appliances, your furniture has an expiry date. Would you hold on to expired milk? We think not.

Don’t punish yourself by holding on to old furniture. We get it, furniture can be expensive — but it’s also a worthwhile investment. In other words, it’s time to get rid of that sofa that you sink into.

When you are ready to get rid of your old furniture, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of professional removal services. After all, when you hire a full service junk removal company, you won’t have to do any heavy lifting, and your old furniture will be out the door in no time.

At Capital Junk, we offer junk removal services that include furniture removal (you’re welcome), e-waste removal, hoarding cleanups and more.

Emotional attachments — and in some extreme cases hoarding disorders — can make it hard to get rid of old furniture, which is why we pride ourselves in being a compassionate junk removal company that will help you make that positive life change.

If you are interested in our junk removal process, click here to learn about what we take, and how we take it. If you are ready to get rid of your old furniture, be sure to book an appointment today; we can’t wait to help you make that transition!

It’s time to face the facts that it’s likely time to say goodbye to some of your dated furniture – but think of it as an upgrade.

 

Your Couch

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According to Apartment Therapy, 54 percent of people think that their furniture should last over 20 years. Spoiler: it doesn’t. Sofas alone have a pretty wide-ranging lifespan; they can last anywhere between 7 to 15 years — but that’s still not 20 years.

Don’t derail the aesthetic of your living room by keeping a sofa that’s way past its prime — it’s so much more worth it to invest in a new one that is comfortable and matches your home’s atmosphere.

Signs It’s time to Replace Your Sofa:

Creaking
Itchy material
Strange odours
It doesn’t match your aesthetic
Tattered upholstery
Sinking cushions

 

Your Bed Frame

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How long have you had your bed frame? Or better yet, has your child had the same bed frame since they were 10? Chances are, it’s time for an upgrade.

A bed frame should last anywhere between 15 to 20 years. Your bed frame supports your mattress, which supports you when you sleep — so its role is pretty significant.

These frames may be pricey, but they have a significant impact on your sleep and physicality. According to BedFrames, having an aged bed frame can cause sleeping problems and dust mite buildup.

The foundation of your bed frame can buckle with wear, and damage like splits can cause your bed to collapse — that’s the last thing you want to experience in the middle of the night.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Bed Frame:

It can’t support your mattress anymore
The support bar has buckled
Sinking mattress
Squeaking noises
Bowed slats (i.e those wooden slats above the bed frame)
Cracks or splintering

 

Your Mattress

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Like your bed frame, your mattress has a huge impact on your sleep — and we all know how sleep can impact your physical and mental health.

This is why it’s essential for that you get rid of your old mattress when it meets its lifespan. According to Consumer Reports, that lifespan is about 10 years.

That said, your mattress may need to be replaced before that decade mark. Be sure to spot the warning signs that it’s time to upgrade your mattress, and make sure you take action when you spot them!

Signs It’s time to Replace Your Mattress:

You are waking up stiff
Bedbugs
Increased allergy symptoms
Tatters & stains
It’s squeaking
Nasty odours
You wake up tired
It sinks

 

Your Chairs

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Admittedly there are a wide variety of chair styles, but every chair will meet its expiration date. While a wooden chair lasts between 10 to 15 years, an upholstered chair will last 7 to 10 years.

With age, wood scratches, materials tear, and legs buckle. According to LivingSpaces, the heavier and thicker a chair’s frame is, the longer the chair will last.

Signs It’s time to Replace Your Chairs:

Split wood or missing screws
Tattered or stained material
Wobbly legs or back
Scratches
Dents
Doesn’t fit your table

 

Your Table

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Tables are available in a wide variety of materials ranging from wood to glass, but they often wear with use and age. Think about it; if your table is full of scratches, dents, and is lopsided, is it really worth holding on to?

It’s worth noting that tables — dining room tables and kitchen tables specifically — are things you tend to bring with you as you move. It’s likely that your table won’t fit in your new space either size wise or aesthetically.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Table:

It doesn’t fit the room
Dents & stains
Loose screws or damaged foundation
Buckling legs
Cracked glass or split wood
Discolouration from sun

 

Dressers

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Dressers and drawers can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. A good quality dresser is well worth the investment; no one wants to fight with drawers that won’t open or close or have lost their knobs.

With age, drawers tend to buckle and become less sturdy. This makes it hard for them to withstand the weight of clothing, or whatever else you choose to store in them. When these items are impaired, they pose a safety risk.

A good rule of thumb is that if your drawers don’t open or close easily, you need a new one. If you can’t open your underwear drawer without it coming off of its track, you’ve got a problem.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dresser

Buckling drawers
Tarnished or split material
Loose knobs
Faulty drawer mechanism
Drawers won’t open or close
Drawers won’t budge or are too loose

 

Desks

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Desks typically last about 15 years, but because they serve such a simple but essential purpose people tend to hold on to them for way too long — even when they aren’t structurally sound.

For a desk to be usable, it needs to have a sufficient foundation. If legs are wobbling or drawers or coming loose, it’s probably time to update your home office with a new and improved desk. Chances are, you’re going to want a new desk chair while you’re at it!

Sometimes it’s just for practicality reasons that you need to replace your desk — maybe it doesn’t have sufficient storage any more or isn’t the right size. That aside, your desk is integral to your work productivity so if it’s not filling its function, you need a new one.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dresser or Shelves:

Loose drawers
Scratches & Dents
Faulty foundation (i.e. broken legs, loose screws)
Paint is coming off or wood is splitting

 

What We do with Your Old Furniture

When you enlist Capital Junk’s junk removal services, you can rest easy knowing that we will treat your belongings responsibly. We know that your things are precious and treat them as such. After all, just because you don’t need these things anymore doesn’t mean they can’t be used by someone else.

When you are ready to get started with your junk removal process, just let us know! We have a process to ensure that all the items we collect from you are dealt with responsibly, whether they are donated or recycled:

Remove:

At Capital Junk, we are committed to making getting rid of your furniture as easy as possible. All you have to do is get in touch, and we will provide you with a two-hour time slot. Don’t worry; you’ll know when to expect us — we’ll give you a call 15 minutes before we arrive.

After we arrive on site and assess the situation, we will present you with an upfront quote based on how much room your stuff will take on our truck. Then, after you give us the green light, we will remove the things you want taken off of your hands.

We are happy to haul away all of your things (that aren’t hazardous), but you can always check out the list of the things we take away if you’re not sure about an item. We provide a complimentary quote upfront and will price our services based on the room your stuff takes up in our truck.

We’ll do all the heavy lifting and haul your things away — all you will have to do is point us in the direction of what you want to be removed.

Recycle:

At Capital Junk, we are proud to have our own recycling centre where we bring everything that we collect. We make sure to sort through everything that we pick up; every individual item is assessed to make sure it is disposed of properly.

We take part in various recycling initiatives including our light bulb and fixture recycling program in partnership with Hydro Canada. We’re even part of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program, a not-for-profit organization that abides by the 2009 Ontario Waste Diversion Act’s outlined obligations.

Re-Use:

You can trust that we will re-use your things that are still in usable condition. We are partnered with various reputable charities like Salvation Army, The Ottawa Mission and Habitat for Humanity to make sure that someone gets use of the things you don’t want anymore.

This helps to reduce waste and makes it possible for your things to get used by someone who can’t make the most of it.

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