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Fill Your House For Free - FRN's View

Kirstie Allsop’s `Fill Your House For Free’, Channel 4, Tuesday, 23rd July 2013


There is a huge amount of furniture thrown away each year – 10 million items on average – but oddly, furniture re-use charities cannot meet the demand placed upon them by people in need and in crisis for essential household goods.


From an environmental perspective, we applaud TV shows like this that encourage people to re-use and preserve our resources (no-one wants to be brow-beaten about our excessive consumerism and the impact this has on the planet) by promoting personal interest (“save money; furnish your house for free”); however, it may encourage the people throwing away furniture to consider the monetary potential to themselves by re-selling it.

Furniture re-use charities depend upon the generosity of people to donate or `gift’ their unwanted but reusable furniture to people less fortunate than themselves.

A nation tightening its collective belt means there’s been a dramatic reduction in furniture donations to re-use charities.

The Furniture Re-use Network is working with commercial partners such as John Lewis and IKEA, to channel their customers’ unwanted furniture to our re-use charity members, but we desperately need the general public to make their own individual donations to their local charity too.

After all, these charities help boost local communities. They help develop social and work skills, as well as build the confidence and self-esteem of people who have fallen outside of mainstream education and employment. Also, as a national network, we help over 750,000 low income households each year by providing essential furniture, such as beds, sofas, and second hand washing machines and other white goods.

The furniture re-use sector helps people build secure and stable homes – often those people who have never been able to meet this basic human need – like kids leaving care at 16 yrs old.

As Kirstie Allsop pointed out on the TV programme, there are many places to find free furniture for the savvy; the up-cyclers; the design-conscious. For people in desperate need, there’s only one place, and that’s the Furniture Re-use Network.

Please donate your unwanted furniture at


It will make an important difference to someone’s life.

Essential, urgently-sought household goods include: beds; sofas; washing machines; cookers; fridges.





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