Couch Ownership Tips

How to Assess the Value and Depreciation of Your Couch

The experts at unlock the secrets to assess your couch's worth, complete with tips and tricks to keep you from slipping into a seating slump.

What's the best way to sell my couch?

Selling your couch? Time to make some furniture magic happen! Here's the game plan:

  • Snap, list, sell: Take clear, well-lit photos of that black leather couch from different angles. Write a detailed description, including dimensions, condition, and any special features. Then, list it on online marketplaces like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or dedicated furniture resale websites.
  • Price it right: Do your homework and research similar couches in your area to gauge the market price. Be competitive but realistic. If that blue velvet couch is in excellent condition, you can ask for a bit more. However, if it's well-loved, or more basic like a black futon, price on the lower end.
  • Be responsive: Once your listing is live, respond promptly to inquiries, and be flexible with meeting times for potential buyers. The faster you can seal the deal, the sooner your couch will find a new home.

Want even more tips about the best ways to sell your used couch? Check out this in-depth guide!

How quickly does furniture lose value?

Furniture depreciation is like aging fine wine, but without the sophistication. Here's the lowdown:

  • Instant depreciation: As soon as you purchase a piece of furniture and it enters your home, its value drops. Think of it as the "new car driving off the lot" scenario.
  • First few years: The most significant drop in value occurs within the first few years of ownership. Expect to see a decrease of around 20-25% during this time.
  • Long-term outlook: After the initial plunge, furniture values tend to stabilize. High-quality, well-maintained pieces may even appreciate over time, especially if they become vintage or collectible. So, don't rush to google 'how to dispose of old couch'.

Are there companies that help selling used furniture?


Absolutely, and they're like your trusty furniture fairy godmothers. Here's what you need to know:

  • Furniture consignment stores: Want to wave goodbye to that luscious leather recliner couch without breaking a sweat? Furniture consignment stores are your knight in shining armor. They'll sell your beloved piece on your behalf, taking a commission from the sale price. With their expertise in pricing and killer marketing skills, you can sit back, relax, and watch the cash roll in!
  • Online furniture resale platforms: Say hello to the world of online furniture resale platforms, where selling your used furniture is as easy as a few clicks. Get ready to join the bustling marketplace, like a virtual flea market where buyers flock like bees to honey! Some platforms even offer pickup and delivery services, turning your selling journey into a smooth ride.
  • Estate sale companies: When life hands you a whole household of furniture to sell, estate sale companies are your ultimate lifesavers. They take the wheel and guide you through the maze of selling your treasures, from those lovely leather sleeper sofas to every knick-knack in sight.

So, there you have it—selling your couch and other furniture can be a breeze with the right approach. Whether you go the DIY route or seek assistance from resale companies, your pre-loved pieces can find new homes and bring joy to someone else's space.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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