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Furniture reuse

Instead of throwing usable unwanted furniture and household appliances away, you can arrange to have suitable items collected and re-used by Somerset’s three furniture reuse projects.

Furniture and appliances collected by these groups are provided at low cost to members of the community on restricted incomes. ‘Engage in Alcombe’ has a dual pricing system so everyone can buy furniture for reuse.

Type of items the groups take

A whole range of furniture and household items, including electrical appliances, can be accepted. You will need to contact your local reuse group to check if they can reuse your item. Items must be in reusable condition, and furniture such as sofas must be made of the suitable fire resistant material now required by law.

For a list of items accepted by the Furniture reuse groups, please use the links below.

Accepted furniture

Furniture accepted at Engage West Somerset (Minehead)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemTable and chairsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWardrobeAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWall unitAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemBookcaseAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSideboardAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemDressing tableAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemChest of drawersAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSofaAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemArmchairAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemBedsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemFutonAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemSofa bedAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemCane furnitureAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large

Furniture accepted at Fair Frome Furniture Bank (Frome)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemTable and chairsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWardrobeAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWall unitAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemBookcaseAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSideboardAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemDressing tableAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemChest of drawersAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSofaAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemArmchairAccepted - Yes or noYes (Small)NotesAll with fire labels
ItemBedsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemFutonAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemSofa bedAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemCane furnitureAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes

Furniture accepted at Furnitrust (Taunton)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemTable and chairsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWardrobeAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemWall unitAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemBookcaseAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSideboardAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemDressing tableAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemChest of drawersAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemSofaAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemArmchairAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemBedsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemFutonAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemSofa bedAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesAll with fire labels
ItemCane furnitureAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large

Accepted electricals

Electrical items accepted at Engage West Somerset (Minehead)

ItemAccepted - Yes or no
ItemWashing machineAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemFridges or freezersAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemMicrowaveAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemCooker (electric)Accepted - Yes or noNo
ItemSmall electrical (Please check)Accepted - Yes or noYes
ItemElectric recliner chairAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemRadio / CD playerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemTV and CD playerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemComputerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemLawn mower (Electrical)Accepted - Yes or noYes

Electrical items accepted at Fair Frome Furniture Bank (Frome)

ItemAccepted - Yes or no
ItemWashing machineAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemFridges or freezersAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemMicrowaveAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemCooker (electric)Accepted - Yes or noYes
ItemSmall electrical (Please check)Accepted - Yes or noYes
ItemElectric recliner chairAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemRadio / CD playerAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemTV and CD playerAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemComputerAccepted - Yes or noNo
ItemLawn mower (Electrical)Accepted - Yes or noNo

Electrical items accepted at Furnitrust (Taunton)

ItemAccepted - Yes or no
ItemWashing machineAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemFridges or freezersAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemMicrowaveAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemCooker (electric)Accepted - Yes or noYes
ItemSmall electrical (Please check)Accepted - Yes or noYes, does not accept personal items such as foot spas or hair tongs.
ItemElectric recliner chairAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemRadio / CD playerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemTV and CD playerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemComputerAccepted - Yes or noYes
ItemLawn mower (Electrical)Accepted - Yes or noYes

Accepted miscellaneous items

Other items accepted at Engage West Somerset (Minehead)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemBlanket, throw, towelAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemBed linenAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemCurtains and blindsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemClothes horseAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemIroning boardAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemMirrorAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemRugAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemOffice furnitureAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemBicycleAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemLadder (aluminium only)Accepted - Yes or noNoNotes

Other items accepted at Fair Frome Furniture Bank (Frome)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemBlanket, throw, towelAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemBed linenAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemCurtains and blindsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemClothes horseAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemIroning boardAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemMirrorAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemRugAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemOffice furnitureAccepted - Yes or noNoNotes
ItemBicycleAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesGood condition
ItemLadder (aluminium only)Accepted - Yes or noNoNotes

Other items accepted at Furnitrust (Taunton)

ItemAccepted - Yes or noNotes
ItemBlanket, throw, towelAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemBed linenAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemCurtains and blindsAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemClothes horseAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemIroning boardAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemMirrorAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesClean and good condition
ItemRugAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemOffice furnitureAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesNot large
ItemBicycleAccepted - Yes or noYesNotesGood condition
ItemLadder (aluminium only)Accepted - Yes or noYesNotesGood condition

Reuse groups in Somerset

Details for reuse groups in Somerset are shown below.

Fair Frome Furniture Bank (operates furniture referral scheme in BA11 area and surrounding villages only)

Address: Fair Frome Centre, Unit 7 Longacre, Martson Estate, Frome BA11 4BG
Phone: 01373 488578 or 07718 652991 and ask for Lenka, the Furniture Bank Co-ordinator
Email: furniturebank@fairfrome.org

Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1pm to 5pm or Friday 9am to 1pm.

Please note: Fair Frome Furniture Bank is not open to public for browsing.

Regrettably, FurnEquip (Glastonbury) has now closed. Please consider using other charity outlets below (quality items for fundraising) or you may like to use online giveaway networks.

Engage Furniture Reuse Project

Address: Ground Floor, Alcombe Village Hall, Marshfield Road, Alcombe, TA24 6AQ
Phone: 01643 707484

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm

Closed Monday and Sunday and Bank Holidays

Furnitrust (Home Furniture Services Trust)
Furnitrust Facebook page

Address: 37-39 Bridge Street, Taunton, TA1 1TP
Phone: 01823 253053 (please also ring this number to check opening times of their Priorswood branch)
Email: info@furnitrust.org.uk

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

St Margaret’s Hospice

St Margaret’s Hospice can offer a free collection of some furniture. To find out more visit their website book your free collection collection.

Last reviewed: May 2, 2024 by Beth

Next review due: November 2, 2024

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