Donate Furniture

Furniture Donation Guidelines

Photos and Measurements Needed For Review

Gently used furniture can be provided to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, as well as to countless others desperately trying to make ends meet.  “Gently used” furniture means it is clean, functional, free of cooking smells or heavy spices, pet hair and are not in need of repair.

Email “Honest” photos to info@bafb.org

  • Honest” pictures of the items you wish to donate.
    • If the items have some wear and tear, we ask that you
    • Take pictures of any wear and tear, stained or damaged pieces, so that we can review the necessary work that may be required to refurnish or finish the items.
  • Measurements of the items
  • Your name and contact information, so that we can call/email you.

We will review the photos and contact you, should we have any questions, and/or let you know which items we could find a new home for.

Items We Pick up

Because of space limitation, we are only looking for the following items:

  • Dressers
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Kitchen Tables
  • Kitchen and Dining Chairs (without wheels/casters)
  • Coffee Tables
  • Night Tables
  • End Tables
  • Sofas – No longer than 7 feet (No recliner parts)
  • Sleeper sofas – No larger than full size (54” x 75”)
  • Loveseats
  • Easy Chairs – No recliners and no wider than 3 feet
  • Bookcases – No taller than 6 feet
  • Table Lamps
  • Floor Lamps
  • Small kitchen appliances (counter top only)

    If it is not on the list, we unfortunately cannot accept it.

    Required Condition

    We pick up the core types of furniture, essential to help turning a living space into a home. However, they need to be in good, gently used useable condition.

    Gently used furniture is clean, functional, free of cooking smells or heavy spices, and not in need of repair. Bay Area Furniture Bank does not have the space to clean or repair soiled or damaged items.

    Please do not attempt to give us furniture that has rips, stains, tears, cigarette burns, water damage, signs of frayed fabric and/or pet hair. Items must be from a non-smoking and pet-free household.

    We have the right to refuse any furniture that does not meet our standards.

    Consider following these guidelines, when thinking of donating items.

    Furniture must be:

    – Gently used, good and/or new items
    – Safe for use, clean, and functional
    – Ready-to-use condition, with all parts assembled
    – Upholstered items must be free of stains, tears and pet hair/odors

    We ask that you please

    Items we DO NOT Pick up?
    Living Room items such as:
    • Sectional sofas
    • Oversize easy chair
    • Sectional bookshelves
    • China cabinets
    • Oversize mirrors
    • Kitchen and Dining Chairs (with wheels/casters)
    • Mirrors
    Office furniture such as:
    • Sectional or L-Shape desks
    • Filing cabinets (2 or 4 drawers, or lateral cabinets)
    • Office chairs
    • Cubicles
    Bedroom items such as:
    • Beds (including box spring, mattresses)
    • Bed Frames with loose hardware
    • Twin, Full and Queen frames with hooks (only per office’s approval)
    • Mirrors
    Miscellaneous Items:
    • Glass-top of furniture
    • Sconces or Hanging Light Fixtures
    • Large Appliances
    • Grandfather Clocks
    • Pianos or Organs
    • Books
    • Window Coverings

    If in doubt, email us photos (info@bafb.org). We will let you know if we can find a new home for your items.

    Pick Up Locations

    We collect residential donations from the following cities located South of HWY 92  and North of HWY 152 (Gilroy)

    Almaden, Atherton, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City,  San Carlos, North San Jose, West San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Stanford, Sunnyvale, Woodside.

    Staging Items for Fast Residential Removal

    It is best to leave the items in the following places:

    • The garage is ideal,
    • On your covered porch,
    • In a storage unit in your building,or
    • The closest place to your entrance.
    • If you leave items outside, such as in the driveway or loading area, protect the items with a secured tarp.

     

    Commercial Donations

    We will be happy to talk to you. Please contact us directly, as these opportunities are considered on a case by case basis.

     

    Service Fee

    Minimum pickup fee for all donations: $145.00

    • Pickups are scheduled within two weeks of contact with BAFB
    • Pickup locations must be in Santa Clara or named parts of San Mateo County
    • Donated items are on ground level and staged (no stairs or elevator)

    Additional charges may apply for:

    • Remote geographical location
    • Access difficulty
    • Locations outside our geographical area of operation
    • Physical access to furniture
    • Removals above ground level with no elevator
    • Furniture disassembly prior to moving

    The Service Fee allows BAFB to:

    • Operate a highly experienced, professional furniture removal service
    • Employ schedulers, drivers, navigators, and helpers to remove the items directly from your home or business, and move them to our warehouse facility
    • Assist with overhead expenses associated with storage and staging space
    • Help pay for the delivery costs of moving furniture to a family in need
    • Sustain a 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity that is only partly funded by financial donations and grants

     

    Tax Receipt

    BAFB doesn’t estimate the value of the used items

    If you need an itemized value of the items you want to donate, we recommend using this website to calculate the value of your used furniture: http://bluebookfurniture.com/

    BAFB will provide a Donor Tax

    A completed Donor Tax Form will be provided to you which will include your name,  contact information, date of the donation, and a list of the donated items. In case of a large pickup, we will accept a compresensive list of item, which will be attached to your tax form.

     

    Who Receives your Furniture?

    The Bay Area Furniture Bank’s mission is to promote dignity and stability in our community, by redirecting donated furniture to families in need.

    Our clients are primarily low-income individuals and families who lack the resources to meet their most basic furniture needs. Most cannot afford to purchase beds to sleep on, or tables to eat on, and rely on our help to obtain them.
    We serve all ages throughout the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. While several agencies in the area work to connect low-income families to food and housing, BAFB is the only organization in Northern California focusing on providing furnishings and bedding to help families turn housing into a home.
    We redirect gently used furniture and houseware items to better the lives of thousands of deserving families.