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Furniture Donation Guidelines

Furniture donation online form

Gently used furniture is 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 not in need of repair. Kindly note our clients move into small spaces, large furniture pieces will not fit. There is a service fee for all pick ups.

Volume commercial donations

Furniture donors in hotels, universities, staging companies, realtors, and corporate offices are encouraged to contact us directly, as these opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis. Those donors can contact us at

Service fee

Our minimum service fee is $145.00, which helps offset a fraction of the operational cost associated with your pickup. The service fee is payable online at the time of scheduling an appointment.

Additional charges will apply if:

  1. Multiple items are to be collected.
  2. Location of items.
  3. Items are outside our pickup geography.
Required condition

Furniture is essential to help turn a living space into a home. The furniture we pick up must be clean, in good condition, free of smells, not in need of repair, and protected from the elements.

When donating items, please follow these guidelines. Furniture must be:

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

We do not accept furniture with 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 households.

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

Items we pick up

Our clients move into small spaces. As a result, we are looking only for the following pieces of furniture:

  • 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)
  • Loveseats
  • Lounge Chairs (No swivels or recliners)
  • Bookcases – 4×4 feet maximum
  • Table Lamps
  • Floor Lamps

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

Items we DO NOT pick up

Living Room furniture such as:

  • Sectional sofas
  • Oversize easy chairs wider than 3 feet
  • Recliners
  • Rocking chairs
  • Sectional bookshelves
  • Entertainment centers, TV consoles
  • China cabinets, hutches
  • Mirrors
  • Chairs with wheels/casters

Office furniture such as:

  • Large, sectional or L-Shape desks
  • Filing cabinets
  • Office chairs
  • Cubicles

Bedroom items such as:

  • Beds
  • Box springs
  • Mattresses
  • Bed frames
  • Mirrors

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Glass or marble top furniture
  • Sconces or hanging light fixtures
  • Appliances
  • Kitchen items
  • Grandfather clocks
  • Pianos or organs
  • Books
  • Window coverings
Pick up locations

We collect residential donations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties at homes that are south of Highway 92 (Foster City) and north of Highway 152 (Gilroy).

Best Staging Areas for Fast Residential Removal from Residences

Please leave items in or on the following places:

  • First floor
  • Garage 
  • Your covered porch
  • The spot closest to your home’s entrance
  • For items left outside, such as the driveway or loading area, protect the items with a secured tarp.
Tax receipt

Bay Area Furniture Bank does not estimate the value of used items

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

Bay Area Furniture Bank will provide a Donor Tax Form

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

Who receives your furniture?

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 or kitchen tables, and rely on our help to obtain them.

While several agencies in the area work to connect low-income families to food and housing, BAFB is the only organization in Silicon Valley focusing on providing furnishings and beds to help families turn housing into a home.

We redirect gently used furniture to thousands of deserving individuals and families.