The same goes for sofas and any furniture with cushions—just avoid them. Again, if someone puts a couch on the street, it’s probably for a reason. Don’t even sit on them! Instead of snooping for sidewalk couches, take to online marketplaces. It’s so easy to sell your used furniture that doesn’t work for your new home or design aesthetic online, making that a much safer option. It’s not free, but again, it will be much more safe. Upon seeing the piece of furniture in question, ask the current owner about things like pets, smoking habits, and bed bugs before thoroughly inspecting yourself and deciding to purchase.
Important to note: As a rule, avoid items that look or are reupholstered.The process of reupholstering makes it near impossible to detect OR kill bed bugs. It’s not worth a free, discounted, or cool looking couch for an infestation.
Disclaimer: If you don’t live in a big city and don’t live in constant fear of picking up these pesky little bugs, picking up second hand furniture from a garage sale, second hand store, or even off the sidewalk (we suggest speaking to the owner first) is much more casual. Still, make sure to conduct a thorough inspection.