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Furniture Reuse Program


About the Program

The Furniture Reuse Program is a program designed to reuse and recycle office furniture at JHU.  The program was created to help reduce the amount of waste generated by the university and to help save money.  Funded by the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, the program is primarily for the Greater Homewood campus and satellite campus locations of the two schools. All JHU divisions may purchase furniture; however, receiving of furniture from other divisions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Currently located in the Keswick North building, the furniture warehouse contains a wide variety of office furniture. Click here to view a representative sample of some of the items we have/had. 

How do I know what used furniture is available?

The best way to learn about our inventory is to email the Recycling Coordinator with a list or general idea of what you are looking for. We'll promptly let you know what we have available that may suit your needs and invite you to come see pieces in person at our warehouse. Items the program commonly has available include: bookcases, chairs, credenzas, desks, filing cabinets, media carts, tables, and white boards.

When making an inquiry, please let us know the quantity and type of furniture you are looking for as well as any preferences in regard to:

  • Material (wood, metal, etc.)
  • Color or finish: (cherry wood, oak wood, etc.)
  • Dimensions or size of the piece(s) needed

Can you deliver the furniture?

If your order is of manageable size (typically less than 200 pounds and requiring under 2 hours of work to move) we can provide for delivery to the Homewood campus. Otherwise, you will have to hire an outside mover to have furniture delivered. Below is a list of preferred local companies who are familiar with our program and can provide moving services:

If you are using an outside mover you will still need to process your payment via the recycling request form using your department's Cost Center, Internal Order, or WBS and Fund number. If you do not have this information available, please contact the person responsible for your department''s financial oversight.

Can you set up the furniture for me?

Almost all of the furniture we sell will not require assembly. However some larger pieces (L-shaped desks, for example) are often separated into multiple pieces by their previous owners in order to fit through doorways. Due to very limited staffing, we are unable to set up or assemble furniture. Where assembly is required, it usually involves no more than turning a few screws. However, if you require assistance you may contact the Carpentry Shop.

Is this program free?

The mission of the Furniture Reuse Program is to help the university save money and reduce waste by reusing and recycling previously unwanted furniture removed from university offices. In order to achieve this, we take in furniture (that would otherwise be headed for the landfill or incinerator) from offices and sell it back to other departments for a low fee. These fees are charged in order to help recover our costs and ensure that we can continue to successfully achieve our mission. Furniture in our program is offered at a significantly reduced price and provides remarkable cost-savings over purchasing new.

My office has unused furniture. How do I get rid of these items?

You can submit a request for a furniture removal. Manageable quantities of furniture will be picked up by Homewood Recycling for free. If you have large pieces or a large quantity of pieces, you will need to hire an outside moving company. When you submit a furniture removal request, please include photographs of the items and a brief description so that we may advise you on the best way to proceed.

What items are not acceptable as part of the Furniture Reuse Program? 

Lighting, refrigerators, scrap metal, and electronics are not acceptable. All of these materials, except lighting, can be picked up by Homewood Recycling using the recycling request form on this website. Collection of lighting should be directed to the Electric Shop using the service request form

What if I purchase items and decide I do not want them once they get to my office?

We greatly encourage you to come see all pieces in person by scheduling a visit to our warehouse with the Recycling Coordinator. Once the order has been processed and delivered to your office, we are unable to provide a refund for your purchase. Unwanted items can be returned to the Keswick warehouse at the purchaser's expense.

My office is in East Baltimore, am I able to purchase furniture through this program?

We encourage you to first browse furniture on the health system's furniture reuse website at Their warehouse is conveniently located in East Baltimore. If you are unable to find pieces to suit your needs through their program, we are more than happy to serve you.

Johns Hopkins University
Facilities & Real Estate
3910 Keswick Rd. Suite N3100
Baltimore, MD 21211
443.997.5302 / 443.997.3737