You’ve rented a car. You’ve rented a hotel room. You’ve rented an apartment. But have you ever rented…furniture?
The popularity of renting furniture is on the rise. Partially due to the ease and love of online shopping and also because people love a good deal. But how do you know if this is the right choice for you?
There are a lot of factors to consider and we’re here to break it down for you so you can make a well-informed decision without the stress.
Is Renting Furniture for Me?
You might be thinking that renting furniture sounds like a hassle. Why rent when you can buy outright?
You might be moving across the country and the thought of renting a moving truck to haul everything in your two-bedroom apartment makes your head (and your bank account) hurt. In this instance, renting furniture could save you money and sanity in the end.
There are plenty of other scenarios where renting provides a lot of great opportunities for you to experience various types of furniture without committing to them for the rest of your life. If you’re trying to channel your inner interior designer, but don’t quite know where to start, you can rent that piece of furniture you’ve been eyeing to see if it’s a good fit for your home.
Depending on which company you rent through, you might have the opportunity to buy the furniture at the end of the rental period if you decide it’s a good match for you. This can be a great way to find that statement piece you want to center the rest of your room decor around.
Let’s Break It Down
It’s much easier than you think! You can even do most of it online.
To start, do your research to find which rental company you’d like to partner with or which has the furniture you’re interested in. There are many companies and websites available to help you find quality family furniture.
There are also furniture rental centers that allow you to interact with professionals who can help guide you, which is especially helpful if you’ve never rented furniture before.
You can start the process of renting a number of ways. If you already know which piece of furniture you’re looking for, you can start your search there. Or if you’re looking to outfit an entire room, that will make your search a little easier since you’ll know what kind of pieces to focus on.
When considering the process of renting furniture, you’ll also want to think about the top interior design trends of the year. This will help steer your decision-making when it comes to choosing furniture or colors that will help compliment your home.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the number of decisions and choices to be made, many furniture rental companies offer customers the ability to purchase packages that furnish an entire area. Not only that, but they can give you options to rent all the way down to the glasses for your kitchen and mops and brooms for cleaning.
Next, think about how long you’ll need the furniture. You can choose from a variety of rental periods, which gives you the flexibility to make a decision that works best for your particular situation. You also might need to fill out a credit application just to check that you’re in good standing, but once approved you can move onto the final step.
The last thing to do is finalize a delivery date. One of the best things about furniture rental is that you can arrange to have it brought wherever you need it as soon as you move in, no waiting. Then, voila, your house becomes a home.
The Good Stuff
Renting furniture is an ideal choice for those who know they’ll only need it for a short amount of time. For instance, if you’re killing time until you get married and move into your house, this might be the perfect choice for you. This way you don’t have to invest in all new pieces for the small amount of time you’ll be there.
You will also be able to give furniture a test run before making a lifelong commitment. Design trends, along with your likes and style, are always changing. Renting furniture gives you the benefit of having what’s in style without the financial investment.
Working with rental companies will give you the ability to make monthly payments in smaller amounts as opposed to paying a large sum up front for your furniture. This can be a great choice for people who are strapped financially or are looking to keep their cash around for a while longer.
The Not so Good Stuff
While the upfront monthly rental price may not look like much, these costs and additional fees add up over time. It’s nice to have someone deliver your furniture to your house, but you’ll pay the cost for the movers, not to mention the upfront payments.
There are also fees for furniture insurance. You didn’t think they would let you take all that home with you without protecting it, did you? You’ll end up paying an additional monthly fee that assures the furniture will return in excellent condition. The company you rent through will offer some kind of insurance and if you don’t agree to pay it, the company won’t agree to rent you furniture.
In the End, The Decision’s Yours
Renting furniture sounds like an easy and quick fix if you’re trying to fill up space or aren’t interested in spending the time or money shopping around, but there are plenty of things to consider when thinking about furniture rentals. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of your specific situation and do your research before you make a decision.
If you aren’t ready to make the financial commitment that comes with new furniture, there are plenty of other ways you can update your house without breaking the bank. We’re just here to make sure you (and your home) never go out of style.