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  • #158818

    azphil
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    Anybody rent their furniture?? Pros/Cons advice??
    I’m thinking of doing this and would like to be convinced or not.

  • #171875

    pkilmain
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    I did when we moved to another city for an undetermined time – which turned out to be 8 months. It made sense in this case, but as for a permanent thing, you’ll end up paying a lot more than just buying it.

  • #171879

    Zora
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    You can lounge on carpets and cushions, eat on a plastic tablecloth spread out on the floor, and sleep on an inexpensive futon. A few billion people live this way; it’s doable.

  • #171880

    bandicoot
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    zora is absolutely right.
    i think the west generally gets a bit caught up with how much furniture we think we need.
    it is possible to live beautifully with very little furniture.

  • #171887

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    I’ve lived without furniture at various points in my life — a semester in college when all I had was a backpack and a bicycle and slept in a sleeping bag in an empty room; various times in the army when for months at a time I lived much the same way, for example, in an empty grain silo in northern Iraq. It can be done, and I could do it again, if need be, but I do not recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rental furniture works well in the short term but can end up being MUCH more expensive for a longer run. I looked up a local rental company to check prices — a couch averages $34/month — they also have a “manager’s special,” where they pick a whole 1 bedroom apartment of furniture for you, which is about $150/month. If you project this out for a year, you’d be paying more than $1,500. You can buy a lot of furniture for that.

    When I’ve been in situations where it didn’t make sense to invest in my own furniture, I tried to get stuff that could be re-purposed. My dining/work table, for many years was a folding card table with a couple of director’s chairs and a tablecloth — under $100, and 30 years later I still use them for a spare table and chairs. My bookshelves were industrial steel shelving that now hold paint in the garage. In the 1980s I bought a futon sofa which is now used for spare guest sleeping. Outdoor chairs can be inexpensive (a plastic lawn chair can be dressed up with some fabric and a pillow) and later, be used outdoors. If you think outside the box you can get what you need, it can look nice, and you would spend a LOT less than renting stuff.

  • #171893

    Anonymous

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    Maybe I’m just paranoid but…what about bedbugs? Probably wouldn’t be an issue with unupholstered chairs or tables, but with a couch it would be. They’re making a comeback.

  • #171900

    pkilmain
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    When we rented, it was because we were in a city 1,500 miles from home for medical treatment. As my husband was already sick, I didn’t want used stuff. We did have the minimum amount of furniture though. The only things we bought were 2 plastic chairs to sit out on the balcony. THe rental company provided dishes, silverware, glasses, pots and pans. We were able to furnish the rest of the kitchen from a “store” the clinic volunteers ran. You went and got what you needed, and returned it – along with anything else you’d acquired you wanted to leave – when you went home. I got things like an ironing board, a clothes basket, and a blender.

    But in college/graduate school and in between, I had minimal furniture, most used or hand-me-down. Even when DH and I were first together we either rented furnished, or made do. The first 6 months we lived here we have a director’s chair, 2 thrift store dining chairs, a piece of plywood with legs for a table, and a bed sized piece of foam for a bed. Oh, and lumber and concrete blocks for shelving for clothing, books, whatever. ๐Ÿ™‚ New furniture came one piece at a time.

  • #171901

    chacha1
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    I wouldn’t advise renting furniture. You may rent more than you really need just because they package things as a set. And once you have it in the house, it’s too easy to just keep paying and paying, and before long you will have spent enough to buy a three-seater La-Z-Boy couch and dining suite for 6.

    I’d suggest going to thrift shops and buying only what you absolutely, positively need. Which is pretty minimal, as Zora pointed out. A coffee table so your meals or laptop aren’t actually on the floor, maybe a comfortable reading chair, a lamp or two.

    For years, I slept on a good-quality cotton futon on the floor. Very comfortable, no hard corners to knock into, hypoallergenic, $100. Ideally, buy this new, also any cushions/pillows – for the hygiene factor.

    It might be a fun experiment to see just how long you can go without buying furniture!

  • #171904

    Gypsie
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    Wow. Just goes to show how everyone thinks a little differently because the first thing I thought of when I saw the post title, was renting furniture for staging a home to sell it!

  • #171905

    Zora
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    I’ll agree that the cheap foam-filled futons aren’t the best for long-term floor sleeping. Cheap foam breaks down quickly. If you’re used to a soft, springy mattress, you’ll become increasingly unhappy.

    But I don’t believe that you MUST have a Western-style bed for the sake of your back. Billions of people sleep on nothing more than a mat. They are used to it and find themselves sleepless on soft beds. Some cultures use thick mattresses that can be rolled up and stowed away in cupboards, as is done in Japan, or use string beds (charpoys), as in South Asia.

    Myself, I’m fine with a substantial futon or floor mattress, but I don’t do well just sleeping on a mat. I didn’t grow up that way and I can’t change my habits overnight. The nights I spent on mats in Tonga were memorably miserable.

  • #171915

    pkilmain
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    You’re totally right Zora. When we slept on the floor, we had a dense foam mat; now we have a foam mattress on top of plywood on top of our dressers! We also have two single-size dense foam pieces (which I covered with flannel) that fit in the back of our pickup for camping, and nicely on the floor for company. My husband had multiple spinal fractures in 1999/2000(in connection with the illness that caused us to go for treatment) and cannot sleep on anything too soft, or as hard as a floor.

  • #171922

    toberead
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    If you are looking for an inexpensive way to furnish a house or apartment, you might check and see if any of the furniture rental companies sell furniture. Many people who want to rent furniture only want items that look like new. Once the furniture has been rented a few times, it may have some minor dings and scuffs, but it still has a lot of wear left in it. Many times, the rental companies sell this furniture at a significant discount. It’s much faster than searching for used furniture at thrift stores or yard sales, where you might have to search at store after store before you find something you want. (And if you buy at thrift stores or garage sales, you probably have to carry it away yourself – a problem if you have a small car and/or aren’t physically able to lift heavy furniture pieces.)

    On the negative side, the furniture tends to be kind of generic and blah, and there isn’t much selection. But when my Dad moved to an apartment and had no furniture at all, he was able to get it comfortably furnished for not a lot of money that way. And they delivered it. (He bought his own mattress and a few other things that he wanted.)

  • #171935

    streamliner
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    I agree that if you’re going to want it for long, probably cheaper to buy (thrift store or rental-place) than to rent it. We’ve never rented furniture other than renting a furnished apartment that came with its own.

    Not sure how I feel about renting and/or buying-used things with cushions, though, because of bedbugs and other vermin.

    For the renting-chairs-for-dinner party question, do you have a place to put them away if you do buy them? I might be tempted to rent if I’d have to walk around the newly purchased ones all the time; otherwise I think I’d buy just because it’s one more thing to have to do before you host a dinner party and there’s enough to remember without having to go pick up the furniture you need!

  • #171946

    chacha1
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    Re: chairs for part-time use … there are some very nice-looking, sturdy, wood folding chairs you can get now. Much more formal and substantial than the cheapo plastic or metal folding chairs.

    I love our dining table (and its ten chairs) but it all takes up a lot of space!

  • #171964

    RJ
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    A local furniture rental company got sued, because the sofa they provided had bedbugs in it. Exterminators came a few times, but to no avail, so the people had to move out of their place, and get rid of everything they owned. It was on the local news about two years ago, so I’d never rent furniture, and I’d think twice now about buying an used sofa from a thrift store or garage sale.

  • #171967

    cmhartz
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    Rather than renting – which is VERY expensive even for a short time – you might want to check out Craigslist or Freecycle. We have found many pieces of very nice furniture for a fraction of their cost. Plus, when you are done with the furniture you post your own sale and maybe recover your costs. We have even sold a couple things at Garage Sales for a profit.

    We have only bought wood furniture so bedbugs have not been an issue.

  • #171968

    Rozzie
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    Thrift shops!!

    If you don’t have them in your town, head to the nearest big city. Borrow a pickup truck & you can have a load full of furniture for less than you’d pay to rent furniture for a month.

    I could furnish a house in an afternoon this way and not travel more than a few miles from my house. I might not like the furniture as much as I do the things that I’ve gradually bought over a long period of time, but it would be acceptable stuff to use.

    I’m not as afraid as most people of bringing home bedbugs. I’ve bought MANY used things and it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not saying it couldn’t, of course. Then again, I stop at $25 hotel rooms when I travel, too. I’ve yet to see a bug…

  • #171985

    detroy
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    Please don’t underestimate the bedbug threat. They are rampant in some areas and only spreading. Exterminators say calls for their eradication have increased 500% in the past few years, and they are in every state. A local news story showed how one family got them from a used wood bed frame they bought, so it’s not only an upholstered furniture problem. They can hide in tiny cracks and live for 18 months without feeding. It can cost hundreds to thousands of $$ to get rid of them. Please educate yourselves and help to stop the spread.

  • #171986

    bandicoot
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    you never used to hear anything about bedbugs.
    and now it seems i hear about them more and more.
    it does sound as though they are more of a problem than ever before.
    and yet another reason to declutter.

  • #172007

    JayEff
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    AZPHIL (original poster), I’m just curious: Why are you considering renting furniture?

  • #172013

    margaret
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    When I read this, I thought you might be talking about rent-to-own. If that is the case, please read your contract. I read once some years ago that rent to own contracts typically have a clause that if you miss a payment, then all your previous payments become just rental and are no longer applied to the purchase price. So if you are renting to own a $1000 item (and I understand that the final price is usually higher than what you’d pay if you bought it outright anyway) at $20/month, and after 3 years you miss a payment, good-bye $720, you are starting again at zero. Don’t know if this is still true or even applies in your case.

  • #172022

    azphil
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    @JayEff…..

    I may have to rent an apartment for up to 6 months. All I’ve owned for years now is a handbuilt bedframe for an air mattress, a small handbuilt table, two wooden chairs and one small and one large plastic utility table I use for my artwork.
    I will temporarily need another bed and a dresser and a larger table and possibly some other stuff for my girlfriend. So that’s why I wanted some input on renting furniture. And I sure did get some great and thoughtful replies…..so thanks to all.

  • #172076

    Benzo
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    Used IKEA furniture found on craigslist seems to be a good deal, at least for me. I might just stick with un-upholstered stuff though. It’s easy to find nearly anything common from the catalog that you might want, and it’s easy to flip them to new owners for nearly the price you paid initially when you move.

  • #196011

    kellyjenerd
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    Futons are difficult + tiny just a full size bed.
    Someone you know personally, you can borrow a bed? That’s what I would do.

    ( Eileen Gray )

  • #196063

    mili
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    zora, that’s true, billions of people DO sleep on very basic mattresses, or none.

    But it’s also true that billions of people also (sadly) have a life expectancy that’s a fraction of what we have in the developed world.

    And it is ALSO true that there is significant overlap between the two groups mentioned above.

    There is a difference between traditional beds, like the ones you mentioned, and *traditionally cheap* bedding. And it’s not a small one ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #196086

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    This seems to be an old thread that has been revived.

    I’ve rented furniture short term in the past. I’ve actually rented appliances more often – if my washer went out and I didn’t have $400, I could rent one for $50 a month until I saved the money for a new one. Believe me, when you have 3 kids going to the laundromat or renting a washer for home use is a no-brainer and not that much more expensive; especially when you factor in the time spent at the laundromat when I could be working!!!

    When I and my partner moved in together, I came from Texas and she from Rhode Island to settle just outside Atlanta (a compromise – I couldn’t afford to live in the liberal area of New England, but living in Texas was an obvious out. Atlanta is sort of a mecca in the middle of the bigoted bible belt). She brought pretty much nothing – I brought the bare minimum since freight was astronomical (my movers from hell story can be related another time.)

    We had no dining, living or master bedroom furniture. We found a place just north of Atlanta that had a full set up for $1800, brand new – dining set including a table with three chairs and a long bench; living room set with sofa, loveseat, coffee table and two end tables; and bedroom suite with a queen headboard,frame and mattress, a nightstand, a five drawer bureau, and a six drawer dresser with a big mirror. They let us put $800 down and finance the remainder on 90 days same as cash with an ACH debit once per month for 3 months, but would also have let us lease purchase/rent to own it at about a double markup.

    There are a lot of these furniture places popping up to compete with the traditional rent to own companies and we were reasonably happy with the furniture – it’s cheap furniture, don’t get me wrong, and we did have to assemble it ourselves, but it was fast, affordable, and we feel like the price we paid was a steal even though it’s probably not going to last more than 4-5 years.

  • #196366

    foilhead1
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    yes you can do craigslist and all but if your time is valuable and you need furniture for 6 months, I’d do the rental thing.

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