5 Places Where You Can Rent Furniture and Home Goods for a Fraction of the Price

5 Places Where You Can Rent Furniture and Home Goods for a Fraction of the Price

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Moving into a new place is a great chance to change up your design scheme — but sometimes buying a whole new selection of furniture and decor isn’t the best way to go. That’s where rental furniture comes in super handy. It’s convenient, creates less waste, and allows you to curate your style without spending as much as you would buying brand new items. Plus, you can rent more than just furniture (think: decor, electronics, and even bedding). If you’re looking to save money, moving somewhere temporarily, or love interior design and changing up the look of your home, renting is an economical and sustainable way to personalize your space. Not sure where to begin? The five furniture rental services below are stylish, affordable, and can make move-in day a breeze.

Started in 2017, Feather is one of the newer brands on the furniture rental scene, but it’s already made quite a name for itself, especially when it comes to style. The company offers one, three, and 12-month plans servicing New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and a handful of other markets. Plus, they deliver and assemble your furniture, so you can have a hassle-free move-in day. You can even take their style quiz if you need a little help deciding what to get.

As it turns out, one of the best clothing rental companies out there, Rent the Runway, has partnered with one of our favorite luxury brands, West Elm. The result is luxury home goods that can be rented for a fraction of the original retail price. Although RTR doesn’t currently offer West Elm furniture rentals, you can shop their luxurious bedding and living room decor to complete your space.

Like most rental companies, Brook Furniture Rental lets you choose your furniture and gives you a hand on move-in (and move-out) day. Once your lease is good to go, you can get your furniture in as short as one to two business days. The brand not only has your standard bedroom, dining, and living room furniture, it also offers rentals on decor and electronics. So whether you need a sofa or a microwave, Brook has you covered.

Another furniture rental option servicing the New York City area, The Everset offers contracts as short as three months or as long as two years. Customers can choose from pre-made bundles or curate their own room looks. Plus, if you choose to buy your furniture at the end of your lease, The Everset will apply your rental payments to the price of the item. (P.S. If you’re looking to sell, you can even opt for staging services in and around NYC.)

How to Build an Outdoor TV Cabinet

How to Build an Outdoor TV Cabinet

Building an outdoor TV cabinet isn’t hard at all. And the result is more than worth the effort. Best of all, you’ll be able to watch the game — or anything else — while dining or lounging on your deck or patio.

Materials

  • Half-inch treated plywood
  • Pressure-treated 2-by-6s
  • Coated deck screws
  • TV mount and hardware
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Wood glue
  • Galvanized nails
  • Fence boards
  • Gate hinges
  • Peel-and-stick roofing starter strip

How to Build an Outdoor TV Cabinet

Before you attempt any woodworking project, always wear safety glasses. In addition, take necessary precautions to ensure a hazard-free project area. 

1. Install the back. Start with a piece of half-inch pressure-treated plywood. This board attaches to the fence or wall on the back side and it’s where you’ll install the TV mount on the front side.

This plywood also forms the back of the cabinet’s ‘box.’ The piece’s dimensions are determined by the size of the TV. Just allow a few inches of extra space on each side.

2. Install the sides. On either side of the plywood, attach pressure-treated 2-by-6s by driving coated deck screws at an angle into the fence. These 2-by-6s serve as the four sides of the outdoor TV cabinet. However, a deeper TV may require wider material.

3. Screw in the TV mount. Install the TV mount on the plywood, as directed on the mount’s package. Allow space for the TV to hang on the rails.

4. Build the cabinet doors. We’re making cabinet doors from pressure-treated fence boards. This will mimic the pattern of the fence behind the cabinet. The boards overlap each other by about an inch. We’re using waterproof wood glue and galvanized nails to secure everything together.

5. Add reinforcement. On the back of each door, we attach a horizontal piece at the top and bottom, with a diagonal piece running between to add strength.

6. Install hinges. Attach the doors to the cabinet using ordinary gate hinges.

7. Add water resistance. To keep out the rain, we apply peel-and-stick roofing starter strip to the top of the cabinet. Make sure it overlaps the front edge. Then we cover that edge with a strip of the fence material to create a shed-style roof for the cabinet with the scraps from our fence boards. Again, we use 1-inch overlap patterns.

8. Stain it. Once we coat the cabinet with stain to protect it, we’re ready to mount this outdoor TV cabinet and begin enjoying it!

Watch the video above for step-by-step directions


Further Reading

Celeb Designer Brigette Romanek Launched a Furniture Collection with MG+BW

Celeb Designer Brigette Romanek Launched a Furniture Collection with MG+BW

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No disrespect to actor Scott Foley of “Scandal” and “Felicity” fame (or designer Fernando Mastrangelo, for that matter), but the highlight of watching HBO Max’s “Ellen’s Next Great Designer” competition series for me earlier this year — other than seeing the designers make beautiful furnishings in what must have felt like a pressure cooker-like atmosphere — was getting a further glimpse into the home and decorating philosophy of LA-based designer Brigette Romanek. As an interior designer for celebs like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Misty Copeland, Romanek has made a name for herself through reconciling form and function in her interiors with total finesse, and that’s probably why Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams tapped her for a new home collaboration that’s launching today.

Organized into the Lucy and LA collections, the seven-piece line marks Romanek’s first foray into furniture design. Fans of her “livable luxe” aesthetic will certainly appreciate the level of craftsmanship and detail in these North Carolina-made furnishings — and the fact that these features don’t come at the expense of coziness, comfort, or quality. Inspired by her life in LA, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs, these pieces aren’t precious. Sure, they look good and have a little bit of vintage Hollywood glamour to them, but the idea is to really live your life on them with the hopes that one day, they’ll achieve modern heirloom status.

Romanek’s “Lucy” collection, which comes in a sofa, chair, or left- or right-arm daybed form (as shown directly above), caught my eye first. With its oval-shaped seat and tube-like cushion channel back construction, I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of like this in the market (particularly at this price point). This silhouette nails the whole trendy and timeless thing — particularly when rendered in any of MG+BW’s velvet (here in saffron yellow) or bouclé colorways. That being said, all of the pieces can be customized in over 600 fabrics and 20 wood finishes, so you can really make anything here work for you and the rest of your existing decor.

The “LA” collection — a bed, sofa, accent chair and matching ottoman (shown at the top of this piece) — is decidedly more relaxed in form but still feels tailored, thanks to its mix of curvy and clean lines. I love the wood plinth bases each of these pieces sit on, and I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this kind of a feature going forward. The wood adds a touch of refinement and height to lower-slung shapes.

The last item in the assortment is the Dell Swivel Chair, which Romanek favors in creamy bouclé or light blue leather, the colorway shown here, which she told me feels like a quintessentially coastal LA hue. A take on the classic barrel chair, this particular piece spins a full 360-degrees on a wooden base as well, which makes the shape feel fresh again.

Prices for the collection start at $1,534.00, and MG+BW club members receive a 25 percent discount off of pricing. Certain finishes are in stock, while custom colors do require special order. Even if you’re not in the market for new furniture or the line’s a little spendy for you, take a look at the lookbook and collection video. Shot in Romanek’s home, there’s plenty of free styling inspiration in those images.

Danielle Blundell

Home Editor

Danielle Blundell is AT’s Home Director and covers decorating and design. She loves homes, heels, the history of art, and hockey—but not necessarily always in that order.

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The Complete Guide on How to Buy a Sleeper Sofa

The Complete Guide on How to Buy a Sleeper Sofa

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Sleeper sofas once conjured images of uncomfy hotel stays, childhood sleepovers at your grandparents’ house, or that notorious Seinfeld episode with Elaine’s borderline back-breaking Florida visit. Fast forward to today, though, and you’ll have no trouble finding comfortable — even stylish — pullout sofa options (and yes, there are options).

True to their name, sleeper sofas really hit the best of both worlds: You have 24/7 seating, plus a built-in bed. They’re perfect for everything from cozy movie nights with your partner to entertaining and accommodating guests. So it’s not surprising that Interior Define Chief Merchant Christina Holland reports seeing a recent sleeper sofa surge, triggered by the pandemic. “Oftentimes what once was someone’s extra bedroom has now been transformed into an office,” she explains, citing the increased demand.

Whether you fall into that category or just want to explore more multi-use furniture, note that you have other choices, too — there are sofa beds, futons, and even daybeds, all of which tend to be used interchangeably with sleeper sofas. Before you bring one home, it’s important to understand the differences between each, as well weigh the cost, comfort, size, and functionality (just like you would for a standard sofa).

What’s the difference between a sleeper sofa and a sofa bed? Or even a sofa bed and a futon? They all function as similar sleeping/seating hybrids, but they’re actually quite different. Here’s the breakdown:

A sleeper sofa looks the most like a traditional couch, and it comes with a built-in mattress (ranging from Twin through King size). When it’s folded out, the sofa’s arms and back act like a headboard.
Pros: The next best thing from a guest bed, this is your most comfortable bet for long-term or frequent use. Sleeper sofas also have more variety in terms of style and silhouette.
Cons: Sleeper sofas weigh a lot and take up the most space. They’re typically more expensive than standard sofas, too. Also, the sofa-to-bed transition (and vice versa) requires effort.

Although commonly confused with sleeper sofas, sofa beds don’t have an internal mattress. Instead, the back of the sofa actually folds down to form a flat surface (similar to a futon), and the cushions become the mattress.
Pros: Better for smaller spaces, sofa beds run more compact — and usually more affordable — than sleeper sofas. They quickly shift from seating to sleeping modes, too.
Cons: Because of the smaller footprint, there’s less comfortable sleeping space and guests have to lie down lengthwise. Finding sheets can also pose a problem, since some sofa beds have non-standard measurements.

Futons have (wrongfully) earned a bad rep as dorm-exclusive decor, but there are plenty of more mature finds on the market. Construction varies, but they normally feature a covered, bendable mattress that sits on top of an adjustable bi-fold (or tri-fold) frame.
Pros: A futon is arguably the cheapest and most small-space-friendly solution that can accommodate one to two people. They’re also incredibly lightweight and the easiest to unfold and clean — you can swap out futon covers if the original gets too dirty.
Cons: Unlike sleeper sofas and sofa beds, futons lack style options and the same sofa allure — there’s no way of disguising that it’s essentially one large upholstered cushion. They’re usually more disposable, and not the most comfortable for sitting and sleeping.

Mainly designed for lounging, daybeds — as the name implies — look more bed than sofa. There’s no pull-out mattress component like a sleeper sofa, but you can opt for a similarly sized trundle bed.
Pros: A good budget-friendly option, daybeds reign supreme in both versatility and aesthetics. They’re easy to move around and reconfigure within your home, plus you’ll have no trouble finding chic choices to match your interior style.
Cons: The smallest of all the options and comparable to a Twin-sized bed, a daybed can fit just one person and lacks any convertible components.

What to Consider Before Buying a Sleeper Sofa

Think about your lifestyle and whether a sleeper sofa, sofa bed, futon, or even daybed would best fit your needs. Do you entertain or host often but don’t have a guest bedroom? It all comes down to how frequently the sleeping function would, realistically, be used. And if you answered, “truthfully, not that often,” you might be better off with a really deep regular sofa — if you have the space, that is.

Because of the inner mattress, sleeper sofas can get very heavy (read: a real carrying-up-stairs nightmare). According to Chris Stout-Hazard, co-founder of made-to-order furniture brand Roger + Chris, they also have more inner working parts and stress points, meaning moving them around down the line can potentially instigate internal damage. Basically, try to map out the sleeper sofa’s permanent home in advance.

In terms of sizing, you have a few decisions to weigh (and keep in mind when you’re measuring):

On the bright side, there’s really a practical option for any budget. Ranked in order by price, you’ll likely find sleeper sofas to be the most expensive, followed by sofa beds, with daybeds and futons on the lower end. It pays to splurge on a durable sleeper sofa, though, especially if it’s doubling as your primary everyday couch. “From a functional perspective, it’s worth the investment because it provides so much latitude around people’s ever-changing lives, and you can potentially get all of the aesthetic components of what you would really want in a normal sofa,” adds Holland.

Keep these budgeting tips top of mind as you browse, too:

Choosing a Sleeper Sofa Style

Nowadays, you can find sleeper equivalents of most sofa styles, whether you’re after the trendy mid-century modern look or even a smaller Twin-sized loveseat. Ultimately, it’s all about striking a balance between your lifestyle and aesthetic. Choose wisely, though, since it’s a splurgier piece you’ll probably want to have (and love) for the long term. To help get you started, here’s a crash course on some common sleeper sofa styles:

Selecting a Sleeper Sofa Fabric

Sleeper sofa wear and tear is inevitable, since it’s a true double-duty workhorse. “Someone could drool on it, who knows!” jokes Stout-Hazard. Speaking of, they’re admittedly tougher to spot clean — if there’s a huge spill or stain on any non-removable cushions, it’s game over. Finding a forgiving fabric is crucial. Here’s how some common upholsteries stack up:

Measuring Your Sofa and Entryways

The golden rule of thumb when measuring? “Make sure the depth and width of the sofa is smaller than your doorway so you can get it in,” says Holland. (And yes, measure every doorway in its path.) Sleeper sofas do get a bit trickier, since you obviously have the mattress component to factor in. Not to worry, though — follow these tips and tricks:

If you happen to measure incorrectly (we’re all human!), go ahead and call the couch doctor.

Checking the Sleeper Sofa’s Construction

When it comes to sleeper sofas and their counterparts, quality matters — arguably more so than for standard sofas because they’re for both sitting and sleeping. Having a basic understanding of the components that comprise a well-built sofa will help you invest in a piece that can withstand daily use. Note the major checkpoints to review before you buy:

Natural wood is the most solid and sturdy material — look for iterations that have been kiln-dried to prevent cracking and avoid excess moisture, especially kiln-dried hardwood. “It’s a hardwood, so from a longevity perspective, it holds up longer,” Holland explains. Plywood, an engineered wood, is also a common sleeper sofa material, but not always the most durable. In that same vein, MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and particleboard are some of the least reliable types of frames and more likely to fall apart. 

The components that keep the frame together are also significant. A sofa solely attached by dowels or glue won’t be as sturdy as one with a mix of the two and/or screws.

3. Sleeper Sofa Mechanism

Every sleeper sofa has this — it basically refers to all the big metal beams that support and surround the mattress. A sleeper mechanism also plays a structural role: It takes on the suspension work and helps hold the sofa’s frame. “If you don’t use a good one, you’re weakening the sofa,” notes Stout-Hazard.

Other mechanism priorities? Look for locking features, which keep the pull-out mattress — you guessed it — locked in place, adds Interior Define’s Holland. And if you have a chance to check out a sleeper sofa in person, “make sure that the lifting of the sleeper in and out is smooth,” she says. If you can’t try before you buy, tap into furniture sites with in-depth product videos online.

When settling on a fabric, durability and ability to withstand daily wear is essential. The Martindale rub test is a good indicator of fabric quality, notes Article’s Hunt. In the test, a machine is used to simulate natural wear by repeatedly rubbing fabric with excessive force to see at what point it starts to break down. The higher the rub count, the more durable the fabric. “You’ll want something that can withstand 25,000 rubs or more,” says Hunt.

There’s both the cushion and fill of the sofa itself, plus the mattress, to consider. Know your options so you can prioritize the most pleasant sleeping and sitting experiences:

A sleeper sofa mattress will be “thinner than what you have on your main bed, but it’s the same construction methodology,” says Stout-Hazard. Look for one that’s at least five inches thick. As for filling, “a good quality sleeper sofa will have either a coil spring or memory foam mattress,” he adds. There’s no right or wrong choice; here’s how they differ:

When the bed’s not in use, you’re sitting directly on top of the mechanism portion inside, so sleeper sofa comfort is absolutely paramount. That’s where fill comes in. Do you prefer firm? Sinkable? Both? Some sofas feature a mix of two fills, one for the backing and the other for the cushions. Here are some common fill types:

Buyer’s tip: Whether browsing online or IRL, see if you can ask the brand questions on everything from construction to weight constraints to gauge the sofa’s durability. “A good way to ask is to say, ‘Is this suitable for an Airbnb setting?’” advises Stout-Hazard. At the very least, read customer reviews, especially if you can’t test out the sleeper sofa.

Best Places to Shop for Sleeper Sofas

Ready to bring a sleeper sofa (or sofa bed or futon) home? Here are some of our favorite spots to shop:

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This TV Stand Idea Is A Cool Small Space Storage Solution

This TV Stand Idea Is A Cool Small Space Storage Solution

Of all the pieces of furniture in your home, TV stands and media consoles may be one of the least fun categories to find. Sure, you can skate by with just about anything low-slung that has a surface large enough to support or anchor your TV, but a great media console ideally fits with your style and space, plus offers wire concealment or additional storage. With all those boxes to check, sometimes your options are limited, and you’re forced to think outside the box. Renter Ginger Taylor did just that and ended up with a stylish statement piece full of storage. If you’re in the market for a TV stand, you just might want to try this DIY solution.

A full-time freelance illustrator and mural artist, Taylor lives in a colorful two bedroom apartment in Thornbury, Australia. “I would say my style would sit somewhere in-between 1960s-1970s with a dash of Americana, country music, neon signage, and old motels,” she says. Since Taylor is also inspired by Old Hollywood and 1970s decor, it’s no surprise that her home is full of so much color and retro charm — and that she’s prioritized the placement of her small TV screen, which you can see below.

Using three vintage trunks she sourced from her dad, Taylor built a custom stand for her TV that blends in perfectly with the rest of her decor. A simple and super smart decorating strategy, Taylor always looks to work vertical space. “I stack shelves on top of each other all the way to the roof so I can create a display without having to take up too much floor space,” she says.

Taking that exact approach when creating her TV stand, all Taylor had to do was start with the largest truck as the stand’s base and then stack the two smaller suitcases on top of it, so it almost looks like a pyramid. Her television is fairly small, so there was no need to drill pieces together or into the wall. If you wanted to do this kind of thing for a larger television though, you might consider some way of anchoring the individual trunks/suitcases together for more stability (or if you have young kids or pets, since safety is always of utmost importance).

Because these are real, functional trunks, they offer tons of sneaky storage space for whatever you need to stash — extra blankets or bedding, off-season accessories, even board games or puzzles. Another thing to note here is this trunk/suitcase hybrid stand also has a smaller footprint than traditional TV tables, which are typically rectangular and wide. This makes it a fantastic option for smaller spaces, especially if you like the vintage look and are short on space or on a tight budget. Just make sure you find something that fits your TV!

Savannah West

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Savannah is a master binge-watcher and home cook. When she’s not testing new recipes or re-watching Gossip Girl, you can find her on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a news producer turned lifestyle blogger and professional homebody. She has a bachelors in journalism from Clark Atlanta University, a certification in Digital Storytelling and is earning her Master’s degree from Harvard University. Savannah believes every day is a good day and there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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