The Best Furniture Rental Companies for Short-Term Apartments and Staging

Want to turn your living room into something more like a luxury hotel lobby? These companies can help you do that on a budget.

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August 10, 2021

If you're moving somewhere relatively short-term, for a few months or a year, it can be prohibitively expensive to cobble together nice things to curate a sense of home with furniture that speaks to your style.

Enter furniture rental companies like Feather, Fülhaus and Oliver Space, which all allow you to furnish your space to look like you spent thousands of dollars on velvet couches and solid wood tables at just a fraction of the cost. Rental companies like these can furnish your home with gorgeous pieces, from mattresses and rugs to framed prints and table lamps, and they'll even do all the literal heavy lifting of assembling everything and placing it just where you want it. Each company has a different approach to rental minimums and whether or not they do staging for homes on the market, but all will allow you to buy out your furniture at the end of your lease term for a steep discount if you want to keep it. Renting furniture could also be an appealing option for owners of short-term rental properties who want to create a stylish listing for sites like Airbnb or Vrbo with minimal time and effort.

Not sure if furniture rental is the right approach financially? Take the time to figure out how much it would cost in total over the full timeframe you need — heads up that the longer your lease term is, the cheaper your monthly fees will be — and compare that cost to what you'd spend to buy pieces for the long haul. Chances are that renting won't ultimately save you money in the long run, but it may save you time and hassle. For starters, choosing everything off the same website may be faster than checking prices and trying to find every piece of a bedroom or dining set individually. And of course, not having to move everything yourself at move-in and move-out — if you know you'll be staying temporarily — can relieve a lot of stress.

If you're looking for easy places to keep costs down, opt for getting some of the smaller things secondhand, like dishes, glassware and artwork (spending $4 a month for a set of plain bowls you can't keep just isn't worth it). Check out some of the best companies offering stylish furniture rentals.

From $230/month

If you get tired of your furniture often, or if you expect to move again in the next few months, Feather's exchange and moving options might make your life a lot easier. If you have an annual plan with this long-term rental company, you can change out furniture for different pieces every month for a $99 moving fee. Or, if you're going to move to another city Feather operates in, they'll pack up and move their stuff for a flat fee of $398. Feather offers short-term plans for people staging houses and also gives you the option to apply your rental fees to buying your furniture if you decide you want to keep it.

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Be careful — you might end up spending hours swapping furniture in and out of your rooms on Oliver Space's website. It's fun and addicting to play with this feature, and the furniture available is gorgeous, modern and bold. You can build your own rental package piece by piece with everything from small bits like wall prints, table lamps and throw pillows to sleeper sofas and mattresses. Make sure to check your zip code before you get started though, otherwise, you may end up heartbroken to learn they're currently only serving the San Francisco Bay, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas areas.

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From $100/month

Conjure rents hotel lobby-worthy furniture for a fraction of what you'd spend to buy it all outright, giving you a chance to look like you're living large on a much more palatable budget. You can select pieces from a collection of over 150 items of furniture and decor, or you can rent curated packages starting around $37 a month for a home office set on a 12-month lease. The money you spend on renting can be applied toward purchasing your furniture at the end of your lease if you want to keep it, or you can swap out your items whenever you like for a refreshed look by paying a furniture pick-up fee and any differences in monthly cost over the items you'd previously rented.

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From $200/month

Fülhaus started out working with hotels and now offers packages for individual homes, too. If you're looking to furnish a few Airbnb rentals you manage or a bed & breakfast you own, this company might be the solution you're seeking. Fülhaus has packages ranging from Cottage Core to Rustic Vogue, and they can also make a custom package for your needs to perfectly fit the space you're filling. All furniture you rent through Fülhaus is brand-new and can be purchased for about 30 percent of its retail value at the end of your rental term. The company will take care of all the delivery and setup, too, so you never have to lift a finger. You'll have to contact them directly for prices, but packages start around $200/month per unit.

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CasaOne's home packages, available in some parts of California and the Northeast, start at $99 per month. You can mix and match furniture in their virtual rooms to get a sense of how things might look together, or you can get in touch with them directly to ask for design guidance and help planning your space. CasaOne offers staging packages for people looking to sell their homes, and also sells secondhand furniture on its website at a discounted price.

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Whether you're staging a home for listing or moving into a short-term rental you want to furnish like a proper home, The Everset has flexible packages to meet your needs. You can choose furniture piece by piece — each item has a different price, which decreases the longer your contract term is — or select a package of curated furniture.

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Fernish, which offers rentals in southern California, Dallas, Austin and Seattle, will let you swap out any of your items within the first three days of delivery if you don't love something they've brought for you. They'll set everything up for you and put it right where you want it, so you never have to lift a finger. You can rent your items for as long as you'd like or buy them out for the difference between what you've paid in rental fees and the retail price. Or, at the end of your rental term, swap out your furniture for something totally different with no moving fees.

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