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   Renting furniture is not only convenient, but also helps you stay trendy and experiment with your décor.

   Furniture décor is an essential part of our living. Basic furniture like sofa, bed, study table, etc may not seem important. But you realise how crucial they are once you step into an apartment without them. If you are constantly on the move or if you live in a rental apartment, then renting furniture makes sense. This concept is gaining popularity, especially among discerning young professionals, couples and students living independently in metropolitan cities.

   Buying furniture right away is not everyone’s cup of tea, but renting could be. Following are a few pros and cons.

Pros:

1. Renting furniture is a good idea if you require it only for a couple of months;

2. It allows you to change furniture/décor often;

3. You can keep up with the latest trends and change your décor accordingly.

Cons:

1. When renting furniture, you have to pay a deposit. If you damage the furniture, you may have to pay the full price of the piece including the deposit, which can be expensive;

2. If you plan to utilise the furniture for more than a year, then it is wiser to buy it under the EMI scheme. It not only gives you ownership of the furniture, but also can be sold when you decide to move out.

   Vaibhav Jain, CEO, Deco Window says, “When renting furniture, opt for darker colours as they don’t show stains easily. Also, opt for pieces, which are costeffective. This way, even if you end up causing damage, your pockets won’t be severely hurt. Thoroughly study the deposit policy, and check what constitutes as ‘damage’ according to their policy.”

   “I moved to Mumbai for work and although I have been renting the same apartment for the last two and a half years, my roommates and I decided to rent a couch for the living room. This way, we have more seating space, even when our friends come visiting,” says Shalini Pillai, a Mumbai resident.

To-dos before renting:

1. Study the latest trends and buy accordingly;

2. Try opting for similar toned furniture while selecting the pieces. This will help creating a clean outline for your décor arrangement;

3. Use curtains to complete the look as they immediately add a homely feel.

   “While renting furniture, one needs to consider key factors such as budget, available space, quality and durability of the furniture as well as flexibility of renting policies. Renting furniture online has become easier these days as several e-commerce platforms offer the option of renting. They even offer home delivery as well as services of assembling the furniture at your home. In a nutshell, the trend is on an upswing with convenient options available to consumers,” says Hussaine Kesury, Vice President and Business Head – furniture, Pepperfry.

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source: The Times of India

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