If you only need to furnish your space temporarily, you should totally check out renting furniture from CORT. Whether it’s a room or a whole home the convenience might be just what you need!
A little over 3 years ago, looking at a house that our Realtor wasn’t keen on due to its close proximity to the county jail and that Rob thought felt “cold”, I found the house that I was willing to move 760 miles to live in. Rob’s choice was a house where the owners had taken an older ranch style home and gave it an open concept living and kitchen area we were looking for, increasing the overall space by sort of building walls around the old back porch. But the problem was, standing in the middle of that room in August, you could feel the heat pushing into the space through that big opening that had once been a brick wall with the back door leading to the back porch. Despite the a/c churning out cold air, the room was uncomfortably warm. Fearing ridiculous cooling bills and worrying about subpar DIY construction work I was a hard no. Other homes had their issues… one had cabinets and appliances original to the home built in the 70’s and a big price tag. Another had a shared backyard with the neighbor and their 2 gigantic dogs. One had a shared driveway that, if the neighbors or their friends, family, whoever parked there, or even just a little bit over to where we couldn’t pass, it would completely block access to our parking area and garage. In the end, I “won” because the house I loved was the only house that could reasonably work for us. And you know what? I still love this house.
My house isn’t gigantic and except for the master which is nice and spacious, the bedrooms are definitely on the smaller side. But we have room for Rob to have a home studio and me to have a home office while still having a guest room. And in that guest room a few months ago, we had a king-size bed that literally gobbled the entire room up. With about a foot on one side and 2 on the other, the room had no other purpose than to hold that darn bed. You can’t even imagine how happy I was when the king left the building (haha) and my parents took it with them, emptying the space pretty much entirely except for a side table and lamp. Once that room was empty I realized that having that space available was going to be a total boon for my work..
I swear that summer totally crept up on me and, before I knew it, I was needing to turn that empty space back into a guest room for my nephew’s upcoming visit. Panicked I purchased a twin-sized daybed and trundle and expedited the shipping so it could be put together in time for the boys to rest their heads. Within about 15 minutes of those suckers being delivered, I was putting them together with Rob helping by sort of sitting in the melee petting dogs. And as I huffed that I needed some help and suddenly it clicked and I told Rob that I could have rented something from CORT Furniture Clearance Center instead. I counted down on my fingers the reasons why I would have realized this sooner. One, it would have been a heck of a lot less hassle having someone bring the furniture in and set it up for me, instead of a frustratingly quick build with poor directions only 2 nights before flying off to retrieve the boys. Two, after the boys left CORT would come and take it away giving me my empty space perfect for work. Three, I could rinse and repeat as necessary when the boys visit every year thereafter. I seriously could have kicked myself.
Now the boys are boys and they didn’t notice, nor did they care, that their accommodations were basically thrown together. Bed? Check. Pillows? Check. Does it match? Do I care right now? Nope. Needing to get it done all sense of style went out the window. But when we got back home and we all dropped our bags I looked at the room with different eyes, wishing it was a bit more put together, if nothing else, because I like things to be pretty and matchy-matchy.
And that’s another brilliant thing about renting furniture from CORT… you pick a room that’s perfectly styled and you don’t have to worry about finding a comforter that matches the drapes. And you’re not buying art to hang on the walls that will go out in the garage sale pile because you got it for a temporary space and maybe don’t really like it or just don’t actually need it.
So today I’m telling you my story in the event it might prove helpful to you. Have a space you normally use for one thing you need to temporarily use as another? Instead of buying furniture (permanent) rent what you need from CORT (temporary) because it just makes a heck of a lot more sense, right? Right. Learn from my mistake, folks, and get that furniture you need on-demand from CORT Furniture Clearance Center and give it back when it’s convenient with less hassle and less stress. And be sure to check out CORT Blog for even more ideas and tips!