IKEA vs. Rental Furniture

If you’re a student in the market for new furniture, you’ve got plenty of options. If you’ve narrowed it down to just a few choices, you’re probably considering rental furniture or IKEA. But ideally what you want is quality, modern pieces that last you all semester. And if you’ve done your research, you know that IKEA looks great, but it just does not last. To find out who comes out on top in the battle of IKEA vs. rental furniture, read on!

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Higher Quality Pieces

Sure, IKEA pieces look really modern. They do. And the showroom is even, according to the film 500 Days of Summer, date-worthy. But even though everything in the store looks nice, particleboard just doesn’t hold up. Plus, you have to haul and assemble pretty much all the furniture. That’s a lot of effort to just have it fall apart on you. If you choose rental furniture, you’ll get high quality pieces that are already put together. Best of all, the rental furniture company will deliver the pieces directly to your house. Sounds convenient, right?

Buy It Once

Even though it’s cheap, IKEA will probably fall apart on you. And although you’ll save money upfront, chances are you’ll have to keep repurchasing the furniture. So, chances are, it will end up costing you a lot more in the long run when you buy from IKEA. When you rent furniture, you’ll pay a fee for furniture that will last.

Rent a Complete Set

When you purchase furniture from IKEA, you have to buy each individual piece. But with rental furniture, you can rent an entire bedroom set for less. This is ultimately more convenient than IKEA and a way to ensure that all the pieces are available and that they match.

Added Convenience

Sure, IKEA is really cheap. But that’s in part because the buyer has plenty to assemble. You have to carry your furniture out of the store, assemble it (tools not included) and then follow some pretty confusing directions. With rental furniture, you pick out the pieces you want. And then the company will deliver it (already assembled and in great shape) to your home.

Easy Returns

If you’re a college student, chances are you move around once a year if not every semester. If this is the case, rental furniture may be the perfect option for you. When you move in, you call the company and have it delivered to your house. When you’re moving, you simply contact the rental company and have them come pick it up again. This will make the hassle of moving much easier. Plus, it’s easier to move around when you aren’t attached to your furniture. With rental furniture, you won’t have to fret about selling it or moving it yourself.

Signature Furniture Rental is a great option for people looking to rent furniture who don’t want to deal with the hassle of building cheap flat-pack furniture only to have it fall apart in a year.


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