Would You Rent a Mattress?

IKEA and Feather could disrupt the furniture rental market, but you still need to read the fine print.
man laying on mattress

In the past, we've advised against buying your furniture via rent-to-own companies. The practice often involves paying a huge markup. However, some companies are hoping to change minds about renting furniture — even mattresses!

Renting Is Cool Again

Earlier this year, IKEA began testing furniture rentals and buying other pieces back, as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional ownership. Additionally, a startup called Feather is offering modern furniture rentals at a range of prices.

SEE ALSO: What It's REALLY Like to Buy a Mattress Online

That said, IKEA hasn't expanded its rental services beyond the testing market yet, and Feather is currently only available in New York and San Francisco. If you're interested in either of these, you might have to wait a while.

Doesn't It Cost More to Rent Furniture?

Feather offers flexible time frames, with the minimum rental being three months. Prices change based on how long you intend to keep the pieces, as well as your location — so it's best to rent longer if you can. When your rental period with Feather is up, you have a few options. You can keep your furniture longer and pay 10% less, swap it for free, buy it at a discounted price, or pay a small fee to return it.

If you opt to buy your Feather furniture, you'll end up paying the difference. However, the added cost is only a fraction over the retail price.

If you opt to buy your furniture, you'll end up paying the difference. However, the added cost is only a fraction over the retail price named on Feather's site. That's a far cry from the 100% markup you'll pay with some rent-to-own competitors.

Prices vary, but it's not uncommon to see a suite of bedroom furniture from Rent-A-Center cost twice as much as retail when all is said and done. Additionally, sites like CORT require a minimum rental amount per month, which can be a costly inconvenience.

No matter what, if you're interested in renting furniture, it's best to carefully research your options before signing a contract.

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

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I thiught the title was rent a mistress lol.
But, a mattress though? That's where I draw the line.
Speaking of hotel mattresses, does anyone know if there is a protocol for cleaning them, or replacing them? Do they just Febreze and forget?
Good points Cinnci
All of you guys seem to forget that you have all rented a mattress in the past at a place called a HOTEL! At least you are probably going to get the option to get a NEW mattress thru Ikea or Feather.

I have heard numerous people balk at the notion of buying a used or refurbished blender or coffee maker while sitting in a TGI Fridays or a Cracker Barrel shoving their mouth full of food. I got news for you all. Everything used to prepare your food and everything you are eating on or with INCLUDING the fork you just stuck in your mouth have been USED by a person you most likely wouldn't kiss to save your life.

Get over it!
Remember on CSI when they would scan hotel rooms with black light? DNA on the mattress, walls, ceilings... Ew.
Tony Balogna
I'm surprised a company rent mattresses. I have a tough time getting rid of them. No charity will touch a mattress or foldout sofa for that matter. 1st lawsuit for bedbugs will put an end to it.
Rent a mattress? Disgusting.