If you’re renting out a property, it may make sense to furnish it. This broadens the appeal of the property, as generally speaking there are more people looking for a furnished home. From first time renters who have no budget for furniture to those seeking a business base during the week, a furnished properly generally has a ready market.
Don’t be tempted to furnish your property with cast offs from your own home, though – scuffed tables and wobbly chairs won’t really make the right impression! Go for sturdy, practical, neutral and contemporary to suit the broadest range of tastes. Here are our suggestions:
1. Fern kitchen dining set, Danetti
With its crisp, clean lines and neat proportions, this Fern dining set (table and two chairs) will fit neatly into a kitchen. It’s neutral enough to appeal to everyone, and can be dressed with bright placemats for those who like a splash of colour. £235 (80cm x 80cm table and two chairs), available from Danetti.
2. Small industrial table, Vincent and Barn
Another great space saver is this little industrial style table, £195 from Vincent and Barn. It’s perfect for a two-person kitchen table or for a flat, and would also be ideal in a hallway. Size: 70cm square.
3. Hudson round dining table and four chairs, Furniture Choice
This round white table is great value for money. Although it only comes with four chairs, it comfortably seats six, while the round design means it doesn’t take up too much room. £369.99, available from Furniture Choice.
4. Tubby three seater sofa in pewter grey, MADE
Finding the right sofa for a rental house is hard, as they’re expensive items and vulnerable to the odd tea stain! We like this Tubby sofa, which is a nice, dark, practical colour and won’t break the bank. Available as a three seater (£3,99), or two seater (£299), from MADE.
5. Poet armchair in grey, My Furniture
Based on the 1941 classic Danish Finn Juhl design, this reproduction armchair has retro angled solid oak legs and curved lines. The two tone grey upholstery adds interest and depth to this contemporary-looking piece. £189.99, available from My Furniture.
6. Atlanta double bed, Element One House
Traditional in style, the Atlanta bed features a detailed framework with antique brass finials. It’s sturdy, with a steel frame and sprung slatted base, and it’s neutral enough for tenants to add their own bedding for a personal touch. Mattress not included. £257, available from Element One House.
7. Camden pebble wooden bed frame, Time4Sleep
This solid, painted wooden bed should appeal to most people. With a New England influence, the simple design will complement any decor. Was £279, now £199, available from Time4Sleep.
8. Toj clothes rack, Normann Copenhagen
This simple clothes rack is ideal for spare rooms and giving extra hanging space in hallways. There’s also storage space for clothes, bags and shoes. £299.90, available from Black by Design.
9. Metal locker style wardrobe in grey, Cuckooland
This contemporary two door cabinet has three internal storage shelves and one hanging rail, with a further two drawers at the base – perfect for hiding away clothes, shoes, toys and any other clutter. £435, available from Cuckooland.
10. Randall sideboard, Swoon Editions
This Randall sideboard will add a hint of 1950s retro style, without being too quirky. Crafted in India from solid mango wood, it has tapered legs, clean lines and a smooth grey wash finish. £599, available from Swoon Editions.1