Never knowingly sublet – John Lewis moves to rent his furniture | Business


This is usually the preserve of homeowners and dressers trying to sell a home, but furniture rentals could be about to become mainstream. Starting Monday, street favorite John Lewis will rent sofas, sideboards and desks, as part of his company’s renovation plan announced last month.Renters on short-term rentals or buyers who want to try before they buy can choose from 50 different items from the retailer’s range. Prices start at £ 17 per month for a desk or chair rented for 12 months, and increase for bulkier goods on shorter contracts.

A buffet from the John Lewis & Partners estate (flowers and vase not included) Photograph: John Lewis

Johnathan Marsh, Home Partner and Director at John Lewis, said the retailer is trying to appeal to “the next generation of customers” who are used to sharing items like bikes and cars rather than owning them.

“Attitudes towards item rental and the sharing economy have changed dramatically in recent years, and we know that renting, reselling and recycling items is a growing priority for our customers,” a- he declared.


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