With the lives of New Yorkers, particularly younger ones, becoming ever more transient, a new online service is looking to help millenials ease up on their living expenses.
Furnishare, a furniture rental service recently expanded its reach to the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick.
For $50 a month over a one-year subscription period, customers can rent three pieces of furniture from the company’s inventory every month, and return it at the end of the 12-month cycle. The furniture is cleaned and spruced up before it is delivered free of cost to the customer’s home.
Alternate membership options go for $80 a month for a six-month subscription and $120 a month for three-month subscriptions for those hesitant to make a full yearlong commitment.
Customers can make money from the service as well. Those interested in renting out their own pieces of furniture can submit those pieces by filling out an application on Furnishare’s website. If the piece is approved, and eventually rented out, the customer makes half of the revenue every month.
The company was founded last year by Alpay Koralturk, but didn’t take off quite as he imaged. The furniture pricing was too high, so Koralturk decided to focus on affordable items when he relaunched the service a few months ago.
The idea for the company came about when he got married last year and realized the additional costs of transporting his and his wife’s furniture to a new place, and the hassle associated with selling or getting rid of pieces of furniture the couple didn’t want.
“What drives me at Furnishare is knowing the fact that this helps the environment and helps people who are worried about spending tons of money on new furniture or their stuff going to waste,” said Koralturk. “This makes the quality of living affordable and sustainable for everyone. People in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are environmentally conscious and appreciate a good deal, so our expansion was just a matter of time.”
To find out more about Furnishare and or to sign up for their services visit https://www.furnishare.it/.