Most of us have a favorite furniture find — whether the piece was bought brand new, scoured off of Craigslist or spotted at the neighborhood yard sale. For me, it's a dining room table with matching chairs. Unfortunately, when I recently moved, I downsized to a space with no dining room — but I'm dead set on keeping it in the family.
Even though I have extra storage space below my apartment the dining room table and chairs were too large to fit. I couldn't rationalize renting a storage unit for an unforeseen amount of time — especially when the dining room set cost me only $100. So I ended up reaching out to friends in the hopes that they wanted to borrow my furniture (and lucky for me, someone did).
I also lent out a ginormous painting that simply didn't fit with my current furniture placement (yet I couldn't bear the thought of permanently parting with it). Because a friend lives right down the street, I have the opportunity to "visit" my furniture and see it put to good use.
Apartment Therapy readers, what are your alternatives to renting a storage unit when you just can't seem to part with your favorite furniture? Did you lend items out to friends and if so, was the experience a pleasant one?
Image: Marcia Prentice via How To Create a Furniture Placement Plan; Home Hacks