5 Tips for Keeping Your Furniture Clean

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Renting furniture makes life easier when you’re in a transition, but it does come with the responsibility of keeping it in top condition. If you don’t know how to keep your furniture clean, you can find yourself in a bit of a mess—both at home and with your rental agency. Here are a few tips for cleaning your furniture and preventing accidents.

1. Avoid the Mess

The best way to keep your furniture clean is to prevent messes from happening to begin with. Don’t eat or drink on hard-to-clean surfaces like beds or upholstered chairs and sofas, and use stain-protecting sprays on upholstery as an added protective measure. Keep both fabric and wood furniture out of the sun, extreme heat, and humidity to avoid cracking, fading, warping, or mildew, and use tablecloths, placemats, and coasters to keep tables and other surfaces free of damaging moisture. If you’re a pet owner, you can drape slipcovers over fabric furniture to keep them from shedding all over it (slipcovers are easy to remove and wash). Protect your furniture now and you won’t have to fret so much later.

2. Stick to a Cleaning Schedule

Keeping to a regular cleaning schedule ensures that dust, hair, dirt, and other unwanted substances do not accumulate and damage surfaces over time. For example, frequently vacuuming upholstery prevents the buildup of hair and dust. By rotating and fluffing pillows on both fabric and leather couches, you can also prevent uneven wear and tear, and flipping cushions helps retain their shape. Once a habit takes hold, it’ll be much easier to keep your furniture clean consistently.

3. Take Care of Spills Promptly

Despite all efforts to prevent them, sometimes accidents happen. The best course of action in these cases is to simply clean up the mess as soon as possible so stains can’t set in. There are best practices for different kinds of spills, however. When wine gets on the couch, don’t just scrub it with the nearest sponge. Find a soft, absorbent cloth and dab—don’t rub—the spot to absorb as much as possible before spraying any kind of spot cleaner. Be careful when scrubbing in general, no matter what the substance is. It’s best to scrub gently, especially on less durable fabrics like pillows.

4. Know Your Furniture

As you may have guessed from the previous tip, different types of furniture require different methods of cleaning. Do your research. Do you have wood, vinyl, or metal chairs? Polymer? Granite? Leather? It’s important to understand which products will work on which surfaces, because cleaning products that are safe for some furniture could be damaging to others. Warm, soapy water will work on wood, laminate, vinyl, and metal surfaces, but water should be used in moderation and not left sitting. Abrasives can be harmful to wood, laminate, polymer, and metals, and detergents and bleach should not be used on outdoor seating cushions, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or laminate. For granite and leather, a damp cloth will suffice for mild cleaning.

5. Test Products First

Done your reading, know your furniture, and still unsure of whether a product is appropriate for a particular surface? Test it first. Use it on a small, hidden area, namely on the back or underside of a piece of furniture, so that if it doesn’t work properly, no one will notice any discoloration.

COVID Cleaning

Disinfecting surfaces is just as important as basic cleaning these days. The arrival of COVID-19 threw us into a cauldron of changes in work, human relations, and daily living, and now we are in the middle of a pandemic—everything we do is tempered by that fact. In addition to the furniture cleaning tips above, keep in mind these extra tips from the CDC.

Follow these five simple suggestions and you’ll have far less headache to deal with later when returning your rental furniture. Stay comfortable!

The Best Furniture for Work/Life Balance

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Working from home and working from an office are as different as night and day. When it comes to a home office, working from the comfort of one’s own private space has a multitude of benefits built right in: no commute, no pressure to look your best (at least, in a pre-Zoom world), and you always know exactly where the primo snacks are hidden.

On the other hand, working from home comes with its own unique challenges as well. It can be more difficult to stay on task when the distractions of home abound, to feel connected to the people you work with, and to resist that nap you could so easily get away with. No matter what line of work we’re in, everyone wants to achieve a healthy work/life balance, and that starts with staying focused during the workday—so it can start and end when it’s supposed to.

Creating the Right Space

Staying motivated while working from home is the key to maintaining your focus and productivity. That’s why it’s important to put together a home office that you actually want to spend time in, and one that will allow you to truly get “in the zone.”

You’ll need furniture that’s functional enough for working from home but comfortable enough that you can spend long periods in one area as you tackle your to-do list. Recent studies show that many people feel more productive working from home than they do in an office, and part of that may be due to their ability to move around freely. While a desk and chair are a must for most, being able to work from a loveseat, or even from bed on occasion, could be the secret to maximizing your own productivity from home.

Corporate Furniture Leasing offers furniture rental packages that can help you make a space feel like both a home and an office, with a wide variety of options and add-ons that can be tailored to your individual needs.

Winding Down From the Workday

Work hard, relax appropriately. A job well done means it’s time to put your feet up and unwind. Having a space to escape the demands of work is just as important as the perfect home office, and Corporate Furniture Leasing can help with that, too. Along with our furniture packages, we offer all the essentials you need for lounging as effectively as you work: flat-panel TVs, DVD players, stereos, recliners, and more.

Contact Us Today to Get Started

Whether you want to discuss home office setup ideas or need furniture to get started with your new work-from-home venture right away, Corporate Furniture Leasing can get you set up for success. Contact us today for more information.

Taking Care of Texas Medical Workers

As of the last week of May, more than 56,000 Texans have tested positive for COVID-19, and healthcare providers all over the state have been working around the clock to diagnose and treat them. If you’ve kept up to date with local news, you’ve likely heard heartwarming stories about Texas institutions supporting frontline heroes in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and beyond. Here are some of the ways organizations throughout the Lone Star State are helping medical workers as they battle the coronavirus.

Feeding Workers on the Front Lines

It became more difficult for medical workers to grab a bite to eat after restaurants closed to the public, so Sydney Gressel and a group of volunteers founded Frontline Foods, a nonprofit organization that connects restaurants with hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. Frontline Foods uses donations to order food for healthcare workers from local restaurants in major Texas cities, treating medical workers to a free lunch or dinner and keeping restaurants in business while they deal with a shrinking customer base. It’s a win-win for the service industry and medical professionals alike.

Fuel the Fight is another nonprofit that provides freshly cooked meals for people on the front lines. Alex Seiler, an Austin native, brought Fuel the Fight to the state capital on April 5th, connecting 13 restaurants with four local hospitals. Organizations like these make sure medical personnel don’t go hungry while they work to keep our communities safe.

Transportation and Supplies

Some Texas corporations and small businesses support medical workers with transportation services. The Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, for example, created the Rides for Responders program to offer free transportation to frontline workers who need to travel outside their usual jurisdiction to support areas heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Retail brands are showing their support by donating masks and clothing. Hari Mari, a Dallas footwear brand, donated 400 pairs of sandals to workers in state hospitals in Dallas and Houston, and San Antonio fashion designer Stacy Williams donated over 700 masks. Charitable acts like these not only keep healthcare professionals safe, but in good spirits too!

Childcare Services

Many medical workers are spending less time at home as a result of the pandemic, and because of that, they’re scrambling to find childcare services to protect their families while they’re away. Governor Greg Abbott, in coordination with several state agencies, developed the Frontline Child Care portal, where qualifying members can search for childcare services and access financial aid.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas also created a $1,000,000 grant used in part to fund childcare services for frontline medical workers and healthcare professionals. You can read more about the many North Texas companies offering relief services here, and learn ways to offer help if you’re interested.

We Support Our Frontline Heroes

If you’re a medical professional visiting Texas or traveling to another city to assist with coronavirus relief, you may need to stay in short-term housing. Corporate Furniture Leasing can help your temporary lodging feel more like home with comfortable furniture rental packages. Contact us to learn more about our service areas within Texas and the accommodations we can provide while you’re away from your permanent residence. Thank you for everything you do!

Student Furniture Rentals – Renting Furniture for the School Year

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Between registering for classes, buying books, and moving into a new dorm or apartment, it’s difficult to find time to go furniture shopping. Moving comes with a lot of upfront costs (on top of tuition), putting many students over budget before they have a chance to furnish their new place.

If you or your kids are having trouble buying furniture for school, our student furniture rentals may solve all your problems. Read on to learn more about the benefits of renting furniture for the academic year.

A Simplified Selection Process

Furnishing new student housing often requires shopping at several different stores to find everything you need. If you’re like most college students on a strict budget, you might also have to scramble for hand-me-down pieces to avoid breaking the bank.

Renting furniture is a hassle-free approach to outfitting your new dorm or apartment. Instead of traveling from store to store, you can find packages that include high-quality rental options for all the essential furniture items, priced together in a single quote. Whether you need just a bed set or everything from a desk to a kitchen table and more, renting furniture allows you to select all the pieces you want at once.

Stress-Free Moving

Students have a lot of things to worry about before classes start, but moving doesn’t have to be one of them. Renting furniture that can be delivered straight to your dorm saves you from a stressful move-in day. You may not have to bother with assembly yourself, either—student furniture rental companies commonly offer furniture assembly services so you can settle into your new place right away.

Since you’ll probably be changing dorms or apartments multiple times throughout your college career, furniture rental will also remove the hassle of hauling furniture to your next place or finding somewhere to store it over the summer. Let a college furniture rental company do all the legwork so you can focus on your studies.

Save Money  

Renting allows you to furnish your student apartment for a fraction of the cost of buying. Students generally don’t have a large furniture budget, making it hard to find all the essentials with their amount of money. When students rent furniture, they can pay in monthly installments instead of worrying about one major upfront purchase.

If you buy furniture, you might also get stuck with bulky items that don’t fit in your future living spaces. Don’t get saddled with pieces you’ll only need for less than a year—renting furniture is the more economical choice both now and over time.

Furnish Your Student Apartment with Corporate Furniture Leasing 

Corporate Furniture Leasing makes it easy to furnish student housing with customizable furniture packages at unbeatable prices. Select all the functional and fashionable pieces you need without worrying about moving them in and out of your apartment. We’ll handle your move to college so you can focus on what really matters: your education. Contact us today to build a furniture rental package that meets your needs this school year!

How to Make a Rental Space Feel like Home

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Change is hard, and packing up to move to an unfamiliar city can be lonely. Living in a temporary rental space during a period of transition may feel different from settling in your permanent home. Make yourself more comfortable in your new living space by learning how to decorate your rental property to feel familiar and personal. We’ve listed some of the best tips on how to make an apartment feel like home.

Bring Your Favorite Things

Most corporate housing companies provide all the essentials for you: furniture, dishware, linens, and even electronics like televisions. Having the basics ready beforehand will make your temporary stay very convenient, but you won’t have the pleasure of picking them out for yourself. Make up for all of the unfamiliar items in your new space by bringing a few personal elements that remind you of home—for example, your comfiest pillow and blanket, your favorite coffee mug, or a cherished piece of artwork. Unpack your personal belongings soon after you move in to help you adjust to your temporary living space.

Add Personal Touches

While you might only be living in this space temporarily, you can still add aspects that make it feel personal and help you feel at home in your rental. Showing off your favorite artwork is a good idea, but do your best not to hang anything if you have a short-term lease—save yourself the hassle of fixing holes in the walls in a few months. You can also find a sunny spot for your favorite plants and display pictures of your family and friends to give your new place a homey feel. It’ll be nice to be welcomed home to familiar art and decor.

Hold a Housewarming Party

If you don’t know many people in your new area, holding a housewarming party can be a great way to meet the neighbors. Make friends with people who live near you and who can help you feel adjusted to the new city. The best way to learn what to do in a new place is to ask people already living there to suggest the best places for food, drinks, and entertainment. When you don’t feel like hosting yourself, attend gatherings at your apartment complex and find ways to get involved with the community to make your transition easier.

Choose Homey Furniture

Instead of trying to buy all new furniture for a temporary living space, renting furniture saves you tremendous time and money. Corporate Furniture Leasing helps you pick out personalized furniture packages that fit your vision and aesthetics. Pick furniture with multifunctional purposes, like a coffee table with additional storage, to make the most out of your space.

Renting furniture with our flexible rental policy allows you to find all the things you need, from the perfect couch for movie night to a comfortable mattress for the best sleep. You can furnish your apartment easily without the cost and hassle of moving furniture to your permanent home later on.

Rent Furniture from Corporate Furniture Leasing Today!

Our simple leasing application and expedited delivery services make renting furniture with Corporate Furniture Leasing hassle-free. Our expertise and attention to detail allow us to give you comprehensive and personalized furniture options that will transform your rental space into a welcoming home. Contact us today for easy and affordable furniture leasing!

DIY Decorating Tips for Rental Apartments

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Updating a Rental Property

A house becomes a home with the addition of your own personal touches. Precious family heirlooms and unique artwork remind you of who you are and what matters most in your life. Why forget about your favorite decorative items when moving into a rental space? Temporary apartment upgrades are possible with a bit of planning and research – here are a couple of temporary decorating ideas for renters looking to make their rental apartments feel like home.

Decorating Hacks for Renters

Don’t forget that decorating is key, and just because you’re living in a rental space doesn’t mean you can’t hang up pictures, stack your books, and lay down a shaggy rug. Leaving your mark will make you feel comfortable in your new space, and you’ll feel excited to come home to an apartment that accommodates your needs and unique style. DIY rental-apartment decorating is made easy with these tips and tricks.

Choose Versatile Furniture Pieces

Renting a temporary apartment often means you move frequently for business – and that you’ll keep moving in the future, depending on where your work takes you. For this reason, we recommend investing in versatile pieces that can be used in a variety of spaces. Modular sofas, folding chairs, and side or coffee tables offer flexibility and can easily be stored away when necessary.

Consider Lighting and Hardware Carefully

The right lighting makes any space feel warm and welcoming. Try to avoid overhead lighting by investing in decorative floor and table lamps which provide a soft glow instead of harsh lighting. By using these lamps, you can easily assert your style. Lamp bases and shades come in a variety of colors and patterns and act as decorative focal points of any room.

Switching out old hardware is another easy temporary apartment upgrade. Simply upgrade cabinet pulls in kitchens and bathrooms for a clean and refined look and replace ‘basic’ knobs with ones that speak to your own unique style. When you’re ready to move out, simply reinstall old fixtures. It’s as easy as that.

Pay Attention to Windows and Floors

Old windows and blinds can make a space feel outdated. Instead, purchase new, cozy curtains and rugs to add personality and dimension to your rooms. Many retailers offer plenty of affordable window and flooring treatments in a variety of colors and styles. Enjoy walking barefoot on a shaggy rug while sipping your morning cup of coffee. Or delicately pull back curtains to flood your living room with sunlight. If you’re wondering how to furnish and decorate small spaces, purchase rugs and curtains. They provide comfort while also hiding unseemly stains and outdated window fixtures.

Don’t Forget to Decorate

For many, decorating is the best part of moving into a new space. We believe art makes a home, and there are many ways to incorporate your favorite wall décor and family photos into a rental space. By including these items in your space, you’ll feel more at home and can kick off your shoes in a space that’s truly your own. So, invest in the gallery-style prints and artwork of your choice. You’ll feel great when you come home to a place you’ve carefully and thoughtfully designed – all with the help of these handy decorating tips.

Use Furniture to Make Your Rental Home Look Bigger

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You’re temporarily relocating to a short-term lease apartment, and the space may be a little smaller than what you’re used to in your own home. Fortunately, you can use rented furniture to make the rooms in your apartment feel larger. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing and arranging your furniture.

Move Furniture Away from the Wall

It might seem counterintuitive to move furniture away from the walls in a small room—after all, you probably feel like you should maximize the space. However, having several large furniture items (such as a sofa and loveseat) pushed up against the wall can make the space feel more cramped. By leaving at least a couple of inches between the wall and bigger furniture items, you’ll make the room look more open.

Choose Sofas and Chairs with Exposed Legs

Sofas and chairs with exposed legs (as opposed to a skirt or a box shape) help create a greater sense of openness, since there is space visible between the legs.

Avoid Heavy Curtains

Heavy, dark-colored curtains will absorb light rather than reflecting it, making a small room feel even smaller. Consider leaving windows free of treatments, or choosing shutters or lightweight cloth blinds if you’re concerned about privacy.

Keep Rugs Minimal and Light-Colored

If your short-term apartment has a living area with hardwood floors, you may just want to leave the floors bare, since rugs with bright colors or busy patterns can contribute to the cluttered look of a small room. If you do want to add rugs, consider adding something in a solid light color—a minimalist approach will help make the room look larger.

Add a Mirror

Adding a mirror to one of your walls is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a room appear larger. Try placing a mirror directly across from a window; the mirror will reflect light and make the room feel airier.

Choose a Few Larger Accent Pieces

Adding a lot of little knick-knacks or wall hangings to a room can make the space feel cramped. Opt for a few larger decorative items (such as a large painting and a potted tree) to give the room character without creating a sense of clutter.

Choosing a Furniture Package

Don’t want to spend a lot of time searching for the right furniture to make a room look larger? The great thing about Corporate Furniture Leasing is that you can choose a furniture package that meets your needs and have everything delivered to your door. We have furniture packages in a range of styles, and you can add individual items to any package. You can even select decorative items, such as prints, paintings, mirrors, or plants.

Contact us to learn more.

Tips to Prepare Your Short-Term Rental for Guests

You’re staying in a short-term rental apartment for a few months, and you decide to host some coworkers, neighbors, or clients. What do you need to do to get ready? Because you don’t have as many possessions here as in your own home, you probably don’t have too much clutter to contain. However, the downside of this is that your temporary home may not look as ‘lived-in’ and inviting to visitors.

Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to turn your temporary rental into a welcoming home, especially when you choose customizable furniture and household packages from Corporate Furniture Leasing. Below are a few ideas.

Add Decorative Elements but Avoid Clutter

Adding a few decorative items, such as a large wall print and a colorful potted plant, will help draw your visitors’ eyes and add interest to the living room. However, don’t go overboard with the wall hangings and other decorations, since you don’t want the room to look cramped or cluttered.

Prep Entryway for a Great First Impression

You’ll likely want to tidy up every room that your guests will be in, but pay extra attention to your entryway, since this is the first area of your apartment that your guests will see. If the apartment doesn’t already have a place for stowing guests’ coats and purses, consider adding temporary wooden or metal hooks by the front door.

Prep the Bathroom for Guests

Don’t neglect the bathroom when preparing your apartment. Remove used towels and set out clean ones, store personal items such as hairbrushes and razors out of sight, and make sure you have plenty of toilet paper and hand soap.

Add a Mirror in the Living Room

Adding a mirror in the living room isn’t just about giving guests a chance to check their reflections—it will help reflect light and make the room look bigger, which can be especially helpful if you’re staying in a smaller apartment.

Arrange Furniture for Conversations

If your rental furniture isn’t already set up in a way that will facilitate conversation between guests, consider rearranging it. Laying chairs and sofas out in a circular or semi-circular pattern will help the flow of the room and make it easier for guests to talk to one another.

Need Additional Furniture? Contact Us

If you’re preparing your temporary apartment for guests and are worried that the space is looking bare, contact Corporate Furniture Leasing. We offer fast deliveries on custom furniture packages, so you’ll get what you need in time for your event.

Why Should You Rent Upscale Furniture?

Temporarily relocating for work can feel like a hassle, and for many, elegantly furnishing a short-term apartment might not seem like a top priority. However, before you commit to living with cheap foldable chairs and cardboard boxes for tables, consider some of the benefits of renting upscale furniture for your corporate apartment or house.

Your temporary rental will feel more like home. Adjusting to a new temporary home can be challenging, but furnishing that home in a way that reflects your personal style can help you feel more grounded. Corporate Furniture Leasing has an extensive catalog of rental furniture and offers customizable packages, allowing you to decorate your rental unit in a way that feels like home, rather than like a hotel room.

You’ll have a better space for working and relaxing. Whether you’re going to be working from your rented apartment or just relaxing there at the end of the day, the space should be functional and comfortable. Choosing high-quality furniture can help you ensure that your rental unit meets your day-to-day needs.

You’ll impress visiting clients or prospective employees. If you’re going to host visiting clients or interview prospective job candidates from your rented home, you’ll want your living area to make a good first impression. Selecting upscale furniture will reflect well on you and the company you’re representing.

Where to Find Upscale Furniture for Rent

At Corporate Furniture Leasing, we have furniture rental packages to meet all your needs, including a premium package that includes upscale furniture in contemporary or traditional styles. All our furniture packages are customizable, and you can add additional individual items such as an office desk or flat panel TV. We keep our furniture packages competitively priced, and we do not require a security deposit, making it easier and more affordable for you to furnish your short-term apartment. Contact us to learn more about our furniture options and get a free quote.

Essential Relocation Items You May Have Overlooked

When you’re temporarily relocating to a new city for work, it’s easy to forget to pack some of the smaller household items that you use on a daily basis. Below are a few of the essentials that often get overlooked in the process of moving.


Everyone has to eat, and everyone needs basic dishware in their home. Make sure to get plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, and cutlery for yourself and any family members who will be relocating with you.

Basic Cooking Set

Even if you don’t consider yourself a master chef, you’ll probably at least want a pot, pan, set of mixing bowls, and a serving spoon so that you can do some basic cooking. And don’t forget the can opener—you don’t want to stock up on canned goods only to find you can’t easily open them.


You’ll need bath towels and hand towels for the bathroom, as well as dish cloths for the kitchen (especially if you don’t have a dishwasher).

Waste Baskets

At the very least, you’ll probably need a trash can for your kitchen and another small waste basket for the bathroom.

Mop, Broom, and Dustpan

You may not be staying in your temporary apartment for long enough to perform a deep clean, but you should at least make sure you have a mop, broom, and dustpan in case of spills, broken glass, and other unexpected messes. You’ll likely also want paper towels, a duster, and basic cleaning solutions to keep your temporary home from getting too dusty or musty.

Bath Mat and Shower Curtain

It’s easy to forget these items—until the first time you go to take a shower in your new home. Make sure you have both a shower curtain and a bath mat so that you keep water off the bathroom floor and avoid slipping on a wet surface.

Iron and Ironing Board

If you have button-down shirts, dress pants, or other clothes that wrinkle easily, you’ll want to have an iron and ironing board in your rented apartment.

Coffee Pot

A coffee pot may or may not be an essential depending on how much of a caffeine addict you are. If you do drink coffee on a daily basis, having a basic coffee maker is a cost-friendly alternative to stopping at the nearest Starbucks on your way to work.

Get All the Essentials from Corporate Furniture Leasing

Rather than making multiple trips to a department store to purchase all your essential household items, rent what you need from Corporate Furniture Leasing. In addition to our furniture packages, we offer cost-effective household and electronic packages that include things like cookware, kitchenware, towels, waste baskets, and cleaning supplies. We’ll even work with you to modify a package so that you get exactly what you need without paying for anything superfluous. Contact us to learn more.