Muji starts furniture rental service in Japan

Japan’s minimalist lifestyle brand, Muji, which is conquering worldwide, is constantly expanding its range of products and services. In addition to opening Japan’s first Muji Hotel in Ginza, offering free drinking water in large stores and selling a new range of plant-based meat substitutes, the popular brand has just launched its first furniture rental in the country.

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With this service, available in 182 stores across Japan, you can choose from four different sized beds, two tables, three chairs and four different types of stackable shelves. Rental plans are available between one and four years, with the longest contract period offering the cheapest monthly rates. For example, if you plan to rent a Muji chair for four years, the monthly fee will only set you back anywhere from 300 to 400 yen depending on the type of chair. Note that the shipping costs for the furniture will be added to your invoice for the first month.

After the end of the contract, you can either return the items, extend your contract (four-year contracts excluded) or buy the furniture. The items returned to Muji will be rented again after the renovation or sold as used furniture.

This is a great solution for those who are staying in Japan for a short period of time as furniture disposal is quite expensive here. Or if you’ve always wanted a Muji home but find the upfront cost of buying Muji furniture too prohibitive.

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