So you have a script, a budget and a crew and you want to make a movie. That is awesome! Good for you. Unless you’ve gotten a green light from a major studio, odds are you’ll need to go hunting for locations and places to rent the furniture for your sets. Major studios have warehouses jammed with clothes and furniture that they use for their films. But for the rest of us, we need inspiration and ideas of where to go looking for the perfect set of furniture. Fortunately, I’ve complied a list of some great places to go hunting for the most common set-ups.
If you have a high-end party in your film, and you need men in tuxedos and the ladies in evening gowns, then this is a good place to begin your search for high-end furniture. From Ultra Modern and The Royal Collection to the Tiffani Collection and a nice outdoor party setting, Lux Lounge will fit your needs.
They are wise in having a “Call for Quotes” because in looking at this stuff, it’s really very nice and probably very expensive. However, if that is the scene you’re shooting, then you need either to be creative and make it appear exquisite (a good designer goes a long way here) or suck it up and pay. At least the money is on the screen, and it will look beautiful.
CORT Furniture Rentals
The nice thing about CORT is they offer Rental Packages. Some of their most popular include the Student Package, for those who need to shoot at a college in a student’s room, and a Military Package, furnishing your entire house for as little as $159/month for a 6-month lease. These are just two examples of how reasonable CORT can be. If you need to furnish an entire house on the cheap or dress your set with period-unspecific furniture (Victorian England or American West), CORT might be your answer.
Rent A Furnished House
Many first time filmmakers don’t know about this option, because it is usually very expensive. And it is often used by those studios I referred to earlier. But if you do some number crunching, renting a furnished house sometimes worth your while. In fact, there are many homes here in L.A. that are set up for this very reason. I once shot a commercial in South Pasadena in an entire huge home with a back yard. I remember hearing that the cost was about $4500/day. But this house accommodated 30-person crew along with 8-12 actors. So when you go this route, you have many rooms in which to set up, one or two to shoot and the rest for your crew to work and setup, like a place for everyone to eat together. If you have the budget, then this is something you should consider, as it simplifies the entire process and ultimately allows you to concentrate on filming.
The Krrb Classifieds App
For all styles of furniture rental, there really is no better place than Krrb. Time passes very pleasantly while shopping on the site, and there are literally hundreds of items for sale or rent. The best part about shopping on their app is the ability to converse with buyers and sellers, which means that all prices are “open for negotiation.” And that is great news for us because, if you are like me, you don’t have gobs of money to throw at a set.
Another great feature of Krrb.com is that they carry different styles – vintage, mid-century, modern, designer – you name it, they probably have it. Prices range from $50 for a Certified Vintage Bench all the way up to thousands for designer and vintage. The furniture you can choose from is either used or brand new, and the ability to shop from your phone will certainly get you thinking about furniture for your film set that you never thought of before.
Helping Hands Thrift
My most recent film took place in a used clothing store because my vision of the story took place in an extremely old store. The lead woman was hundreds of years old, not that it showed on film, so I went looking for the perfect location. Ultimately, I found a beautiful little shop called Helping Hands Thrift Shop on South Fairfax Avenue. It’s this amazing location that’s filled to the brim with old used furniture, clothes and knick-knacks.
Renting furniture is essential for any film production. If you want to create a realistic world that your story and characters live in, then it needs to look real. So be thoughtful and thorough when renting your furniture, and you – and your audience – will never know the difference.