Frequently Asked Questions


Art in Res is a peer-to-peer art rental platform. We connect collectors with high-quality, original, affordable artwork, and let collectors try it in their space before purchase. We also let collectors purchase artworks on a rent-to-own basis.


Collector FAQ

First, find a piece of art you’d like to take home and submit your rental request. You can opt to have the piece shipped directly to your home, or you can pick up the piece directly from the artist’s studio (for a very special studio visit experience).

Once you get the artwork, all you need to do is hang it on the wall and enjoy! You can keep the piece for as long as you’d like, and return it anytime. Your rental will auto-renew every month until you decide to return or purchase the artwork.

If you choose to end your rental and return the piece, simply box up the piece (in the packaging that it arrived in) and we’ll send you a return label. Or, you can drop off the piece directly with the artist.

If you choose to purchase the piece, just click “purchase” on the rental screen, and the piece will be yours forever! All of your rental payments for that piece will count toward its purchase.

Pricing varies per artwork. You can rent a piece for as little as $30/month. Our most expensive pieces are $700/month (and tend to be pretty big!).

Yes! All of your rental fees accrue toward purchase of rented artworks.

Every artwork rental on Art in Res is covered by our standard Artwork Protection Plan, which covers minor damages up to $1,000.

That being said, we make it super easy to receive, hang, and return your rented artwork safely and securely.

You can expect your artwork to arrive at your home in secure packaging, ready to hang. To hang your new piece, all you need to do is put a nail in the wall and hang the artwork on it. And if you’d like to return the artwork, simply pack the artwork using the box and materials that it came in.

All of our artworks are original, hand-made, one of a kind pieces by emerging artists.

Beyond that, we offer lot of variety in subject matter, style, size, price, and medium. Browse our complete collection here.

Artwork prices range from $150 to $12,000, and rental prices range from $30/month to $700/month.

You can browse our artists with an account on Art in Res. You can also check out our instagram, where we highlight individual artists, artworks, and studio visits.

It’s a special experience where you visit the artist in their studio and spend a bit of time with them. A typical studio visit involves discussing the artist’s inspirations, influences, and process - perhaps over tea or a glass of wine - but the specifics of any given studio visit are as varied and unique as the artists themselves.

For collectors who are interested, we always encourage them to visit the artist’s studio for a memorable, personal, and educational experience.

As long as you want! Rental periods have a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months, but you can request to “extend” your rental as many times as you like (as long as the artist keeps approving your extension requests).

Yes, you can!

(Corporate users: drop us a line at everyone@artinres.com if you’re interested in volume discounts for large orders.)

Hanging the artwork is very simple. In the vast majority of cases, all you need is a nail (or hook) in the wall.

To read about perfect alignment, plaster walls, studs, and more, check out our artwork hanging best practices.

Transportation for self-pickup is pretty simple, and you can read our transportation best practices here.

Never - all of the work on Art in Res comes ready to hang. For works on paper, the artist will prepare the work in a frame for you, or mount the artwork on a hangable surface.

That being said, if you buy a piece you rented from Art in Res, you may want to consider buying a frame that complements the piece and your space.

We’re sorry! Things do break from time to time, but we’ll do our best to make it up to you. Send us an email at everyone@artinres.com and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.

We also get automated error emails when certain things break, so don’t be too surprised if we reach out to you before you can get to us!

Let us know! We’ve already changed plenty of things about Art in Res as a result of great feedback. Drop us a line at everyone@artinres.com.


Artist FAQ

Great! First, you need to apply to list your artwork. Application is super simple and takes about a minute: just fill out the form here.

We approve roughly 15% of artist applications. If you are approved, we’ll reach out to you with next steps to get started.

For the full explanation, check out the Artists page.

First, you upload your art. We ask you to provide information about your listed artworks (such as dimensions, materials, and an optional statement).

When you receive a rental or purchase request, it will contain information about how to get the artwork to the collector. In most cases, we will send you a shipping label and ask you to ship the artwork to the collector in the next few days. In some cases, collectors will want to visit you in the studio and pick up the piece themselves.

During an active rental, collectors can purchase your piece or begin a return at any time. If you want the piece back, you can also request a return, but the collector does have the option to buy the piece instead of returning it.

Art in Res is free for artists. For collectors, rental prices vary.

Rental fees vary per listed artwork, based on the underlying price of the artwork. Whenever you receive a rental or purchase request, it will contain information about the monthly fees you would receive for that rental.

Art in Res’ commission on sales is approximately 20%.

They are quite simple:

  1. The work must be your original, one-of-a-kind work.
  2. The artwork must be ready to hang.
  3. The maximum height and width is 60” for each dimension.
  4. The maximum weight is 25 lbs.

We do make some exceptions for special cases (e.g. lobby installations, staging projects, etc.) but we do enforce these requirements for the majority of our users.

Yes - and some do. But for most of our collectors, it’s very helpful to spend some time with a work of art in their space before making a final decision.

We have a very simple, “you break it, you buy it” policy. Per our Terms of Service, all of our collectors are liable for the full value of any artwork they rent.

For this reason, we are very serious about vetting our collectors. We perform interviews with prospective collectors, ask for recommendations, and (if necessary) assess creditworthiness.

In the event that a piece is damaged and Art in Res is unable to recover the funds from a collector, we will reimburse you for the full value of your work.

Rental periods don’t have a predetermined length. Collectors can rent a piece for as long as they’d like, and can return or purchase a rented piece at any time. As an artist, you can also request a piece be returned to you at any point during a rental.

You can simply reject the request. There isn’t a penalty for doing so.

Art in Res also provides a messenger that artists and collectors can use to communicate during this process to work out any issues, and you can always ask us for help, too.

Some artists are sensitive about listing the prices of their work online - and we understand that. We do allow artists to list their work anonymously (or pseudonymously), if that is their preference. A small percentage of our artists do take advantage of this feature.

Nope! You can use your initials or a pseudonym, if you prefer.

No - if you’d prefer to only ship your works (or perform quick handoffs at your studio), that’s fine.

But, that said, we think that the studio visit is the best, purest form of Art in Res. Our collectors tend to have the best experience when they can spend a bit of time with the artist in the studio, discussing and exploring their work.

Yes, we ask our artists to pack all artworks securely for shipping and/or collector pickup.

We don’t have a hard and fast rule, but “reasonably large” is great. We don’t need super high-definition images, but we also can’t accept bad, low resolution images.

(If that answer doesn’t satisfy, or isn’t precise enough for your taste, aim for 3,000 pixels on the “short” end of the image.)

We’re sorry! Things will break from time to time, but we’ll do our best to make it up to you. Send us an email at everyone@artinres.com and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.

We also get automated error emails when certain things break, so don’t be too surprised if we reach out to you before you can get to us!

Let us know! We’ve already changed plenty of things about Art in Res as a result of great feedback. Drop us a line at everyone@artinres.com.