Here’s How and Where to Rent a Loft for a Day
Lofts seem to be having a moment. Whether it’s an artist’s loft in downtown Los Angeles or an apartment-style space in Brooklyn, lofts are in demand for artists, designers, and other creative types. Some lofts retain their industrial trappings, while others are entirely modern spaces that look like they were designed just for Instagram. There’s even a hashtag for it: #loftlife. So if you wanted to rent a loft for a day for a private event or photoshoot, how would you go about it?
What is a loft?
First of all, what exactly is a loft, and how does it differ from a studio? According to Wikipedia, a loft is typically a “large adaptable open space, often converted for residential use.” Hard lofts are those that have been converted out of former industrial buildings, while soft lofts are newly built residential buildings that are modeled after their commercial counterparts.
Lofts differ from studios in size and layout. Both emphasize an open floor plan, but lofts usually provide more space and may even be split up into smaller spaces. Also, lofts often have higher ceilings, particularly if they were built out of former factories or warehouses.
Sometimes, an apartment with a second-story mezzanine will be described as a “loft,” but this isn’t usually what the term refers to. The state of New York actually has several “loft laws” designed to codify what qualifies as a live/work loft to protect residents from unsafe conditions and rent increases.
Why rent a loft for a day?
So, why choose a loft for your event? As mentioned, due to their open floor plans, lofts provide a sense of flexibility and spaciousness that other types of apartments don’t. If you’re planning a photo or video shoot with lots of camera equipment, those open spaces and high ceilings may be easier to work with than a traditional home with small doorways and closed rooms.
Also, an open floor plan usually means lots of windows. If the loft you’re in has enough natural light, then you may not even have to set up your own lighting equipment at all.
But lofts aren’t just for photoshoots. They can also provide a memorable atmosphere for private events, including birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, pop-up dinners, and more. You can even host a small, intimate wedding if your venue can accommodate it!
The artists and designers who live in lofts take pride in their decor, so you’ll often find a level of aesthetic sensibility that you won’t find at a more commercial venue. From industrial-chic decor to quirky, colorful artwork, lofts can provide a memorable backdrop for any occasion.
Another great reason to rent a loft for a day is location. Lofts are usually located in urban areas, where space is at a premium. In many cities, such as LA, lofts may be part of a downtown arts district that hosts monthly art walks and other community-oriented events. You may get more interest in your public event, such as a musical performance or art opening, if you host it in an area already known for its creativity.
In short, some of the events you can host at a loft include:
- Birthday parties
- Pop-up dinners
- Photo or video shoots
- Musical performances
- Book readings
- And more!
How to rent a loft for a day
Many lofts are live/work spaces that are occupied by working artists, so renting a loft for the day is a little different than booking a room at a hotel or restaurant. Fortunately, Peerspace makes it easy to rent unique event spaces directly from local hosts by the day or the hour with a simple online booking system. Just search for the location and type of space you’re interested in renting, then filter the results by capacity, price per hour, and other factors.
When you search for a specific activity, you’ll only see spaces that allow your event type, such as a party, wedding, or photoshoot. You can book the space instantly through the site, as well as ask your host directly if you have any questions about what is or isn’t allowed at the venue.
Some venues have additional gear or amenities available on site, such as photo equipment, a projector and sound system, or a working kitchen. You can also call up the Concierge service if you need help renting A/V gear or booking a professional photographer or caterer.
Types of lofts on Peerspace
Because lofts are such versatile spaces, no two venues are alike. Whether you’re looking for an exposed brick wall for a photoshoot, or an artist’s studio lined with artwork, you’re likely to find it on Peerspace. New York City alone has close to 500 loft spaces available for photoshoots and other creative events. Here are just a few of our favorite locations all over the United States:
- An artist loft in Venice, CA (2,800-sq.ft. space for up to 50 people)
- A former foundry in Midtown New York (2,000-sq.ft. space for up to 75 people)
- A modern, stylish loft in Chicago, IL (2,000-sq.ft. space for up to 25 people)
- An industrial loft with kitchen in Seattle, WA (2,000-sq.ft. space for up to 45 people)
- A sun-drenched loft in downtown Los Angeles, CA (800-sq.ft. for up to 25 people)
- An art gallery loft in the Mission District, SF (2,000-sq.ft. space for up to 50 people)
How much does it cost?
How much should you expect to pay to rent a loft for a day? There are several factors to keep in mind, including where the loft is located, how big it is, and what amenities are included. If you do a little research beforehand, you should be able to find one that fits your budget.
Because Peerspace venues charge by the hour, you can book the venue for the full day or for just a few hours. Some venues have a minimum rental period (such as two or three hours), or may offer a discount if you book the space for eight hours or more.
Peerspace venues aren’t intended for overnight stays, but you may be able to book extended hours or even overnight access if you’re setting up a multi-day event or photoshoot.
So, what are the rates for the venues that we’ve listed? Most of these venues charge $120-150 per hour, with the exception of the New York venue, which charges $375. The major difference is the minimum rental period. For most of these venues, it’s two to four hours, although the Seattle venue has an eight-hour minimum, making it more suitable for an all-day event.
As you can see, renting a loft for a day on Peerspace can be an affordable option for a private event or photoshoot. Just search for a convenient venue near you, and call up the Concierge service if you need additional amenities or services included on your booking!