Here’s How and Where to Rent a Warehouse for a Day
Warehouses aren’t just for work any more. The main activities that take place in warehouses have changed dramatically in recent decades, as manufacturing industries moved away from urban areas, leaving behind the warehouses they once used to store goods. Many of these former factories and storehouses have become artistic and cultural centers, with artists and entrepreneurs moving in to claim these affordable spaces. For example, both Los Angeles and New Orleans are known for their restaurants and galleries set in revitalized warehouses. Now, nearly anyone can rent a warehouse for a day to host a memorable event of any kind.
Why rent a warehouse for a day?
Why would you want to rent a warehouse for your special event? Aren’t they old, industrial buildings that are cold and drafty and covered in peeling paint? You’d be surprised. Many former warehouses have been turned into modern production studios for art and video projects, while others are fully equipped event spaces with gourmet kitchens and all of the latest A/V gear.
There are a few reasons why warehouse venues are so appealing. First, they’re a blank slate. An old warehouse may need some touching up at first, but after that, you can do whatever you want with it. Paint it any color you like. Tear down the interior walls to build a coworking space. Create a pop-up restaurant or a performance venue. A theater company in New York turned three adjoining warehouses into an immersive performance of Shakespeare’s MacBeth!
Of course, if you’re just renting a warehouse for a day, you won’t get to redesign the place, but you’ll still have more freedom to make it your own than you would at any other venue. You can park a food truck outside the loading dock to feed your guests; bring in a sculpture or artwork that won’t fit into a standard art gallery; or clear out the room for a goat yoga class.
Because warehouses aren’t in residential neighborhoods, there are less likely to be complaints if you throw a late-night party or make a lot of noise on a woodworking project. (Still, that’s not always the case, so it’s a good idea to check with your host to find out what’s allowed.)
Plus, many people like the aesthetics of warehouses. There’s even a name for it: industrial chic. Exposed brick walls are used as the backdrop for photoshoots, while pipes and beams can be incorporated into the design of a kitchen or coworking space. Also, warehouses have a lot of windows, which makes them great for productions. Even if you aren’t into the industrial-chic look, you can still make use of the natural light.
So, what kinds of events can you host in a warehouse? As you can tell, pretty much anything. If you want a blank slate for a wedding or birthday party, consider a warehouse venue. Rent it out as a production studio for a photo or video shoot. Host a yoga workshop or dance class.
Warehouses are also great for pop-ups shops, pop-up dinners, pop-up art galleries, and more. Many have loading docks that make it easy to bring your gear in and out. They’re also suitable for team-building activities and off-site retreats for corporate groups.
To recap, you can rent out a warehouse for a variety of activities, including:
- Birthday parties
- Musical performances
- Pop-up shops/dinners/galleries
- Photo or video shoots
- Creative workshops
- Yoga classes
- And more!
How to rent a warehouse for a day
Once you’ve decided on a warehouse venue for your event, how do you find one? A few years ago, you might have had to speak with the property owner and negotiate a deal in person, but now it’s easier than ever to book a local venue on Peerspace. Simply search for a warehouse that meets the aesthetic and capacity requirements for your event, then book it on the spot!
Many venues offer the option to book instantly, but you can always reach out to your local host if you have any questions before or after you book. There’s also the Concierge service to help out with any other logistics, such as renting equipment or booking a caterer.
Some warehouses come with modern amenities, such as Wi-Fi and a kitchen, but it’s always a good idea to double-check if there’s anything in particular you need. Use the search filters to sort venues by event type, location, price, amenities, and any other parameters you have in mind. And don’t forget to expand your search to include warehouse venues in rural areas.
Types of warehouses on Peerspace
The kinds of warehouses that you’ll find on Peerspace run from quaint, historic lofts to modern event spaces with A/C and other amenities. From sprawling warehouses that can fit hundreds, to small venues that are perfect for an intimate photoshoot, here are a few of our favorites:
- A film production studio in San Jose, CA (2200-sq.ft. space for up to 12 people)
- An elegant warehouse in Los Angeles, CA (10,000-sq.ft. space for up to 100 people)
- A waterfront warehouse in New York City (5500-sq.ft. space for up to 500 people)
- An eclectic warehouse space in Atlanta (2100-sq.ft. space for up to 115 people)
- A bright, multipurpose warehouse in Miami, FL (3100-sq.ft. space for up to 150 people)
- A warehouse event space in downtown Houston, TX (1800-sq.ft. of space for up to 65 people)
How much does it cost?
Initially, warehouses attracted artists and musicians because the property was cheap. Now that these kinds of spaces are in higher demand, you can expect prices to be similar to other event venues of a comparable size. That said, costs vary widely based on the location, how big the venue is, and what amenities it has, with urban warehouses in big cities costing the most.
For example, the New York waterfront warehouse is the most expensive on this list, costing up to $1450 per hour, while the production studio in San Jose costs $180 per hour. Remember, you can filter your search by price to find a warehouse that’s within your budget while still in your desired location.
Warehouses aren’t just for artists — these venues are available to anyone who wants to rent a warehouse for the day. No matter what kind of event you have in mind, a warehouse can offer a creative space suitable for a wedding, a workshop, a performance, or any other unique activity you have in mind.
And you don’t have to do all the work yourself: the Concierge team is available to help you with the logistics, such as booking a caterer, event staff, or even a photographer!