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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Warehouse?

Warehouses have become a top choice in recent years for those looking to host weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, and many other events that require a large and open venue. So, this begs the question: how much does it cost to rent a warehouse? We’ll also address the best ways to rent one, as well as the types of warehouses that are available on the market. 

Why should you rent a warehouse? 

The sky’s the limit when it comes when it comes to ways to utilize warehouse space. Renting a warehouse typically comes with a lot of flexibility and opportunities to personalize the venue for your event. Some warehouses have been remodeled for certain events, like weddings or large parties. Others are tailored for film shoots with decorative walls, lighting choices, and even dressing rooms. 

Another perk of booking a warehouse is the bright lighting. With large floor-to-ceiling windows and sometimes skylights, your event will be perfectly “lit.” However, warehouses can also come with blackout blinds for those who want to set a different ambiance. 

Warehouses can be used for a variety of functions and uses. Some of which include: 

  • Photo or video shoots for brands, models, or influencers
  • Family reunions that bring everyone together in one large place 
  • Art galleries to display sculptures, paintings, and one-of-a-kind masterpieces
  • A surprise party celebrating someone’s milestone in life — like a special birthday, retirement, or graduation

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How to rent a warehouse

Finding a warehouse to rent typically means hours of internet searches, phone calls, and back and forth emails between you and the venue owner. Warehouses can be booked months or even years in advance — depending on the location and popularity of the venue. It’s also hard to know exactly what you’re getting out of the deal, especially when a warehouse doesn’t include many photos on their website. 

Your venue search doesn’t have to be an annoying headache. With thousands of warehouses and event spaces listed in cities throughout the country, Peerspace offers one of the easiest ways to rent a warehouse. As the world’s largest online marketplace for meeting and event spaces, Peerspace makes it simple to search by city, dates, and venue preferences — like capacity and price per hour. You can also filter your results even further and select whether you’d like the warehouse to include a kitchen, piano, deck, or exposed brick.

Each Peerspace listing comes with high-quality photos of the space, as well as real, detailed reviews from previous renters. All you need to do once you find your dream warehouse is contact the host and get planning! Details on amenities and rules are included in each listing, however, the host can address any specific questions or requests. Plus, Peerspace’s Concierge service boasts a team of experts that can help you secure tables, chairs, equipment, and entertainment for your event.

Types of warehouses 

Although many warehouses tout exposed brick and high ceilings, there are all types of designs and purposes for the large buildings available for rent. We love this more eclectic warehouse in Atlanta that is filled with chandeliers and unique wall art. And it’s always comforting to see compliments to the venue’s host, like this reviewer’s experience:

Carlen’s space worked perfectly for our large client meeting (roughly 100 attendees). It was great to find a space that was large enough to host a lunch in one part of the room and then a seated lecture in the other part. Carlen was always very responsive and went above and beyond. Would definitely use the space again.

Many warehouses also come with their own quirky stories that you just won’t find at other types of venues. Some are restored to preserve a glimpse into the warehouse’s historic past, while others are incredibly modern.  This simple, yet stunning warehouse in Los Angeles is another eye-catching space perfect for a wedding reception or art gallery. Many have also used it as a photoshoot location since it has rooftop access with picturesque 360-degree views of the City of Angels. 

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We can’t leave out beauties like this warehouse with a view of the New York City skyline — which can accommodate up to 500 people in its waterfront space. Or, check out this fine New York warehouse that is decked out in contemporary black-and-white art in its impressive multi-level space. One reviewer had this to say about her experience:

[The] Bushwick [multi-level] space was spectacular! Jenne and Laura were professional and ensured our needs were met from the date of onset. The venue was spacious, scenic, and allowed us the opportunity to throw my father the most memorable retirement party ever! I will not hesitate to book this venue in the near future. If you’re looking for a modern yet chic, aristocratic atmosphere… this venue is for you!!!

When choosing what type of warehouse you’d like, keep in mind the theme of your party and how many people you think will attend. This will help narrow down the options and hopefully lead you to the venue of your dreams.

How much does it cost to rent a warehouse?

The cost to book directly through a warehouse varies by location and the size of the venue. Many venues do not publicize the price per hour to rent, however, it’s estimated that it could cost anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars an hour. We’ve also seen that warehouse venues are adding on random fees for cleaning, parking, and event staff. 

Rentals through Peerspace are always upfront about the price per hour and any fees. Some rentals even come with staff and a variety of equipment needed to make your event the best it can be. Expect to spend between $250 to $650 an hour for a warehouse on Peerspace — but with many amenities and help included along the way.

The question, “How much does it cost to rent a warehouse?” is loaded with variables and more questions. However, we hope that this article gave you some direction on how to rent a warehouse and what types of options are out there. 

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