There have been many stories about renting a self storage unit for more than just storage. These alternative uses include band practice/music studios, actual small businesses such as bike shops, personal gyms, or artist studios. Some storage facilities are converting some if not all of their storage units to attract musicians and artists by installing electricity, insulation, sky lights, glass doors and plumbing. Store Express in Pittsburgh, recently opened a facility that has 338 studio artist workspaces with a variety of workspace sizes, a community lounge and kitchenette. One of the first storage facilities to convert storage units to be used as a studio is Bridge Storage and Arts Center in Richmond, California. This storage and arts community offers artist studios as well as having monthly art shows and exhibits for its tenants.
Storage Units Used as Artist Studios
A self storage unit is actually a great place to be used for an artist studio. A self storage facility is usually pretty quiet, which is perfect space for an artist to let their creative juices flow. Also, the other tenants of a storage facility could provide inspiration for the artwork. Storage operators may allow artists to access their spaces 24/7 to satisfy whatever inspiration occurs. The storage units are safe and secure and a perfect place to house equipment and artwork and of course, the rent could be much cheaper than renting artist studio space.
Artist Studio Spaces
ezStorage’s Brentwood/Hyattsville self storage location offers artist studios on the first floor. This facility is in the heart of The Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just north of Washington D.C. The artist studios come in different sizes depending on the need of the artist. There is electricity in the studios and the artists can access the studios any time of day or night with their individualized gate access code. The studios are rented under lease agreements via the Arts District Authority. Above the 1st floor artist studios is a state-of-the-art ezStorage facility.
The Gateway Arts and Entertainment District is a dynamic innovative arts area shared between the four municipalities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville and Mount Rainier in Prince Georges County. The project was launched in 2001 to stimulate economic development along the Route One/Rhode Island Ave corridor. The area has artist studios, galleries, theaters, home, cafes and restaurants. Currently there are 100’s of artists living and working in the district. There are daily events showcasing the work of different artists as well as annual arts festivals.
ezStorage’s Brentwood/Hyattsville self storage facility is only minutes south of the University of Maryland, College Park campus. It’s a favorite location for college students looking to store their stuff over the summer break. In fact, college students from both the University of Maryland and Howard University in Washington, DC consider it a perfect location for storing the contents of their college dorms.
ezStorage is very proud to be a part of this thriving cultural district! Stop by our Brentwood/Hyattsville location or other Washington D.C. storage facilities to see how we can help in your storage needs!