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Art Studios: What to consider before leasing a studio space

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Colin Fisher

Apr 18, 2022

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Studio space to work is essential for any artist, as it allows you to have a designated place where you can work on your projects without interruption. The issue is often that artists find themselves priced out and unable to afford their own space.

Renting may seem like an option only for those who can afford it; however, there comes the point when your living situation doesn't allow working at home any longer. This article will discuss what you should keep in mind when searching for art studios that provide tenants to rent.

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What type of space do you need?

To make a living as an artist, you need to have something for people. The first step is developing your plan and asking yourself these simple questions:

  • What type of space do I need?
  • What is my budget for this project?
  • How long do I need the space for?

If you plan to host performances or art exhibitions, it's essential to consider the type of space that will best suit your needs. Different styles require varying amounts and kinds of the room, so if this is something new for yourself, don't just guess what might work - consult with professionals who know their stuff.

The list of things you need in your space and from it changes depending on what kind of business venture is going full force.

To make the most out of your budget, look for ways to combine expenses. We developed our space plan and template to help you get an idea of how much it would cost if this were something important in life or business - like developing new skills.

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What you need to know about art studios

It is essential to know precisely what you need in a studio. Art studios provide tenants with the opportunity to have a private space to create their work. Often, these studios are located in industrial buildings and may be less expensive than other commercial studio spaces.

While searching for space, make sure that all of your needs fit into one place, saving time and money. Here are some things art enthusiasts may want:

Layout, amenities, and features

Consider your materials and lighting and the suitable ventilation, windows, and rental regulations. Certain materials and equipment might need permission from the city, such as welding machinery or flammable substances. How high are the ceilings? Is there a problem with noise from other homes?

Exhibition space

Your exhibit space should be easy to find and access, with good natural light that will show off your work. If you're sharing an area at a fair or event venue, make sure it's big enough for your work.

If possible, you may also want outdoor exhibits - remember there is usually more demand for these types of studio spaces, so book them ahead, starting two months out from the date planned display time frames open up again.

Fabrication space

What equipment do you need for your work? If you are painting, make sure your sink can accommodate paint and chemicals.

It's always important to think about studio safety. Metalworkers may want fireproofing services (and possibly sprinklers). You'll also have vents that need clearing out if they aren't already; this will help with high-powered tools if yours requires them.


After looking at the particular season, you should decide to use indoor or outdoor space for performances. If you are trying not only to hold a performance but also to remain in contact with your audience, then a theater may better suit what you need because of its accessibility and comfortability; however, if cost is no object, then converting some warehouse into a beautiful performing arts center would make perfect sense.

Studio Visits

Studio visits are a vital aspect of becoming a competent artist. Being well-prepared for them is critical. You may have studio guests for a variety of reasons. Friends and coworkers may come to your workspace to see your newest work and offer feedback on how it's progressing.

When curators, gallery owners, and collectors visit your studio, they'll want to know if they can exhibit or sell your work. These visitors will expect you to explain your work in detail, which may define your approach, influences, meanings, or messages conveyed by your art and the piece's history/backstory/context.

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Your Budget for an art studio space

Living in the right place can have a significant impact on your budget. Some "cheap" places turn into expensive ones once you add ancillary costs, but their prices might be reasonable if they include amenities and aren't nickel-and-diming customers. Here's what else to consider:

When you're figuring out how much money will be available for a new art studio, consider writing down two lists: one of the initial expenses (security deposits and moving fees) and ongoing monthly costs such as rent or electricity. Ask other artists what their budgets look like to get an idea.

The cost of traveling to and from the studio

The cost of a own studio space might be affordable, but it could also mean you spend more time commuting or looking for public transport. If this will often happen in your life, whether it's due to work requirements or just daily living habits, then think about how much money can go into these trips when budgeting out monthly expenses regarding where one lives.

The cost of an art studio might be affordable, but it could also mean you spend more time commuting or looking for public transport.


It's crucial to find out if utilities are included in the rent or not because this can make a huge difference when it comes time for you to pay your monthly bill. Is there someone else who shares these costs? Or will each tenant be responsible only with their own set of charges later on filed through billing systems like utility companies offer today-a flat fee upfront instead?

Utility costs can add up for some people, mainly if they are not close enough to their powerplant. This is why you must consider what type of work will require the most energy when choosing a space where your coworkers and clients won't feel too much-added stress due to high utility bills.

Security and other deposits

You might be able to get some of your money back if you rent with a company that offers rental deposits. The arrangements and policies vary by a property manager, but it’s worth checking out before making any significant decisions about where or when to stay.

For most people, the responsibility of securing their own home goes a long way. It may seem daunting to book a rental for just two weeks or less - but don't worry. You can often get your security deposit back when you return the property after that time frame is up if no damages were incurred during use.

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Cleaning and maintenance fees

Why should you care about hiring a janitor? What are the benefits of having your own, fully-funded, trained staff to care for maintenance around the building? You'll never regret this decision if it means saving money on overtime or being able to get back into more productive tasks.

Buying or leasing equipment

There are a lot of studio spaces you can go to for no or low cost, depending on what kind of equipment you need. Some places might seem like they have everything, but when it comes down to the art tools that will help with job completion, their inventory is lacking in comparison.

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When choosing an art studio, it is essential to consider the amount of available storage space. This will allow you to store your materials and equipment securely and conveniently.


What is the right location for your art studio? You may think it's any old place with space and nothing else. But, as with anything in life - there are some factors you should consider before making this decision:

Artistic community

If you are looking for a place to work on your art, consider finding an incubator or other arts space. Most artists have found that they get the best results from "cross-pollination" between their studios, and sharing facilities can also be cost-saving.

Arts incubators can be a great place to live if you don't mind sharing your space with other artists. In this type of community, an art studio tends not to have as much room or noise pollution, so they're better suited for visual arts creators like designers and writers than performers who need maximum privacy when working on their craft.

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Audience traffic

You may want to consider a storefront location if you can afford one. It sounds like the ideal spot for your art studio would be somewhere close to many artists or places that draw foot traffic, such as shops and bars? Do make sure they're accessible via public transportation too.


When choosing a new studio space, it's essential to consider the size of your drawing area and how far away from home and work (or other necessary locations) that spot is located. If travel time is an issue during mornings/evening hours, then look somewhere else; if carrying equipment isn't convenient, consider these additional factors before committing.


The sound of cars on a busy street may be too distracting. If you're trying to get some work done and there's always traffic noise coming into your art studio from outside, or an airplane overhead makes it challenging to concentrate, consider moving somewhere quieter instead.


Never underestimate the importance of storage space. Renting a studio space with insufficient room can be frustrating and expensive in terms of money and time wasted going back home or making multiple trips to your car (if it is even still intact). Make sure you're aware before signing on any dotted line.

How much storage do I need? That depends. Set pieces, like musical instruments and equipment used in performance, can take up a lot of space - for example, if you're an artist who uses their piano during every show, it might be best to bring that along with instead of using just the VIP seating tickets at home gigs. But some musicians only use what's necessary on tour, so they don't risk forgetting something important back Home Sweet Home...or maybe even donate these items once alliologicaliana has been drained from them completely (driven off).

Paying a little more for extra storage space means you won't have any finished pieces waiting in vain. Ensure the climate-controlled area has enough room and is not too warm or cold since this can affect how quickly items dry out after being painted.

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Think about how accessible your space will be for people of all abilities. Suppose you plan on having exhibit or performance areas. In that case, these need to at least slightly comply with American Disabilities Act standards so that attendees can enjoy themselves regardless if they use wheelchairs or not.

Creating accessible space is a net good for everyone. The exhibits should be step-free and planned to allow wheelchairs and other mobility devices like canes or walkers; if possible, post braille versions of all signage so those blind may read them easily with their sense of touch instead.

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Is there enough nearby parking when you have an event or performance? Think about how easy it is for people who don't drive to get into space. Sometimes going with a location outside downtown can save money on expensive garages.

Public transportation options near where they live- make sure there are no barriers for these individuals by making ample use of offsite parking spaces available.

If you want to live close to public transit or downtown areas, your rent might be higher. But the convenience of accessibility and transportation must be considered when making this decision to balance out any financial drawbacks with all these perks.

Legal considerations

Get a lease, if at all possible. This will offer some security. Many artists don't have a lease in place at all. Make sure you ask for modifications in the contract if you wish to justify a longer lease. If they provide you with lower rent, offer them a longer commitment. Long leases are not always a popular option among landlords, but if you provide to make improvements, you may negotiate for a longer lease.

Include details on planned improvements in the contract; ensure they are permissible. You get the use of those enhancements for many years to come. Don't consider any modifications you make a financial loss since costs amortize over time.

Make sure you adhere to all relevant regulations! If you renovate, comply with all building and safety codes. Many beginning artists do things haphazardly, putting themselves and their property at risk from code violations and fire dangers.

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Length of Rental

Temporary sublets are a great way to make the most of your stay in an expensive city like New York. It's always best to find out beforehand how much flexibility they have concerning long-term rentals because there may come times when something comes up and it would be nice not only having access but also paying for that unused space.

Whether you are a professional who does long-term leases or an everyday person with occasional needs, renting from professionals is the way. You can often lock in discount rates and commitments that suit your lifestyle without having any upfront costs.

Landlords often charge higher monthly rents for month-to-month leases, so it's essential to calculate how much you can afford before starting negotiations.


What type of insurance do your prospective landlords want to see? Many will require that you have liability coverage at a certain minimum amount with them named in it.

It's essential to know the ins and outs of liability insurance before signing on for anything. Your landlord might suggest a specific company, but make sure that this is what works best for you by looking around and seeing who else offers plans in case their chosen insurer has gaps or low rates - because when it comes down to choice, there should be plenty.

Concluding thoughts on finding a studio space

We hope the information provided here will assist you with making wise decisions about where best to spend your hard-earned money. If you are still unsure what type of studio would be best for you, consider reaching out to artists that have studios and ask what their criteria were and why they chose the studio space they have now.

  1. Consider the size and layout of the space and its proximity to other artists and arts organizations.
  2. It is also essential to consider the availability of equipment and supplies and Internet access and storage space.
  3. Ask about the building's security features and insurance requirements.
  4. Visit the studio in person to feel for the space and the community.
  5. Once you find the perfect studio, you can focus on creating art and networking with other visual artists.
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