Aspiring and professional musicians know all about the importance of practice. However, getting the band together can be tedious when usable space is limited.
In fact, many bands opt to rent rehearsal space where they can practice at all hours without bothering anyone else. Based on how inexpensive renting a storage unit can be, many musicians look to see if having band practice in a storage unit is an option in their area.
Fortunately, there are some storage spaces where you’re allowed to play music. However, finding one of these facilities can be like finding a needle in a haystack due to some common restrictions. Learn more about why some storage companies don’t allow bands to practice on their premises and how you can find the ones that do.
Are there music friendly storage units?
Some storage locations will allow you to practice music in your rental. However, there are a few reasons why your request for band rehearsal space might be met with a resounding “no” at many other storage facilities. The following bullet points highlight some of the typical drawbacks of allowing people to play music inside their unit.
Storage unit restrictions:
- Noise ordinances — Some locations are bound by local noise ordinance laws. These laws prevent them from being able to host musicians in their space.
- Lack of power — Many storage units don’t have access to electricity, which is needed to power amps and other music equipment.
- Limited access — If the facility isn’t open 24 hours a day, limited access to the space could be a huge deterrent for bands.
- Illegal activities — Storage facilities might opt to forbid bands from rehearsing on their property to cut down on activities like under age drinking and drug use.
How do I find storage units that allow bands?
Most of the time, you’ll need to contact a storage location directly to see what their policy is for band rentals. Finding a location online is difficult because the laws can vary from zip code to zip code.
For instance, a company could have multiple locations, but only a handful of locations allow a storage unit to be used for this purpose. Also, a facility might only allow a few units in each location to be rented for this purpose. Once those few vacancies are filled, you can no longer rent a storage unit for band rehearsal.
Life Storage is indeed music friendly, but rules vary from location to location. To make sure you’re renting a unit that allows bands to practice on the premises, first find a facility near you, and then call ahead using the number listed on our store page. The local store manager will be the best one to speak with regarding local noise ordinances and access hours.
Once you lock down a location, read the following tips to ensure that your experience is a positive one.
Tips for band friendly storage units:
- Choose climate controlled storage. Your gear will not be subject to sudden temperature changes (and subsequent damage) if you keep it in a climate controlled unit. These units are generally set for 45-50 degrees in the winter month and 80-85 degrees in the summer. Another bonus is that the humidity will be much more stable than with an outdoor unit.
- Read the rules rather than break them. Make sure you understand all the rules before you rent the space. For instance, will anyone be able to access your unit, even if they aren’t listed on the lease? What are the consequences to breaking the rules?
- Make sure the band can afford it. Crunch the numbers and make sure the rental fee is manageable for the band. The last thing you’d want is to default on the lease and then potentially lose all your music equipment.
- Review the company’s security features. This is especially important if you plan on leaving your gear in the storage unit when not rehearsing. Make sure you pick a location with advanced security features to reduce the risk of theft.
Whether you’re a musician looking to make it big, or want to blow off some steam and jam for a bit, consider using a storage unit if the option is available near you. We’d be happy to help you out.
Updated 5/29/18 from an article originally published 10/11/13.