Folks are chompin’ at the bit to get together with their friends again. The best remedy to this is a house party. Yet, since everyone’s been apart for so long, you’ve got to make it a fiesta to remember by renting out a loft. Here’s why.
Alt-text: A beautiful coffee table sits in front of a white sectional couch, the glass panel mounted atop a complex piece of woodwork.
What is a loft?
Before you consider renting a loft for your next house party, you must first learn what it is. I tend to think of them as the more luxurious yet industrial cousin to an apartment, given their modern, open floor plans, high ceilings, and abundance of natural light.
Speaking of industrial, “true” lofts were traditionally residential spaces converted from old industrial buildings. This is why so many of these non-apartments feature exposed pipes and other hardware that’s typically hidden away behind the walls.
These were originally intended for practical purposes, mainly. Because of this, they often featured the simplest floor plan possible: One vast space, absent of internal walls. The only private room is the bathroom.
Some lofts have unique staircases that spiral upward toward the ceiling, leading to a second level that will also feature an open floor plan.
Because of their history in converted industrial buildings, lofts are more often found in the hearts of cities, not so much on the outskirts.
Still, these became widely popularized over time, leading to many loft-style apartments being built in suburban areas in recent years.
A view of a loft’s first floor shows a spiral staircase winding up to the second floor.
What’s the difference between a loft, apartment, and condo?
So far, you’ve seen that the key difference between an apartment and a loft is the origin. Apartments are residential spaces, through and through, whereas lofts are living spaces converted from past industrial buildings.
Further, although lofts resemble the design of a studio apartment, the main distinction is that lofts are notoriously difficult to supply utilities to, given that they were not originally intended for housing.
The lines between lofts and condos get a bit blurred, admittedly. Since many residential spaces have been designed as “lofts,” these can be considered condos, in some cases, and may be available to buy or rent.
On that note, the issue of ownership is one major detail that sets apartments apart from the others. Apartments are often large collections of housing units owned by a single company or individual.
On the other hand, condos and lofts can be owned by the occupant.
A grey couch sits beside a black floor lamp on top of a grey rug in a loft living room.
Why you should rent a loft space for your next house party
As I mentioned earlier, loft spaces come off as luxurious and eclectic when compared to the typical apartment.
Why “luxurious?” Typically, these have an open floor plan, which holds great significance in American history that most people don’t often think about, despite their psychological associations of this décor element with a strong social status.
Before World World II, homes in the U.S. featured a floor plan that centered around the main hallway as the route of access to every room in the house. The kitchen was placed in the back for privacy, and party hosting would take place in other parts of the home.
In the years after the war, the formal standards that kept the kitchen hidden away at the household’s rear gave way, and more people began welcoming guests into this space.
More open floor plans were introduced, nurturing a more casual, relaxed attitude and shifting where in the home party hosting took place.
Starting in the 1950s, living spaces opened up to encourage socializing around the kitchen, which was quickly becoming the hub of activity in the house. By the time the ’90s rolled around, the open floor plan had become the norm, particularly for suburban households.
It’s no wonder that this interior design style is associated with affluence and socializing.
Since a loft’s openness makes it easier to see your guests across the room and welcome everyone into the social scene, it’s the ideal venue for your house party.
Plus, the abundant floor space is excellent for incorporating lots of your preferred furnishings.
Loft spaces are also excellent for providing ample natural light. For daytime parties, this is an exceptional perk, as sunlight is known to be a mood-booster, even warding off symptoms of depression.
If you and your guests are up for it, a loft provides enough space to make a small dance floor, too. If you and your closest pals want to gather for a night of getting lost in the music, a loft could be perfect for you.
These spaces are incredibly easy to decorate and have lots to offer for memorable social gatherings. No matter what you and your buddies are into, a loft can accommodate everything you need for the ultimate house party.
Bring your closest friends together in a loft house party
House parties have been on hold for the past year, so it’s time to bring them back in an outstanding way.
Don’t just throw your party at any old place; rent a loft space to welcome all your friends in a modern industrial space that can be easily customized to whatever your interests may be.