Rental Space Rules

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General Principles

These are general principles that guide use of shared, studio and storage space.

Fire Lanes

At no time should any items be stored in the fire lanes. Any items that are stored in the fire lanes will be moved out of the way and will be tagged per our Tidy Space Policy.

Safe Storage

Dead Storage

Artisan's Asylum is a place to make things. Be it art, a robot, furniture or a commission. These spaces are not meant to be short term or long term dead storage. It is intended for active projects and items. If you do need to just store a collection we have a neighbor that specifically caters to that need.

Extra Space Self Storage has space for long term item storage.


A common thread with all of the different available storage (plots, shelf space, flex space, pallet storage) is leakage: Items that sneak outside of the agreed upon footprint. These items need to move back into your space. At no time should items be stored in the shop spaces.

If you have left random items out of your space or they are found in a shop area, items will be tagged per our Tidy Space Policy. Both will be charged at the daily rate for flex space, rounded up to the nearest square foot.

Food storage

Food should not be stored long-term in the MPR (multi-purpose room). Bring what you are going to eat that day. Food should be stored in a secure container. Perishable food should not be left out. If your food attracts rodents or pests, you will be financially responsible for abatement. Individual spaces can share a 15-amp circuit with up to four other spaces. Mini-fridge operations does not have a guaranteed power source.


If you have items you plan to offer up to other members, please keep cruft within your space until someone takes it and then it must go into a studio, storage, flex space, or out of the building.


If you have any questions on this, please email

Renter Responsibilities by Space Type


  • All personal projects and items should be within your rented space. If they are not, see Leakage
  • Items may not be leaned on the chest-high divider walls; they were not designed to support leaning material. If you need to store things in your space, make sure that it is supported by structures that sit on the floor. If you do need to support items leaning in a vertical position, make sure they are tied down.
  • All spaces should be kept in a neat and organized state. This is to aid in emergency response during rescue operations. Not sure what we mean? A fully geared fireman must be able to enter your space, turn around, and exit safely.
  • Materials should be stacked neatly
  • Studios are not for dead-storage or a short term dumping ground. Extra Space Storage is right next door.
  • When not in use, all heat-generating items (soldering irons, hot plates, heat guns, small ovens) are to be unplugged. These items should never be on without being attended.
  • Batteries should not be charged unattended when not in a commercial package (drill pack, cell phone, or laptop with OEM charger). Individual cells, custom pack custom chargers, or rapid chargers should only be charged when an operator is present.
  • Power and internet are not guaranteed. Do not run outwardly-facing servers in your space. The intertubes get full very quickly.
  • Power strips should not be connected into a second power strip to create a "daisy chain" of power strips. All power strips should have an overcurrent device and should be labelled as UL or other NRTL-approved.
  • Extension cords should not be plugged into power strips. Extension cords should have a grounding pin in the plug and meet minimum gauge rating of 14 gauge for up to 25 feet and 12 gauge for up to 50 feet. 100-foot extension cords should not be used in the building.
  • Power strips should be shut off when you are not in your space
  • Trash should be removed at regular intervals (weekly) and dust and dust bunnies need to be cleaned
  • Food rubbish should only be emptied into the kitchen trash
  • Recyclables should be rinsed prior to being put into the recycling bins
  • Space should be able to operate without relocating contents to the aisle for operation
  • If you have outlets on the wall in your space, they need to be accessible without moving things to get to them
  • Flammables should be stored in a clearly marked flammables cabinet or the communal cabinet
  • Items should not be stored suspended by the ceiling


Shelf Storage

  • The shelf space units are 24” x 24” x 30”. You can get multiple units next to each other to get larger spaces the are up to 24” x 30” x 72”.
  • Shelf units can hold up to 50 pounds each.
  • You should be able to safely load and unload materials.
  • Make sure that no items overhang the shelf, or lean against the aisles of the shelf.
  • If your stuff is sticking out, it will likely be shifted so that it fits on the shelf. If it can't fit, you will be upgraded to either additional shelf spaces, or additional flex space.
  • All items on the shelves should be secured in a reasonable manner.

Pallet Storage

  • The standard pallet unit of 40” x 48” is the base to work on. All pallets and the items have an 8.5 foot height limit. It needs to be able to be moved at will via pallet jack if necessary. All items on the pallet need to be within the footprint. Anything on the pallet must be stable and secure. The height may be significantly lower based on what is being stored. If the pallet size is exceeded, it will be moved to flex space at the flex space rates.


  • Lockers can have a member-supplied lock on them. If they start to leak fluid, or emit a funny smell, we may cut the lock off to investigate.

Vertical Storage

  • Vertical storage need to be securely stored. The racks have a height limit of 12 feet, or 1 foot below fire suppression piping. All stock should be secured by a reasonable device, not a bungie cord or twine. The weight is limit is 200 pounds.

Sheet Storage

  • Sheets should be stored in slots and secure.

Make Your Space Known

  • Post a business card on the map of the Asylum to the right of the front door
  • Create an entry for yourself on our Wiki’s opt-in member directory
  • Leave your contact info, like business cards, in your space


  • Cruft: that which magically masses on all available horizontal surfaces with seemingly no origin or owner. In other words, rubbish. It is a problem for us as an institution and we need to periodically purge as individuals and as an organization.
  • Hoarding: a general term for a behavior that leads people to accumulate food or other items.
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