Some artists have the unique ability to create wherever they are. If you’re an illustrator or graphic designer, you can bring your sketchpad or tablet with you and create whenever the inspiration strikes. If you’re an artist who works with more traditional mediums, however, you may be more limited.
No matter what type of art you create, having a dedicated space to develop your creativity is essential. Keep reading to learn some simple (and cost-effective) tips for creating a studio space at home.
- Use Space Dividers – If you don’t have a spare room for your art studio, create one! Use shelving, a folding screen, or whatever you have on hand to physically divide a room into a living space and a studio space. If all the space you have to spare is a small corner, use it!
- Be Smart with Furniture – If you don’t have enough space for a dedicated studio, look for convertible furniture options so you can work with the space you have. If you tend to work on the computer, turn a spare closet into a workspace with a mini desk. Another idea is to install a fold-down table somewhere in your home. Be creative!
- Make a Rolling Cart – You don’t necessarily need a dedicated space for your art, but you do need to be able to keep things organized. Try organizing your supplies on a rolling cart that you can push out of the way when you need to use the space for something else. If you don’t need an entire cart, load up a caddy or even a bucket with the supplies you need!
- Use Your Shed or Garage – If the only spare room you have is outdoors, you’ll just have to make it work. There are some simple things you can do to winterize a shed or garage, so it becomes bearable to work there all year-round. Your car will just have to learn how to live in the driveway.
- Install a Wall-Mounted Easel – If you have limited floor space to work with, consider installing a wall-mounted easel in a space that otherwise wouldn’t be used (like under the stairs). Then you can load up a rolling cart or caddy with your supplies and store them out of the way when you’re not working.
- Use Multi-Purpose Items – When you have limited space to work with, every inch counts. Choose your furniture wisely so you make use of every inch you have. For example, you might choose a work table that also has storage capabilities. You could also build your own shelves in the wall above your work table for extra storage.
- Install a Peg Board – As you learn and grow as an artist, your needs and your supplies are going to change. If you install a peg board in your home studio, you can change your storage solutions as needed. Plus, using wall space will save your floor space for easels and other needs.
When you have a safe space in which to create, it allows the creative juices to flow more freely. If you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated studio (or the budget to rent one), you can still create a studio space at home by following these tips.