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DIY Small Art Studio Design Ideas

By Flow Wall
December 21, 2017

Do you thrive on creativity and feel rejuvenated even after just minutes of indulging in an art project? What better way to harness and express your creative side than to design in an art studio from the comfort of your own home? With a home studio setup, you can benefit from having an art studio oasis in the place where you feel most at peace. Whether you're interested in small art studio design or are looking for inspiration for a garage studio, these home studio ideas will help you create the perfect home studio setup that features tool storage, art supply storage, and much more.

Choosing Your Studio Space

One of the biggest reasons artists are hesitant about creating an at-home art studio is lack of space. Fortunately, you don't need a spacious, designated room to create the art studio of your dreams. As long as your space possesses a few essential qualities, you can create an art studio in virtually any nook or cranny in your home. Below are four questions to ask when choosing a space. With these questions, you can ensure the space you choose will have the critical features needed for an at-home art studio.

  1. Is there enough work surface or enough space to install a work surface? While you may not need hundreds of square feet for your studio, you should make sure the space you choose has enough room for you to create your art as well as enough room for you to move around.
  2. Is there enough space for storage? Staying organized is key when it comes to creating an at-home art studio in small spaces. Consider installing wall paneling that accommodates bins, cabinets, and hooks. Not only will these accessories help you efficiently store tools, paint brushes, paints, and other art supplies, but they will also help to make accessing and using these materials easier.
  3. How is the lighting? No matter the size, every art studio needs ample natural and artificial lighting. Consider areas in your house with large windows that will let light in during the day and has plenty of artificial lighting as well.
  4. Is there ventilation and running water? Oil painters, stained glass artists, and other artists who use products that produce fumes, dust, or toxins should make ventilation and running water a priority in their home art studio. Not only does ventilation aid in maintaining a healthy space, but having a sink and running water will make cleanup a breeze.

Spaces to Consider for a Home Art Studio

When it comes time to find the perfect place for your home art studio, consider these popular locations:

  • A garage is often the ideal space for an art studio. Not does the garage door allow for ample ventilation, but most garages have water hook up's too, meaning you can quickly and easily clean your supplies. Garages also tend to have more space for you to get creative with and because it's the garage, you might not have to be as cautious and clean as you would inside.
  • A closet can also be easily converted into a small art studio. Consider storing your clothing in bins that fit neatly under your bed and installing a fold-down desk for a workspace. Use storage and organization accessories to neatly store your tools and materials.
  • A corner studio is a perfect solution if you don't have an empty room, garage, or closet available. Add a wipeable mat, desk, or corner table and storage bins to aid in organization. 

Sometimes the best art space is about how it feels. As long as you make sure that your space is well-designed to promote creativity and flexibility, you'll be much more likely to come up with stunning works of art that surprise even you.