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Setting Up an Art Studio in Your Home

Tips and tricks on how to set up an art studio in your own home.

By Lacey Flanagan YarmouthPublished about a year ago 3 min read
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2020 brought a new trend, born out of necessity - remote working. More and more people have begun working from home, including artists. However, an artist seeking to set up a home studio has a few more challenges than the average person working from home.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own studio, now may be the time to go for it! By setting up an art studio in your home, you’re encouraging yourself to be more creative and free to follow inspiration as it arrives. And by setting up this studio in your home, you are theoretically saving yourself a bit of money.

Here are a few tips on setting up your home art studio.

Set a Budget

First things first, you need to set a budget. It can be so tempting to run out there and buy everything you need (and want) for your studio, regardless of price. However, this is a surefire way to ensure that you don’t have enough money to finish the project.

Instead, spend some time establishing how much money you will spend setting up your home art studio. Don’t forget to consider any essentials you might need, including items that may require a contractor to install.

Pick a Space

You likely already have an idea of where you want your home art studio to be. If not, now is the time to walk your house and decide the best location. Is an unused room, large closet, or garage space readily available? What about an unfinished portion of your home? Don’t forget; there’s always the option to convert half a room, leaving the other half available to serve different needs.

Deciding on a location is essential, and one should strive to do so early in the planning stages. The location will at least partially determine the level of work and supplies necessary to turn it into a functioning studio. Thus, it is going to have a direct impact on your budget.

Consider the Space

Now that you’ve picked a location, but it is still a relatively blank space, it is time to assess the space and what you need. For example, how is the lighting in this space? You’re the artist - is this lighting adequate for your needs? The amount of light needed will likely vary depending on your preferred art medium.

Other potential concerns include ventilation (depending on your artwork), access to a sink/water, and privacy. For the latter, is it possible to shut yourself off from the rest of the house, ensuring uninterrupted working? If not, this may be something you want to address.

Make it Appealing

Once you’ve got the basic foundation of your space, it’s time to consider making it more aesthetically pleasing for you. This could be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls. Or it could be a much more extensive project if the space is currently unfinished.

Regardless of the required work level, it is essential to design a space that will encourage creativity. Go for wall colors that inspire you, and don’t be afraid to spring for little accessories (within budget) that will help make the space feel more welcoming and comfortable.

Don’t Forget the Storage

In all likelihood, you will need to consider a storage solution for your home art studio. After all, creating art often demands a decent amount of supplies, regardless of the medium. There are several ways to go about creating storage solutions in your studio.

Ideally, it would help if you considered investing in multipurpose studio furniture. In other words, you want both a studio piece and a storage solution—for example, buying an artist desk with lots of storage underneath.

Buying multipurpose furniture may cost you a bit more upfront, but it will save you money in the long run. Remember that you are buying something that serves the function of two (or more) pieces of furniture.

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Lacey Flanagan Yarmouth

Lacey Flanagan is an artist from Yarmouth, Maine. Lacey loves vibrant colors, unique backdrops, and blending art styles.

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