Looking for a few simple ways to make your art studio or work space a little more functional? I’ve gathered a collection of brilliant and creative solutions, many of which you can implement on a very small budget!
1. A Storage Cart for Art Supplies
Use a convenient storage cart with wheels for paints, mediums, ink bottles, sketchbooks or other art materials, and to hang your artist’s smock! You could also use the top shelf as place to put your palette! Getting one with wheels is even better, as you can move it easily around your art studio.
2. A Flat File for Works on Paper
Add function to your art studio with a flat file. This is a great place to store your works on paper, including prints, photographs and drawings. The top can be used as a convenient work surface or table. You can hack your own DIY style using inexpensive Ikea parts.
3. A Storage Wall
Using a peg board contributes to a functional work space where you can install shelves, containers, lists, your calendar, pieces of art and other tools within easy reach of your desk or work table. You can even hang plants to bring some greenery to your art studio. Rearrange whenever you want. It is inexpensive and looks great too!
4. Vertical Storage for Works on Paper
Storing your artworks on paper using a vertical storage system, like this creative DIY cascading hanger system, keeps them protected while saving space! Hang them in your art studio, behind a door or anywhere you have a bit of space. Another alternative is using bulldog clips to hang paper from nails.
5. A Mood Board
A mood board is a great place to collect bits and pieces of inspiration that might otherwise get lost in a drawer or end up on the floor of your studio. Pin up anything that is important to your practice or inspires your current project, including sketches, photographs, postcards, prints and found objects. You can have multiple mood boards for various projects.
6. A Storage Rack for Canvases
A storage rack for your paintings and other artworks of different sizes will dramatically simplify your life and your art studio. While you can build your own from scratch or hire a carpenter to install one, there are many simpler, creative DIY solutions that involve using recycled materials and metal storage racks.. A tip: Try searching “vertical plywood storage racks” to get woodworking plans that work perfectly for canvases!
7. A Work Table with Built-in Storage
I love the idea of dual-functionality. A work table that doubles as art storage is a fantastic space-saving solution for the studio. Some are adjustable, allowing you to tilt the top surface. Another idea: slide small book shelves under your desk or work table at either side to add storage.
8. Storage for Paint Tubes
Rather than having your paint tubes jumbled in a box, finding an easy solution to make your materials more accessible will facilitate your studio process. I love this spice drawer idea which uses inexpensive drawer inserts to organize paints!
9. Organize your Pens & Pencils
Hanging containers are a beautiful and practical solution to storing your pens, pencils and markers. It will make them more readily accessible. Recycling and painting tin cans for this purpose costs almost nothing and is fun!
10. Install a Display Rack
While installing a display rack is fairly complicated, it is also an amazing idea for professional artists, particularly painters and photographers. A sliding system gives you a place to store your finished works, framed or unframed, that quickly becomes a convenient showroom when collectors or clients visit your studio.
These are just a few ideas to help you organize your art studio. For more, check out my Pinterest board: Brilliant Studio Ideas.
Have your own suggestions? Share them in the comments section below!!