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10 Brilliant Ideas to Organize Your Art Studio

10 Brilliant Ideas to Organize Any Studio
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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.

Anne Butera from My Giant Strawberry uses a cute storage cart (only $30!) from Ikea to organize her art supplies.
Anne Butera from My Giant Strawberry uses a cute storage cart (only $30!) from Ikea to organize her art supplies.

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.

Artist designer Dan Stiles uses flat file storage for his posters and graphic work which doubles as a work surface.
Artist designer Dan Stiles uses flat file storage for his posters and graphic works which doubles as a work surface. See the interview & photos of his studio on Grain Edit.

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!

Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue uses a peg board as an ingenious way to create a visually-pleasing storage wall.
Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue uses a peg board as an ingenious way to create a visually-pleasing storage wall.

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.

Artist Tonnie Wolfe uses a DIY cascading hanger system to organize her works on paper while maximizing space.
Artist Tonnie Wolfe uses a DIY cascading hanger system to organize her works on paper while maximizing her studio space. See the interview & photos on Studio Snapshots.

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.

Barbara Merritt has created a beautiful mood board with photos, drawings, artwork and objects in her Portland Store, Chellis Wilson.
Barbara Merritt has created a beautiful mood board with photos, drawings, artwork and objects in her Portland Store, Chellis Wilson. See the photos on Remodelista.

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!

Galleri Magnus Karlsson designed this beautiful wood storage rack for canvases of all sizes.
Kristoffer Sundin designed this beautiful wood storage rack for canvases of all sizes for Galleri Magnus Karlsson.

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.

This brilliant storage unit which holds works on paper doubles as an adjustable work table.
This brilliant storage unit for holding works on paper doubles as an adjustable work table.

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!

Store your paint tubes in a drawer using inserts for spice jars! A great idea by pinner Susan Strauch.
Store your paint tubes in a drawer using inserts for spice jars! A great idea by artist and Pinterest pinner Susan Strauch.

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!

Rebecca Cooper of As Simple As That uses recycled tin cans, painted and attached to hooks, to make lovely hanging storage containers for her pens and pencils.
Rebecca Cooper of As Simple As That uses recycled tin cans, painted and attached to hooks, to make lovely hanging storage containers for her pens and pencils.

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.

Artist Ken Done's sliding display system cleverly doubles as storage for his finished works of art.
Artist Ken Done’s sliding display system cleverly doubles as storage for his finished works of art. See the interview and studio photos on The Design Files.

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!!

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