Things You'll Need
- Clip lights
- Full-spectrum light bulbs
- Tarpaulin or drop cloth
- Duct tape
- Work surface
Setting up an art studio in your home gives you the space and inspiration to create your art. The type of art that you make and the type of home that you have will affect your decisions about how to create your home studio. Some considerations are common to setting up any studio, but there is not one correct way to go about it: use these steps as a guide, and adapt them to meet your personal needs.
Home Art Studio
Choose an area or room of your home you can dedicate to your studio. A home art studio can be set up just about anywhere, depending on the kind of art you intend to make. Consider how much space you will need to make your art. A basement may be a good place for a sculpture studio, but may be impractical or uncomfortable for an artist making small drawings.
Clean the space. After you have selected a room or area for your studio, clean the area and remove any furniture or clutter not essential to your art making.
Cover the floor. Your creativity may be inhibited if you are always worried about keeping the floor clean. Cut a tarpaulin or canvas drop cloth to the size of your workspace and hold it in place with duct tape. If you are able, install some type of flooring that is okay to mess up or damage.
Install furniture. Consider what type of permanent furniture you will need in your studio. You may benefit from having lots of shelving and storage space for tools, supplies, finished artwork, and works in progress.
Install a work surface. Your work surface will depend on what kind of art you make. Your work surface may be a table, a desk, an easel or drawing board, or something else.
Light the studio. Your home studio may get plenty of natural light during certain times of day, or your studio may receive no natural light at all. One way to regulate the amount of light is to use clip lights and full-spectrum bulbs. The clip lights can be positioned until your studio is adequately lit.
Make your studio comfortable. Put things in your studio that make you feel happy or otherwise enhance your art making. Items such as a music player, incense, a rug, or a comfortable chair may make you feel more at home in your studio.
When choosing a space in your home for a studio, consider the proximity to a sink and water source. Easy access to a sink for cleaning up and obtaining fresh water may not be necessary for some artists. Make sure that any space you choose for a home studio allows you as much free range of motion as possible.
If your studio practice involves the use of toxic chemicals, choose a space that has plenty of ventilation. You may need to obtain an exhaust fan or make one by securing a box fan so that it blows out the window. If you are using toxic materials, make sure your home studio space can be closed off to children and animals. Check local ordinances for rules on using and disposing of toxic materials.
Keith Vaughn is an artist and writer in Asheville, NC. Vaughn regularly writes essays and fine art reviews for Bees And Trees Blog. He also paints and exhibits his work regularly. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.