How to Make an Art Studio in My Apartment

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For any artist, having your own unique space to create is imperative. A personal work area can give an artist a sense of order and it can inspire the creative process. Choosing a place to organize and utilize your tools is the first step to successfully creating a space to call your own. Whether your area is intimate or spacious, with a few simple steps, you can create your own special zone for your artistic projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Work surface
  • Chair or stool
  • Bookshelves
  • Storage containers
  • Art supplies
  • Lamp
  • Wall art
  • Bulletin boards
  • Designate the area where you want to create your art studio.

  • Arrange your furniture into your preferred layout within the space. If you have an entire room to work with, you have more layout options. If you are using a room that has to serve another purpose such as a guest room, be sure to allow a zone for guests and a zone for your creative use. If your art studio is a part of a larger space such as a living room that is serving other purposes, do what you can to divide the space. A folding screen works nicely, offering privacy and a decorative touch simultaneously.

  • Place your work surface near a window whenever possible. This will give you access to natural light. It will also let you look out and get inspired by nature, people or whatever you see outside your window.

  • Invest in a good lamp or two that will help illuminate your work area. This will allow you to work whenever the creative energy strikes, no matter what time of day it is.

  • Find a comfortable chair for those long creative sessions. Make sure the back gives you good support and allows for proper posture so you don’t strain your neck and back. If your work station includes a higher table or easel, get a sturdy stool with a cushion to keep from having to stand for long periods of time.

  • Organize your tools so everything you need is right there at your fingertips. Use cups or trays to store pens, pencils, paintbrushes, scissors and other supplies.

  • Use shelving to store useful books that inspire your creativity.

  • Hang art pieces on the wall that will serve as inspiration while you work. This can include paintings by well-known artists or your own work. You can also hang bulletin boards or magnetic boards on the wall. These can be used to post notes, reminders or other creative elements and serve as an inspiration board for your art studio.

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