My Art Studio Organization Project

Today was a little break in the action, we ran some errands including ordering our cabinets for the laundry room. The simple white thermo-foil cabinets we selected will keep cost down but still look nice organizing laundry room necessities, like cleaning supplies and household life debris, out of sight.

Under the guise of organization I’ve been flipping out about the state of my art studio. It’s hardly a place to do inspired things like design work or art. Now it’s to the point where I can’t even move around. It’s fine if the rest of the family lives that way but I can no longer. So I took advantage of today’s self-imposed down time to work up a design for shelves in my studio. I want something that looks nice but they don’t have to be stained cabinetry quality. Rather I’m fine with tone on tone painted cabinets to match the walls and compliment the cement floor.  My brother is a master carpenter and cabinet-maker so I’ve got the inside track on getting them made to my specifications. His insight and design sense will be indispensable as well; I can already see a few minor challenges in my design.

I’ve got two full walls that I want to construct floor to ceiling built-in shelves. Right now all our art supplies are in a huge pile by the litter box. It’s a disaster trying to haul things in and out for art shows. Keeping “her” art separated from “his” art is random at best. And we’re not taking full advantage of our ten foot high vertical space that we have in the studio.

Here’s what it looks like now:

It's just awful really.  Makes me not want to be in there - this is where I work every day.

It’s just awful really. Makes me not want to be in there – this is where I work every day.

The storage I’ve designed will provide these functions:

  • store our artwork / and art show supplies – for every show I have to load up the truck. Having everything organized and easy to access is the primary reason we built the house and the studio with double doors in the first place. Waiting years to get organized defeats the purpose.
  • provide bookcases for magazines, supplies, books, knick knacks and momentos – I have a lot of garbage that has been sitting in boxes since we got married or at least since we moved last year, some of it will finally see the light of day again, including my car magazine collection (interesting note, the north wall of my studio will actually be further insulated by the thermal mass we’ll build against the wall by way of the bookcases and books.  Something to think about in your house. Essentially the wall will go from 10″ thick to 22″ thick in places, buffering the north wind and snow.
  • a small area for taking off shoes, coats and hanging up bee keeping suits – We use the studio entrance if we’re snowy or muddy, or if we’re checking the bees. We need a place to put on and take off clothes and hang up bee gear.
  • an integrated drafting board – I do hand sketches and drawings for my design business. You saw the impromptu stand I made for our drafting board.  I’ve got an idea that someday down the road I’d like to have my brother make me a heirloom quality, contemporary built in, one of a kind drafting board…maybe crafted from wood boards planed from cherry trees found on site. For now the old board will fit between the bookcases.
  • shallow drawers for storing misc. studio tools and items.
  • At 91″ from the floor a 3″ tall hardwood horizontal band to accept a future 8′ library ladder if deemed necessary.

Here’s what I came up with tonight:

Here's a rendering I created of my proposed studio design.

Here’s a rendering I created of my proposed studio design.

You can see some of the key elements of the design.

You can see some of the key elements of the design.

This would go a long way to getting my studio organized and working efficiently.

This would go a long way to getting my studio organized and working efficiently.

The bench flips down because the double doors are only 10″ off that wall immediately to the right. So we’ll have to flip-up the bench to be able to open the doors all the way. The book-case on the right is 10″ deep, the one on the left is 12″ deep.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

-Chris

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