If you’re a crafty kind of person who is always seeking out fun new projects to work on, you’ve probably considered adding an art studio to your home. Many art projects can take several weeks to complete and keeping your supplies out around the house can make your home feel messy and unorganized. Leaving your art supplies in random places also increases the chance of your materials and tools becoming lost or damaged. Even if you live in a small space, there are tons of great ways to add an art studio to your home and implement techniques that will keep your diamond painting accessories and other crafting supplies organized and easy to access. Here are some ideas for creating your very own home studio.
How to Create an Art Studio at Home
Use Your Spare Room
The most obvious way to create an art studio at home is by using your extra room as a studio space. Maybe you have a guest room or an office in your home. You don’t have to completely convert this space into a full-blown art room if you still want to have an extra place for people to sleep or an office for yourself. You can simply create your own area of the room dedicated to crafting. Putting your art studio in a spare room is a great idea because it is probably not a place used by other people in your home daily and keeps your tools and accessories out of more frequented areas of the house.
Divide Your Space
Not everyone has an extra room in their home that can be converted into an art studio, which is why you might need to get a bit more creative. Pick one of the rooms in your home that is larger and divide it into two areas—maybe your living room or even your bedroom. Section your art area off with a room divider (if you’re feeling really creative, you can even paint your divider to give it a funky, artsy vibe). This will clearly separate your space from the rest of the living space. Then, you’ll need to add a desk and a few other storage containers to keep your supplies organized. Shelving can be a great addition to your art studio as well because it provides extra room for storage without crowding the room.
Create an Art Corner
Your art corner doesn’t necessarily have to be your studio but rather a place to store your art supplies while making them look organized and easily accessible. The next time you want to work on a project, simply roll your art cart out of the corner and set up your work at your office desk, dining room table or kitchen corner—wherever you prefer to work. If you decide to go this route, you can also install shelving in your art corner for functional yet aesthetically pleasing storage for diamond painting accessories and other crafting supplies. To make your art corner more fun, you can even display your completed projects on the wall.
Make Use of Fold-Down Tables
Today, minimalist living has become a popular trend that emphasizes making use of the space that you have and getting creative with storage. Many people choose to live in tiny homes to help downsize their living, and these spaces benefit greatly from innovative pieces of furniture, like fold-down tables. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large home, you can also integrate this type of furniture into your house to create an art studio. Fold-down tables are great because they don’t take up much space, and when you’re not using the table, you can simply fold it back up into the wall and keep the house looking clean. You’ll want to have an area to store your supplies–perhaps on a rolling cart so you can easily move your diamond painting accessories to the fold-down table or keep the cart and the table in the same area.
Revamp the Garage or Attic
If your home has a garage, basement or attic that isn’t being used, this can be an ideal space for an at-home art studio. You may need to put a bit more work into creating your studio if your attic or basement isn’t finished, like adding walls, lighting and a cooling system (unfinished attics tend to get very warm, especially in the summer). Make this a fun project to work on and you’ll be rewarded with an excellent place to escape and work on your latest crafting project. If you have an entire area of the house dedicated to art, you can ramp up your organization with wall shelves and bookshelves featuring art books and patterns and maybe even an easel for other kinds of painting projects.
Purchase a Mobile Art Cart
Regardless of where you decide to put your art studio, a rolling art cart is a great accessory to keep you organized and give you the ability to move your most important art items around the house. Even if you have an art studio at home, you may find yourself wanting to work on your project in a different room occasionally, especially if you’re hosting a craft night with your friends. Rolling carts have plenty of room for the accessories that you use more often and larger carts can even work to provide storage for in-progress projects. If you’re creating an art studio in one corner or section of your house, you can simply roll your art cart into another room if you don’t want it out on display when guests come to the house.
Convert Your Furniture Into an Art Desk
Maybe you have a cool piece of antique furniture that you’ve been meaning to refinish for years but just haven’t gotten around to it. Instead of letting this unique item sit and collect dust, take the time to revamp this antique and convert it into the perfect crafting desk. If your antique furniture is already in excellent condition but mostly acts as a display piece rather than functional furniture, create your art space around this piece. You don’t need to have an antique desk to make this work. Other items like old sewing machine tables can work just as well, but you may need to invest in a few other kinds of organizers to store additional diamond painting accessories.
Things You Need for a Home Art Studio
A desk is one of the most essential items you’ll need when creating your at-home art studio because you need a flat surface to serve as your crafting station. As you’ve already seen, your desk doesn’t need to be a traditional office desk. You can purchase an art table, a fold-down table that secures to the wall or even an old antique piece. Consider the types of crafts you do most often before investing in a new table. Art tables are very cool and unique because they include features that regular desks do not, such as holders for pens, pencils and brushes. Most art tables are also angled, making it easier to draw or paint. When it comes to diamond art painting, this angled surface can be helpful and prevent you from hunching over your painting for hours, but it can also be difficult when placing beads as they may come unstuck from the wax and fall to the ground. If you’re going to invest in an actual art table, look for ones that can be adjusted to lay flat, making your table more versatile for several different crafts.
No matter what types of crafts you like to work on the most, organizers are essential–from jewelry-making to diamond painting. Before organizing the accessories you already have, take inventory and decide which types of storage containers you need. Small plastic boxes or DIY storage containers like egg cartons work well for beads and other small items like jewelry clasps. If you have tools like the diamond painting applicator or jewelry-making pliers, larger plastic containers will work well or even household items such as old shoe boxes. Once you have your containers, you need to keep everything together by organizing your supplies on an art cart or making use of vertical storage and adding shelves or a pegboard with hooks.
Most crafters work on multiple projects at one time, and they usually take a few different sessions to complete. This means that at any given time, you might have several uncompleted projects. In addition to storing diamond painting accessories and other tools, you’ll need a place in your art studio to keep your in-progress pieces. When it comes to diamond painting, you can use two pieces of cardboard stapled together to create a makeshift portfolio holder that will keep your art safe and allow you to store it somewhere other than on top of your desk. You may need to invest in shelving or other storage for different crafts to keep your projects safe when you’re not working on them.
Beads and Tools
Of course, your most essential accessories will be your tools and supplies. Try to keep extra materials on hand in your art studio as you never know when you might need them. If diamond beads get lost but you have the extras safely stored and labeled, you can simply use your extra beads on your project. Tools can easily become damaged or lost, which is another good reason to have extras. Many crafting accessories can be replaced with household items, so you may even want to keep things like blu tack in your art supply storage kits in case you run out of something mid-project.
Benefits of an At-Home Art Studio
A Quiet Place to Focus
Crafting is a calming activity, but if you’re constantly working on your projects in the middle of the living room or at your work desk, you may start to feel overwhelmed by the things around you–whether it's the kids watching TV or the work on your desk distracting you from the task at hand. Having your own art studio gives you the space to sit down and focus entirely on your project, making it easier to work and eliminating other distractions.
Crafting Can Reduce Anxiety
Doing arts and crafts as an adult can be greatly beneficial to your overall well-being. As adults, we have a lot on our plate, from work to family, and it can be tough to balance everything. Having an outlet like crafting to clear your head has been proven to reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress as well as giving you a sense of accomplishment when you’ve finished a masterpiece. Crafting can work in a similar way to meditation because it gives your brain something specific (and physical) to focus on, allowing other thoughts and worry to melt away and providing you with a nice mental break.
Room for Craft Projects with Friends
If you’re able to create an entire room, basement or attic art studio, you can use it as a space to host friends for a crafting night. Although crafting solo is beneficial and a fun hobby, getting your friends in on the project is a great way to get together while also working on something exciting. You can each find your own diamond painting projects to complete together or buy a large design and have everyone pitch in. As you complete your project, use them as wall art decorations for your art studio.
Home Is Where the Art Is
For any craft lover, an at-home art studio is a dream—and it’s one that you can achieve! If you have an extra room in your home, use this space as your new studio or find a common area where you can set up a corner art studio with a rolling cart and a divider. The key to creating the perfect space is keeping your diamond painting accessories organized and utilizing the space you have by considering items like fold-down wall tables or vertical shelving storage.