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The Painter's Den: Creating an At-Home Art Studio

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If you don’t have a functional place to create and store your supplies, painting can begin to feel more like a burden than an outlet. Creating a home art studio will fix that, and it's quite simple to do. In this article, Craft Den shares a few items to consider.

The Painter's Den: Creating an At-Home Art Studio

Who Will Use It?

Is this new home art studio just for you, or are you sharing it? If you’re teaching painting lessons at home, your painting studio will look very different than if it’s just a private space for you. Knowing this will help you pick the right size space and home art studio furniture.


What room in your home is available for use? If you can only think of one, then say hello to your new in home art studio location. If you don’t have a whole room to use, that’s not a problem. You can set aside part of your shared living space with dividers or a screen. With some ingenuity and planning, you can turn any space--even a closet or corner--into a wonderful home painting studio. 

If you have multiple room or space options, your choice will take some thinking.  


For most, having more room is ideal. For others, a larger space might prove distracting. Think about where you paint or work now. What size space do you tend to work best in? Don’t invest time and money on your new studio before answering that question.


Painting studio lighting is crucial. Natural light is the best when it comes to painting. A room with lots of natural light helps ensure you achieve more realistic colors and don’t waste money mixing paints incorrectly. But, don’t worry if you don’t have a space with natural light. Odds are that you won’t always find time to paint when that natural light is pouring is in anyways. Aim for a combination of overhead and task lighting. Play around with the location and bulb type/color until you achieve a natural lighting effect that works 24 hours a day.


Painting is messy. Keep clean-up in mind when you set up your at-home art studio. Throw an “old” rug down to protect nice hardwood or carpet. Plastic is another option, but this won’t look the best. You know yourself and how you like to paint. If you’re one to throw paint at the canvas, use spray paint, or go for a splatter paint effect, go for an outdoor shed or garage and not the corner of your bedroom.

You also need water for cleaning brushes and preparing paints. Aim for a location that has a built-in sink or access to one close by.

Work Surface

The type of work surface you choose is arguably the most important part of your in-home art studio.

  • Tables: Circular tables put your painting within arm’s reach from all directions. Square or rectangular tables often fit nicely into corner spaces. Angled drawing tables are more ergonomic and are great for close-up work. If you’re painting on one table, you’ll need a “dry” table for your using your laptop, sketching, or setting out your supplies.
  • Easels: Painting easels are great for creating and displaying your work. Pick an easel size that matches the canvas size you work on. A convertible or tabletop easel for painting is the most versatile option, while an H-frame easel is the sturdiest. Familiarize yourself with the different types of easels before choosing.

Keep your wrists, neck, and back healthy while you work. Read all about choosing the perfect seating here.


How you organize your painting supplies is up to you. Many artists prefer displaying their paints to add some color to their studio. Others want everything hidden in drawers or storage cabinets. Rolling organizers are perfect for artists on the move. Prefer to keep things messy? No problem.  


What inspires you? Is it a famous painter? Your child’s smile? Movies or historical events? Whatever it is, place photos or reminders of your inspiration on the walls around you. They will help your overcome a creative block.

Like to keep it simple? That’s okay too.

We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your best home art studio ideas?


The Painter's Den: Creating an At-Home Art Studio

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