My studio remodel is done. It took a little time, some elbow grease and a little under $1000 to create a wonderful dedicated work space.
1. Start with the surfaces. I needed light that filled the space evenly. I painted all the walls with a white with a little sheen (not a flat white). Next I added a solid surface floor in off white. I used “peel and stick” tiles that have a linen texture. I keep the windows curtain free to let in the maximum natural light.
2.Place the biggest pieces of furniture in the room first. I have a large koala sewing table with a leaf extension. I can roll the table around but for the most part I like to use it with the leaf down. I placed this on one side of the room with my back facing the wall and the leaf facing middle of the room. This allows me to open the leaf without moving anything else. My mid arm machine is on the opposite wall. So is my desk and my storage cubby.
3. Tools and supplies should be easy to reach. Think of creating workstations. I have most of my thread near my mid arm machine.Rulers are pinned on a board above my sewing machine. Cutting matts sit on cabinets with my rotary cutters in cans in arm reach. I have my rack that hold my spoonflower prints, yardage and some finished quilts in the alcove right across from my buckets and bins of scrap.
4. Invest in quality functional storage. I had simple custom cabinets installed. They are a simple white finish. No doors or drawers. Two deep cabinets provide an extended surface for quilting larger pieces. They also provide storage for all my batting and material. In the alcove I have large tall bookcase which holds all my media, books and miscellaneous materials.
Create displays of your work and work that you have collected. When someone comes to your studio you don’t want to miss an opportunity to have your style on display.
I want to be inspired when I enter my studio. I pulled out work that is too old and too small to enter in shows. I created interesting items like decoupage paint cans to hold trash and floor matts covered with fused scrap .
Don’t let money stop you from making your space work for you. Grab a can of paint, rearrange the furniture, create some workstations and put your work up on your walls.
Until Next time.....