Studio storage secrets

June 13, 2013 | Comments: 5 | Categories:

My studio isn't particularly tidy but I do like my space to be organised - I think it's the 3D designer in me still trying to make things functional and pleasing too.  So here's a peek at my storage solutions...

 

bed

Flat storage

I can honestly say I have never fallen asleep in my studio, not even a little nap (though I know other artists who have!) but I do have a bed there.  'Upcycling' is such a happy word - this is what I did with an unwanted ex-bunkbed that was hanging about the loft.  It was one of the first things built for my studio and had to be carried in pieces up eight floors by some handy helpers as the lifts didn't work then.  The 12mm ply on top gives me a big sturdy worksurface and there's loads of storage space for things that need to be kept flat.  The under the bed space is great for bunging the awkward stuff that won't go anywhere else. 

Work in progress

Super strong magnets + adhesive ferrous strip = storage solution number two.

wall

This is where I put things for review and rumination, it's where ideas and sketches gradually evolve into finished works.

tests-magnets

These Neodymium magnets are amazing and a little big dangerous too - they actually come with a warning leaflet.  No small children or pacemakers and under no circumstances put them in your mouth! Unless you enjoy A&E of course.  The best thing about them is that they don't mark the paper at all and one little magnet can hold a surprising weight of paper.

magnet-strip

Unframed work

I like to work on a large scale and the charcoal drawings I make are quite fragile until framed so I have a system of wires running along the studio wall where I can hang work safely when finished.

wires

They're from Ikea again and intended for curtains I think, find them here.

clips

These are the clips supplied with the wires which are perfect for hanging works on paper.  I also use them to attach weights to the bottom edge of paper if it's still curled.

weight

Framed work

shelves      shelf

Built around the doorway is shelving designed to accomodate my framed work, made from Ikea's Gorm range and some odds and ends of timber, hardboard, brackets and the like to make it stable.  I planned this carefully to make it fit the sizes of frame I usually have and to make best use of my space.  It looks a bit empty just now as I have work out in other places, but it will hold quite a lot and keeps it safe.

See my next post on 'An artist's workspace' for more designer ideas!

 

 



5 Comments

dyann gunter: on June 14, 2013

great ideas

Peter Jarman.: on June 14, 2013

Some brilliant ideas for storage here Tansy, I am just constructing a new studio and I may be able to incorporate some of your ideas into it Many thanks and good luck. Peter.

Patt: on June 14, 2013

Thanks for the excellent idea of using the Ikea gorm shelf for canvas storage! I am going to copy this idea!

storage: on January 22, 2014

Thanks for the excellent idea of using the Ikea gorm shelf for canvas storage! I am going to copy this idea!
New storage secrets have been combined for the proper running of the tings. All the factors of the machine have been ensured with best essay writing service review in the actual movement of the things and ideas for the people

Add a comment:

Code

*Required fields




Subscribe to comments RSS Feed