5 Studio Hacks Under $20
Whether you have a corner of a room or an entire room, these finds will help organize your creative space without breaking the bank.
I am so fortunate to have a dedicated room in my home as my art studio, but while my basement workplace has the bonuses of a fireplace (and being the perfect temperature for a glass of wine), it is not without its challenges. The floors are tile, the wall space is limited and there never seems to be enough storage space. However, after spending a bunch of money to have California Closets build work surfaces and shelving, I vowed to find less expensive ways to enhance and decorate. Here are five of my studio finds that may work for you too and save you some money!
As I said, my floors are tile...and not just any tile...tile that my French father-in-law painstakingly installed by hand and when I say it is meticulous, I mean, perfect! While I have little scraps of paper all over the place, I'd hate to get paint on it. I also have a stool for my island, but prefer to stand when I work. Enter these cute foam puzzle tiles! They are adorable, protect the tile and are nice and cushy on my feet. I purchased this set of six at the Christmas Tree Shops, but found them for you for $13 on Amazon!
2. Command Spring Clips
I've shown these before on Instagram and they received a lot of attention. One of my walls is concrete so I do not dare drill into it, so I use these awesome Command Strip Clips to display small pieces of art or inspiration. I love, love, them and can add and move them around so easily. Got these at Target for $8.50
3. Adhesive Cork Boards
Sticking with the walls (literally), I am forever collecting little quotes, images and notes, but always lose them in bins. These simple adhesive cork boards will be a big help to pin bits that I need or want to access quickly...and an 8-pack only sets you back about $10. By the way, the super cute tacks were found at Five Below!
4. Scrapbooks for Stencil Storage
I am definitely a "stencil girl" which is why I need a way to store my stencils that can grow easily with my collection. Any scrapbooks with sleeves that open on top work perfect for me. I organize by style of the stencils and can easily flip thru and see each design. I purchased mine from Michael's but found less expensive ones online that are 3-ring, they come in different colors and you can add pages as needed. Each one is less than $20 (with page refill packs under $20 as well).
5. Magazine Racks
I work a lot on watercolor paper and flat canvases, and so do my kids. File folder or magazine racks are perfect for storing to keepi your art upright and separated; and they save a ton of space! I found this metal one at a thrift store, but you can find them in most office supply stores too. I like this one for $12 on Amazon, it has a cool triangular shape! (BTW, these are also great for their intended use...like my stacks of Somerset Studio Journals!)
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