Designing An Art Studio – Featuring Customer Callie Hayes

Aug 15, 2023Our Products, Shed Design Tips

It can feel like an overwhelmingly daunting task to build and create your own backyard art studio or office. Customer Callie Hayes makes hers look easy!

If you’re an artist looking for a dedicated space to let your creativity flow, we’ve put together a list of things to make the process simple and easy as you plan out your new backyard structure.


1. Shed Selection

When planning out your art studio, think about the space you are going to want and how you will utilize the layout. Take this time to envision how your dream space looks and what aspects are essential to make that vision happen. Callie Hayes chose our Shaw Island building for her art studio, knowing the dormer style would give that very important lighting aspect.

2. Lighting

Lighting is very important for your art studio. Opt for lots of windows or consider adding skylights to infuse your space with more natural light. Incorporate windows wherever it is possible. Callie added a row of high-set transom windows to one of her studio’s walls which allows shelving or room for décor underneath, while fulfilling the need for sunlight.

Additionally, install lighting fixtures to ensure you have optimal lighting, day or night.

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3. Layout

Plan out an efficient layout that maximizes your workspace and options for storage. Designate an area for painting, drawing, sculpting or whatever your artistic medium may be. Incorporate shelving, cabinets, and pegboards to keep your supplies organized and easily accessible. Ensure your space will be big enough for your needs.

4. Comfort

Make your art studio a comfortable place by adding insulation and upgrading windows to double-pane for temperature control. Consider flooring options that are both practical and easy to clean, such as laminate or vinyl. Don’t forget to include a cozy corner of your shed for relaxation and brainstorming. An electric fireplace is the perfect touch to Callie’s comfort corner.

5. Personalization

Infuse your personal style in the studio’s décor. Choose a color palette that resonates with your artistic vibe. Hang inspiring artwork, set up a mood board, or even add plants to invigorate the space.

6. Storage

Organized storage is essential for a clutter-free environment. Utilize wall-mounted shelves, drawer units, and pegboards to keep your supplies within arm’s reach. This will streamline your creative process and minimize distractions.

7. Ambiance

Enhance the ambiance with inspiring music, comfortable seating, and perhaps a small gallery wall to showcase your works in progress. Your art studio should be a space that not only facilitates creativity but also stimulates it.

8. Finishing Touches

Before you embark on your artistic journey, ensure that your art studio is equipped with the tools you need, from easels to canvases. Invest in quality materials that align with your aspirations.

Transforming a shed into an art studio is a gratifying venture that allows you to cultivate your creativity in a space tailored to your preferences. With thoughtful planning and design, you can create an art haven that inspires and encourages you to bring your artistic visions to life.

So, whether you’re a painter, a sculptor, or a mixed-media artist, take a leap and transform your shed into an art studio that’s completely yours. Let your creativity flourish in a space that’s designed to inspire.


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