Having a designated studio space makes it so much easier to find inspiration and motivation to create your art. However, renting a studio space can be expensive and inconvenient. You may not have a spare room in your home to convert into your studio. A garage art studio grants you the privacy of a space separated from the rest of your home and the convenience and affordability of being part of your property.
Here are some helpful tips you can utilize in order to ensure that your garage art studio is both beautiful and functional. Let’s jump on into it!
#1. Clear Everything Out
In order to make a garage art studio, you may need to do some deep cleaning and decluttering first. It’s easy for things to accumulate in your garage, but then when you go through them, you find you neither need nor want them anymore. Clearing everything out gives you the space to turn into your studio and the chance to organize the things you’d like to keep.
You need floor space in order to work. However, if you don’t have storage racks or cabinets, even after you’ve decluttered, you may still have things in the way. Overhead garage storage racks give you the best of both worlds: somewhere to store things in your garage and the space you need in order to let creativity flow.
#2. Redo Your Floors
Especially if you’re a painter! Concrete is a very porous material, so if you were to spill paint on it, it can very easily stain. Concrete stains can be very difficult to get out and cause your entire space to look dirty.
Garage floor coatings make this an easier issue to deal with. This is because floor coatings create a barrier between your floors and all that would harm them. As such, they’re easy to maintain. Should you accidentally spill, you can wipe it up without needing to worry so much about stains and lasting marks.
#3. Ensure That You Have Enough Light
You need to be able to see what you’re doing, and well. You may need to install some new lighting fixtures or have a new window put in. A light-colored garage floor coating can also help to ensure that your garage art studio has enough light, as it will reflect light from your windows and lighting fixtures. You may also consider repainting your garage’s walls to a light color to help with this as well.
You could also consider leaving the garage door open while you work during the day, depending on the weather. This can also help with any fumes from your work, such as if you work with oil paints or airbrushing.
#4. Ensure There Is Adequate Ventilation
As we just mentioned, having enough ventilation is a crucial part of making art with mediums that emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds). A garage art studio makes this easier than other areas in your home because if you feel like the windows don’t give you enough fresh air when they’re open, you can open your garage door, and voila! Ventilation galore.
You may need a fan and a good mask in order to help with fumes, still. Consider your space and the adjustments needed in order to ensure that not only can you make art here, you can do so safely.
#5. Consider Your Storage Options
So, in the first point, we talked about storing the things that you already had in your garage. You’ll also need to consider storage options in your garage art studio for all of your art supplies – and the art once it’s completed.
Keep your climate in mind with this. Garages are typically unfinished, which means that they don’t have HVAC. Extreme temperatures can ruin paint and other art supplies. Be careful to check that your garage is temperate enough to store your materials properly.
When it comes to storing your finishing pieces, this depends on the type of art that you do, of course. Garage storage racks are great options. If you make art that can be stored in bins, like jewelry or figurines, you could pack them securely, label the bin, and store them up and away, out of your space.
Storing paintings and the like can be more challenging, but still possible, if your garage is temperate enough and you do so properly.
Are You Creating A Garage Art Studio?
These are but 5 of the steps you can take in order to create a garage art studio. Solid Garage Floor Coatings can help you by providing professional garage floor coatings and garage storage racks. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and to receive your free quote.