Course I needed a plan for gaining storage space and preserving painting space. In order to gain desired work space, I would have to build in shelves to gain storage space. I figured if I could build frames and stretch canvas, I could build my shelves. Luckily, I have a small 3’x4′ closet attached to the extra bedroom that was to become my studio. I plan to store all my immediate materials in the closet to decrease studio clutter and increase creative space.
I started calculating shelving dimensions to fit the majority of the art bins I already had loaded and waiting for a home. I prefer to use clear storage bins or plastic drawer trays (like the ones made by rubbermade or sterilite).
Clear bins allow me to quickly take a visual inventory, access my supplies as well as know where I stored them. I determined that shelving height could be no smaller than 12 1/2″ to allow for clearance during installation inside the closet. This height neatly allowed for the larger art bins. I salvaged the leftover pieces to make a smaller 6″ shelf perfect for the smaller stuff.
I double checked my measurements for the right and left side of the closet walls. I sketched out my plans and set to prepping, priming, painting, and installing the shelves. I used primed and painted 1×12″ pine boards for weight distribution and easily clean up spilled paint. I used 1×2’s and 1x3s for support bracing. After a few days work I have completed the shelves and was ready to sort and store the last of my art supplies. 🙂
Yes, I am pretty proud of my work. The only tools I needed was a chop saw, drill, wood tapping screws, lumber and paint, my brain and a bit of math. All
It will soon be time to paint, next…Lights!