Setting-up an artists’ studio

Once you are fed up of using a spare bedroom as a studio – or worse still an actual bedroom – then you need to make plans for a proper studio. Many artists have made use of attic spaces, garden sheds, garages and even kitchens. The latter is not a particularly good idea given that many artist materials are poisonous and can give off unhealthy fumes. Another key consideration is light – the room you are working in should be equipped with good natural light.

Artists’ Garden Studio

One of the best ideas for an economical studio is to use some form of log cabin, even if the thought of doing this might seem like it is just one step up from a garden shed. All you basically need is a small garden or backyard to locate the cabin. Planning permission is usually not required unless the structure is over 4 metres high which should not be the case. There is often the option to have windows on three sides and possibly a dormer style window in the roof, all of which should allow natural light to flood in. Something like this…

Artists' log cabin studio
Artists’ log cabin studio

The example above would set you back around £3,500 although there are cheaper examples on this website – www.uniquelogcabins . If you are prepared to put the cabin together yourself you can save even more money. It it also worth considering having insulation to stop the studio being too warm in summer or too cold in winter although if you go for the 44mm heavy duty logs you will benefit naturally from the better insulation. Toughened glass should also be considered if you are likely to be throwing things around the studio – and why not!

Making Space

Make sure you have plenty of shelving and storage and folding tables and chairs will also help make the most of limited space. Get an easel that is easy to fold from it’s traditional upright manner and can be made into a flat surface. Some artists love to have a cluttered studio but in a small space this will only hold back creativity!

Health and Safety

It is probably a good rule not to eat or drink in your studio as there are a lot of harmful chemicals and solvents that you are going to be using. Check out the HSE website for more details – here. The studio should of course be well ventilated so if you do buy a garden log cabin for a studio make sure all the windows can be opened. Taking frequent breaks for fresh air and inspiration is always a good thing to do.

It almost goes without saying, but in a log cabin artists’ studio with all those solvent around, no smoking is a no brainer By definition the cabin is one door away from the outside world so use it if you want to smoke!

Author and occassional artist Rich Bloomfield works for Marketing Labs