Designing and building your own home studio, whether it’s for painting, audio/video recording or woodworking, is not difficult but it takes some planning, a space for the equipment and a few hours to organize and set up the space. By following a few steps, your home studio will be set up and ready for use in no time. Does this Spark an idea?
1. Sketch out how you want the studio to look. Be specific and draw where the workspace should be, storage equipment location and what space will be open for getting around the studio. Determine what equipment or supplies you will need for the studio. If you are designing an art studio, you may need paint, canvases, brushes, easels and drawing tools (colored pencils and markers, pastels or charcoal).
2. Locate a room in your house, garage or other space and designate it as your studio. Clear out any items currently in the space.
3. Purchase any needed equipment or supplies. If you are buying for a video studio, you may have to buy a video camera, tripod, computer, video editing software, lights and microphone. If you already have items, locate them and place them outside of the studio.
4. Move any workspace desks and tables into the studio space first. Arrange according to the sketch plan. Hang any window coverings, especially if you are setting up a video studio. You will want to control the lighting–both natural and artificial. Tip: purchase a mini blind or other type of blind and place under the window coverings if natural light is an issue in your video studio.
5. Move any storage equipment into the studio next. Arrange according to the sketch plan. Next, move any equipment specific to the studio into the space. Connect any electronic equipment and test for the proper connection. Then install any lighting, soundproofing material or other material/hardware specific to the studio.
6. Sweep or vacuum the floor of the studio and start using the space.