When we moved from Maine to Vermont and rented a house I was faced with creating studio space to work in. The house has a 20X27 great room off the kitchen and what used to be the living room in front of the house.
We decided that the old living should be my studio due to the size and amount
of natural light it has with the 2 good size windows. In the center of one wall
there are shelves, although they are very shallow. In my house in Maine I used
cork boards with all my gems and pearls and that worked very well. I have my
seed beads in tubes in tin cans (I like to re-use when possible) and I liked
that as well. I have them separated into colors and sizes. In a rental house I
had to be careful with anything I did, making sure I could restore it when we
leave. I also wanted to be able to hide the shelves and corkboards as it is the
first room you come into.
The narrow shelves turned out to be perfect to line up my seed beads on and
made it easy to separate them by size with the #15’s on one shelf, #11’s on the
next, and so on. I hung my corkboards on either side of the shelves. I wanted to
be able to hide that whole set up and protect the gems, beads form light as
well. I went out and bought a large curtain rod and panels of curtains. Blue is
not the color I would have chosen, but I had to work with the wallpaper that is
already there because, like I said it is a rental. The white panels were to
For my workspace I had some challenges. In Maine my husband built me a table
that I could use as a sit/stand and I have a drafting chair that was perfect.
The thing about those chairs though is that they do not go low enough for a
normal table height, missing by just a couple of inches. I had (2) 7 foot tables
but they were too low to work one for hours at a time. To remedy this we went
out and purchased some beautiful Birch plywood and I arranged the tables in a
“U” shape. This enables me to have my computer nearby, my workspace in front of
the window and my light tent just to the right of my workspace.
I purchased a bookcase and have all my crochet/knitting books, beading books
and some other storage space. In the closet are my tubs full of yarn, my gift
boxes and other miscellaneous items.
Under one table I have my shredder, file cabinet, storage for completed
pieces and other supplies that I use often. A smaller bookcase at the end of
that table houses tubs (plastic salad containers) full of other supplies such as
lampwork, acrylic flowers and leaves, Swarovski crystals and pearls, etc…
On the table to my right I have my light tent, shipping station, paper cutter
and other larger tools I use often. I do have some plants around just to keep
things fresh and like I said there are 2 good size windows for sunlight and
I will be happy when the house in Maine sells and we can look into buying a
home in Vermont. For now though, this works great and I did not change anything
making it very easy to move it all without having to do any repairs to the
Meanwhile, come hang out with me at Divella Delights!