There's no need to stretch your budget for an expensive art studio. Instead, consider using a self storage unit to both store and create your masterpieces. These tips can help you find and prepare the perfect new studio space.

Choose the Right Amenities

As an artist, there are several key amenities that are necessities and a few that are simply nice to have. Consider the following list before you begin shopping for a unit:

  • 24-hour access. This is especially important if you plan to use your unit as studio space and you prefer working at odd hours.

  • Secure access. Not only does security matter for keeping your art and supplies safe, it's also important for your own personal safety. Controlled access, onsite security, and surveillance are just a few ways a storage facility may offer security.

  • Climate-controlled units. Chances are you will want a climate-controlled storage unit. This ensures that humidity and temperature extremes won't damage your art and that you will be comfortable working there regardless of the season.

  • Power access. Some storage units come with power outlets. If you need to plug in equipment or add additional lighting, the unit must provide at least one outlet. You may also need a fan to disperse paint odors.

Put in a Storage System

Once you find the perfect unit, you will need to come up with a layout and a storage plan. The first rule to remember is to store nothing directly on the ground. Items on the ground are more likely to suffer moisture or pest damage. You can place heavy items, such as pottery or large canvases, on top of pallets. Bring in shelving units for smaller items.

You will likely also want a separate storage system for your work space. This will organize your tools and other equipment necessary for making your art. It's easier to stay organized if you develop a system from the beginning, rather than trying to sort out a mess later.

Protect the Space

Remember, you are renting this space and you can't make any permanent changes. This means you will want to protect the floors and walls from any messes, such as paint droplets. Line the floor of the storage unit with a large drop cloth or tarp. If there's a chance for splatter or over spray onto the walls, take a few minutes to line these as well.

Before moving in, check with the facility management and make sure they have no qualms about your intended space usage. They may have specific requirements that you must fulfill before you can use the space as a studio, such as protecting the surfaces or storing paint and paint thinners in a specific manner.