Even if you are an effortless dab hand at art, there can remain the question of where exactly you are supposed to commit your creativity to canvas. Even if you’ve put together a makeshift art studio for occasional use, you could find that it doesn’t hold up well to longer, more sustained periods of use.
That’s because there are really many different boxes your art studio needs to tick. Not everyone has an office that they can convert in working space. Therefore, you need to think carefully about where exactly you set up that space – canvases, paints, easels and all. If you are feeling indecisive, there would be a lot of sense in choosing to create an art studio in your loft – here’s why.
One case study puts toward the rationale for an arty loft space
In one report mentioned on the Lofts & Basements website, Sarah Roth recalled that, when she decided to swap her full-time job as a solicitor for a similarly dedicated career as an artist, she realised that the area she once used a few hours a week for creating art – an area to the rear of the garage – no longer cut it.
Her husband then suggested that the attic be converted into an art studio. Sarah has noted: “We have a four-bedroom 1960s home in the countryside and had a reasonably-sized space in our loft – but had never used it for anything other than storage.”
Once the loft conversion work got underway, though, the loft’s suitability as an art space became clearer. Roth comments: “The head height in the studio is great, which means I can stand comfortably at my easel.” She added: “I have painted the walls and ceiling white, to keep the space bright, and have laid a laminate on the floor to make it easier to clear up spillages.”
What criteria will your loft conversion need to satisfy?
It’s well worth heeding what Sarah mentions about having painted the walls white. Decoist advises: “To avoid closing up the room, especially if you have a loft studio where the ceilings are lower, keep the walls white and add in big skylight windows.”
However low your loft’s ceiling happens to be, though, you still need a certain amount of headroom in that loft for a conversion to be suitable. Homebuilding & Renovating cites that “certain amount” as at least 2.2 metres – as measured from the ridge timber’s bottom to the ceiling joist’s top.
Meanwhile, those skylight windows mentioned earlier could help you to bathe your art studio in natural light that, as it bounces off the white walls on which your artworks are displayed, will make you feel as though you are in an actual art gallery. That feeling would be creatively inspiring in itself.
Your art studio can also benefit from being comfortably warm enough for you to enjoy spending time in it for hours at a time. You can help yourself to ensure this by arranging for the installation of loft boarding from Instaloft, a company acclaimed for its raised loft boarding system capable of effectively protecting insulation of lofts being converted.