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Create a Personalized Workspace: Studio Interior Design for Artists

teacher avatar Ana Marcu, Home Wellbeing, Licensed architect

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      The Assignment


    • 3.

      First Diagrams


    • 4.

      Floorplan Drawing


    • 5.

      Idea Sketching


    • 6.

      3D Sketching


    • 7.

      Technical Challenges


    • 8.

      Final Reveal


    • 9.

      Class Project


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Transform your workspace with this step-by-step class! Learn how to tackle the design challenges of an artist's studio as I take you through the entire process, from understanding the problem to creating a final 3D concept. Using a real challenge faced by one of my students as a case study, I'll provide you with three possible solutions and explain the pros and cons of each of them. 

In this class, I'll take you through the phases of an architectural design project, where we will discuss:

  1. Understanding the challenge by analysing the information and asking relevant questions
  2. Making sketches to identify challenges and opportunities in the space
  3. Developing 3D sketches of potential solutions and weighing the pros and cons of each
  4. Thinking through the details required to implement the ideas 

I'll use Procreate and Sketchup to demonstrate my ideas, but the class isn't designed to teach you how to use these software tools. 

You can find more about Sketchup and Procreate here!  

 If you're interested in other classes on home office design, I also offer "Home Office Interior Design. Work from home like a boss." and "Home Office Interior Design for more Creativity," which provide a comprehensive overview of how to arrange your home office or studio space.

Check the "Class Project" in the "Project and Resources" section and post your photos and diagrams there. 

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Want to have a look at the Sketchup and Procreate files I have used in this class? 

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Who is the class for? 

For anyone trying to redesign their workspace and are feeling stuck. if you've switched the furniture around 10 times and still don't see a way to solve your space challenge, this class is for you. 


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Who am I?

I’m a licensed architect with over a decade of experience in Vienna, Austria. I have a double degree in Architecture and "Building Science and Technology", and I am deeply passionate about design psychology and optimising the interior design to create great emotional experiences for people. I aim to design spaces that make people FEEL loved, happier, healthier, and more creative.

In my classes, you will find tips and strategies to help you design a great home. You will learn how certain design decisions can influence your emotions and behaviour and what you can do to create a home that will make you feel happier and supported in your goals.

You can also check out my class, How to Think Like an Architect.


Related Classes:

Home Office Interior Design: Work from Home like a Boss

Home Office Interior Design for More Creativity: Workspace & Studio Tips to Unlock Inspiration

Home Interior Design for Better Habits: Self-development by Design


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I'm a licensed architect and have over a decade of experience in the design and architecture industry. I have worked as an in-house architect on various projects with a strong focus on furniture, interior design and experience design. I have a double degree in Architecture and "Building Science and Technology", and I am deeply passionate about design that generates great emotional experiences for people. I've recently started my little design studio, and I'm excited to teach you everything I've learned to help you create a great home for yourself. 


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1. Introduction: In this class I'll be helping one of my students redesign her workspace. I'll be showing you my entire thinking process, starting with understanding what the problem is all the way to the final 3D concept. I'll also be sharing three possible solutions to her challenge, and I'll be explaining what the pros and cons of each of the solutions are. Hi, my name is Ana Marcu and I'm a licensed architect. I've worked for over a decade, as an in-house architect and I'm currently running my own little design studio in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. My architectural design practice focuses on home design and home well-being and in my classes, I'm sharing everything I know to help you create an environment that will help you become happier, healthier, and more creative. The idea of this class starting with a class project shared by a student in my class how to measure a space for the right furniture. The student's name is Muriah Umuriah, I'm not sure how to pronounce her name and I'm going to butcher it through this entire class. I'm very sorry. So Muriah has a room of about 14.11 square meters or 151.87 square feet, including the wardrobe, and she would like to turn this into a home office space and a studio space for her painting. In trying to solve a space problem, an architectural project goes through three phases, which I would like to share with you in this class. Number 1 is understanding what the challenge truly is by analyzing the information you have received, but also by asking relevant questions. Number 2 is making a few sketches where you try to understand the challenges and opportunities that the space presents. Number 3 is catching in 3D a couple of solutions and looking at the pros and cons of the solutions. What opportunities do they bring? What are the technical and financial challenges that they will pose? Are these challenges worth it? These and many more ideas I'll be sharing with you in this class. Also in order to explain my ideas, I'll be using two softwares that a lot of you are familiar with, Procreate and SketchUp. This class is, however, not meant to teach you how to use the software and I won't be showing you any buttons to push, but I'm happy to leave some links in the class description if this is the first time you run into them. What I do wish to show you in this class is what I do best, which is how to think about your space so that when you will be facing your own space challenges, you will have a better idea of how to go about arranging it. If you're interested in more classes on the topic of whole office design, I have two more classes that might interest you. Home office interior design work from home like a boss and home office interior design for more creativity, these three classes are going to give you a comprehensive overview of how to arrange your home office or a studio space. I often give class ideas from the questions and comments my followers leave on my monthly announcements and if you want to have your question answered in a lesson, or perhaps an entire class like this one, make sure to press the Follow button at the top side of the screen, right here. I hope you are excited to take this class. Are you ready? Let's start the class. 2. The Assignment: Welcome to the first lesson. I want to start this class by giving you an overview on what the problem actually is. Mariah posted to the class project in my class how to measure your space for the right furniture, asking advice about how to arrange her home office space. Let's have a look together at what she shared. Mariah drew her floor plan on the ruled piece of paper, and decided that two squares on her page equal one foot. For the rest of the world watching, wondering what on Earth is a foot, one foot equals 30.48 centimeters. I know it would be wonderful if it was 30 centimeters but it's not. It's 30.48. One square on her page is 15.24 centimeters. I'm not going to go too deep into the dimensions here. I just want to give you an idea of how big the room is, roughly. Her room is 10.5 feet, which is 320.04 centimeters by 12.5 feet, which is exactly 381 centimeters. On top of that, she has a wardrobe to the left with two massive doors. She marked the sockets on the wall with the x and the light switches with a semicircle. She has the light switch on the left side of the door and three sockets, one here, one here, and one here. She also has a heat vent right next to the window, which must remain unblocked. Now, let's have a look at the photos. The first one is a photo from the door towards the window. Mariah says, "Here's my office now, my plants love the window, but the sun shines in my face here and need to move my computer desk." We can see that she has two desks in this image, one by the window and one central. What her comment tells me is that the location of the table right next to the window is not ideal. The room has plenty of light, but sitting close to the window is uncomfortable. The second one is the wall opposite to the window and she says, "This patch looks nice as it's what people see in my Zoom calls. Very heavy piece of furniture, and since it's low to the floor, it can't go under the window as you would block the heat vent on the floor. I have a very long wall that you see in the room, but it's empty." She refers to this wall here. If you look at the plan, she has placed this piece of furniture right here, and the wall to the right remains very empty. The next photo, "A double closet is great, but it pretty much rules out anything going on that wall." If you look at the plan, she's talking about these doors here. In order to understand better the problem, I asked Mariah to answer a couple of additional questions. The first question I had is how many people work in this room? She answered, "Just me. I've never had space beyond the bedroom for activities, so I'm excited to make the most of things." The second question I ask is, why does she have two desks and one table? Why not just one table or just one desk? As you may have seen, there are quite a few tables in this room and I was confused about why. She replies, "This is just furniture that is left over from around the house that has ended up here, but doesn't need to be here if I don't want to. Currently, I just use one computer desk for work. The other desk is in the closet and I just put things on to store items out of sight. A larger table I do art on." What she means is that she works on this table on the computer, and on the central table, she does art and that she has a third table here in the closet. Number 3, because she mentioned the sun shining on her face and it being uncomfortable, I also wanted to know about the solar orientation of the room. She says, "The window is facing south and I find it too sunny to face when I'm on my computer. But I do like looking out the window though." In order to make better decisions about what to advice her, I also asked Mariah about the type of work that she does in this room. I wanted to know if she only works in the computer or is all the art, what things that she does? Mariah answers, "I work at my desk at my full time job and need both monitors, keyboard, a mouse, a room for an agenda, and a notebook. Really everything else is just extra. At outside of work, I like to paint and I do collages and print making. Almost all my art supplies are neatly organized in the red dresser. I'm standing up doing this art, I thought I'd move around the table, but I normally just stand on one side so far. I also like to keep plants in this room as it is sunny." Normally here, I would want to know more about why she stands when she paints, and what setup would she need in order to not put so much strain on her back. Would a lower reclined table be more useful for her or perhaps a taller one? Finally, I wanted to know what other activities she hopes to do in this room and does she have hobbies. Mariah mentions that her other hobbies are really yoga and photography, but don't really need space in this room. Normally, when I start working with the client, I asked a lot more questions, really trying to get to the core of what they are trying to achieve and why. I look this all her public work just to understand that other type of work that she does and what might be useful to her. I see some beautiful acrylic paintings of flowers and making have a look at her table here and see that she works with a lot of tools spread out on the table. So I'm gathering that she needs a lot of table space. She also has some beautiful landscape paintings. In other class of line, decorating with plants, Mariah also shares the project about her many plants which she loves. I can see from the Pinterest board that she shared the environment she's going for in this space. She seems to really live within furniture combined with plants. Here's what I understand about Mariah so far. One, she has a small room that she can change into a workspace that is exclusively aerospace and not the bedroom at the same time. The room is facing south, which means she has plenty of life all day long, but she doesn't feel comfortable facing that window. She has a day job that she does at her desk and an additional hobby for painting, but she also enjoys reading and photography. If she had the space, she would also like to do some yoga. She works on her paintings standing. I don't know if this is temporary or easier, she really loves her plants and would love to have them around. How do you arrange these creative space? In the next lesson, we're going to look at a couple of diagrams she did trying to figure out how to arrange it. I think it's important to look at them to rule out some design decisions that she already went through and found insufficient. I would love to know how you would design this space. If you have any ideas for Mariah, you can share them in the class discussion section. Also, if you have a space that is equally hard to design, you can leave that in the class project, and maybe you'll see a class about it in the future. 3. First Diagrams: In this lesson, I want to show you some of the ideas Mariah has had so far, and I think they're worth mentioning, because this might be the thinking process you might be going through. More so, I wish to congratulate you Mariah for taking the time in making these diagrams and really analyze on paper, what would be the best solution for your space. A lot of people don't do that, so really well done. Let's have a look at what Mariah has tried so far. She has looked at four ways to arrange her space. The first one is what she currently has with the desk on the right side of the window, the table in the middle, and a desk in the closet. In the second one, she has two desks arranged along the wall and the table at the window. The problem she says is that a corner is awkward and it looks very crowded. For the third option, she puts the dresser in the wardrobe and spreads out the three tables in the room. Here, she says that the view behind the desk is not that great. I'll also add that there isn't much use for the table next to the door. Finally, she puts the big table in the middle and her office desk next to the door, but the problem here, she says is that she feels like it's too cluttered. So what I understand from these diagrams? Number 1, you tried every possible permutation where the furniture that you have and all of them proved insufficient. Placing a table in the middle of the room will give you a cluttered look when you enter, having a table by the widow and one on the wall creates an awkward corner, which is difficult to manage. You feel that sitting with your back towards your wardrobe, isn't that nice and a couple of time I've seen your comment that things look rather crowded. Here's why I think. The way I see it, you have looked at every possible arrangement with the furniture you already have and found it larking in some way, and I get that you want to use the furniture, you have an invest as little as possible to arrange this rule, so would I. Normally, I do not encourage people to buy new things unless I know they need it, but in this case, I really don't see a great solution that would fit your requirements with the furniture that you already have, and neither do you, so let me show you how I would do it. 4. Floorplan Drawing: The first thing that I want to do when facing this problem is to sketch in scale for myself. I don't yet fully know what all these heat mean because I generally work in the metric system. Before I start drawing, I will take all dimensions from Ryan's plan and turn them into centimeters. Then I want to start making a sketch in the metric system. Now, why do I do that? After working so long in the industry, I have a better understanding of what certain dimensions mean in this space. I have a roster of standard dimensions in my head. For example a table is between 60-80 centimeters wide by 120-160 centimeters long. A one-person bed is 90 centimeters by 200 centimeters, which are almost the dimensions of an entryway door, which here in Austria is 90 centimeters wide by 210 centimeters tall. If it's a room door, then it can be 80 centimeters wide. I have this list of dimensions in my head, and I also know what they look like in the space without having to do a 3D, because I've seen that time and time again. This is why I need to make a sketch in the metric system. For my drawing, I decide that 20 centimeters is one square. I'll take all my centimeter dimensions and divide them by 20 and identify how many squares each of these dimensions will take on my piece of paper or on my Procreate drawing. You will see all the numbers showing up on the screen. I'm going to quickly draw this in Procreate. You want to start a new canvas size. Any canvas size will do. I have mine the size of my screen, which is 2,732 by 2,048 pixels. By going to the range on the upper left corner you can also select Drawing Guides and 2D grid, which will allow you to overlay a grid over your Canvas. I have my grid size at 86 pixels, but you can make it however large or small you want. The most important thing is that you have enough squares on your page to fit your room. You can essentially select any pen you want. But after a bit of testing, I select a black gel pen brush. I'm going to start with the longest wall which is 12.5 feet. I count 19 squares on the length of my page. Then I turn my page around and draw the window wall, which is 10.5 feet or 16 squares. Then I draw the wardrobe, which is 8.5 feet long, or almost 13 squares. Finally, I'm drawing the last wall, which is eight feet or 12.19 squares. I'm also going to finish the wardrobe separation wall here. In the following part, I'm going to draw the room door, which from Ryan's drawing appears it might be at a 45-degree angle. But luckily I have a dimension that helps me, which is 3.5 feet or 5.33 squares. I just draw the dimension on a separate line and then I rotate the line until I miss the adjacent wardrobe wall. I don't know how big Ryan's door is, but as I mentioned before, in general, a room door is about 80 centimeters wide. So I'm going to make a door four squares wide and place it in the middle of the wall. I'm also going to make a copy of my door and create a double door for my wardrobe and then delete the wall bit that crosses the room door. With a thinner double line, I'm also going to mark my window. 5. Idea Sketching: Once the sketch is finished, there are a couple of things that I notice. One is that we have a small room here with some massive wardrobe doors, which take away from this space. This could be an advantage or a disadvantage. The second thing that I see is that the room is divided into two parts. A very well lit area here with sun shining all day and a dark area here. If I want to think about where to place my table, I'm definitely not going to place it in the dark area. I'm going to place it as close to the light as possible. The area here is actually designed for furniture pieces that don't need so much light. This might be storage or perhaps a bed. The third thing that I see is that my floor plan is divided in three areas. One is created by the door here so this is one area, here and then my wardrobe here is also one area. It's actually a room that has three zones,1, 2, 3. Now I've heard me say multiple times that the room feels crowded and I would say that's because you have three tables in this room. That is the problem a lot of small spaces have. The more things you bring in it, the more crowded it actually looks. My first suggestion for you is to get rid of the three tables and just have one. But where should we place this one table? If we place our table in the middle, like you already tried, then it's the first thing you see when you come into the room so all the objects that are on the table, all the paints and brushes, they're the first thing you see and just like you remarked already, the space looks crowded and untidy so that's not an option we want to have. We want to keep this space in the middle free. We want to place our table against the wall. This wall doesn't work because it has some doors. This wall doesn't work because it's far too dark in comparison to the rest of the room. Putting a table next to the window, you said it's uncomfortable because the sun shines on your face. The only possible solution here remains this wall. It has plenty of light from the sun but without it bothering you when you work. Now, you have so many tables because you actually do need them from four different types of work. You need one for your day job and you need one for your art. But placing them one next to each other against the wall didn't satisfy you either. Actually, it still looked very crowded to you so my suggestion is to get rid of the two tables and just get a bigger one, possibly 70 centimeters wide, which starts at the edge of the window, so that you get as much light as possible on your art and then stop somewhere here. Also add a chair. That way I leave the space here free. I get plenty of light from the window, but it's not the first thing I'd see in the room. My art utilities and my paints are further away from the door. The other thing that I notice is that you have a wardrobe that stays empty and a dresser that you placed here. I wonder why. My suggestion is to add some hanging shelves in the wardrobe and turn it into a kind of art pantry where you fill it with boxes and jars of objects and art suppliers so that way you can get rid of the dresser here. We got rid of the tables and we got rid of the dresser. We have plenty of space now in this room. But what should we do with the plant? For the plants, you can add some hanging shelves here. Over the table I would like to add my plants both over my table here and my painting shop. I'm not very good at hand drawing, but something like that. Then you can also leave some plants here on the floor. With the help of the wardrobe, this would free up plenty of room in this space. Now, work also require some rest so I would also suggest, is perhaps in this area to have some day bed or a couch or perhaps a bigger armchair. Now I have some more ideas, but we're going to explore those in 3D. If you follow me in the next lesson, we are going to look at how to solve this problem in 3D. 6. 3D Sketching: In this lesson, I want to talk a little bit about the various locations of the table in the room and what benefits or challenges each of these situations might bring you. What I have found as an architect over time is that there's never just one solution to a space problem. There are many possible solutions, and each of them is going to give you some benefits, and it's going to come with some specific challenges. Therefore, it's important to look at all these options and weigh in for each of them. If this is something that would make a massive improvement to your life or not. As I am going through this lesson, I'm also going to erase the difficulty of realization of these ideas. Meaning that I will start with the simplest and possibly the least costly solution and slowly raise both the technical and financial challenges of the realization. But on the other side of these challenges lie some wonderful benefits. It's up to you to decide if it's something worth doing right now or you want to keep it as a strategy and implement it in phases at a later date. I'm going to explain these ideas with the help of my 3D modeling software called, SketchUp. But no worries, you do not have to know SketchUp in order to understand what I'm explaining here. This lesson is about how to arrange your space, not about how to use the software. I'm now going to talk about what buttons to push or anything like that. If you want to know how to use the software, you can go to They have some wonderful free tutorials, and the software is also for the most Part 3. Let's have a look at the screen. I have here a 3D model of my room, so I can use my entryway door in a strange angle. Next to the door, I have my new niche. Here I have the long empty wall Mariah was talking about. This is the wall with the window, and here I have the double doors with my wardrobe. I'm just going to turn off the wall to my window so we can have a better look at this problem. We ended the last lesson with the location of the table here. I think it's a pretty good solution. It leaves plenty of free space here, and you have a wide table on which to work both on your computer and your art. I also think you have plenty of space in this wardrobe, so why not add some shelves? I am just going to turn off the wardrobe wall and show you the shelves. An extra cost, yes. But I'm looking at all the space where you can add your paints and art supplies and all of the things you do not want to see when you're working on your art. I think this would be totally worth it. Now, this could be possibly the easiest solution to implement, but Mariah did say that the wardrobe doors don't look so good on Zoom calls. What are the options that she have? Well, another option could be to remove the last two shelves at the bottom of the wardrobe and replace them with a table. You could create here a so-called clock face, a table for your office work in the closet. This is what it could look like. You can put your computer in there and additionally have some storage space for your supplies. You can add your art on the opposite wall, and when you have a Zoom call, people who can look at your art. You can have conversations about your art and who knows what else might come out of this. Now you can choose if you want to keep the doors and close the wardrobe at the end of the day. Or if you add more light to come into the wardrobe area and also have more space into the room. You can remove the doors entirely. It's very easy to remove doors. You just unhinged them and store them somewhere else in case you change your mind. Now, it can move to this art table where all your art supplies are waiting for you, ready to begin a new project. This solution separates your workspace physically by giving you two tables, one for the office and the other one for the art. Because you said you are slouching all the time when you're painting. I also think it's less likely higher and narrower table on this area would also work. I was talking to an artist friend of mine Alisa Burke, who is also an online teacher. She told me that part of the fact that she can practice her art every day and have an art ritual is that she has a table specifically for her art, where all her art supplies are around her or are already laid out on the table that takes absolutely zero effort to start. This might be a solution for your art practice. Now, let's raise the challenge even higher. Personally, I find this room very small. As I have spoken in many other classes of mine, like Home Office, Interior Design for more creativity. Creativity needs space. If I had this room and it would be used exclusively for work. I would take down the wardrobe wall just to have a bigger room, but also to create more space in an area closer to the window that would possibly have more light. In this case, the higher table is in the closet area and you have a normal table opposite to it for office work. Because the art table is taller and you do not sit in front of it, you can add plenty of storage underneath. I added some drawers and some paper and marker holders to create a colorful line underneath the table. I don't exactly know what tools Mariah uses. Normally, I asked a lot more questions before I start designing a home office. I didn't speak to her, so I took the liberty to fill in the blanks. The important thing is that she can have a taller table with some storage underneath. I also made the storage area narrower than the table so that her toes can fit underneath the table and her body can lean against the tabletop. It's a subtle detail, but for anyone who has tried to paint over a dresser, it makes all the difference. I've made the table as wide as the wardrobe wall left after you take down the wall in front of it. The height of the table is 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches. I don't know how tall you are, but since you are considering making a custom-made workspace, then decide for yourself how tall this table should be so that you can work comfortably over it. Now, Mariah also mentioned that she has other hobbies like reading, yoga, and collage. I think for yoga, she has plenty of space in the middle of the room and all the additional shelves give her plenty of space for her books, as well as plenty of table space for her collage. These are the three ways in which I will structure, this room in terms of where to place the table, the oversized table is also going to give the room of focus point and all the other elements will structure around this table. The overall look of the room will be cleaner and easier to understand. Now, besides some financial challenges, these solutions will also pose some technical challenges. I'd like to address them in the next lesson. 7. Technical Challenges: How do you attach a table to the wall and what wall you need? These are some challenges you might run into, trying to implement these solutions, and I would like to give you some ideas of how to solve them. The first challenge is that none of my tables in my examples are standard tables, they are above-average long and some of the widths are hard to find in a conventional store too. The first table is 60 by 250 cm. Also, as you can see, I have left some space for the curtains to pass through because I like it when curtains go from one side to the other of the room, they give the room a bit of a softer look. Make sure you dimension your tables in such a way that they start with the edge of the wardrobe and stop just a little before the curtains. I left about 10 cm or a third of a foot in front of the wall for the curtains to pass. Now, the next technical question that you might be asking is, why don't my tables have any legs? Personally, I'm not a big fan of table legs. I think they're annoying and they should be abolished, so how do you achieve a table with no legs? The answer is that you mount it on the wall, a bit of an effort, yes, will make your space look so much cleaner and amazing. Absolutely. Additionally, your feet will move freely underneath without popping your knees or your toes into anything, so it will feel amazing as well. Now, how do you mount your table on the wall? I've seen this done in two ways, either you use heavy-duty brackets or you create a wooden structure underneath. Another question you might be asking is, what wall can support a table this heavy? One possible answer is a structural concrete wall. This wall will always hold your tables and shelves. You see structural walls have the function of holding the house together, they hold the weight of the whole, and they make sure that the house is stable while partition walls, all these separate one room from the other and have no structural purposes, you can take them down and a structure of the home will not change. If you deal with partition walls, you need to find out what partition wall you have. Usually, partition walls are made of one or two layers of plasterboard attached to wooden or steel studs on two sides. Now, in America wooden studs are quite common in residential spaces, which is great because then all you need to do is find where the wooden studs are and attach your brackets or structure to them. If however, you live in Europe and you live in a house made in the past 70 years, then the studs are very likely made of steel, is not a rule, but that's a general tendency. In any case, you have to find out what wall you have and what is the structure of that wall, if your wall has steel studs. You can't attach anything to the studs themselves, but if your wall has a double layer of plasterboard, then you can attach your table to the plasterboard with toggle bolts, I would encourage you to seek out the help of a carpenter or a local handyman to guide you around this topic. A carpenter might also help you design the table with additional drawers and some holes for the cables in the table board. This is why I asked Mariah if she rents or owns the apartment, you're much more likely to invest time and money in details like this if you know you intend to spend a long time in that space, and you have the rights to ship that space anywhere you want. If she had said that she rents the space, then I would have skipped this part entirely and went to the next part where I would recommend some under-table support. You can use any combination of idea, Alex roll container and table legs. For hanging shelves, I recommend floating shelves where you do not see the brackets. Again, a little bit more complicated to make because you need threaded rods and more advanced carpentry tools, but the shelves look so amazing without the brackets. Mariah wrote multiple times that the clutter bothers her so much, so I want to give her a design that looks uncluttered. The spatial anyway be filled with tools and canvases, books, and plants, but the furniture elements should not add to the clutter, they should not attract attention, they should sit quietly in the background showcasing yard. The final challenge that you will have is bringing electricity in the closet. You've marked the sockets and your light switches, but I do not see any in the closet, I would recommend you to talk to an electrician and whether you just want to have storage in the closet or storage in a table, or take down the wardrobe entirely. You should absolutely be able to see the items in that area, and possibly be able to have some sockets to charge some devices, perhaps a printer or a camera you need from time to time. Finally, this is not a technical challenge, but I felt I needed to say this. The wall color influences how you see the color of your art and if you wish to see those colors correctly, then I would encourage you to paint your walls white. I just want to demonstrate this with the red chair that I have. When I shine the flashlight on it, it irradiates a red light on the wall, so do your current walls, they irradiate the wall color all over your canvases. Painting your walls white not only will allow you to see your art correctly but will be more supportive in bringing natural light all the way to the back of the room. You can of course control the intensity of the light with curtains, the curtains should also be wide or very light in color. I think these are all the challenges so far, I want to give you tips that you can actually implement and not have to scratch your head, wondering, how do I do this? If you are not particularly skilled with DIY, I do encourage you to ask the support of a local handyman, carpenter, and electrician. The details are totally worth it. It's time for the final review. In the following lesson, I'm going to show you three ways in which you could solve this problem. There are of course plenty more solutions, but I just thought the three. 8. Final Reveal: We are at the final reveal and I proposed three solutions to Muriah, each with a different difficulty level of realization, but also with different opportunities. In order to make these solutions more approachable and easy to understand, I have populated the scene with various items like Muriah's art. I have taken a few of her art pieces that she shared publicly in her class projects and put them in frames. All the art you see on the walls is actually from her. I have added plants because she has showed me that she has plenty of plants and she wants to be surrounded by them, and books because she mentioned that she loves to read. Going through each of these options, I'll be sharing what the main characteristics are, what are the pros and cons, a couple of unique details that I have decided to add specifically to those options, as well as why I thought those details to be necessary. Pay careful attention to the why. This is going to help you understand what you might have to do in your situation. Let's go to Version 1. In Version 1 on the left side we have a long table. On the right side in the wardrobe, I have added shelves from top to bottom for plenty of storage space. If Muriah decides to ask her electrician to help her get some sockets in she could charge a printer or her camera in there. But the storage space is grand and she can put in there all sorts of things like art supplies, canvases, or devices, close the door and she never has to look at them again. Muriah's work space will be both of her office work and her art. But at 2.5 meters or 8.2 feet, she has plenty of table space for both. The table is supported by a heavy-duty brackets and a container. The table is also surrounded by open floating shelves and on them she can find her art books and of course, plants. The look I'm going for here is the Pinterest board she shared with me in another class project in my class decorating with plants for beginners. Next to the table, I initially sketched a one-person bed, and if she still wants to do as she can. But for this example, I have used the recamiere which is a long armchair where you can not only sit, but also lounge on it a little bit. I've mentioned in one of my classes called the Home Office Interior Design for More Creativity that the lounge position has been found to be very supportive of creative work. I've added one of these sitting elements in this version to allow her to rest a little bit. The back wall is covered with Muriah's art. I think it would look great as a gallery wall to showcase her amazing work. That way if she takes video calls sitting there or decides to record herself for whatever reason, her art will always show up in the background. What are the pros and cons of this version? In this version, she has a lot of storage space behind closed doors that she doesn't have to look at every day. She takes advantage of the closet that is already there. She has space to work, but also to rest [inaudible], and there is plenty of space for her yoga exercises in the middle of the room. The cons are that she only has one table and it is a table to sit at and she's probably going to have back problems trying to paint on her normal table. The other con is that she has these doors behind her during course, which she mentioned that she does not like. Personally, I don't find it to be that bad, but she has to decide it for herself. Welcome to Version 2. Here the main characteristic is that I have separated the office table from the art table. I have placed the office table in the closet area, and I have removed the closet doors entirely, giving Muriah more surface in the room that she can actively use. I have kept some of the upper shelves of the closet so that she can still store some things in there. But below, she has an office table. This will allow her to have her art table behind her during her Zoom calls displaying her art books and plants, because the art table is a little higher, people won't be able to see directly what's on it, but keeping it moderately tidy would not hurt. The art table as is mentioned, placed a little higher than a normal table. I have placed it at the height of one meter which is approximately 3.28 feet. But since it's custom-made, Muriah should place it at a height that feels most comfortable to her. Because the table is a little higher, I don't want to see the heavy-duty brackets underneath. So I imagined the table being supported by a wooden structure with drawers underneath, which is why the table's a little thicker. I believe this would also be nicer to look at during Zoom calls. Due to structural reasons. I have also made this table another narrower. It's only 50 centimeters wide, which is 19.68 inch. But she has plenty of space on this table, which is dedicated entirely for her art. So I think this would be fine. I've placed the bar stool in front of it so she can still sit while painting at her table. In this version, I'm really concentrating on finding ways to prevent Muriah from slouching over the table. Instead of a recamiere I have added a painting easel because I really worry about her back and her overall well-being when painting. Additionally, I have kept the art gallery wall at the back. I think it looks amazing. I have also added a yoga basket for all her yoga mats so she can always pull out the math and do a few exercises. The pros of this version is that she can have more active surface at her disposal as well as more table surface overall. Additionally, she will not suffer from long term back injuries due to the bending over the table. Those doors are also taking away from the room surface, as well as creating a lot more shadows. So removing the wardrobe doors is going to give her more space and more light throughout the day. Because there should be working in a closet eight hours a day at most, her chair is outside the closet and with the doors out of the way, she can still look out the window to her right. But she will have to make it a nice closet to look at, perhaps add some nice colors or wallpaper, as well as some sockets and a table lamp or two. The art table is custom-made, which will require her to talk to a carpenter. It's not something you can buy in most furniture stores. Welcome to Version 3. The main characteristic here is that I have taken down the wardrobe wall, giving Muriah more workspace overall. I did not take down the wall next to the door because I've seen that she has placed her light switch on it so there's some electrical wiring going on. I have left that wall standing but in the resulting niche, I have placed a higher table where Muriah can work on her art. I've decided not to add a bar stool here and metalwork standing, but with the additional benefit that underneath this table, I have added some storage. The table top is 86.2 by 250 centimeters or 33.93 by 98.42 inch, but the storage underneath is slightly pulled back to make space for her toes. There is a floating shelf for some plants and books and plenty of table space for her art. Opposite to it, I have kept the table from Version 1, but this time is just for her office work. In this version her tables for art in office are separated like in Version 2, but with the added benefit that there is more space and light in the room. At the back I have kept her gallery wall, but underneath I have given Muriah some storage space for canvases and paper. I have made this storage element as high as the table so that the work surface feels continuous throughout the room. She could also use the top surface of the storage element to place art to draw it, or plants or perhaps books. The pros of this version are more space, more light, and more work surface. I feel like separating the art from the office work is a good thing. But since she mentioned that she does not need that much space for her office work, I feel like her art will spread out on this table area too. Cons. I don't see any cons here. It is by far my favorite option. Maybe the con here is that all of the elements in the room are custom-made and she will need the support of a carpenter for that. She will additionally need to hire an electrician to bring light and sockets in the closet area where she has her art table. The custom-made design is the kind that will be the most supportive for her work. I think it's worth it. One interesting thing you see about this solution is that for each side of the room, there is an oversized element that gives weight and stability to this area and that creates a very clear zone around it. These elements emphasize horizontality because they are wider than taller, but also because I have removed the vertical elements where I could, this makes the space very clean and easy to understand. Even if I have a lot of small items around, like books, plants, and tools, my space still looks very clear and simple to understand because of these big furniture elements in the room. All right, I have a couple more thoughts to share with you as well as give you the class projects. See you in the next lesson. 9. Class Project: As you can see, solving a problem can happen in many ways and each way offers some opportunities and some challenges. These are not the only ways to solve this problem. I have no doubt that Muriah will add her own creative ideas to this. But what I hope to achieve with this class is to show you that there's more to your space than shuffling three tables around and that you first start with your needs and then create an environment that supports them. You do not adapt your needs to the environment that you have. Let me repeat that for the people at the back. You first start with your needs and create an environment that supports them. You do not adapt your needs to the environment that you have. You command the space around you. The space does not command you. Before you go, I want to give you your homework. What I need is your class project. I want you to take Muriah's example and share a space problem that you have in your home. Also share the diagrams, photos, and your efforts in trying to solve this problem. I'll be happy to give you advice and who knows? Maybe you'll see your challenge in the following class. If you want to download the Procreate and SketchUp models I have made during this class, I have left a link for you in the class description. All you have to do is sign up to my newsletter for free. If you liked this class, I would appreciate the review. It tells Skillshare that you liked my work and it encourages other people to discover my class. We are at the end. See you in the next class.