Maximizing Small Spaces: Creative Tips for Storing Art Supplies

As an artist, having a dedicated space to create and store your art supplies is essential. However, not everyone has the luxury of a large studio or workspace. If you’re working with limited square footage, it’s important to get creative with your storage solutions. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for storing art supplies in a small space.

Assess Your Space

Before diving into any organization project, it’s important to assess the space you have available. Take note of which areas are most accessible and which may be underutilized. Consider investing in furniture pieces that can double as storage – such as an ottoman with hidden storage compartments or shelving units that can be easily mounted on walls.

Get Vertical

When dealing with limited floor space, utilizing vertical wall space is key. Invest in shelves or floating bookcases that can hold your supplies without taking up valuable floor real estate. You can also use pegboards and hooks to hang items such as paint brushes and scissors.

Optimize Drawer Space

If you have access to drawers within your workspace area – make sure they’re being used effectively! Utilize drawer dividers or organizers to keep items separated by type or color groupings.

Categorize Your Supplies

Keeping like-items together will help make finding what you need quick and easy – especially when dealing with smaller spaces where everything needs its own spot.

Create A Home For Similar Items

Keep all painting tools together in one bin; organize sketching materials (pencils/pens/scrap paper) by keeping them stored near each other; designate a spot for canvases/frames/etc so they don’t scatter around taking up precious workspaces

Think Outside The Box

Sometimes thinking outside the box means getting creative about what you consider a “storage container”. Here are some ideas:

Mason Jars

Mason jars can be used to store paint brushes, pens/pencils, small tubes of paint or glue. Clear jars make finding the right item easy!

Cake Stands

If you have a lot of supplies that need to be on display (or just an affinity for cake stands) these tiered pieces work great for holding art supplies and keep them easily accessible.


Storing art supplies in a small space is all about maximizing the area available while keeping items organized and easily accessible. By getting creative with vertical space utilization, categorizing like-items together, and thinking outside-the-box for storage solutions – anyone can create an efficient and productive workspace no matter how limited your square footage may be!

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