How to Turn Your Storage Shed into an Art Studio

A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you dream of having a dedicated space for your art projects? Are you tired of trying to create in a cramped corner of your home? If so, it’s time to consider converting your storage shed into an art studio. With a little bit of planning and effort, you can transform this neglected space into a functional and inspiring oasis.

In this article we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to turn your storage shed into an art studio that will be the envy of all your artist friends.

Step 1: Decide if you Will Convert an Old Shed or Purchase a New Shed

First, you need to decide if you will be converting an existing shed or buy a new shed. If you already have a shed on your property, then it’s time to take a closer look at it to determine if it’s structurally sound. If the shed is in poor condition, it may not be worth the effort to convert it. In this case, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a new shed. By purchasing a new shed, you can build in all the features you need while choosing a size to accommodate it all under one roof. with the features that you require.

If you are planning to purchase new you can check out our storage sheds here: we have several designs that would be perfect for your art studio.

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Step 2: Plan your Design

Once you have decided on a shed, it’s essential to create a plan for your design. Consider how you will use your space, what materials and supplies you will need, and how much space you will need to move around.

Measure your space and sketch out your design on paper before making any changes to your shed. There are also plenty of apps online where you could draw out to scale your design. Google Drawing is a good place to start looking for an app. Converting your shed into living space from a garden shed, creating art, and having a valuable work space is the goal so, have fun, design exactly what you want!

Step 3: Clean & Renovate your Shed

Next, clean out your shed and fill any cracks or holes with spray foam. Insulate the walls and ceiling, damp proof the flooring and add a fresh coat of paint to the exterior. Replace any damaged windows and install window boxes for a touch of charm. A clean space to start with and an updated exterior will inspire you before you even move any of your supplies in.

Step 4: Add Electricity & Heating/Cooling

To make your shed comfortable, you will need to add electricity, heating/air conditioner, and overhead lighting with multiple outlets. It’s important to have a sink area to clean your supplies. Consider a small water heater, as well, so you can wash your hands and brushes with warm water.

For air quality, add a vent or windows that open and close. We recommend hiring professional electrician and plumbers for this step.

Step 5: Secure your Shed Door

Depending on the existing door, you may want to install a locking door to keep your supplies safe. It’s also a good idea to add additional windows or skylights to keep it bright, especially for natural light. A skylight would be a great option for an artist studio.

A lot of sheds have window glass in a framed wall, but they don’t open. Upgrading the windows to double pained glass that can open, and lock is ideal.

Step 6: Install Suitable Flooring

When installing flooring, it’s a good idea to go for something durable and washable like vinyl or laminate flooring. Your studio might get dirty, or paint and product residue may spill onto the floor. Laying an easy to clean surface is essential to maintain cleanliness and tidiness in your studio.

Plus, they are fairly easy to install yourself. Check floors to see if they are level, measure your square footage and purchase flooring. If you have a cement floor, you should seal it, and paint it with cement floor paint.

Step 7: Finish the Walls and Ceilings

Although you may be tempted to leave your walls with their natural wood finish, by installing wall boards, you take care of the insulating and damp-proofing. After installing your sheet rock boards, tape and mud the seams, then sand them smooth, prime and paint the walls and ceiling. A light color is recommended to make the room brighter.

Step 8: Build or Add furniture & Storage Shelves

Build benches, bookshelves, overhead storage, or plastic organizers for supplies. Pegboard can hold most of your tools without occupying much space. You may also need to add storage to store art supplies for storage and display.

Those who do sewing may want storage for machines and other sewing essentials. So, adding all the storage for your craft is essential and overall can be designed to look like an artist vibe.

Step 9: Storage for Completed Projects

Depending on what type of art or crafts you will be doing consider additional storage for art that needs to dry, maybe horizontal shelving to store canvas painting, clothes line and clothes pins to hang water colored painting, or plenty of room to store sewing supplies, ironing board and clothes hangers can be hung for finished products. Whatever your craft, think about storage for drying or finished products.

Step 10: Time to Move In & Decorate

At this point, you have done the hard work that involved renovations and installing the right equipment. Now it’s time to decorate and personalize your art studio by adding your desk, chair, paint, and other supplies. Consider the type of atmosphere you want in your studio and add a few homey touches like plants, candles, artwork, and books.


Converting your storage shed into an artist studio is a great investment if you’re passionate about your artwork. It’s essential to plan and tailor a studio to suit your needs and create the right ambiance for artistic inspiration. Following the above steps will ensure that you do it right the first time and create space that is functional, comfortable, and creative. Soon, you’ll be on your way to creating incredible pieces of art that will impress and inspire those who see them.