Recycled Art Studio Furniture and Gear

By Alina Bradford

green-earthCreative solutions to art studio problems don’t have to be expensive. Art studio furniture and gear like flat storage systems, paper towel holders and taborets can be fashioned out of objects that can be found around the home or the community and a

few simple tools.

Flat Storage

A homemade flat storage system can be built using bricks and wooden pallets that can be begged or borrowed from construction sites, truck depots and stores. Many people post ads for free pallets and bricks in penny shoppers and on Freecycle. Every artist

that works with canvas or paper will need a flat storage area his art studio, eventually. Flat storage allows paintings to dry without dripping and to be stored without the possibility of being bent or folded.

What  you need:

  • 4 bricks for each level
  • 1 shipping pallet for each level (Plywood can also be used.)
  1. Place a pallet on the floor where you want your flat storage to be.
  2. Place a brick on each of the pallet’s four corners.
  3. Place another pallet on top. This will create narrow shelves that will accommodate paper and canvases well.

Paper Towel Holder

Paper towels are used in an art studio to clean brushes, mop up spills and to add textures to paintings. A paper towel holder can be made from an old wire hanger. This holder can be hung on an artist easel to keep the towels handy without taking up valuable shelf or work area space.

What you need:

  • Wire cutter
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Wire hanger


  1. Cut the hanger at one of the bends on the bottom.
  2. Use the needlenose pliers to bend the sharp edges of the wire into a loop.
  3. Slide the paper towel roll onto the hanger.
  4. Hang holder on the easel.

Second-Hand Taborets

Taborets can be an expensive addition to an art studio. For an affordable alternative, artists should take a stroll around their own home or a second-hand store. Bed-side tables and small dressers are the perfect size for taborets, with plenty of drawers for storage.

Standing Palettes

Another alternative to taborets are homemade standing palettes. These palettes are waist high and don’t need to be held. To make one, simply find an old accent table at a flea market or thrift shop and have a piece of glass cut and beveled to fit the size and shape of the table. The glass can be used as a pallet and scraped clean with a palette knife.

A well-outfitted art studio doesn’t need to make the owner a starving artist. All it takes is a little ingenuity and a willingness to reuse objects.