Organising a small studio or home working space

My quest for re-organising my studio is complete (for now!).

Here’s some pictures and tips, some of which can be applied across disciplines, as well as to mosaics. If you are just staring out, there some ideas for setting up a making area at home too 😉


1. Take-away tubs. I have reluctantly relinquished my love of glass jars for the more practical arrangement of plastic tubs. Please note,  I did not eat that many take-away’s! I raided Poundland (dollar store) where you can get 10 for £1 (funny that…). The advantage of using these is to make use of every inch of space on the shelves and to make it much easier to see and reach all your stock.


To get over the fact that plastic is just not as nice or see-through as glass, I have stuck a sample tile on the front of each tub and this does the trick. Put the tiles in a colour order that is intuative for you as this helps a lot with searching and getting inspiration for combinations.


2. Storing stained glassI would love to have enough studio space to construct shelves to store stained glass upright. But I haven’t. That, coupled with the fact that I use a lot of cullet (offcuts), has got me storing the stuff in small and medium sized stacktable containers (of the more sturdy kind – sourced from Ikea & pound shops).

Large sheets are stored upright in the larger tubs and I also use these to store broken china and stuff like that. It works and its safe (important if you are running classes or have little ones coming into your studio).

3. Making use of under table space – the two large tables I have in my studio are against walls and this gives me the chance to use the space underneath to store grout, tools and other equipment. Again, I use stackable plastic tubs (larger variety, these ones from IKEA). Students often ask for ideas on setting up a mosaic space at home and this is a good solution if you have no dedicated space yet. Keep all your materials in tubs under a table (in the kitchen / dining room) with a long table cloth to hide them when not in use.

4. Catching shards of glassthe other tip for those of you without a dedicated mosaic space  (from one of my lovely students, Silvia) is to mosaic standing up at the sink! Personally, I like working standing up. Doing so at the sink stops most of the shards flying onto the floor (though please don’t send them down your plughole or you may need to call the drain man!). The other way of catching shards is to nip tiles into a clear ziplok bag or a large plastic tub turned on this side (there’s a bit of a plastic tub theme going on here eh?!)

Talking of those small shards…I have a fantastic children’s mosaic tutorial on using those bits that normally get thrown away coming in the next week…see you then 😉

11 Responses to “Organising a small studio or home working space”

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  1. Jules says:

    I love your organisational skills!! You constantly inspire me 🙂

  2. Amelia says:

    my, you are just far too organised for me! Good tips though. I am getting over a burglary and a warning to all in the local area it's happening to loads of people and the weekend before my summer art e-course begins *sigh* there is never a good time is there. I am trying to catch up with myself.

    Hope you are well and looking forward to seeing you soon. And I was about to comment on your take-away consumption until I read about poundland!


  3. Creating Trouble says:

    I did get a little concerned seeing the number of take-away tubs for a second there – glad to hear they actually come from Poundland!! Very impressed with your storage space but mostly impressed with your stock… one day I'll have such a great variety of colours and materials to work from…(goes off into mosaic daydream!)

  4. Brigit says:

    Nice ideas!! Thanks! Here in US we have Dollar stores that sell the same sort of items – very useful!

  5. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. AG Ambroult says:

    well I can not wait to see what you will do with all those teensy bits.
    I adore your storage and how they are arranged by color. So pleasing! Not quite like my troll cave studio in my basement. Perhaps I need to get me some plastic tubs!

  7. WrightStuff says:

    I was ready to be impressed by your curry-eating ability there! You've disappointed me… Hmm, I fancy a balti now…

  8. joyce says:

    I use a big towel on my work table to catch the flying tiny pieces. I usually just throw out the towel periodically rather than try to shake it out over a trash bin. I have four dogs and a cat, so I have to be careful with trapping the flying stuff. I wandered onto your website and am spending the day (with you). So delightful!

    • Concetta says:

      Hello Joyce, well it was lovely to have you! Thank you for coming to my little cyber home and glad you have enjoyed it. The towel idea is great! Thank you (and see you soon!) 🙂

  9. Lou says:

    I love your set up so organised I use those tubs for everything they’re so useful. Any tips on how to be organised with no work space? I have young sons so the living room is occupied, we have no spare room and a kitchen diner so at the min I’m working out of a box using the kitchen table when I can 🙁

    • Concetta says:

      Sounds like you are doing your best already Lou. Other than the tips above, not sure what to suggest other than that I store a lot of things in nooks and crannies outside (if you have a garden or yard?). If you can keep even a small amount of stuff in sight as it very motivating – clear jars or tubs?? Good luck!

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