Studio Tips for Painting Part 2 Storage


Armand Cabrera

Shelving and flat files

If you can afford it I would invest in a flat filesystem. I have 2 that were built for me years ago by a friend.  The whole thing comes apart into flat pieces that make them easy to move. They have moved with me six times over 35 years with no problems. Each flat file has five shelves, four that slide in and out and the bottom shelf which is fixed. In them I store my unused finished panels and stretched canvases from 6×8 inches to 30×40 inches.

On top of the flat files I have a wire dish rack  that I purchased and use them as racks for drying smaller wet paintings.  Each rack holds 8 paintings up to 12×16 in size. Larger wet paintings go on inexpensive wooden presentation  easels to dry.

I like art books and have lots of them in my studio. It is easy to pick up older book shelves at second hand stores and garage sales. I look for sturdy ones made of solid wood with large enough shelves for the larger sized art books. 

A taboret or small chest of drawers is a good solution for storing paints and other traditional media. My taboret is next to my palette set up which allows me to get to supplies without too much trouble.

5 thoughts on “Studio Tips for Painting Part 2 Storage

  1. Yes, the rolling carts are so essential and very handy to have. They are many out there, but if you wish to save a few dollars, I bought mine at walmart, had it for about 4 yrs now and its still great. Probably my best piece of studio furniture…:)

  2. Thank you, this is very useful! Any more hints how that flat file was made? Buying one new is prohibitively expensive for me at this point, but making one might be an option.

  3. Thank you for this series–tips on studio and painting are so valuable. Sometimes the simplest thing doesn't dawn until I see someone else's solution.


  4. As I'm going to design my own space soon this is very interesting to me. I've got an old wooden trolley that I'm going to put castors on. Envious of your space as I won't have as much as that.

  5. I particularly like mobile shelves when it comes to storing crafts and arts and tools. The idea works similarly in the garage and workshop too. I mean, the things that you're going to need to use have to be in some sort of storage container that isn't too difficult to bring around as you require it.

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