Redesign Your Home Studio

Tips To Redesign Your Home Studio On A Budget

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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If you are an artist looking for a studio space, the steep rent could be daunting. With intelligent redesign ideas, you can set up a studio at home that does not burn your pocket. A little makeover in the corner of your house or a spare room, and you will be ready to start your creative venture.

Easy personal loans are available to help you spend on practical items to put together a studio. Assess your requirements, prepare a list of important things and make a budget before you start designing the studio.

In this article, we explore all the requisite steps and things you need to redesign your home studio.

Let’s get on with it!

Decide on the space

How much space do you need for your studio? Depending on this aspect, decide the area in your home that you want to dedicate to your studio.

 For a music studio, do you have to install all the music gadgets or just a musical instrument like a drum or a guitar? For photo studios, light tends to bounce in smaller spaces. Also, do you have to shoot full figures or just small figurines?

 Depending upon the space requirement, you can pick your garage, basement, or attic spaces. If you are setting up a mini recording studio that should accommodate the entire band of musicians, you have to look for a bigger space, like a spare bedroom.

For recording studios, avoid square rooms and low ceilings. The sound waves will get reflected, resulting in unclear and inaccurate sound recordings.

Cheap is not always cheap

You can be frugal in spending yet design an aesthetically pleasing studio with smart choices. Start by making a plan on the most important things you need for a studio. It could be the furniture and equipment like microphones, keyboards, and other musical gadgets in the case of a music studio or camera and lighting equipment for a photography hub. Leave out the least important items for a while.

For example: For a photography studio, use PVC pipes, lamp stands, and bulbs for lighting and hardware. You can use old white bedsheets for making the white/plain backdrop. This way, you can save a lot of money and slowly invest in the gadgets you earn from working at your studio.

Invest in gadgets wisely

For a music studio, some gadgets are a must. Buy a pc/laptop with a keyboard that you can see in dim light. Another gadget that you must buy is a headphone cross feed. This gadget will emulate the sound of loudspeakers in small spaces more precisely. Other equipment includes speakers, headphones, microphones, mic stands, and other musical equipment that cannot be compromised upon.

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You can keep a guitar wall-mounted and slide the keyboard into a pullout drawer if you have a guitar. This will save your flow space and make the studio appear bigger.

Natural lighting

 The problem with setting up a fashion, painting, or photography studio is that you need ample natural lighting to get the best effects. This could be a problem if you have a basement or a garage as your spare room. In such cases, your costs will go up as you will have to invest more in installing artificial lights in the studio.

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Natural light is the best and the cheapest form of lighting that is free. Natural light can be controlled using a diffuser, white cloth, or cardboard sheets. If you need a dark room for a shoot, use a black cloth or chart paper to cover the windows. This is the best way you can make use of natural lighting that will not hurt your budget as well.

The finishing touches

 As for the artifacts and other decor items, you can take the DIY path initially. For starters, take some old paintings and get their framework changed. You could also use trinkets like candles, family photos, and plants for decorating as they are cost-effective and will add some zing to your spaces. 

When your finances start looking up, then you could go for the pricier decor items. Using macrame, beads, and strings to make crafty items to decorate spaces. Also, consider space for chairs, tables, stands, and other accessories that you will have to accommodate in your studio. 

Refurbishing old furniture is trendy. Go online and look for innovative ideas, mix and match the upholstery, and paint them in nice colors. Put an attractive rug right at the center of the room to make your studio look chic and elegant.


If you use your spaces wisely and put some great creativity into the decor and set-up, you will be surprised at how much you can end up saving. And at the end, your redesign project must reflect your working style, taste, and personality.

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.

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