If you’ve been daydreaming of having your own studio at home, know that you don’t need a huge space to make your dreams come true. While equipment does tend to take up most of a room, you can still thrive in a small area without sacrificing your comfort. If you’d like to transform a space into your own music studio but aren’t sure where to begin, try the following tips:
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Get creative when choosing where to set up your studio
If you don’t think you have anywhere to house your studio, think outside the box! You may well have more space in your home than you realise. Decluttering is the first step to creating more space, so if your home is full of furniture or other possessions that you rarely use, consider donating some or passing them on to a friend.
Perhaps you can perform a little DIY construction project, or maybe you have a friend who can – space under the stairs can often be opened up to create more space, as can closets. If you have absolutely no space inside your home, but you have access to a garden, don’t give up: you might like to try creating your studio in a used shipping container, which you can keep outside. A shed is another option if you’ve got outdoor space to spare, and as a welcome side effect, a studio away from the distractions of the home will help you to focus on your music.
Think about small changes
If you want to make music successfully, you’ll not only need decent equipment, you’ll need to feel productive and comfortable in your studio. If you’ve got a space in mind already, all you’ll have to do is set it up!
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If you don’t want to commit to a full DIY project, you can still make some changes to your space to make it comfortable and suitable for working in. Making changes can also bring inspiration; even just moving your furniture or crafting a set of shelves for extra storage space can make your studio feel much more organised, which will help with productivity.
Soundproofing your new studio is a must if you live in a busy area or in a household with loud family members – you need to be able to focus on your music! Additionally, soundproofing will ensure that you’re not a source of irritation to your family and neighbours, which is vital if you’re planning on using your studio long-term – and especially if you love playing the drums.
Use comfortable furniture
Quality is far more important than quantity when it comes to furniture. In a small space you’ll have to think carefully about what type of furniture you can afford to keep; perhaps you can’t live without a spacious desk, or maybe you know that you need a quality chair. You’ll likely be spending a lot of time in your studio, whether you’re mixing, playing, or practising, so be kind to your body and invest in comfortable furniture.
Build an efficient workstation
One of the positive aspects of a small studio is that your equipment will always be within reach, but how you organise your workstation will affect how well you work in your studio. What suits you will depend on your own preferences, so you might like to try out a few combinations before you decide on one that works for you.
Having your own private studio will give you a sense of freedom that renting a space just doesn’t offer you. Whatever type of music you’re creating, your studio will help you to be productive and creative, no matter its size.
Cloe is a full-time freelance writer from the scenic southeast coast of Dunedin, New Zealand. She loves collaborating with a variety of blogs and sites, including local businesses such as Hercules Gazebo. Like many of us, she enjoys the relaxation and inspiration that comes naturally when spending time outdoors and when listening to music. See more of Cloe’s work on Tumblr.