What if there is an efficient, good-looking, portable piece of furniture for small spaces that you could use to store your art supplies in your home? Well, good news – there is! This station has been voted a teachers' favorite.
Unlike cobbled together art teacher carts with plastic tubs and piles of papers all over the place, perfectly usable and appropriate for the classroom, this art supply storage cabinet is suitable for your home.
What Do You Need for your Home Art Supply Storage?
Most of the art storage units are manufactured for school use. Art teachers in the schools, until High School and College, rarely have a room dedicated to art.
As a result, they need to be able to have portable art carts to take from class to class, filled with the materials needed for that day's lesson plan.
We who are creating art in our homes, also without a dedicated studio, get to benefit from what art teachers have developed to meet their needs.
But most of us do not want something that looks like this in our homes:
While it is neatly ordered, it is out for everyone to see all the time. Dinner parties, friends stopping over for a snack, pets…and neither is something like these a good solution for most of us.
Who wants a cardboard box, or a typical teacher cart in your living room!
Think About Usage
First you will want to think about how you use your art materials. The idea is to have a place where you can keep things organized.
Let's talk about painting right now.
If your medium is pastel painting, you need a place to keep your boxes of pastel chalks where they will not spill out, or get broken. Ideally where you can also keep them sorted by color and value for ease of use.
For watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, you want to keep your brushes in a safe place, where they will not get crushed or pressed and misshapen. I like to keep my paints and rags together, easy to get hold of. Mediums and thinners are good to keep nearby as well.
I like to store a drop cloth with my paints, and jars for water and thinners. Soap and water containers stay under the sink, not with the art supplies.
My home art studio storage is for indoor work. I want something easily accessible. I want to be able to locate exactly the paint or tool I want when I am creating a piece of art. I also want to be able to store things away neatly and securely and out of sight when I am done.
For plein air painting, I have a paint box in which I put my intended supplies for the day, and a portable easel that has a tray. I store those in my paint closet and pull them out, and outfit them from my main supply area.
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The Art Cart, interestingly made by Best, is the best art supply storage solution I have found.
It is made of hand-rubbed smooth sturdy oak, as a handsome cabinet. It has two doors with brass piano hinges and a magnetic catch to keep it closed when you are done with your art. Inside are two shelves and a pullout drawer, lots of room and options for efficient and effective storage of all your Paints and Brushes and other supplies.
It is made with craftsman quality joints, designed to last for many years. The edges are sanded so they are safe for children and pets. It is a fine piece of furniture!
Here are the dimensions:
Base 36″ wide x 24″ Deep
Height 41 1/4″
The drawer is 33 1/4″ x 21 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, deep enough to hold your flat items, not so deep things get piled up and ruined, or hard to find.
For teachers lucky enough to have an art cart like this, the Best Art Cart has been voted a teacher favorite.
Are You Lucky?
Are you lucky enough to have one of these? Is your pursuit of art worth the investment? I put enough into both my art supplies and into my painting activity that I find it worthwhile! What about you?
Your art supplies can get pretty costly. Pastels can get crushed or break if not kept securely. Brushes can too. And I want them neatly away when I'm not using them.
And, if you're like me, you want them when you want them. When I'm ready to paint, I want to grab everything I need and get to work. If it is not handy and organized, I am going to waste my painting time getting set up. I'm pretty busy, and my painting time is precious to me. It's worth having a good storage cart to help me.
I am worth it! Are you?
Get your art storage cabinet, and protect your art supply investment!