Studio By My Own Design

by Janet.
(Southeast Ohio, USA)

I want to share a picture of my work center with you. After accumulating several storage boxes and numerous tools and spools of wire, I was spending most of my time lifting boxes to get to the one underneath.

JSmith Studio By My Own Design

That is when I drew up plans for my first bead cabinet. My husband is pretty handy in the wood shop. I design it, draw it up with the dimensions needed and he builds it for me. I’ve now expanded to 2 of these cabinets and a shelf for my wire spools mounted to my craft table.

I’m surrounded by windows so I get to enjoy the outdoors while working indoors. I navigate the area with my office chair. Everything is handy.

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  • Jerri Maulik says:

    I really like the look of your space. Could you tell me alittle bit more about your boxes. I cant really see it all. Looks like it works great togethers-.


  • Janet says:

    My boxes measure 27 inches high by 4 foot long with spaces 11 1/2 by 2 inches. Just the right size for the storage boxes. I hope this helps.

  • Jerri Maulik says:

    Thanks it does help. I will study your picture and design my space, Thanks for helping.

  • Marianne says:

    It is a perfect place for creating – congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  • Barbara says:

    Very nice and workable — and the light! You are so lucky! Looks like I have similar bins to yours and I like those custom-built bin shelves so much, rather than stacking up the bins on top of each other and having to dig and dig to find the right bin, as you say… hmm. And I have a carpenter friend, too.

    Rena, I know I’m not alone in this: would it be possible to set up a page for people to post photos of their real workspaces? Maybe to get a forum happening for people to either cry “Help meeeeeeeeee,” or “Hey, look at what I found that works for me!” type of idea. I’m going to be looking at a new and much smaller apartment this week and I absolutely need to plan my studio/workspace *before* I move in May.


  • Hi Barbara! Thanks for your great suggestion.

    We have a section here – Jewelry Studios – where there are a couple dozen posts with jewelry workspace photos and neat ideas.

    I’ll see if I can encourage more folks to post there.

  • Hannah says:

    That sounds heavenly, Janet.

  • Oh, I LOVE that bead storage box! He should sell these, as many of us gals don’t have handy husbands. (I ADORE my hubby, but handiness is not one of his gifts!). I am going to check out the studio page now!

  • Barbara says:

    Thanks, Rena! Reading through the entries now. So many great ideas. If anyone is interested, I will be blogging about my studio setup and will also post some pix here. If anyone has recommendations for setting up a PMC kiln/soldering area, I would be interested in knowing. I figured to buy one of those all metal workshop table things that Lowe’s/HD type places sell that come equipped with a top shelf, work table top, lower shelf and outlets.

  • I couldn’t figure out how to put pictures of my studio on here, but if you would like can can view it on my blog. The address is

  • Hi Cheryl! Thanks for sharing. If you’d like to post pictures here on JMJ, you can do that here: Submit a Post.

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Anne Lise says:

    It’s looks great!
    And I love the shelves!

  • cora says:

    your space is so cute! very warm and inspiring. makes me want to throw a tarp over my space and just walk away.

  • Flo Miller says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I need a place to work from I live in two countries. You gave me some good tips I can use for a closet I have.




  • Kathy says:

    Maybe your husband could create/sell a tutorial for making the cabinets. Materials list, measurements, assembly directions, etc. I would be interested in purchasing a tutorial like that!!

  • Melanie Solis says:

    Love this!! It looks very similar to my space. I would love to have more lighting. I think lighting and proper organization of the boxes is everything when designing a beading room. It’s nice to see how others have their beading rooms set up, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Mary says:

    I love your space, the storage, and the light! I would also like to see others’ spaces, since I am hoping to upgrade my storage. I’d like to see some things involving lots of seed beads, as well.

  • Bobbie says:

    Am packed awaiting a move across country sitting on my hands anxious to make the perfect new nest but dreading the soup bowl of beads and stuff that awaits organization. Thank you for reminding me I need to brand myself as that will give me something to day waiting for our house to sell. I appreciate you all for your sharing your work spaces and will share my journey as well.

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