Home visit: ideas for a garden studio

Love the idea of creating a garden studio for Instagram projects? If you’re lucky enough to have a shed or outbuilding you don’t use, a little reorganisation could create a workspace. See how blogger Hester did hers: ‘Now I have a workshop-studio-storage space.’

A workspace with plenty of storage

TURN AN OLD DOOR INTO A DESK By cutting it down and using IKEA legs for the base, Hester turned an old door into an extra-long, but narrow, desk that would give her enough space for small storage, as well as a clear worksurface. ‘I love finding solutions that involve repurposing,’ she says. ‘It’s creative and cost-effective.’

MULTIFUNCTIONAL WORKSPACE Hester’s new work area combines a surface where she can work on craft projects, hanging and floor-level storage baskets for materials she might need, and a brickwork backdrop for taking pictures of her creations to post on her blog and Instagram.

‘My head is quite busy so I like having an organised space – IKEA has helped me find nice solutions’

Hester, Kent

ORGANISE YOUR STORAGE To order her gardening, DIY and crafting tools, Hester chose a combination of cabinets, drawers and hooks. ‘The drawers are great for small things such as nails, glue and bits of hardware – they’re easier to search through than the boxes I had before. The bigger cabinets work for ugly containers that I don’t like to look at all the time, such as fillers or gardening things. I like to keep the paints out so I can see what colours I have, and the hooks are good for keeping essentials, such as paintbrushes, handy – and for hanging them to dry too.’

ADD INVITING DETAILS ‘For me, the chilli plant by the door works as a gauge,’ says Hester. ‘When the light hits it in a nice way, I know it might be a good time to go and take pictures in the studio.’

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior stylist: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Christina Bull