…I’d start with detailed measurements and a floor plan.
But of course, I don’t have a floor plan, and the most detailed measurement I have is a hastily scrawled “8.5′ x 11′, closet door on short side, door to hallway on long side”. Â That’s not enough for detailed planning.
It is, however, enough for me to start fiddling with. Â Last time I designed my studio, I used Photoshop:
That worked out okay, but it had a kluge-y air about it. Â Photoshop wasn’t really meant for this kind of layout.
However, in the interim, I have acquired Visio, which has all sorts of templates, including several meant for laying out home plans!
So I have whipped up a mockup of an 8.5 x 11′ room with two doors:
I have actually not used the full power of Visio; if you want to get fancy, you can put in little potted plants, sofas, and other things too cutesie for words. Â However, since virtually everything I’m adding is a rectangle, I just used a “table” template for everything but the dress form.
Notice there is no loom in this simulation. Â That’s because the loom is going into the garage. Â The new studio is considerably smaller than my current one, and there’s just no space for the loom. Â Also, it will be quieter in the house if I weave in the garage. Â So, of course, I will need to do the garage floor plan, later.
Anyway, the preliminary results look promising. Â It will be a tight squeeze, of course, but in a pinch I can move the storage shelf out to the garage, or put the contents into the closet, which should leave plenty of space for the bookshelves and work areas. Â I’m already thinking about expanding the work table to the full length of the wall (to make cutting yardage easier).
Tomorrow is the final inspection (plumbing specialist), and I plan to take the opportunity to develop a more detailed floor plan for the room (this time actually finding out which ways the doors open and where on the wall they are!). Â After that I’ll arrange the virtual furniture until I arrive at my new studio design!