When I purchased this townhouse just over a year ago, I was doing a minimal amount of metalwork and set up a workbench in the garage for the occasional piece. At that point, working with polymer clay was nowhere on the horizon and now that it is, I'm spending a lot more time exploring beads, buttons, and jewelry. That led to the - surprisingly difficult - search for a designated jewelry space somewhere in my house that would function both physically and emotionally. This latest set-up is my sixth attempt.
On Thursday, I removed the doors, knocked out the wall, opened up the space, and set up the jewelry station in the closet. This allows the chair to push back into the "hallway" that needed to remain open from the entry, past the washroom, and in front of the closet and was causing the main issue with all the furniture crowded to the right and this left side underutilized. I wish I had thought of this before the new flooring was put in however...
... I'll have my contractor repair both the floor and the cased opening and all will be well. I plan to leave the doors off as I intend to be in this home/studio for quite a while. When I'm old and grey and dragged away kicking and screaming, the next owner can put doors back on if they want.
I require a fair amount of open space. When there is too much clutter on surfaces and not enough room to move freely, my brain gets jittery and I can't think well and have trouble working. Moving the jewelry station into the closet has made all the difference. The studio no longer feels crowded. One of the things I really didn't want to lose was this orange curl-up chair and it still fits. YES! I bought it for $25 at the thrift store where it was labelled red chair. Hmm ? Definitely orange. It has casters on the bottom and moves away easily when I want into the infrequently opened drawers.