Q. What area can be designated as a workspace? Probably the most important thing you need is a space where you can work and store your materials. An extra room in the house would be ideal, but you may not have that option.
When I first started out, I made use of the dining room table. Really not the best place, but since there are just two of us it worked well, until I outgrew the space and has to rethink the entire idea.
Where can you leave everything without worrying about it? And just how much room will you need? And once it is assigned, can you leave everything in plain sight or will you have to lock it away? These are serious questions to consider and you have to decide what your personal options are.
Did you know that even an extra closet can be utilized and turned into a work area? A friend of mine took an extra closet, lined it with shelving and added a drop down table with fold out legs on the end. It not only looks great but also serves her purpose very well. Everything is within reach and by following her own set of organization rules, she produces some great jewelry using this idea. Plus, it can all be closed back up and even locked if need be. (Since she has small children, and locking it keeps little hands out of mom's stuff.)
Believe it or not, by pre-thinking your basic needs you can be creative in a small amount of space if done correctly. You know that you need a flat work surface to start with and maybe some type of storage container (s). Also electricity is a must, so having a handy outlet nearby is important too. Okay, so what do you have that you can utilize for this purpose?
One of Dale's students keeps her supplies in a hutch located in her dining room and uses a fold-up TV tray to work on, so she can move it wherever she wants to. This allows her to 'work' while watching television with her family, or moving to her porch on a pretty day.
Still another uses a large, antique desk located in her bedroom. All of her supplies are kept in the drawers, nooks and crannies and she can easily close her workspace whenever she wished. This not only keeps everything organized, but clean and 'out-of-the-way'. (Her business has now grown to the point of asking her husband to build her a studio!)
Dale actually began in her back kitchen by using a warped, fiberglass table (rescued after hurricane Hugo). Her storage system consisted of just a few plastic potato salad containers, prescription bottles and hardware organizers. (Yes, her faceting machine also resided on this same table.) This is also where she began her, then unplanned, teaching career.