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There are as many ways to work as there are personalities. When it comes to productivity, some of us require absolute silence, while others can happily ignore ringing telephones and loud talkers. Some enjoy solving problems on their own, while others crave a partner to brainstorm. “Most humans have two contradictory impulses: we love and need one another, yet we crave privacy and autonomy,” says Susan Cain, in her article championing the creative benefits of solitude.

Finding that perfect balance of inspiring community and productive isolation can be tricky, especially for artists, freelancers and others who work on their own. Fortunately, a new crop of companies have sprung up to help you find the perfect environment to do your best work.

The Home Office

The reasons for working at home are numerous. Not only do you save yourself from the fatigues of a commute and the distractions of a large, impersonal workspace, you control the space and the time you spend. Without others to distract you, honing in and refining your ideas becomes an attainable goal. Still, defining a home workspace can be challenging. “When I started my online design business, I was creating designs from my dining room table,” said Annie Pauza in an interview with Design*Sponge. “I became frustrated by digging through bins and folders to find my fabric swatches, scale, templates and more.”

The key is to carve out a space that is totally devoted to you and your work. Don’t just plop a canvas on the kitchen table and assume you’ll be productive. Clear out the attic, garage or even a small corner where you can keep your supplies out and ready when inspiration strikes. For Pauza, the answer was to convert her guest bedroom. “My productivity increased and I began completing designs in half the time I did before. I found such joy in opening a drawer and easily grabbing a furniture template or pulling a basket of beautifully organized fabrics off a shelf.”

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A pop-up co-working space sponsored by Loosecubes.

The Co-worker

The cliche is that working from home means never having to get out of your pajamas. For some, this sounds like heaven, but for many, getting dressed and leaving the house is vital for productivity. “People that create want to be stimulated by different ideas. Changing your daily environment is one of the best ways to do that,” says Campbell McKellar, founder of Loosecubes, an international service that invites companies and studios to list open workspaces. From any city, you can search and book your ideal space online, be it a desk or even a photography studio, then show up ready to work.

The benefits aren’t limited to the visiting worker. “Companies embrace outsiders because they believe that new ideas walk in with every new person that comes into their office,” says McKellar, who has experienced the benefits firsthand when she signed up for a co-working space years ago. “The first day I was there, I learned how to use Twitter… I also met a woman who did PR for a music business, and she gave me some advice on how to best approach getting press for my business.” By working around a new group of people, you can make connections that lead to new job opportunities or commissions.

Together, Alone

You want to get out of the house, but a co-working space sounds too distracting. What you need is a personally dedicated space that, while in a public setting, offers a comfortable amount of privacy. Companies like Green Desk are popping up all over the world, offering private workspaces to individuals and small groups of co-workers. ”When you [work] at home, there’s a lot of distraction,” said Joy Parisi, co-founder of Paragraph, a New York City-based service that provides workspaces for writers. “You want to go clean out the fridge, or tweeze your eyebrows. But when you go to a space to write, that’s what you do.” Paragraph is library-like, filled with carrels of in-the-zone writers, who make no sound other than the soft click of laptop keys.

Like Green Desk, Paragraph offers space for the semi-social, with desks that encourage conscious isolation so you can get down to business. The added bonus is that it could be the key to taking your work to the next level. Some of these services offer personal phone lines, package receiving and other services that bring a sense of professionalism to your work.

The Group Experience

It may sound daunting, but any artist who wants to hone his or her craft must be open to constructive criticism and advice from peers. It’s not always easy to find a community where you feel safe and comfortable enough to share your work. “Making community is really what it’s all about, right? If you don’t have people connecting and stretching hands and minds toward each other, forming that glue, then everything else will eventually fall apart,” says Rena Tom, founder of Makeshift, a 1,000 square-foot clubhouse in San Francisco for independent workers who “make with their heads and think with their hands.” Unlike co-working where you share space with people from all sorts of professions, Makeshift is solely for artists seeking growth, camaraderie and time dedicated solely to craft.

Makeshift will also host workshops, artists-in-residence and provide support for small businesses and freelancers. Though they’re based in San Francisco, Makeshift hopes their model will spread to other cities, providing an oasis for artists and makers who need to get out of the house and become part of a bigger group movement. Ultimately, a space like Makeshift is for the artist who craves in-person experience and community involvement.

While working from home might seem like the most budget-friendly option, a group workspace can be surprisingly affordable. Paragraph, for instance, costs under $200 a month, while Makeshift memberships cost as little as $30 per month. Loosecubes is absolutely free.

Each workspace provides a different amount of social interaction, but the most important factor of any space is that it’s dedicated to you. Even if you live in a shoebox of an apartment or share your home with a spouse and three kids, finding your own space can be the key to letting those creative juices flow.

Do you create your best work on your own, or do you thrive on the energy found in a group setting? 

The Artist’s Studio

Chappell Ellison is a designer, writer and design writer. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she serves as a contributor for The Etsy Blog and design columnist for GOOD.

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  • Pasadya

    Danielle Selby from Pasadya says: Featured

    Oooh, Makeshift sounds amazing! I work from my home studio right now, but I crave meeting with people and bouncing ideas off one another. I really miss that from school.

    1 year ago

  • CarolinaCottage

    Melanie Prior from CarolinaCottage says: Featured

    I've taken over the family room in our house. I'm pretty happy working there surrounded with old paper, a few fluffy dogs, music and with a short commute to the coffeemaker. I think it would be too distracting to work around other people. Actually, I know it would be as I have to kick my kids out of my studio when they get too loud!

    1 year ago

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique says: Featured

    Im new to working from home and am still itching for that feeling of getting dressed and out the door in the morning, something about that sort of routine and getting out of the house really makes my day feel more productive. These community work spaces mentioned in the article sound great, i'm going to look up loosecubes and see if there is one near me! thanks for the info!

    1 year ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says: Featured

    I love to work alone! As soon as I shut the door behind me and step inside my studio, it's like a transformation. No phone, no disturbances (not even a clock!). Just music, and my thoughts. It's my perfect quiet time :-)

    1 year ago

  • anthonymarinos

    Anthony Marinos says: Featured

    We, at Loosecubes, are so flattered that our fellow DUMBO neighbors included us in this awesome blog post. It's been really great to read all of the comments and learn about the diversity of everyone's work environments. It's especially interesting to see what types of workspaces help you feel and stay productive. Given this discussion, I thought it was worth noting that every Friday for the month of September, we'll be hosting Loosecubers at a shipping container in the Dekalb Market (not too far from the Etsy artist shop). If you're interested in checking it out just sign up for Loosecubes at http://www.loosecubes.com/etsy and book a seat! Thanks again for the great post and comments!

    1 year ago

  • FreeRadic

    Oriel and Rachael from FreeRadic says: Featured

    Of all the possible ways of working mentioned above, I think co-working space would be the best work environment for me. However, I currently work alone in my not so bright Brooklyn apartment. To get inspired, I usually chase the sun from 11 to 3. It first shows up in the living room and sets in the bedroom about 4 hours later. Even though getting the best pictures can be a challenge, working alone gives me a chance to work when I want while learning how to be the best business I can be. Despite these advantages, I think co-working space would lend more affordances. For one, the stimulation of watching others happily employ themselves would be satisfying in itself. Also, co-working space provides a unique opportunity to share your ideas, good and bad, with people just like you. What's more, in this space the moments of having artists's block would be limited because when you don't feel like working on your projects, you can lend a hand to a friend! Those experiences of sharing with another could multiply your business in ways that keep giving back!

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Great info, thanks!

    1 year ago

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio from SpareBedroomStudio says:

    Even though I have a wonderful, crafty space in my "spare room" studio....I find that I do 40% of my work at the coffee table sitting cross-legged on the floor. ....usually watching old black & white films. It's a cozy spot & I love it ;) Let the creative juices flow where they will!

    1 year ago

  • SimpleBrightMoon

    Abby from SimpleBrightMoon says:

    My sewing room <3

    1 year ago

  • HappyCosmos

    Wendy from HappyCosmos says:

    Also working with people with personalities that click can be amazing :) Thank you for the article!

    1 year ago

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls from HandiworkinGirls says:

    By a sunny window or in the craft room (preferably with an Ott-light at hand)...good lighting is always inspiring, and sometimes a little music helps!

    1 year ago

  • LeslieGallery

    Leslie Galluzzo from LeslieGallery says:

    i have a room setup for productivity but it's Super Hot....So i moved to the kitchen table in a cooler part of the house and I love it! I'm also close to the TV where I find marathons of Doctor Who and Top Gear to be my best company. With the craft space and TV it doesn't feel like work. It's fun :)

    1 year ago

  • TheEarthShop

    Kiki Jane from TheOldForestCottage says:

    in my living room!! best inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • rubenbrito

    Ruben Alexander from RubenAlexander says:

    Love drawing on tees or painting within ear shot of chirping birds & insects or crickets.

    1 year ago

  • iHartFelt

    Heather from iHartFelt says:

    I craft on the go alot. I have everything I need in those great stackable plastic totes. So i can stitch anywhere I have a few extra minutes. When I am not on the go...I am usually on the couch watching a movie while I sew.

    1 year ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    My family room has everything i need!

    1 year ago

  • hypericumfragile

    Monika from hypericumfragile says:

    Before my laptop with headphones, watching good movies, with knitting needles or crochet hook in my hand. I love it!

    1 year ago

  • BourgeoisDesigns

    V Lynn from BourgeoisDesigns says:

    I work best and faster in solitude. I converted the home office into my shop area but I always end up working at the kitchen table.

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Great advice and options to check out!

    1 year ago

  • BourgeoisDesigns

    V Lynn from BourgeoisDesigns says:

    I work best and faster in solitude. I converted the home office into my shop area but I always end up working at the kitchen table.

    1 year ago

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer says:

    Love this article - can so relate to the distractions with working from home.

    1 year ago

  • lostmarble1

    Anita Long from OrbObsession says:

    Good article! The shared space ideas sound intriguing. I will look into the availability of such places in my area. Doing routine beading work works best for me sitting in my big overstuffed chair with my feet up (once I have gathered and arranged all my materials and tools close at hand). For working on the computer, I am most productive in a public place like a coffee shop - it's amazing how I can focus and tune out the other people, but like for them to be there!

    1 year ago

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina says:

    That was interesting. Thanks! What a I often find is that I get a lot of input through the workshops I run. It's not that I get the ideas, it's more about how other people treat the material. Even if I show them how to do it, there are always a few that try to find their own way and I think this is very inspiring. Sometimes ;-)

    1 year ago

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia says:

    I work at home, in solitude, and I love it!! I have a room to do my crafts, and most of the time, while I work I listen to my favorite world music.

    1 year ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    I love working at home in my studio, don't think I would get as much done if it was out of my home. It is a tight fit but so easy for me accomplish many projects while listening to the birds, taking care of my dogs and cat while watching my garden change season through the windows.

    1 year ago

  • NorthwestBridal

    Jennifer from NorthwestBridal says:

    I create my best work when it is quiet and there is no interruptions. But I do crave that time with other creative entrepreneurs, so I meet once a week with my accountability group to fulfill that need.

    1 year ago

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier says:

    It would be great working with a co-worker or partner but it's always been an elusive dream for me. That being said, for the creative thinking process the best scenario is most often realized being alone without distraction and for turning ideas to reality, my feeling is that the best scenario would be with another person to bounce ideas and how-tos with! The motivation to go upstairs to my studio and actually accomplish something is unceasingly present but the "distractions" of daily life - its chores, necessary phone calls and feeding the dependent dog and cats - must come first!

    1 year ago

  • furniply

    Ingus Jākobsons from Furniply says:

    I definitely like to work at my day job when have so free time or just inspiration... so what I need is lot of space, radio and not being disturbed by anyone. Great article!

    1 year ago

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits says:

    I create my best work alone, but it would be nice to co-share the space will doing internet marketing, etc.

    1 year ago

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks says:

    I've always managed to secure a small space in which to paint wherever I find myself. For some reason the smaller my studio the larger the work...go figure.. These days I've grown accustomed to working with a partner; though he can't see over the edge of my work surface he's loads of fun to have around. My two year old helps keep my equilibrium when I begin to teeter into taking myself, (or my work), too seriously.

    1 year ago

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop says:

    Can I have it both ways? I love designing with another person but, when it is time to really sew, I need to be alone so I am completely focused. Chatting = mistakes.

    1 year ago

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana says:

    I prefer the home office or outdoors.

    1 year ago

  • rickrackshack

    Vanessa Ryerse from TheMosaicButterfly says:

    Excellent. My husband and I both work from home and at times...like in the morning when it is quiet and the windows are open and we are hard at work at our computers, it is lovely. But when it's 3:30 and the kids walk through the front door, hungry and ready to chat... well, we've had to learn to plan for those extra three co-workers who are full of ideas but not the most productive people we've ever met!

    1 year ago

  • ChilliPeppa

    ChilliPeppa from ChilliPeppa says:

    I have a craft room, but its small, and im a messy crafter so it quickly gets unusable, When my partner works late i take what i need and spread it out all over the living room floor so I can listen to the TV................ all the programs I dont get to watch when he is at home.

    1 year ago

  • WithLoveHandmade

    Amanda Hoffmann from WithLoveHandmade says:

    I would say I like to work in a group setting with other creative people - it gets the juices flowing. Wonderful article :]

    1 year ago

  • Birchangel

    Joylyn McChesnie from BirchangelPinatas says:

    Love this article! Very inspiring! I work in a spare bedroom, at the kitchen table and I once worked in the waiting room at a muffler shop. :O)

    1 year ago

  • ShinyBead

    ShinyBead from ShinyBead says:

    I prefer a place with trees,warm sunshine and birds singing:-)

    1 year ago

  • Elyseeart

    Lavinia Voicu from Elyseeart says:

    I love working at home by myself or with my husband while we are listening to the music, surrounded by lots of fabrics and stuff like that, I live in my own world being concentrated on my artistic ideas, either in a calm state or in a "stormy" one. Sometimes my husband plays the guitar and his performance gives me inspiration and enthusiasm. When I paint or draw I am the happiest human being on the planet. That's the story of my life!

    1 year ago

  • Pasadya

    Danielle Selby from Pasadya says: Featured

    Oooh, Makeshift sounds amazing! I work from my home studio right now, but I crave meeting with people and bouncing ideas off one another. I really miss that from school.

    1 year ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry says:

    I love this!! Thank you for the idea - I wish there was a community workspace for me locally.

    1 year ago

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts says:

    Very well written blog piece. I enjoyed reading the different ways of working and being creative.

    1 year ago

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics says:

    I live for the day when I can have my own office, currently I rent a room in a flat and before that I lived with my parents so my office has always been my bedroom and therefore has distractions. Hopefully one day I'll have my own home and then I can have an office!

    1 year ago

  • EphemeraAndMore
  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares says:

    i prefer to work by myself in a quiet place with some great music playing in the background.

    1 year ago

  • riverluna

    Marisa Redondo from RiverLuna says:

    I love working on my own in any space with the natural light. Group settings are fun, but I often get distracted.

    1 year ago

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady says:

    What a great subject! I create at home in different rooms, depending on the project, at a vintage machine, at the computer, sitting on the sofa with feet up and laptop or the dining room table with a view to the front patio. Having a view of trees, grass or our water bowl feature is soothing. It would be helpful to have some social time with creative people. Maybe starting a Meetup group for discussion about marketing would be helpful.

    1 year ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    I'm not even kidding. For the past three months I've been telling people there should be a community work environment where creative and professional people can go to work socially. Since I work from home, that type of group environment would be essential in my productivity. There's so many distractions! Little to my knowledge, there are already people doing just that! I'm so excited to have happened onto this article.. and now I'm going to tell everyone about it. ♥♥♥

    1 year ago

  • 1OutAnAbout

    1OutAnAbout from 1OutAnAbout says:

    My hubby rebuilt an old garden shed for me it is a 13 x 10 ft building with air and heat that is 24 steps from my home. I treat it like I am going to work everyday. I am also a writer so it is my go to place for silence when I need it and crazy loud music when I just need to chill on a busy day.

    1 year ago

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet says:

    Hubby and I have been self employed for years. He has his studio, the 3rd car garage converted, I create all over the place, depending on what I'm doing but to sit at the dining room table, inspired by the Paris Cabinet, is unbelievable. We always shower and dress first thing, then we go on all day not having to stop to do that later.

    1 year ago

  • yellofolk

    yellofolk from YelloFolk says:

    I like working at home next to my window. Therefore, I get to experience the outdoors indoor.

    1 year ago

  • CarolinaCottage

    Melanie Prior from CarolinaCottage says: Featured

    I've taken over the family room in our house. I'm pretty happy working there surrounded with old paper, a few fluffy dogs, music and with a short commute to the coffeemaker. I think it would be too distracting to work around other people. Actually, I know it would be as I have to kick my kids out of my studio when they get too loud!

    1 year ago

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade says:

    I took a spare bedroom and organized my card crafting supplies and paints for canvas by putting everything in it's place and labeling it myself. Now I craft in the kitchen to be honest but I keep my supplies neat. It helps so much to know where everything is- I can go straight to it. Also, I love the big windows in the kitchen (better to see you my dear!) Thanks,gh

    1 year ago

  • TheNorthWayStudio

    Maria S. from TheNorthWayStudio says:

    Although we have a table, I usually just end up on the floor of the bedroom of our apartment, lossing beads amongst the outdated carpet and having to shoo away my overly helpful beagle, Miss Maple. Then for images, it's the windowsill of that same bedroom--there is absolutely gorgeous lighting there around 5 pm or so!!

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    It's fun to work with other artists in a class, and I loved to work with my sister on murals and other jobs, but I need to work alone to get into that creative zone when I paint. I have a little corner of my enclosed porch to work in, with big windows, lots of light, a private backyard with wildlife at the birdfeeder. I can turn on the tv and watch movies or play a book on cd or just enjoy the quiet (when the dogs aren't barking!) Just wish I could spend more time there than my day job allows!

    1 year ago

  • OneKindDesigns

    Natasha from NatashaPerkinsArt says:

    Middle of the Kitchen whilst balancing my leg like a flamingo.. seriously i dunno why i stand like that when i concentrate. and i have to stand at the worktop or my children will grab my work .

    1 year ago

  • glaucaverde

    Yolanda from Cierzojewelry says:

    I love to work on my own, I absolutely adore the silence, where I get much inspiration. But sometimes you feel a bit lonely when working from home and for a moment you wish you have co-workers to refresh your ideas and get out of your subjective mind. By the way, my shop is invading my home more and more. I will end having a working space instead of a home someday... But who cares about it when you like what you do? :)

    1 year ago

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop says:

    I prefer working on my own, but sometimes it's good to have someone beside to share idea with. :)

    1 year ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree says:

    I do 90% of my work in my very sunny wood shop barn out in back of my house. with the radio and dogs as my companions. But at the end of every day (and beginning) I always seem to migrate to the sunroom of our house to pack my orders and catch up on emails. I require a lot of sun to be productive, so windows and a lot of light are very key to my productivity and happiness.

    1 year ago

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok says:

    Basically. As for writing, I do my best work outside of the house in places like coffee shops. There's something inspiring about being around people, without any pressure to actually have to interact with anyone in any meaningful way. Plus, if you ARE afraid of people trying to talk to you, the easiest way to look busy is actually getting stuff done.

    1 year ago

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 says:

    I have a building on our farm that I treat like a office. I take what I do seriously and I am alone all day long working on my stores..I get a lot done alone.But I love when hubby comes home at the end of the day. I am a loner after being out in the public eye for years..I love this change of pace for me.

    1 year ago

  • BlackForestCottage

    Donna and Darrell Knish from BlackForestCottage says:

    We do both, when I'm in the shop I work with my husband, we each have our own space their facing each other so we can bounce new ideas or just have a chat, with the music blaring lol. But when I'm in the office I keep everything quiet I like to work alone there and don't like distractions very much, I'm so the opposite of my husband. He works so much better when I'm in the shop with him or when his friends show up to see what he's doing and he always has the music blaring and the phone glued to his ear lol. I can really relate to this blog piece. Great job with it.

    1 year ago

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered says:

    I was thrilled when we bought our home -- the office had a nice, wide built-in desk with shelves and recessed lighting and an outlet above the desktop (perfect placement for a metalsmith). So where do I do all my work? On the kitchen counter. The kitchen's in the middle of the house and all the activity and it just feels right. (Woe be it to anyone who tries to make moves on that built-in desk, however.)

    1 year ago

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage says:

    My apartment is crammed with clutter, mostly my boyfriends stuff and it is hard to think sometimes. But I have to work with what I got, I have my stuff neatly packed away in acid free boxes but I wish I had a room dedicated to just my vintage clothing and business.

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    I am working at home too, and i need silence before drawing ,thinking, than i am cutting , sewing with songs . When i was started with etsy we have a small flat and i couldnt sew night time , was big stress, because after design i want see how will look, than 3 years ago we moved our home , and i have home atelier 9 m2 , three sewing machine with their table , so again not very comfortable or me , because i want big atelier with old French cutting table and for place for tons of fabric, i can touch them i can feel and i can imagine which color will nice with another , i have lots of old French magazine too, before drawin i am looking them and i feel good, with a cup of tea, winter time hot wine :)) So really i like working from home , but ome looks like big atelier with tons of fabric, material , I would big old French house , we will see maybe in the future :) Thanks

    1 year ago

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic from ShabbyNChic says:

    I am way to social to work in groups. I start bouncing ideas off of people which then typically turns into someone sharing an example from their life, then another person sharing a story and before you know you're hungry and it's better to talk over food or a drink and then...oh yeah... What were we doing again?? I don't stop when I'm working on my own. I'm like a group of people when working alone! LOL

    1 year ago

  • nicolanis

    Michelle from FoamyFactory says:

    My perfect working space to do my crafts would be great music, close to a window for good light and AC! =) great article

    1 year ago

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom says:

    Sounds like there are a lot of different options for work these days! I myself have a day job that I go to 3-4 times a week, and then I try to work on my home business a little every day. I very much like working at home- I can keep a glass of water next to me and turn the heater on, and I don't have to commute. The bad thing is, you can get distracted. If the kitties are lonely they definitely let me know. Plus, you are reminded of housework that needs to be done. This is why I find it easy to work on my home business a little every day. Sometimes it is 20 minutes, sometimes it is 3 hours. Sometimes, I work on it multiple times in a day for 20 minutes. I get bored easily, and it is so very hard for me to sit at the computer typing out descriptions and listing things when my day job is a nice standing job. :) Working in short burst seems counterproductive, even when I think about it. But if I force myself to sit there when I don't want to I am not able to get anything done. I don't think that I will be able to just do my home business for awhile- I don't like commuting to work, but I get pretty depressed if I don't go out at least once a day, just somewhere...even the grocery store. Anyway, that was a bit of a ramble. Just trying to point out that some people need a variety of those environments, I definitely like to switch it up and have people help me some days too! Good post.

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    My living room! I have huge glass doors that let me look outside. I get inspired by sunny days and the rainy days too.

    1 year ago

  • nancyartist

    Nancy Romanovsky from nancyartist says:

    I do all my painting at my easel, set up in the corner of my master bedroom! I have considered renting studio space but it's very convenient to have the space, albeit small, in my home to work when ever there is extra time.

    1 year ago

  • PottyMouthGems

    Janet from PottyMouthGems says:

    Great post! I like to work alone but I wish I had a group space to go to sometimes too. It seems that I can work on my own and often prefer it but I get inspiration from being around other creative people. I wish I had a place like Makeshift to go to!

    1 year ago

  • FrannysHome

    Francesca from FrannysHome says:

    thank you so much for the post, and for the links. When I was 6, the teacher told to my mother that I wasn't able/good to worjìk in a team. And then my mummy aoften repeat this words to me, so I feel guilty not to have this ability, and to prefer working alone (after all, the teacher wasn't wrong). Now I know that's not a fault, it's Creativity!

    1 year ago

  • kimberleeannkreation

    Kim Brooks from kimberleeannJewelry says:

    I had plans to move into my son's bedroom when he was through high school and move him into our spareroom - well, when I voiced my plan out loud he liked the idea and moved the rooms for me a year ago. However, the air conditioner and the cable tv went with him - two main reasons for me wanting that room:) So....I am still crafting at the diningroom table where it is cooler and where I can hear the tv since I work best with noise in the background. Someday I hope to rearrange my craft room and make it awesome!

    1 year ago

  • bosquecarpentry

    Gabriel Montes from bosquecarpentry says:

    Comfort is so important. I have been translating in my home office for more than twelve years now. Having a space to get away from work is just as important.

    1 year ago

  • transformedscarves

    Jessica Fortner from TransformedScarves says:

    I live in a small apartment with two other girls.. so my room is definitely the only space I have to make my crafts in. But really it has everything I need. A desk to take care of the business end stuff, plenty of floor space to get creative, lots of storage for supplies, and my sewing table! I would love to have a room dedicated solely to crafting but my bedroom does a pretty good job!

    1 year ago

  • needleandfeltwool

    Amy from Needleandfeltwool says:

    I have to be in my space to card wool. Sometimes I pull my table out so I can watch a movie with my family. When I needle felt, I have a craft room, but I would wander to the living room in the evenings with my family. Lately, I have converted back to my craft room - I don't have to keep moving my wool back and forth. My bestest and most efficient time is at night when everyone is in bed ;)

    1 year ago

  • CoreandMantle

    Alayna from CoreandMantle says:

    The thought of having a workspace outside of my one room apartment is so, so appealing

    1 year ago

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume says:

    Wow, how awesome to read about all these possibilities! I have a room in our house that functions as my studio space. I adore the quiet and solitude, however, it is starting to get too small and need to expand my horizons. This article is so timely. Thanks Chappell!

    1 year ago

  • TheWindowArtisan

    Susan Spurr from InSpurations says:

    I am still looking for balance. Sometimes I am more productive alone with some great tunes. But miss interaction with others.

    1 year ago

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket says:

    Love the article. Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    I'm always at my best on my own, in my own space. Even the animals leave me alone because they think what I'm doing is boring, mostly because they're not allowed to steal anything! Even doing shared tasks like decorating I work best in a separate room, or at the very least on a separate wall. I've enjoyed my short periods of working at a day job as part of a team, but I'm definitely not a team player by nature & I don't think it would work well for long.

    1 year ago

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby says:

    this is so funny, i was just invited to a friend's apt the other night to watch movies and "craft" I've never really worked on any of my professional stuff with someone else around and started wondering if i'd be able to. I'm totally a distract-able person. My "studio" is a little section of a room in my apt, designated for The Naked Bird with a little desk and my sewing machine and shelves with supplies, paints, and clay, etc. organized (finally) and though my creations are mainly small, I would LOVE to have a whole room dedicated to crafting. Those green desks look wonderful. undoubtedly expensive, but i'd love something like that though i do like to work from home. I put music or I love Lucy on in the background and away I go!

    1 year ago

  • Snowdon

    Alexandra Snowdon from Snowdon says:

    After being in the corporate world and sharing an office for 20 years, I'm having the time of my life designing in my own tiny room at home, by myself, with the radio on, I love it! Having said that my hubby works upstairs in the loft and the cat occasionally visits, which is nice....

    1 year ago

  • soapopotamus

    Regina from soapopotamus says:

    Great article! I'm fortunate to have a great room in my home and I've split my kitchen in half for soaping. Since I have 5 Etsy shops, and 5 completely different types and style of products, I usually have several different things going on in different areas of the house. The great room is rad because I can be soaping in the kitchen, working on something else on the dining table, and chatting with friends that are in the den on the couch all at the same time. I don't sit still very much! LOL I tried having a dedicated sewing room, but I feel so disconnected in the other part of the house that I ended up just bringing my machines downstairs and sewing at the dining table as well.

    1 year ago

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette says:

    I have a dedicated corner of my family room...however, I find myself trying to fit my artwork in at times when my family isn't around. It's much easier to talk to myself that way...no "huh?" "whatzat?" Talking to myself is essential to my creative process. Who else understands me like me??? But I'm trying to loosen up and be with my creativity while tuning others out...a work in progress.

    1 year ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    Dedicated sewing room. Two big windows. Lots of light. All mine! I work best, alone. Some days in complete quiet mode. Rain does wonders for my creative mood. Other days, music is key! Love this post and all the responses!

    1 year ago

  • BellaTuppy

    Penny from BellaTuppy says:

    Nice! Always a changing thing for me. Sometimes I'm in my room where I have a nice corner space. Or the back yard to get some fresh air and perspective. I had the sewing machine out in the yard yesterday and I was so focused I lost track of time. photography is usually an alone thing, but today I went out with my photographer friend and we had multiple photo sessions going on. I guess it's all about the mood of the day.

    1 year ago

  • FairyBubbles

    Amanda Michel from FairyBubbles says:

    I work best alone...kick the hubby out and the space is mine:)-

    1 year ago

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns says:

    My studio was originally going to be a guest bedroom when we moved into our place. There is no room for any guests now though and I love being able to work from home but still have a dedicated space where I can close the door from distractions and just let my creative juices flow.

    1 year ago

  • susantique

    Susan from susantique says:

    I used to work in the hub of family life...the family room. Now that our oldest son has a place of his own, I've taken over a his bedroom. I believe I get more done away from the main part of the house.

    1 year ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    In my lovely studio :)

    1 year ago

  • storeythreads

    Naomi Storey from StoreyThreads says:

    I tend to work best outside! I love to get a nice cup of coffee and sit outside while i list my beautiful dresses! www.etsy.com/shop/StoreyThreads

    1 year ago

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique says: Featured

    Im new to working from home and am still itching for that feeling of getting dressed and out the door in the morning, something about that sort of routine and getting out of the house really makes my day feel more productive. These community work spaces mentioned in the article sound great, i'm going to look up loosecubes and see if there is one near me! thanks for the info!

    1 year ago

  • sarahknight

    Sarah from sarahknight says:

    I think most of the work comes with having the idea, so, technically, I work everywhere because I'm always thinking about something... Literally, however, I do a lot of drawing while sitting in the recliner or on the floor in my office / studio / living room. Heh, it's a multi-purpose room. Ironically, I eat a lot of dinners at my desk in front of my computer. Of course, I do a lot of work at the computer too. My large paper cutter is also a favorite haunt for painting and sculpting worms, and making shipping boxes. I create in a lot of places depending on the circumstance. Waiting rooms are excellent places to break out the sketchbook and get some drawing done instead of trying to pretend to be interested in a 3 month old issue of People magazine. And, of course, there's the break room at work. Drawing is a nice portable activity. :D

    1 year ago

  • ka1231

    Kari from ThoughtofYouFabricAc says:

    I am impressed with all the people who commented they work while watching tv! I love the idea of sitting on the couch or at a table watching a movie while working. But, in reality...I am completely distracted and need to work in a quiet room with the door closed!

    1 year ago

  • seule771

    Ainee Beland says:

    I am very unappreciated. In fact I don't think I have worked a place where I was missed at all after leaving. I am not seen at all. I have always been a soloist deem to failing but not seeing the brick wall that I have been heading for and I am at right now. I just mean that I continue to fail in life for being a soloist; but not Jaimie. Of late I am disappointed with myself since I continue to remain with no income and don't see reason to stay motivated at what I try to do. It is not seen or too many mistakes when seen. Either way I am a louse/lousy.

    1 year ago

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking says:

    I can get a lot done on my breaks at work... 10 minutes in the morning, 20 at lunch, 10 in afternoon, while chatting with my co-workers... I take my stuff with me almost everywhere.... in the car on long trips around Italy with my boyfriend.. to the lake while tanning & hanging out with friends... at my mom's house... in the back yard... and especially in my work space at home. When the mood hits & time allows it's great to be able to be mobile! With music is the best!

    1 year ago

  • HomeStudio

    Stef and Mark from HomeStudio says:

    Great article! Love the pop-up co-working space concept

    1 year ago

  • BigRockPaperCo

    Melissa Cyrenne from BigRockPaperCo says:

    Quitting my day job for etsy in February- I always had a child (I have three) in the home at all times of the day and I dreamed of the day when I had solitude. Last week, all my kids are in full time school... And... I miss the noise! I am much more productive when I am being interrupted. (I'll probably get used to the quiet though!)

    1 year ago

  • LemonChidori

    Lyn Callahan from LemonChidori says:

    By myself..after everyone has gone to bed. This is not very advantageous as I work a job that starts before 9am.

    1 year ago

  • moonlightdesigns2

    Alona from MoonlightDesigns2 says:

    I love the fact that I have a spare room in our home for my studio/office. I am also one of those people that crave absolute silence when I am most productive and really hate interruptions. When I am creating it is a zen like moment in time for me so no radio, TV or phones....makes me happy and relaxed. Once my hubby gets home though...all bets are off!

    1 year ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says: Featured

    I love to work alone! As soon as I shut the door behind me and step inside my studio, it's like a transformation. No phone, no disturbances (not even a clock!). Just music, and my thoughts. It's my perfect quiet time :-)

    1 year ago

  • MayteVal

    Mayte from BrushStrokesOC says:

    my living room with my husband and daughter in the room to keep me company and make conversations or small chats while I work.

    1 year ago

  • honeypothollow

    jennifer jones-goulart from honeypothollow says:

    i love the article! i have a small craft area in a nook area in my master bedroom. but, i don't ever work there. it has become more of a storage place for all of my fabric. my favorite place to work is curling up on the corner of the couch, and talking, watching a movie, or listening to music with the family. i find i get alot more done if they are with me. :) they are also great inspiration. one day, i would love to have a studio of my own.

    1 year ago

  • theshack

    Alex Trumble from theshack says:

    Great 411. Sometimes, I even bump into myself.

    1 year ago

  • bunniesnbuggies

    Tina from bunniesnbuggies says:

    I have a home office 3/4 to myself, with the remaining 1/4 dedicated to my husband's desk as we have no where else to put it. Also have full ownership of two walk in closets, plus an outside the house workspace that I actually MAKE things in (I just do my shipping, photos, computer work, etc from home) I much prefer to work alone, if I could quit my day job I could handle working from home 100% of the time. I'm not the type that has to leave the house to be productive. What I really need is for everyone ELSE to leave the house! Between a homeschooled kid and a spouse that is home 24-7, I don't ever get any sort of solitude in my work space, and I'm constantly being interrupted :/

    1 year ago

  • DonnaRoberge

    Donna Roberge from WhiteCottagePhoto says:

    I love this article. I am a work alone type of person, I love alone time where I am free to create, read, learn, browse, work on my shop or plan my next outing to shoot photos. When the weekends come around I feel very inspired and creative. That being said I get alot of my ideas and creative energy from being out and about, driving, walking, observing. My brain is constanly thinking of new ideas, new things I want to do. So I think for me both are necessary. I am trying to set up a small area for my hobby where I can just leave everything out and go to when I can.... instead of everything packed up in a plastic bin!

    1 year ago

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox says:

    I lay a sheet on my bed and spread out my beads. Then I make little to go projects. I sit and bead while watching movies with my friends.

    1 year ago

  • FantasticDIY

    Natasha Lee from FantasticDIY says:

    wow, so many great ideas, I wish here in my city there could be a great place like green desk and paragraph.

    1 year ago

  • MizzleKids

    Lydia Louw from MizzleKids says:

    I switch between my little corner in the attic and the diningroom table. Altough I wish there was an affordable place in my town where I could hire a studio or something to have a place to get out, interact with other creative people and to leave my household behind so I can focus entirely on my work. I am a soloïst who should sometimes be made a little bit uncomfortable by actually discussing the designs and concepts. Loosecubes and makeshift would work totally for me..

    1 year ago

  • chanel30

    Miosotis Merchan from chanel30 says:

    That is a very good idea, but is not working for me because I have three kids including my husband that I have to take care during the day, so I have to do my work at night some times I work straight till the morning.

    1 year ago

  • finefettle1

    Fine Fettle from Finefettleshop says:

    Same as Miosotis, My days and nights have changed. I used to have time and space to isolate myself and just draw. Now I have a toddler, I work around him. I draw and paint at night.....

    1 year ago

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country says:

    CHAPPELL.....I always enjoy your articles so much....This one, of course, is another very nice one....PS: I guess the first photo (showing the guy and the gal working side-by-side) best describes my favorite "style" of working; however, sometimes, I need to work on my own, especially if the project is super detail oriented. ....Anyhow, TXS again for sharing this article w/ us all....LINA

    1 year ago

  • WhimsicalPixies

    Pixie B from WhimsicalPixies says:

    Having an art room is non-negotiable when we're house hunting. I need a space for my creative self. I need to be able to leave wings set up ready to work on. I need loads of shelves to keep everything organised so I can just reach in and get exactly what I need. And it's kid-gated to keep the little imps out (partially because there are glues, scalpels and some interesting chemicals in there, but mostly because I need my space to be MINE). I remember seeing a video of how Joseph Cornell worked, with his workspace a mass of shelves with labeled shoe-boxes with his collected oddments, all neatly sorted so he could assemble his beautiful whimsical boxes very much appealed to me. I need light. I need my things to be where they belong. I need multiple large worksurfaces. I also got a lot creatively from attending a Meetup gathering semi regularly, going to someone else's house with a project or two to work on, sitting down and really getting into it, chatting whilst I pottered along.

    1 year ago

  • buttonsandstars

    Clare Mountain from xThreadBEARx says:

    My products take quite a while to produce, so I am always looking for ways I can speed things up. I have discovered that working in a silent room with only my thoughts for company is the best way for me to work, and I always knit/crochet quicker. Productivity is so important to make sure I have a profitable business! Currently, I am working from home, but I don't have an office space. It's very frustrating actually, and I long for a space of my own to work in, but at the moment, there is nowhere I can do this. Soon, soon....

    1 year ago

  • cathanks

    cathanks from cathanks says:

    i loving handmaking alone, with all my tools and materials scattering everywhere! And i enjoy all concerning with handmaking, : )

    1 year ago

  • 711laurakay

    Laura Kay from diarysketches says:

    I work best alone very late at night surrounded by piles of scrap paper, paints and brushes. Bring overtired only adds :)

    1 year ago

  • sofialgarvia

    Ana Sofia Reis from SofiAlgarvia says:

    This is good information indeed. Thank you! While reading this article, I was wondering wether this kind of 'office' would work in Lisbon, Portugal, where I live - this could be great!

    1 year ago

  • smarket

    smarket says:

    I am an art teacher at a wonderful middle school. I also have a one and a three year old at home (tiny house with no studio left... it became a child's room). Sometimes, when my husband is there with the boys, I sneak out and arrive at school very early in the morning. I love being in "my" art room... quiet, not missing out on my boys (they are asleep), and I'm refreshed! We sneak in creative moments when we can!!

    1 year ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    I'm a loner and enjoy working in my own space, especially when I'm feeling creative and working on new designs. In the evenings I take my work to the dining / living room so I can keep on working while spending time with my family.

    1 year ago

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR says:

    thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • kristinasmiley

    Kristina Smiley from CreativeEndeavorsKS says:

    My crochet hooks and knitting needles are very portable so I tend to work anywhere. However, my favorite spot and time is after supper when the entire family is sitting on the couches watching television. I'm busy creating with either my hook or my needles.

    1 year ago

  • 0arthouse0

    0arthouse0 from 0arthouse0 says:

    Wonderful idea! I don't think we have these kinds of work spaces in Canada...not in Atlantic Canada anyway...or maybe i just don't know about them. When people escape their own homes, they tend to mold a space at local cafes, the town library, or a park bench.

    1 year ago

  • juliedege

    Julie de Gruchy East from juliedegruchyeast says:

    Great write up. I work all over the our little cottage! :)

    1 year ago

  • 0arthouse0

    0arthouse0 from 0arthouse0 says:

    Wonderful idea! I don't think we have these kinds of work spaces in Canada...not in Atlantic Canada anyway...or maybe i just don't know about them. When people escape their own homes, they tend to mold a space at local cafes, the town library, or a park bench. Personally, i like a mix of the two environments, as i work in different mediums. My workspace used to be a corner of my bedroom...now, it's a 'craft room' with a cot in it!

    1 year ago

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery says:

    I wanted to say I am working from home, but I realized I dont !:) We move around with our motor home in Europe, so I can either do my felt at the edge of a forest or at the car park of a little town. THen, I have a wifi booster antenna, and try to hang on the net for a while. I have a number of funny picture when I work from my "office" under the tree in a park. I also work from other's home:) We do home and pet sitting and I easily put up my table to do my work. Even now.:)

    1 year ago

  • reets612

    Rita Scott from RitasGarden says:

    My workspace is pretty much my whole house and carport. Right now in the carport, I have a line up of projects that are waiting to be cleaned up and painted. In my sewing room I have my fabrics in bins and have my next sewing projects getting ready to go. Then my closets have become Etsy storerooms. I also have a booth in a antiques mall (thank god!) which gives me more income and storage. That's the only downside to Etsy, until it sells, you need to store it. I do my best work in solitude. If I need to socialize, I usually do that when I go out to thrift stores or talking to neighbors,friends, family or at my booth. I live by myself, so don't think having to pay for a space to work outside of my home would ever be appealing. If you had lots of family and other distractions at home, I could see why that would work for other people. Great article!

    1 year ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    Great post! I like the idea of having time to collaborate ideas with others, but also having the time to work hard by myself. I like all the different ideas covrered by this post, it is well thought out and a great read. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • LoveTheBaby

    Allison Moss from LoveTheBaby says:

    Thank you for this interesting article. My dad is an artist and though there are spare bedrooms at the house, he has a studio space a few minutes away. This way he can go there to PAINT and WORK and not be distracted by feeling the need to run the vacuum or empty the dishwasher. I also knew a woman who had a successful home-based business selling Home Interiors (home decorating). She would get all dressed up, get in her car, leave her home, drive around the block, and arrive back at "work". That way she could get in the work frame of mind and not the home frame of mind.

    1 year ago

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo says:

    I do my best work painting while watching TV, it forces me to work slowly because I am constantly looking up to follow the story! I have a really hard time drawing or painting in public, but I am working on it!

    1 year ago

  • araisedbanner

    B Callahan from araisedbanner says:

    This was such a brilliant article. I normally build all of my canvases in my driveway. I am now the neighborhood cooky artist. People slow down and sometimes stop to watch me work.... Coffee in one hand and staple gun in the other! God bless

    1 year ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights says:

    I love working from home. Our entire daylight basement is dedicated work space. I love not having to commute and the freedom it gives me to step outside on a beautiful day. Great post, love to learn about the different options that are available to artists and makers nowadays!

    1 year ago

  • ellabellamay

    Ursula Goetz from ellabellamay says:

    I LOVE working from home. I can control the amount of extraneous energies in my environment so that when I need to have quiet, I can quiet, and when I need to have energy and chaos, I can have chaos. This article was wonderful, thank you!!

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    When I'm drawing, I like absolute quiet, but once I'm to the painting part, I can handle some background noise and enjoy using a table in my living room. My husband likes to watch baseball, and the relatively slow pace of the game and the analysis and insights on players offered by the announcers is perfect for a quasi-fan like me who only wants to half-listen while I'm doing something else. Go Yankees!

    1 year ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    AT NIGHT.... JUST ME & MY FAV. MUSIC.... :)

    1 year ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    I understand the frustation of finishing a new product and then findout out later you have the material that will just add the perfect touch. However, the kitchen table is always the place where creativity flows along with coffee and loud conversation.

    1 year ago

  • HayleysPaperLove

    Hayley from HayleysPaperLove says:

    my "studio" is a small corner in my bedroom. we only have a 2 bedroom apartment (with 4 people and a dog living there) so I retreat to the corner and if anyone needs anything, they know where to find me!

    1 year ago

  • VintagedGoods

    Vintaged Goods from VintagedGoods says:

    if only there was a makeshift in dc! lovely article.

    1 year ago

  • brenniequilts

    Bren McCloskey from brenniequilts says:

    Great article! My work area -- two separate desks in my great room, where my sewing machine and quilting sewing machine are, and two closets of fabric, embellishments and sewing equipment. When it starts to branch out--or takeover--the rest of the room, I gather it all up, reorganize, and start the process all over again. For a break, I knit and watch movies and baseball games--which I love!

    1 year ago

  • atelierpompadour

    paola from atelierpompadour says:

    I have a craft room but often supplies invade the rest of my home.. and I really like working on the couch with the TV on "listening" without looking..

    1 year ago

  • SherrySchatz

    Sherry Schatz from StartToFinishSewCo says:

    After many makeshift "closet " spaces, I now have a dedicated room in our home with a door from my parents farmstead home. I get so much feedback from those who come and see the door. I have to be careful having shelves filled with fabric begging me to use them. I have a clear wall infront of my creation space because I need the time to quiet my mind when I need it. But mostly, the fabric, buttons, and mind chatter really help to bring out the best in me. Thank you for the great article.

    1 year ago

  • chicnuniquegifts

    Elisabeth Schmidt from TheSchmidtStudio says:

    I love this article. I have a craft room, but it has exploded and taken over my living room a this moment. Beads and things everywhere! Neatness is not my forte :)

    1 year ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas says:

    I need to be alone and quiet for my inspiration and work. But, I often feel this is a not a good environment for someone who is shy and often in her own head.

    1 year ago

  • preciousmedal

    preciousmedal from preciousmedal says:

    Thanks for this article! I and my boyfriend are fortunate enough to have a music studio in our basement which we take turns using. We try to respect each other's personal space and to prevent distractions, but it's also nice to know he's there if I have an idea, etc.

    1 year ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes says:

    I love this article. For me my workspace is quite busy with just myself. Though I do find that I Must have sunlight during the day.

    1 year ago

  • LilDebbie

    Debs Silks from DebsSilkRose says:

    I love working from my bed about 12 hours about twice a month but for custome orders nothing beats the kitchen table with the shopping network in the background!

    1 year ago

  • cole931

    SK Cole from SKColePortraitsNPics says:

    Kitchen table in the breakfast nook, or coffee table in the family room, while watching old episodes of Entourage or low-budget cheesy horror movies on Fearnet. I've never liked easels, although I own several of them.

    1 year ago

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit says:

    the A train

    1 year ago

  • AntiquesAsh

    Ashley from AntiquesAsh says:

    Really wonderful rooms! I do my best work on a sunny day :)

    1 year ago

  • mariarangel2

    Maria Rangel says:

    I completely agree with this article.. Yesterday me and my boyfriend were arguing about the investments i've been making to create a work space for creativity and dedication and in all honestly i find it reasonably valid to create an environment that you know you have a connection with and will instinctively pour them little blooming flowers out of your soul. I guess i don't mind the money i spend i mind the abundant amount of dedicated time i will be spending. This article truly proves the point im making. Having a connection with your outer space is the most important for me right now. Thank you.

    1 year ago

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy says:

    I work mainly in my converted dining room. Lots of space to work. Cutting table, machines etc. Despite the unused room upstairs that was going to be the center of operations. It is easier to keep an eye on the little people downstairs than up.

    1 year ago

  • anthonymarinos

    Anthony Marinos says: Featured

    We, at Loosecubes, are so flattered that our fellow DUMBO neighbors included us in this awesome blog post. It's been really great to read all of the comments and learn about the diversity of everyone's work environments. It's especially interesting to see what types of workspaces help you feel and stay productive. Given this discussion, I thought it was worth noting that every Friday for the month of September, we'll be hosting Loosecubers at a shipping container in the Dekalb Market (not too far from the Etsy artist shop). If you're interested in checking it out just sign up for Loosecubes at http://www.loosecubes.com/etsy and book a seat! Thanks again for the great post and comments!

    1 year ago

  • rugglesstitch

    Alexia from RugglesMade says:

    I have a spare bedroom that I've set up as a workspace, but I ALWAYS end up in the living, sitting on the couch. I've found that I can't work in silence, so I listen to the TV, music, or podcasts to keep me company. I wish I had an office with people around me... I slack off less when I know other people are around. I hate that I check Facebook or Twitter all the time on my phone.

    1 year ago

  • Betsyboople

    Catherine from TinkersLaneVintage says:

    I work, or try to, with my dogs around me. I have to have my dogs around me! They're usually pretty good and they know when it's 'work time' so they'll lie down and snooze while I'm working. But sometimes, work time is boring time as far as they're concerned and it's not easy trying to get on with something when they're demanding my attention and covering me with kisses! But, I couldn't do a thing if they weren't right there with me :)

    1 year ago

  • FauldsForge

    Heather McGuire from FauldsForge says:

    I'm running a metals studio in an apartment which is not an easy task. I have a "work bench" if you can call it that in a corner of our dining room and an outdoor storage room for my casting equipment. A little close on space and my fiancee probably longs for the day when he doesn't have to put up with my junk!

    1 year ago

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy says:

    I have a "corner" if you call it that, in the family room...but I find I love noise-my kids can drive me nuts when I am trying to sew-trying to keep them off fabric and away from the iron, etc., but I thrive on the noise....when they are not home and I am alone, the tv, radio is often on!!

    1 year ago

  • FreeRadic

    Oriel and Rachael from FreeRadic says: Featured

    Of all the possible ways of working mentioned above, I think co-working space would be the best work environment for me. However, I currently work alone in my not so bright Brooklyn apartment. To get inspired, I usually chase the sun from 11 to 3. It first shows up in the living room and sets in the bedroom about 4 hours later. Even though getting the best pictures can be a challenge, working alone gives me a chance to work when I want while learning how to be the best business I can be. Despite these advantages, I think co-working space would lend more affordances. For one, the stimulation of watching others happily employ themselves would be satisfying in itself. Also, co-working space provides a unique opportunity to share your ideas, good and bad, with people just like you. What's more, in this space the moments of having artists's block would be limited because when you don't feel like working on your projects, you can lend a hand to a friend! Those experiences of sharing with another could multiply your business in ways that keep giving back!

    1 year ago

  • jackieboughter

    Jackie from JJBeeCreations says:

    I recently quit my day job and began doing what I love best; creating things that I love. And of course, hoping that others find them interesting, too. I soon found, however, that I had spread out and was taking up TWO extra rooms in our house. I found myself getting frustrated going back & forth between the two. It took some organizing but I managed to get everything into one very cozy space and it has worked out so well. I am forced to stay organized, which makes it super easy to find the tools I need. I'm getting so much done now. It helps that my garden is right outside the window, my husband hung up a great work light for me, I always having a candle or lavender oil burning and of course; music. I'm surrounded by things I love. I feel inspired just walking into my studio now. And I love the solitude! Life is good.

    1 year ago

  • PixiBond

    Edith Peña from GlobalGirlGear says:

    getting my work space organized a little at a time and its so inspiring.candles and music a must!

    1 year ago

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum says:

    I have 4 or 5 work areas depending on the task at hand. My best space is in the basement by the window, some music playing and art supplies nearby. When the weather is fine you'll find me in a chair out back under an apple tree.

    1 year ago

  • ilkaivette

    ilka from JoyApplique says:

    I have only one area where I sit to do my applique. Next to a window..great light!

    1 year ago

  • MoonlightShimmer

    Julie from MoonlightShimmer says:

    I do most of my jewelry making at my computer desk, while watching TV with my husband. I tried taking my work to another room with a larger table at the beginning, but I realized that I like having company with me when I work.

    1 year ago

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick says:

    I've always loved painting next to a bright window...I need the light, plus working near a window reminds me to sit up every now and then, stretch, and rest my eyes while looking outside. For computer work, any room will do.

    1 year ago

  • ColorfulPixelsByLife

    Demet Gunuc from ColorfulPixelsByLife says:

    Hihi :)) I love work alone and silence room.

    1 year ago

  • CreationsBySallyLynn

    Sally Beardsley from CreationsBySallyLynn says:

    I have a small extra bedroom that I LOVE to go to whenever I am in the mood to create. The room is nothing fancy but it is serene. I also love to go outside on my patio and listen to nature as I try and come up with creative ideas to make. Even though I enjoy being to myself with all the peace and quiet, I also enjoy days when I share this room with my granddaughters. They enjoy coming to my house to visit because they love creating handmade items for their little Etsy shop. I love hearing their little giggles and enjoy seeing them smile. Their visits are very precious memories we can create together! =)

    1 year ago

  • PeonySTBebe

    Bebe from 14PeonyStreet says:

    I can only work alone. People distract me. When I work, I go to "church"- quietly, nearly worshipfully. It's as if making stuff is my religion. If it's not my religion, it's certainly my therapist/therapy! And this I must do alone.

    1 year ago

  • jamiesierraknits

    Jamie Rex from jamiesierraknits says:

    I set up supply storage in my dining room. I must have it close to inspire me, to access, to play with. I work in there at the table if I'm sewing, or in my living room beside my family if I'm knitting. I am 100% more productive when I am alone, but having them around is good for morale. :) I get my best knitting done when I am in the passenger seat of the car on faily road trips and such.

    1 year ago

  • steventu

    Steven Tu from CreativeBySteven says:

    I like working alone at home with the radio on listening to music.

    1 year ago

  • monicaduranso

    Monica D from PrettyShinyThings4U says:

    Best Work Area- Spare Room Studio! I do most of my work in the spare bedroom, but get most of my ideas while driving. I keep a note pad in the console and when I think of something I write it down. I should update to a recorder as it can be tricky trying to write while driving. My best ideas have been thought of here. I usually can't wait to pick an idea and put it in progress.

    1 year ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    This really makes me think! My best sewing happens in my art cave (a bright room where all of my craft supplies, sewing machine, easel, and canvases live). When I sew I allow my cats into the space because they inspire me. They curl up at my feet or in front of the windows. I do my best brainstorming & designing on Saturday mornings when my home is sleeping, and my cats look up at me with their blinking sleepy faces :)

    1 year ago

  • storeythreads

    Naomi Storey from StoreyThreads says:

    I love to work Outside! I get a nice cup of coffee, and sit on my patio while I edit photos and list my lovely Vintage.

    1 year ago

  • vampiregothchick

    Alura from MoonspellCrafts says:

    I have a studio in my apartment that should be a spare bedroom. It works out with a lovely view of trees, a river and Canada...which is my backyard...the front yard is Vermont...My studio is totally overtaken by my arts and crafts supplies and my cat who steals my chair the minute I stand up! Great article!

    1 year ago

  • inspiring4u2

    Lisa Fair from inspiring4u2 says:

    I had my boyfriend help me reorganize and build steel work benches (one is 10 feet long!) in our garage. I have my internet radio with great speakers and the garage door open. We live on a quiet dead end street with mature trees. Jim taught me how to weld and now I make and sell my own metal artwork, mod, modern and retro. I mostly work alone which I love, but recently hired my young nephew to do some of the business side, and other chores, which frees me up to create! I love what I do and hope it's "inspiring4u2!"

    1 year ago

  • SewSimplyFresh

    Kim Opoku-Ansah from StitchLightly says:

    I have a small corner in our livingroom (which I keep adding to so I may need to move it someday). Since I sew cloth napkins it is easy for all the fabric to get disorganized. I think a co working situations sounld lovely, but I'm not sure it would work for me with all the things I would need, plus it can be noisy sewing on a machine. But it's really nice to read about the options so that when my son goes to school, I can look into them!

    1 year ago

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi says:

    I love that there are so many different views on work spaces. We are as unique in our styles of working as we are in our products that we carry. Personally, I am adaptable to work where ever I am. I use a computer, my phone, cut things ahead of time and work on them on the go, while waiting. The only limit is time - there never seems to be enough of it.......

    1 year ago

  • CreationsBySallyLynn

    Sally Beardsley from CreationsBySallyLynn says:

    ^ Melanie, I do agree...there never seems to be enough time!! =)

    1 year ago

  • Title18331

    Kelly Eckley from PinchedPennies says:

    I just, 10 minutes ago, saw a news segment on Loosecubes - very cool idea. I think I do my best work alone. Not only can I focus better without distraction, but my work getting pretty loud with all the hammering I do (not to mention the occasional swearing...). I do love to work in the sunlight though, I think my favorite time to work is right before sunset when I'm outside photographing my pieces.

    1 year ago

  • Title18331

    Kelly Eckley from PinchedPennies says:

    I just, 10 minutes ago, saw a news segment on Loosecubes - very cool idea. I think I do my best work alone. Not only am I better able to focus without distraction, but I enjoy listening to music or audiobooks while I work. My work can also get pretty loud - my hammer being my number one tool - and I hate to worry that I'm disturbing anyone else.

    1 year ago

  • leraybear

    Caroline R from leraybear says:

    I prefer working alone though I have invited friends over for "craft nights" with the following rules: No big distractions & no idea stealing! Typically I only invite friends with different styles of crafts than my own ;) I have considered a separate work space, but as long as I keep my work and personal areas separate and a constant flow of inspiration, all has been smooth and well!

    1 year ago

  • sunntan

    Tanja Lentzy from CardsByTanja says:

    I love to craft when it's raining. Alone . Great article!!

    1 year ago

  • jasonleaf1

    Jason Leaf from BaublesGifts says:

    I enjoy working alone in my "creation room" man cave. I have a collection of vintage beer signs and I enjoy turning them on to watch the colors and movement as I paint or think of new creations. Thank you for the valuable contribution. I enjoyed it very much.

    1 year ago

  • sisterpixel

    Kay and Carter Sams from SisterPixel says:

    I work in a corner in the family room. I end up by myself during the day so its peaceful and I can stay focused. I love it at night though, when my family is home and I can see and talk to them. They keep me company. It helps me stay connected to them and it helps them stay in touch with what I have going on--but I'm not sure they particularly love my mess!

    1 year ago

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  • marykay4

    Mary Kay Smith from MayzeeKJewelry says:

    I definitely like to work alone- preferably with my music playing! When I have to work on the computer for my blog or for my etsy shop, I feel like that protective bubble is gone as I am constantly interrupted and its harder to get in the flow of creativity that way. My best work is usually done late at night when everyone has gone to bed!

    1 year ago

  • entrpnr

    Bill from EpicScreens says:

    I like to work alone as it is truely peaceful but also enjoy brainstorming with others. I get excited bouncing ideas and getting the feedback I need.

    1 year ago

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg says:

    I love the "aloneness" factor of a home based business, but I'm also realizing that to not become a drab hermit, I need the energy created by being with others. It is a dilemma, and every time I think about going back to "work" for someone else, I remember how stifling that felt. I have a hard time balancing what I do for myself personally and making myself stick to working on my business. There are so many good things competing for my time (grandkids, church, friends and extended family) and I love being currently unemployed by a "real job" so that I have the time to test my wings fully at getting my Etsy and Vendor booth businesses up and running more profitably. My dream would be to become sustainable as an entrepreneur, never dependent on an employer again.... other than myself :-)

    1 year ago

  • YellowAttic

    tamara jacobs from YellowAttic says:

    I love to do my work on the floor in my family room. I turn on pandora, light a candle, and create:) Almost always while my children are sleeping...sometimes though they are there right with me creating things of their own (like tin foil robots and kitty houses:).

    1 year ago

  • jennib10

    Jenni B from BInYourBonnet says:

    I most often work on the couch, but have been known to bounce from room to room in a matter of minutes. Although I prefer to work alone, some friends and I get together every few weeks for spontaneous craft nights. It's half social hangout/ half critique. As a new shop owner, it makes me feel as if I'm going the right direction.

    1 year ago

  • Serenities

    Marcia Calcaterra from Serenities says:

    I'm an antiques' dealer and my work place is *The World*. I've enjoyed the past many years traveling from state to state and country to country in search of the next unique item to be added to my ever growing collection. While at home, my computer is on my desk in the kitchen. The rest of the home is called upon to be the backdrops needed for photographing my finds.

    1 year ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall says:

    Fortunately I work well alone, as my craft involves three large, unbearably heavy industrial sewing machines and a whole stack of specialized tools!

    1 year ago

  • fallenangeljade

    Candy Hussey from SinfulStudios says:

    My youngest just started Kindergarten so I get a lovely three hours of alone time in the morning to work. It is the only time I am 100% alone and I miss my baby but I am loving the time to work on projects!

    1 year ago

  • NancyBukovsky

    Nancy and Frances Bukovsky from ObscureGems says:

    I work in a lot of places, at school, the burgundy armchair in my room, the picnic table in the yard, because when I bring my art or craft (whatever I might be working on, drawing, painting, jewelry making, literature) with me, I create my own world and what is around me ceases to matter. It is quite the amazing feeling actually, to just let everything go away and work with what I love, listening to my favorite music. Unfortunately it has almost made me late for class a few times! -Frances from ObscureGems

    1 year ago

  • rabbitcow

    Rabbit Cow from RabbitCow says:

    This is good information indeed. Thank you for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • PureSin

    PureSin from PureSin says:

    This is one of my favorite posts here on Etsy. This would be fabulous in my area! There is one but its a bit far and the other that is somewhat close is godly expensive. Having the opportunity to bounce ideas off of others, get blunt good feedback, and just see and hear others at work could prove beneficial at times. I can bring my art to other places and do at times. Especially since my head is always on my neck(at least I like to think) So ideas are always up there that I am awaiting to execute! Thanks for sharing:)

    1 year ago

  • elizabethtriggs

    Elizabeth from LeadOnDogs says:

    It's lovely to see how different and how similar we all are! I make my dog leads all over the place. They wind up small and fit into my pocket for easy travelling. So I can be plaiting in the living room or the garden or in my breaks at work, where a chat makes the time fly. Custom orders though, peace and quiet to get them just right!

    1 year ago