Our studio is small. Really small. Like, just a little over 260 square foot. So when I was getting it all set up for the first time, I knew I couldn’t have free standing easels out in the middle of the room. Just too cluttered. So I explored a few different designs for low-profile, wall mounted easels. The only commercially available wall mounted easels I could find didn’t meet my needs and were too expensive, given that I would need three or four. In the end, I designed and built my own. We had some 3/4″ oak boards on hand, so the entire project cost just a little over $20 for some hardware (threaded knobs, nuts and wood screws). While the studio is small, it does have one long uninterrupted interior wall where I could mount two 20′-0″ rails (one 2′-0″ up from the floor and the other 8′-0″ from the floor). The rails are attached to wooden spacers that keep them 3/4″ away from the wall. This allows me to hang as many easel masts as I need along the 20′-0″ span. I made a few trays that can be clamped onto the masts to hold brushes, pastels, paints and such.
I’ve been using this set up for about seven months now and I’m pretty satisfied with how well it works. One of these days, I’ll get around to sanding it and giving it a nice coat of polyurethane. UPDATE 1: More photos, as requested.
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