Curling up in a cozy reading nook might be one of the best feelings ever. A consistent reading habit may enhance your emotional well-being and help balance your feelings.
You could also use it for journal writing or guided meditation. That being said, a good reading nook will pull you towards it over and over again.
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My Reading Adventures
When I was young, reading was my favorite thing in the world. I would wait for my parents to leave for work, and instead of doing my homework I would climb in my favorite sofa in the living room and read away. I grew up, changed a few homes and books slowly lost their appeal.
I blamed my busy schedule and tried catching up with my reading, but after a while realized that I was not finding that place in my home that would satisfy my reading demands. I was not comfortable, my back ached, the lights were tiring my eyes, and the books were scattered all around the house.
No wonder I was not reading anymore. This was the moment of realization. I needed to tackle this challenge. I needed the perfect reading nook. After a few trials and errors, I found it.
Things to consider for your perfect reading nook
Before heading out and devouring that book, it’s essential to set the stage. Here are some cool things to consider.
Purpose: What will you use it for additionally?
Will you read print books or ebooks? Will you use your laptop as well? It is best to have an electrical socket nearby to charge your devices or plug in a lamp.
Living with Others: Finding Your Quiet Nook
Do you have other people living with you? If the answer is yes, finding a space will depend on your needs. Do you want peace and quiet? Find a spot that you know is not transited often.
If people are constantly passing you by, there is little chance that you will be able to focus. On the other hand, if you have children, having them see you read could also spark their own curiosity for reading.
In this case, consider having a reading nook closer to where your children spend more time (this way, you can also supervise them). Plus, you will have a designated spot for reading with your little ones. Also, when they go to sleep, you get it all to yourself 🙂.
💡 Optimal Lighting for Reading Spaces
Find an area with good natural light. If you write, it is best to have light coming from the opposite side of your writing hand (e.g. if you are right-handed, have light coming from the left).
Have a mock-up, place any chair in your preferred spot, and see if you are pleased with the light. During the evening you will rely on artificial light, so make sure you have a task lamp with neutral shade light.
Ambient lighting can also set the mood for relaxation in your reading corner – string lights, candles, or ambient lamps (or all of them together for an extra whimsical atmosphere).
Comfort Essentials for Your Reading Nook
Now that you found your spot, let’s talk about comfort and some furniture!
🪑 Choosing the Right Seat/Chair for Reading
The seating solution will dictate much of the success of your reading nook. You can find multiple beautiful pictures on the internet depicting a very Instagrammable reading nook, but you could not spend more than 10 minutes in it, all the while trying to find a position where your back is not hurting.
You can use a chaise longue, recliner, armchair, or even one side of your living sofa for this. Resist the urge to buy something online, as it may not be the best choice for you. Take a trip to your favorite furniture shops and try out some alternatives.
Just make sure that when you sit down, the heavens open and you feel grateful that you are alive (if you cannot help but let out a sigh it’s even better).
Why Every Reader Needs a Footrest
Remember, the goal is to improve reading habits and increase the time you spend in your nook. A footrest can be an ottoman or even a smaller chair topped with a pillow.
🛌 Blankets & Pillows: My Comfort Essentials
Use a lumbar support pillow and other throw pillows to get comfy. When the cold weather strikes, it is rather satisfying to also curl under a soft, warm blanket.
The Side Table Every Reader Needs
Add a side table. If you lack the space, choose a stool or a small box. This will also hold your drink or other items.
📚 Storing the Books
Add book storage. This can mean anything from shelving, cart or just using your side table. Anything that can hold books will work.
Display your favorite books of all times and let them remind you how much you love reading.
🎍 Plants & Personal Touches
Use plants in your surroundings. It will help you feel grounded. Bring in any miscellaneous items that make you happy. For me, it’s a few pictures with family, a small green plant, a vanilla-smelling candle, and a sign that reads “relax”.
Tips for Your Next Nook
- Avoid clutter. Maintaining an organized space will set the tone for calm and peaceful reading sessions, instead of worrying about the mess.
- Curate your book collection and bring the ones that you’ve been meaning to read since forever closer to you (could place a book or two on the side table). This way you will be reminded of them more often, therefore you have more chances to actually open them up 😊.
- If you really lack the space for a designated reading nook, make your bed into one. Have a few pillows to prop up your back, get in some good task light, fairy string lights, a drink, and your favorite book on the nightstand and voila! There you have it – the coziest reading nook.
🧑🎨 Location & Design of Reading Nooks
Ever walked through your home and felt a little nook or corner beckoning you? It’s like the walls whisper tales waiting to be read. Let’s find that cozy spot and set it up just right for your reading time, making each book a doorway to a different tale.
Finding the Perfect Spot with Corners & Windows
Have you ever stumbled upon a quiet corner in your home and thought, “This would be the perfect reading spot”? I remember the first time I set up my own reading nook. It was right by the window, with the soft morning light streaming in, making the pages of my book glow.
Then the evening came and I realized the ceiling lamp was not sufficient for my tired eyes, I didn’t have something to put my feet up and I didn’t have a side table. Unlucky for me, I had a cup of tea by the side of the chair that I completely forgot about and knocked it over. Most of the time, you set up a spot and feel pretty good about yourself, and pretty soon you only notice its shortcomings. But that is part of the journey; just tweak it to make it your own until you are happy with the result.
Take a trip around your home and search for your spot. Maybe some rearranging of the furniture will uncover the perfect place. Keep your mind open to the possibilities.
After you find your spot, decide how much time and money you want to invest. Do you need a quick fix or do you want to go big with an elaborate project? For some inspiration, please scroll through my examples below.
1. Corner Reading Nooks
Corners are often overlooked spaces in our homes. But with a little imagination, they can be transformed into cozy reading retreats. Think of it as your personal hideaway, a place where you can escape with a good book.
There is also a psychological trick here: having your reading nook in a corner also helps with the feeling that you are safe and protected; nothing can surprise you. This way, you can concentrate on your book and your book alone.
2. Window Reading Nooks
There’s something magical about reading by a window. The world outside becomes a moving picture, providing a serene backdrop to your story. Whether it’s watching the raindrops race or the leaves sway, a window reading nook offers a sensory experience.
3. Under the Stairs
Remember Harry Potter’s tiny room under the stairs? While it wasn’t the most comfortable space for him, the idea of utilizing that often-wasted space is brilliant.
With some cushions and soft lighting, the area under your stairs can become a reading sanctuary.
4. Outdoor and Bedroom Nooks
Why limit yourself to the indoors? An outdoor reading nook, perhaps in a garden or on a balcony, can be a refreshing change. And if you’re someone who loves to read before bedtime, why not set up a dedicated reading nook in your bedroom?
5. Living Room Reading Spaces
The living room is where we entertain, relax, and spend time with family. Carving out a reading space here means you’re always in the heart of your home. Whether it’s a cozy corner or a window seat, the living room offers numerous possibilities.
Quick Tip: When designing your reading nook, consider the lighting. Natural light is fantastic for daytime reading, but ensure you have a soft lamp for those late-night reading sessions.
What’s your favorite spot to read? Have you ever tried reading under the stairs or by a window? The possibilities are endless.
Cozy Closets: Personalizing Your Space
Remember when we were kids, and we’d build forts out of blankets and cushions? Those were our first reading nooks, weren’t they? As adults, we can recreate that magic, but with a touch more sophistication.
1. Cozy Closet Reading Nooks
Transforming a closet into a reading space is like having a secret room just for yourself. It’s intimate, quiet, and oh-so-cozy. Add some fairy lights, and a plush rug, and voila! You have a personal reading paradise. And the best part? You can always close the door and escape from the world.
2. Ideas for the Living Room
If you’re someone who loves being amidst family, even when engrossed in a book, the living room is your best bet. How about setting up a reading nook right there? A corner with a comfy chair, a stack of your favorite books, and maybe a plant or two can do wonders. And if you have a bay window, throw in some cushions, and you’ve got a perfect window seat reading nook.
If you want some privacy, you can divide the space with a small library. If you lack the space or time, a few tall plants can work beautifully.
3. Under Stair Reading Nooks Revisited
We touched upon this earlier, but let’s write a few more words. The space under the stairs is often underutilized. With some creativity, it can be your go-to spot. Add shelves for your books, a comfy seating area, and maybe a curtain for some privacy. It’s like having a mini-library at home!
Quick Tip: Personal touches make a space truly yours. Whether it’s a souvenir from your travels, a photo frame, or even a quirky bookmark, add elements that tell your story.
So, what do you think? Ready to set up your reading nook?
Remember, it’s not about creating a Pinterest-worthy space. It’s about crafting a spot where you can lose yourself in stories, dream a little, and just be.
🛋️ Furniture & Comfort for Reading Spaces
Remember that one chair or couch where you lost track of time and chapters? It’s not just about the book; it’s where you’re nestled. It’s about feeling safe in your body and in your space. Furniture cradles you in comfort, making every reading session feel like a cherished rendezvous with old friends.
The Right Seat: Chairs & Benches
Do you recall that one chair at your grandma’s place? The one that was so comfortable, you could sit for hours, lost in a book? Picking the right furniture for your reading nook is a bit like finding that perfect chair.
1. Reading Nook Chairs
Some of us love the enveloping comfort of a bean bag, while others might opt for a classic armchair.
2. Benches and Beds
If you’re someone who loves to stretch out while reading, a bench or a daybed might be more up your alley. Place it by a window, add some cushions, and you’ve got a cozy spot to spend your afternoon. And for those who can’t resist a nap between chapters, a reading nook bed is a dream come true.
3. Built-in Reading Nooks
There’s something incredibly charming about built-in reading spaces. They seamlessly blend with your room’s design, offering a dedicated spot for your books and you. Whether it’s a window seat with storage below or a niche in the wall lined with cushions, built-in nooks are both functional and aesthetic.
Quick Tip: Don’t forget the pillows! They add comfort and can be changed with the seasons or your mood. From quirky book-themed cushions to classic velvets, they elevate the coziness quotient.
Have you ever drifted off to sleep in your reading spot? I have, more times than I’d like to admit.
But that’s the beauty of a comfortable reading space. It invites you to relax, unwind, and sometimes, take a little nap.
More Than Just Seating: Completing Your Reading Sanctuary
Once you’ve got the seating down, it’s time to think about the other elements that make a reading nook truly inviting. After all, it’s not just about where you sit, but how you feel when you’re there.
1. Bookcases and Storage
What’s a reading nook without books? A bookcase, whether it’s a towering shelf or a compact one, adds character to your space. And if you’re short on room, a bookcase with a built-in reading nook is a clever solution. It’s like having your personal library at arm’s reach.
2. Couches and Settees
For those who love to sprawl or cuddle up with a loved one, a couch or settee is a great addition.
Throw in a soft blanket, and it becomes the perfect spot for shared reading sessions or solo time with a novel.
3. Reading Nook Accessories
Quick Tip: Lighting is crucial. While natural light is a boon, having a dedicated reading lamp ensures you can read your book any time of the day or night. Opt for adjustable ones so you can direct the light just where you need it.
Remember the joy of creating a space that’s uniquely yours? That’s what designing a reading nook is all about.
It’s a reflection of your reading habits, your comfort preferences, and your style. So, whether you’re a fan of modern minimalism or vintage charm, let your reading space tell your story.
🛠️ 📐 DIY & Customization Ideas
There’s a unique joy in crafting something with your own hands, especially when it’s a space dedicated to your favorite pastime. Unleash your creativity, add a dash of personal flair, and watch your reading nook come alive with character.
Crafting Your Own Space
Do you remember the thrill of building something with your own two hands? The sense of accomplishment when you look at your creation? That’s the magic of DIY. And when it comes to reading nooks, the DIY approach allows you to infuse your personality into every nook and cranny (pun intended!). While you’re at it, remember to start doing and stop overthinking, just like in other aspects of life.
1. DIY Basics
Before diving into the world of DIY, it’s essential to have a clear vision. Sketch out your ideas, make a list of materials, and set a budget. And remember, it’s okay to seek inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram, but let your creativity shine.
2. Small Reading Nook Ideas
Not all of us have sprawling spaces, but that shouldn’t deter you. A small corner, a window ledge, or even a closet can be transformed. Use light colors to make the space feel larger, and add mirrors or reflective surfaces to bounce light around.
3. Loft Reading Nooks
If you have a loft or an attic, it’s like striking gold. These spaces are naturally cozy and offer a bird’s eye view of your surroundings.
Lay down some floor cushions, add a low table, and you’ve got a serene reading spot.
4. Turning Closets into Reading Spaces
This idea is a personal favorite. Taking an unused closet and turning it into a reading haven is both practical and charming. Add shelves for your books, a comfy seat, and some soft lighting. It’s like stepping into a different world every time you open that closet door.
Quick Tip: DIY is all about experimenting. Don’t be afraid to try different things. And if something doesn’t work out, it’s okay. Every mistake is a lesson learned.
Have you ever taken on a DIY project? Making something yourself, with its little hiccups and laughs, is truly special and worth every moment.
And when it’s a reading nook you’re creating, the rewards are tenfold.
Customization: Making the Nook Truly Yours
Every reader is unique, and so should their reading space. Customization is all about adding those personal touches that make a space resonate with your soul. Let’s explore some tips to make your reading corner just right for you.
1. DIY Reading Benches
Why settle for store-bought when you can craft your own? A DIY bench allows you to choose the exact dimensions, materials, and finishes. Add storage underneath for your books or blankets, and you’ve got a functional and personalized piece.
2. Creating a Reading Nook
The process of creating a reading nook is as exciting as reading a gripping novel. Start with the basics: Where do you want it? What’s the primary light source? Once you’ve got that down, think of the theme. Do you want a beachy vibe, a forest retreat, or perhaps a vintage charm?
3. How to Make It Cozy
Coziness is key. Think soft throws, plush cushions, and ambient lighting. Fairy lights draped around your nook can add a touch of whimsy. And don’t forget the power of scent. A lavender candle or a pine-scented diffuser can elevate your reading experience.
Quick Tip: Personal memorabilia can make your nook feel even more special. Whether it’s a photo from a memorable trip, a cherished trinket, or even a handwritten note from a loved one, these additions make your space truly yours.
Remember the first time you personalized something? Maybe it was a diary, a room, or even a desktop wallpaper.
The joy of seeing something reflect your personality is unparalleled. Your reading nook deserves the same love and attention. So, roll up those sleeves and let your creativity flow!
💡 🧣 Ambiance & Accessories for Reading Nooks
You ever noticed how the proper lighting or accessory can transport you straight into a story? Discover ways to make your reading spot feel special so that every minute you spend there takes you to a whole new place.
Nothing complements a reading session better than a warm drink. Maybe learn how to make coffee without a coffee maker for those cozy reading moments?
Setting the Mood From Lighting to Decor
Have you ever walked into a room and felt an immediate sense of calm? That’s the power of ambiance. When it comes to reading nooks, the right ambiance can transport you from your living room to the world within your book.
1. Lighting Matters
The soft glow of a lamp, the golden hue of fairy lights, or the natural light streaming from a window – each has its charm.
For daytime readers, a window seat reading nook is a treasure. But for those late-night reading marathons, an adjustable lamp is a savior.
2. Canopies and Coziness
There’s something undeniably magical about reading under a canopy. It’s like having a protective cocoon around you. Whether you’re crafting a reading nook for an adult or a child, a canopy adds a touch of whimsy and privacy.
3. Decor and Personal Touches
From wall art that celebrates your favorite quotes to trinkets that tell a story, the decor is what personalizes a space. Consider adding a rug for warmth, some greenery for freshness, and maybe a cushion or two with bookish designs.
4. Storage Solutions
A reading nook with storage is like a dream come true for bibliophiles. Think of benches with hidden compartments or wall-mounted shelves. Not only do they keep your favorite reads at arm’s length, but they also help declutter the space.
For large collections of books, think vertically. Floor-to-ceiling storage will maximize the space. If you choose to have open shelving, mix your books with photos, artwork or even beautiful serveware.
Repurposing furniture can be a quick and cheap solution: a wooden box can serve as a side table and double up as storage for your current books.
Quick Tip: The ambiance is not just visual. Consider adding a soft playlist in the background or a gentle sound machine mimicking rain or forest sounds. It can elevate your reading experience to a whole new level.
Do you remember the first time you read a book and felt like you were in a different world? That’s the feeling we’re aiming for.
With the right ambiance and accessories, your reading nook can become a portal to countless adventures, stories, and dreams.
Modern Touches and Timeless Classics
Blending the modern with the timeless can create a reading space that feels both fresh and nostalgic. Let’s learn how to strike that perfect balance.
1. Modern Reading Nooks
Sleek lines, minimalist designs, and innovative storage solutions characterize modern reading spaces. Think of a floating bench by a large window or a modular seating arrangement that can be rearranged as per your mood. Add a touch of tech with adjustable LED lights or even a tablet holder for digital readers.
2. Library Vibes
There’s a reason why old-world libraries have a special place in our hearts. The rich wooden shelves, the leather-bound books, and the soft glow of a vintage lamp.
Why not bring some of that charm into your reading nook? Even a single wooden shelf or a classic leather chair can evoke that library feel.
3. Reading Nook Accessories
Accessories are like the jewelry of a room. A modern geometric bookend, a vintage hourglass timer, or even a quirky bookmark can add layers of personality to your space. And let’s not forget the power of textiles. A modern patterned cushion paired with a classic woolen throw is a match made in heaven.
Quick Tip: Balance is key. If you’re leaning heavily towards a modern design, add a vintage accessory or two. Conversely, if your space is more classic, a modern lamp or shelf can provide a refreshing contrast.
Think back to your favorite stories. The ones where the past meets the present, where tradition blends with innovation.
A reading nook that feels both familiar and exciting, a place where stories from all eras come to life.
Crafting Your Reading Retreat
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, having a personal sanctuary to retreat to is a blessing. A reading nook, whether it’s a grand window seat overlooking a garden or a cozy corner in your bedroom, offers that escape. It’s a place where stories come alive, where dreams are woven, and where the outside world fades away, if only for a little while.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to reading nooks. It’s a reflection of you – your tastes, your comforts, and your favorite reading habits. So, whether you’re a DIY enthusiast ready to build from scratch or someone looking to transform an existing space, let your imagination run wild.
Are you ready to craft a space that’s just for you? Let your creativity shine, and soon, you’ll have a nook where every reading session feels like a mini-vacation.
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