Sitting down and getting stuck into a good book is one of life’s great pleasures, and where better to do it than in a cosy, comfortable reading nook? The following tips can help you turn a corner, a recess, or another spot at home into the perfect space for your literary adventures.
You also will find a few tips for creating reading nooks for children; something that is encouraged. Parents who have made nooks found that their children started reading more than they had before.
1. Find The Right Spot
First, you need to find the perfect spot for your reading nook. There are several factors to take into account. If it is not already cosy and comfortable, can you make it so with relative ease?
Is there a source of natural light? Is the space relatively quiet, or will it invite all sorts of interruptions?
2. Find A Chair, Maybe
Seating is important in a reading nook, but do not feel that it needs to be a chair. If you have a comfortable chair, great. If not, consider getting a wingback armchair, a chaise lounge, or even a hammock.
Try to find a seat that fits in with your chosen theme. Most importantly, the chair needs to be comfortable. Whether you are reading, in a cinema, at a restaurant, or playing bingo games for money, a comfy seat is one less unwelcome distraction.
3. Bring In Bookcases Or Shelves
A reading nook needs shelf space. Consider adding one or more bookcases or putting some shelves on the wall. You also could use store-bought cabinets that you can assemble yourself, or if you can afford it, you could have a carpenter make shelves.
You even could use shelving to set your nook in a recess. Do not be afraid to put up shelves that let you display books face-out. Some covers are works of art in their own right.
4. Add A Table
A small table will not go amiss in a reading nook. You can use it for your mug of tea, coffee, or cocoa, for a lamp, or even for photographs, a potted plant, a flower arrangement, or other personal touches.
5. Let There Be Light
Your reading nook ideally should be located near a source of natural light such as a window, a skylight, or French doors.
Ideals are not always possible to achieve, so your nook may need to be located in the space under the stairs – and you may need to add some decent lighting. In addition to a reading lamp, try other fixtures such as a pendant light or a wall sconce.
6. Reading Nooks For Children
A reading nook for children should invite them to explore new worlds through the pages of books. If you have an unused closet, you can remove the door/s and the shelves, paint it, and add soft furnishings, a few shelves for books, and decorations.
An alternative idea is to use a canopy, a mosquito net, or even curtains to create a tent-like space. You also can use beanbags instead of chairs.