Tips for Creating a Relaxing Reading Nook
There’s nothing more relaxing than finding a perfect reading nook and curling up with your favorite book after a long day at the office. Sure, you can read anywhere, but just imagine having a place that’s comfortable and full of light, with your books on an interesting coffee table. Those who enjoy spending their free time reading know how much they need a peaceful and quiet space – even if you’re not that into books, you can create a space for flipping through magazines or reading the news. No matter what you choose, you’ll love the space you made and want to spend every second in your piece of heaven.
Pick the Right Spot
The right spot for your reading nook can be anywhere in the house, so you need to be creative and use the space you have. If you don’t have enough room, you can set up your reading spot in your bedroom, kitchen or living room. The only thing you’ll need is a comfortable chair, pillows and blankets.
However, if you can afford to occupy more space, think about setting a nook in a part of the house that makes you relaxed. For example, you can use the corner of your living room and create a bigger reading space, or you can place it by a big window and enjoy the view while taking a break from reading. Apart from that, you can buy a big rocking chair, set it on your porch and make this an outdoor reading nook. The key thing is to choose a place that’s cozy and has absolutely no distractions – after all, that’s the only way to make sure you’ll be focused on your reading.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Even though books and reading are the main focus of this project, you need to feel comfortable to enjoy them completely, so you should find the perfect furniture. If you have a chair you’re particularly fond of, you can use it as your main seating area and design your reading nook around it. On the other hand, if you need to buy new furniture, try to find the most comfortable option out there that will be great for reading for hours.
There are so many variations to choose from and this mainly depends on your budget and the space you have. The first option is a simple chair that can be found in different shapes and sizes, and this idea is great because you’ll surely be able to find a model that suits the size of your nook. To add more style and coziness, add an ottoman – you can put a huge tray of food and beverages here and put your feet up from time to time. If you have even more space, it’s perfectly fine to go big and find a small sofa or a chaise lounge which will allow you to take a nap after a long read.
Light It Up
While a natural light is the best option for reading, sometimes you can’t rely on having it – moreover, if you love reading at night, you can’t rely on it at all! This is why you need to provide your nook with enough lighting and install everything correctly. You can always add an interesting lamp to brighten up your space even more and opt for different types of bulbs depending on what suits you the most: Edison light bulbs, LED lighting and regular light bulbs provide different types of light, so you need to see which one is going to be the best fit for your new space.
If you still don’t have enough lighting and want to illuminate your reading nook further, be sure to check your electricity connection and find the most reliable ways to make everything work. A great way to adjust lighting to your habits and different hours of the day, is to install light dimmers which allow you control the amount of light.
Create Storage for Books
You’ll need lots of storage for your books and having a few shelves won’t be enough to place all those books you want to read. For maximum convenience, you can build shelves close to your seating area, or even make a reading bench with some built-in storage space underneath it. For keeping books and magazines you’re currently reading, choose an interesting magazine or book holder, and keep it on your coffee table.
For additional storage, you can also find a coffee table with shelves and use this space to organize your books by genres or authors or even display your favorite books so your visitors can see them. Sometimes it’s perfectly fine to be messy and you can even make that looks organized. Just stack your books close to your seating area and make a few piles. Although this may seem like a bad idea, this can be a great way to save some space and money because you won’t have to buy additional shelves. If you want to take things to another next level, create a reading oasis built in between bookshelves. This is a great option if you lack space and this all-in-one project can be implemented even in the smallest corners of your home.
Add Decorative Touches
To finish this project, you need to decorate your reading nook, and the best way to do so is by adding scented candles and sticks, a few pictures or framed quotes, and a nice vase for fresh flowers. This will make everything more inviting and enjoyable and help you relax and prepare for your reading. Also, you can add a personal touch by adding your favorite color, some wall decorations or a painting or two.
If you want to boost the look of your shelves, hang a string of lights and make it more romantic for your late-night readings. This will accentuate the design of your reading spot so make sure everything is properly organized. To make it cozier, add an interesting rug that will bring in a dash of elegance and some color. Apart from that, you can hang a bulletin board and make reading lists, rules for book lending or even a schedule if you’re sharing your reading space with your roommates or family members. You can buy book-related decorations and place them wherever you find an empty spot, especially if they’re based on your favorite character or genre you like to read.
The Perfect Reading Nook
A relaxing space is every avid reader’s dream and there’s no excuse for not creating one in your home too. Taking some time off your busy daily schedule is a must for everyone and this can be the perfect way to relax. We all need a space to kick off our shoes and enjoy our hobbies – this project can be completed within a day, but just one reading session it’s going to provide us with enough energy for an entire week. However, this is only the beginning: now you need to make a reading list and start a book club. That way, you can show everyone your reading spot and maybe find out a few more interesting ideas.
ContributorEmma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.