12 Ideas for Creative Reading Spaces for Kids

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    Reading Spaces for Kids

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    Nothing gives children a better head-start in life than fostering a love of books and of reading. By creating a cozy, comfortable, and entertaining reading nook, you've given your kids every reason to fall in love with the world of books and reading.

    These fun and imaginative reading nooks are practically guaranteed to put little noses in books!

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    Closet-Space Club House

    The square-footage may be a little on the low side, but this closet “clubhouse,” created by John and Kara of Little Hell Raiser, is awfully big on imagination.

    Rail shelving mounted near the floor puts books at an arm’s reach while making the most of the limited floor space. Up above, wall-to-wall shelving maximizes the closet’s storage potential, while bright colors, clever lighting, and a few floor cushions pull it all together to create a fun and modern space.

    This closet clubhouse is one of several great storage solutions you can try if space is at a premium in your child's bedroom—perfect for families where books and reading occupy a high priority.

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    Perfect Perch

    What child doesn’t dream of having a tree house? This highly imaginative reading room takes the adventure indoors. In this example, the reading treehouse occupies the end of a narrow hallway that happens to have a window, but the same idea could be adapted to any room. The construction involves building a lofted floor area fronted by an artificial wall and equipped with a ladder. Rail shelves along the walls leading to the tree house allow for easy browsing. 

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    Reading Room with a View

    Shirley, a teacher, blogger and busy mother of three, used to see the cozy little alcove in her office as little more than wasted space, but thanks to a sudden burst of inspiration and a quick trip to IKEA, Shirley’s kids now have a cozy reading room of their own, and all for less than $80! The project is the essence of simple: A corner of the room is set off with draw-back curtains mounted on curtain bars and equipped with rail shelves that allow books to sit face-out for easy access. 

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    Closet Turned Book Nook

    This imaginative reading nook used to hold hoards of playroom clutter, but following what clever mama-blogger, Sarah, of Thrifty Design Chick, calls a glorious “decrapification,” the space went largely unused. With a little creativity and a decent dose of DIY know-how, Sarah transformed an otherwise wasted space into a beautiful reading nook for her little man.

    “I have this thing about nooks,” Sarah explains. “I think they are the coolest. I think kids are drawn to small spaces too…I wanted to create a little space for the Bub to get away and dream, and I think I accomplished it.”

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    Peewee Teepee

    Reading is an adventure—especially for lucky little Rowan, who spends her afternoons curled up with her favorite picture books in this gorgeous little teepee created by her mother, Jen.

    Strung with Christmas lights and filled with all manner of things soft and comfy, this magical little hideaway has become the family’s special reading spot. “We spend lots of time in there throughout the day,” Jen explains. “And now, each night before bed, Kev, Rowan, and I all lay down and read a bedtime story in the teepee.”

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    Converted Attic Space

    Book nook ontop of a bed
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    This little hideaway, created by Chaunie of Tiny Blue Lines, began as an existing storage/attic space. After a little reorganizing, Chaunie and her husband decided to convert the space, applying a fresh coat of paint and laying down a few square feet of laminate flooring.

    “The girls love their new play space,” Chaunie says. “They call it their “tree house.”

    If you're dreaming of a built-in hideaway of your own? Just because your home lacks an existing space, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Many houses have a surprising amount of wasted space, hiding just behind the drywall and waiting to be opened up with a door or hatchway.

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    DIY Wooden Pallet Reading Corner

    A comfortable reading chair is a must for any kids’ room.

    Are you running a little low on furniture funds? Why not get your DIY on? Kristen of KojoDesigns created this little reading couch for her son, Burke, using reclaimed wood from two wooden pallets picked up from behind her local hardware store.

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    Hallway Hideout

    Not sure your little one’s room is big enough for a purpose-built reading area? If your child’s room lacks the needed space, try looking elsewhere in your home. This beautiful, built-in reading area makes the most of otherwise unused space at the end of the hall. It involves building in shelf units framed around the windows and adding a daybed that featuring storage nooks beneath it. 

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    Imagination’s Pass

    This is no ordinary armoire. Like the pages of a C. S. Lewis novel come to life, this wardrobe takes the curious interloper to a world beyond—a fitting tribute to a classic novel as well as a striking metaphor for the power of a good book. This idea could be easily adapted to make use of space beneath a stairway or in an attic gable. 

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    Lived-In Library

    Want to encourage the kids to take a break from the TV? Adding a comfortable reading corner to your family room might do the trick.

    “The kids love it,” says Liz of Naptime Decorator, who created this charming reading station in her family’s well-loved living room. “I'll often look over and see one of them (or all of them) taking a book and sprawling out on the rug to read.”

    While older children might appreciate a quiet respite from a busy household, little ones often prefer to be where the action is. Creating a family reading station in a space that you all share allows for constant praise and more frequent family reading sessions, helping parents to encourage an early love of reading in their kids.

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    Window Nook

    This small window nook makes for an elegant little nursery library. The added shelving is an excellent use of space, and the lovely little table is the perfect place for a pint-sized print-lover to pour over her favorite pages.

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    Simple Shelving

    Books are beautiful. Why not put your child’s favorite titles on display? Rail shelving, like that used in this sweet and simple reading space, is an excellent way to fill an empty wall or brighten a vacant corner. Add a comfy chair and a good reading lamp, and you’re in business!