12 Creative Reading Spaces for Kids

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    12 Creative Reading Spaces for Kids

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    Want to encourage an early love of reading? These fun and imaginative reading nooks are practically guaranteed to put little noses in books!
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    Closet-Space Club House

    Photo via Little Hell Raisers.

    The square-footage may be a little on the low side, but this closet “club house,” 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. Wall to wall shelving up above 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.

    Of course, sacrificing your kiddo’s...MORE closet is easier said than done. Need help taming the tangle? Visit our storage solutions page.

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    A Perfect Perch

    Photo via Blafre.

    What child doesn’t dream of their very own tree house? This highly imaginative reading room takes the adventure indoors. Just grab your favorite storybook and climb on up!

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    A Reading Room with a View

    Photo via These Moments of Mine.

    Shirley, a teacher, blogger and busy mother of three, used to see the cozy little nook 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!

    See how she did it here.

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    Closet Turned Book Nook

    Photo via Thrifty Decor Chick.

    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 just think they are the coolest. I think kids are drawn to small spaces too…I wanted...MORE to create a little space for the Bub to get away and dream, and I think I accomplished it.”

    See Sarah’s full tutorial here.

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    Peewee Teepee

    Photo via Jen Loves Kev.

    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 through out the day,” Jen explains. “And now, each night before bed, Kev, Rowan and I all lay down and read a bedtime story...MORE in the teepee.”

    You can learn more about Jen’s project, here.

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    Converted Attic Space

    Photo via Tiny Blue Lines.

    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.”

    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...MORE surprising amount of wasted space hiding just behind the drywall. 

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    DIY Wooden Pallet Reading Corner

    Photo via Kojodesigns.

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

    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 behind her local hardware store.

    You can find Kristin’s full tutorial here.

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    Hallway Hideout

    Photo via Hiyapapaya.

    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 else ware in your home. This beautiful, built-in reading area makes the most of an otherwise unused space at the end of the hall.

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    Imagination’s Pass

    Photo via Apartment Therapy.

    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.

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    A Lived-In Library

    Photo via Naptime Decorator.

    Want to encourage the kids to take a break from the TV? Adding a comfortable reading corner to your family room just 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...MORE where the action is. Creating a family reading station in a space 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

    Photo via Jen Loves Kev.

    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

    Photo via Living with Punks.

    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!