How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook in Your Home

how to create a cozy reading nook

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Every home deserves a cozy reading nook that is outfitted with comfortable seating, good lighting, a side table for reading glasses and drinking glasses, and soft textiles like throw pillows, blankets, and plush rugs to keep you comfortable while you lose yourself in a book.

When it comes to reading nook design, you can choose a built-in space like a window seat or equip a quiet corner with a comfortable armchair (don't forget an ottoman or a pouf so you can put your feet up) and task lighting. Read on for tips on how to design a stylish reading nook that will become a peaceful oasis that will make you feel calm and grounded and help you relax and recharge.

how to create a cozy reading nook

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How to Pick the Right Spot

Choosing the location of your reading nook is your first priority. You can create a reading nook in any room of the house that makes sense with your layout, lifestyle, and budget. This may mean making use of a built-in window seat or building a dedicated niche with integrated storage and lighting in the bedroom or living room. Or it can be as simple as setting up a chaise longue in the corner of the sunroom or family room, or adding a comfy armchair to your home library or home office.

Choose a reading nook location that's out of the way of busy thoroughfares if there are lots of people in the house, or go for a prime spot by a window in your favorite corner if you live on your own. In a nursery or kids' room, carve out a dedicated reading nook that makes having impromptu or nightly storytime convenient and will create a zone your kids will associate with reading, encouraging them to keep up the habit as they grow.

cozy reading nook

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Light It Up

One of the most important elements of creating a reading nook that you will use is to equip it with proper task lighting. This can be anything from an adjustable floor lamp to wall-mounted industrial sconces. If you enjoy reading during the daytime, consider locating your reading nook near a window so that you can benefit from natural light whenever possible.

how to create a cozy reading nook

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Choose the Right Furniture

Seating is the most important aspect of your reading nook, so be sure to choose the best reading chair for the size and style of the room and your personal preferences. Some people love an armchair and an ottoman, while others swear by a rocking chair. If you are building a custom window seat or niche for your reading nook, be sure to pad surfaces with comfortable backrests and cushions. And consider adding built-in or freestanding storage for books and accessories like extra throw blankets as well as a table where you can rest your book, reading glasses, and favorite hot drink.

Maintaining Your Reading Nook

  • Be sure to keep your reading nook neat and tidy between sessions so that it remains an inviting spot that's ready anytime you have spare time to read.
  • Tidy up throw blankets and pillows, put your eyeglasses in their case, and store your reading material in an accessible place.
  • Keep nearby windows clean to maximize natural light, and be sure to vacuum seat cushions and dust lightbulbs.
cozy reading nook

Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Make It Cozy and Inviting

A cozy reading nook includes must-haves such as throw pillows and blankets for extra back support and warmth. Style your reading nook with a small side table or wall niche where you can display feel-good accessories like scented candles, a plant, or seasonal decor and colors that will make it feel inviting. Include a stylish woven floor basket where you can easily store extra blankets or reading materials to keep the space feeling tidy.

how to create a kids reading nook

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Make It Kid-Friendly

Kids' reading nooks are designated areas in a bedroom, playroom, or elsewhere in the house that are outfitted with book storage, comfy seating, and proper lighting to offer children a relaxing spot to curl up with a good book. From built-in niches to secret getaways tucked under the stairs to bedroom corners styled with reading chairs and custom shelving, carving out a cool and stylish place for your kids to cozy up with a book will help them to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.