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Creating a Reading Nook

Reading chair next to window and bookshelf.

Essentials for curling up with a good book

Unplugging with your favorite author or simply flipping through a magazine is a decadent way to spend some downtime. So why not make it even better with a dedicated area for a literary escape? 

A reading nook is easy to pull together, whether you have a lot of space to spare or just a little. Not sure where to start? Use these tips to help you create a calming place to relax, unwind and get lost in a story. 

  • Pick your spot. Take a look around. Do you have an unused corner or alcove? How about a lonely staircase landing or extra space in your bedroom? If you have enough room for a chair, you have enough room for a reading nook. 

  • Select your seat. Make sure the chair you choose is comfortable and provides good support for your back. If you have a furry friend who will be joining you, make sure your chair is big enough for two. Need someplace to prop your feet? Add a matching footrest, ottoman or pouf. 

  • Include a side table. A side table or garden stool comes in handy for holding a cup of tea, glass of wine or yummy snacks. 

  • Store your books. A standing bookshelf or floating shelves is ideal for displaying to-be-read books as well as your favorites. If space is tight, consider keeping books on a rolling utility cart that you can easily store elsewhere, or even in a pretty basket next to you chair.

  • Light it up. The right lighting makes all the difference when curling up to read. Even if your nook is next to a window with plenty of natural daylight, make sure you have task lighting, such as a floor lamp, for reading on overcast days or at night. (A book light also comes in handy for illuminating pages in the dark—no electrical outlet needed!)

  • Maximize comfort. Plush throw pillows and snuggly throws (think chenille or faux fur) make any nook more warm and inviting.

  • Make it personal. Surround yourself with things that bring a smile to your face—vacation photos, plants, framed art or that piece of pottery from your best friend.

Make use of space under stairs Make use of space under stairs

Choose a comfy chair for relaxing Choose a comfy chair for relaxing

Add a side table for holding essentials Add a side table for holding essentials
Use floating shelves to keep your favorites at your fingertips Use floating shelves to keep your favorites at your fingertips
Help prevent eye strain by adding task lighting Help prevent eye strain by adding task lighting
Keep things cozy with pillows and a throw blanket Keep things cozy with pillows and a throw blanket
Put a spin on your space with potted plants Put a spin on your space with potted plants

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