by Cat Queen
Creating a charming book nook in your home is much easier than you might think. You don’t need wall-to-wall shelving or an overstuffed chair next to a roaring fire (although if that’s what you’re working with, great!) All you really need to create your reading nook is a comfy place to sit, some soft light, and a warm blanket. Follow these tips for setting up your perfect reading escape.
Using space wisely
Most homes have at least one space that is just waiting to be converted into a cozy reading area. Built-in book nooks add instant charm and character to a home. If you’re up for a minor renovation, the unused area below your staircase might be a great candidate for your new reading lounge. Check behind the wall to make sure there aren’t any important wires or pipes; then measure to ensure there is enough empty space for an adult to fit comfortably.
If that’s not an option, there are plenty of other wonderful spaces you can convert into a book nook. Window seats, large landings, or any under-used corner of your home will do just fine! You can even convert a closet into a secret reading hideaway. For the little ones, use a teepee to offset a special reading area just for them.
Picking the right spot
Your reading nook should be a place where your mind is utterly at rest. Pick a spot in your house where you feel relaxed and able to concentrate. Make sure it’s quiet, temperature controlled, and has plenty of light.
Get ready to sit back and relax
Once you’ve found the perfect get-away spot, it’s time to bring in the major players. First and most importantly, you’ll need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it’s a high-back chair, a chaise lounge, or a pile of pillows on the floor, choose a soft, welcoming seat where you can devour your next page-turner.
Shed some light on your book nook
Lighting is another essential element of a great book nook. Indirect, natural sunlight is ideal, but you also want to ensure that you have artificial lighting available for late evening reading. Adjustable lamp lighting will help you get the right level of light whenever you need it.
A place for everything, and everything in its place
A small table or shelf next to your seating area will give you a place to keep a lamp, other books or magazines, pens, or beverages. If you don’t have much floor space, install a small floating shelf next to your chair. The key to achieving book nook perfection is making sure you have everything you might need in one space. Nothing breaks your concentration more than having to keep getting up to go grab a drink or a pen or a blanket.
Speaking of blankets, keep a soft, warm throw on or near your chair. A couple of toss pillows will also keep things snug and cozy.
Creating a charming book nook in your home is as easy as following these steps. Regardless of the amount of space available, you can make yourself an inviting spot to curl up with your favorite book.