Who doesn’t love a good story? Whether it’s a fairytale love story or a mind-intriguing mystery, there’s something to love about cuddling up with a good book. All book lovers know that having a designated reading space is a necessity in every home.
You love your books, and you deserve an area in your home where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a good story. Creating the perfect reading nook doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye, however. There’s a lot that goes into designing an ideal space for reading.
You’ll need to find the right location for it, decide on the furniture you’ll use, and so much more. If you’re ready to create a reading nook in your home but aren’t sure where to begin, then you’ll want to continue reading below.
Here’s everything you need to know about designing a super comfy and functional reading nook.
Discover the Right Location
Before you can begin to build on the design of your reading nook, you’ll first need to find the right location for it. The best location for your reading space might depend on the layout of your home and your own preferences. For example, some people read best in quiet areas, while others enjoy reading with a bit of background noise.
Keep this in mind when finding the right location for yours. Many homeowners also enjoy placing their reading nooks in a corner of a room next to a large window. This is a great location, but if your home’s layout doesn’t provide this option, you’ll have to improvise a bit.
Unused fireplaces, closets, and other tucked-away areas can also work well.
Decide on the Type of Seating
The seating you use is important as well. Do you want to sink into an oversized chair, or would you rather sit on a few fluffy pillows? The type of seating you decide to use might depend on the amount of room you have or it might depend on what’s comfortable for you.
If you have space, consider placing a small stressless table and an ottoman or bench in your nook. Having a table inside your nook is convenient for days when you want to cuddle up with a good book and a tasty cup of coffee.
If you don’t have much space, then consider placing a stressless office chair in a corner of a room. You only need these items and a small tucked-away area of a room to create a functional reading-nook space.
Keep Comfort in Mind
In order to get lost in a good story, you need to be comfortable. It’s hard to focus on what you’re reading if your back is aching and your legs are falling asleep. That’s why you need to keep comfort in mind when designing your nook.
You’ll want to use materials and textures that are comfortable to the touch and not itchy. Discover what warm colors make the area feel homey and appeal to your senses. If the area is located on hard flooring, you can also consider putting down an area rug for added comfort as well.
Provide Enough Lighting
The more light you have in the reading nook, the more ideal it’ll be for reading your favorite books. You need the light fixtures you choose to provide enough lighting to not cast shadows on your pages. The brighter the area is, the better you can read.
If you’re able to find a cozy spot by a large window, then you’re already on the right path to perfect lighting. If you can’t place your nook in an area by a window, then you’ll have a bit more work to do, but both scenarios require artificial lighting.
Place a reading lamp on a small side table next to your chair. Hang a light globe right above the nook. You can also consider placing rope lighting around the area as well.
If the natural light that comes through the window during the day is too bright, install light curtains that can help control the light without shutting it out completely.
Build a Canopy
It’s ideal to find a place in your home secluded from everything else. In some homes, this is an easy find. In other homes, it’s a much more difficult task.
If you’re unable to find a good location that’s secluded from everything else, you can build a canopy around your nook instead. Hanging a canopy over your reading chair will create the isolated area you’re looking to design. Climb up into your chair and keep the canopy open or shut it to really get lost in your own world.
Install a Bookshelf
What would a reading nook be without a bookshelf? If the space permits, install a bookshelf inside your nook. You’ll then have easy access to all your favorite stories all in one place where you can also sit down and read them.
Built-in bookshelves work well because they don’t take up much space. They can be installed inside a window reading nook, a corner nook, and about anywhere else as well.
Design Your Own Reading Nook Today
Your home deserves the proper reading nook for all your reading needs. Use these tips given above to help create your own reading space. Remember to keep comfort and lighting in mind when designing it, and you’ll have the perfect reading nook in no time!
Once you have your nook all designed out, it’s time to start choosing some Stressless recliners and furniture to finish your new relaxing area. Click here to browse through our Stressless furniture options today.