If you work a nine-to-five job five days a week, you would probably be too tired to do anything else at the end of the week. You’d much rather stay home in your jammies watching your favorite TV shows or curling up in your favorite chair with a good book. However, once the children are awake, there might not be time for you to enjoy your book. That’s why it’s important to have a special nook dedicated to your favorite hobby – reading.
A reading nook is not a typical part of any home, not unless you specified it when your house plans were being drawn. Nevertheless, you can transform a particular space in your house into a personal reading nook. You can definitely DIY, here’s some inspiration.
For instance, if there is an awkward corner in your living room or bedroom, you could turn it into your very special nook. Moreover, if you have bay windows in your home, you could choose one that lets in an ample amount of natural light and use it as your reading nook. Even a loft that’s cozy, warm, and comfortable may be turned into an area for some reading and relaxation.
Setting up your own reading nook is easy. As discussed earlier, you just need to find a good spot in your home that you can claim your own. If you can’t seem to find a good place, you might consider rearranging your furniture. Doing so could open up spaces in your den, living room, or bedroom that you never knew existed. The important thing to remember is that your reading nook should be a spot that’s far removed from where the bulk of activities take place. There is nothing more annoying than loud noises when you’re trying to absorb what you’re reading.
Colorful, unmatched chairs
Next, find a good chair that you can call your very own “reading chair.” If could be something big and fluffy or it can be a comfortable easy chair that you can curl up in. Others prefer reading with their backs propped up on piles of soft pillows. A beanbag can be a good “reading chair,” too. Just make sure the chair is comfortable and you won’t end up with a sore back and kinks on your shoulders and upper back.
Your reading nook doesn’t need to have matching furniture. You can pull up an unused table or nightstand beside your reading chair and use it to keep your books organized. Mismatched furniture would only make your reading nook even cozier. If you can’t find a good table, improvise! Dig into the stuff you’ve stashed away in your basement. You might find something that you can use as a table.
Lamps and other accessories
Ideally, a window would bring in the light necessary for an easy read. At night, a reading lamp would suffice.
If you have a desk in your reading nook, invest on a good desk lamp. Otherwise, brighten up your nook with a floor lamp. The light doesn’t have to be too bright or too dim. Choose a level of brightness that makes reading easier even on days you haven’t cleaned much.
If possible, seclude the area you have designated as your reading nook with a curtain. Not only will the curtain make your nook more comfortable but it also sends out a clear message that you don’t want anybody invading your personal space.
By keeping these simple tips in mind, you’d be able to transform any space in your home into your very own reading nook.