Finding the time to read a book (or even a magazine) can feel like a supreme luxury. But we can’t help but feel like we’d absolutely make the time if only we had a cozy reading nook. Even if you don’t have a quaint little alcove to nook-ify, you can create a dedicated space for reading, daydreaming, or even just scrolling through your Instagram feed. Here are some key elements for making your dream reading nook:
A comfy place to stretch out
Whether it’s an armchair and an ottoman, a chaise, or an upholstered bench, you need a spot where you can curl up, recline, and just relax. If you’re sitting up straight with your feet on the floor, your discomfort will distract you from the plot.
A throw pillow and plush blanket
If you want to get seriously cozy, you’re going to need some reinforcements, namely a pillow to support your back or neck, and a throw to cuddle up underneath.
A side table
If you really want to settle in for a while, you’re going to need a steaming cup of tea (or beverage of choice), plus a spot to rest your book and glasses when reading turns into napping.
Whether you choose a floor or table lamp, a dedicated light source makes your reading nook feel warmer and more intimate than relying on overhead lights.
A great book
Obviously. But this one’s up to you.
Now that you have the basics down, get inspired by some of our favorite reading nooks.
A palette of cool neutrals and mixed metals makes for an elegant space. The stately grey tufted armchair and silver side table paired with the modern chevron pouf keep the space looking fresh, while a knit throw adds texture and ups the cozy factor.
A comfy bench is a great alternative to a chair and ottoman, especially if you have a sunny corner to fill. Topping it with pillows and a fur throw makes the space inviting.
A hallway alcove can be transformed from a forgettable space to a coveted hideaway by adding shelves, lighting, and a few plush chairs.
Via Lush Home
Think of your reading nook as the opportunity to carve out your own small space in the room and make it entirely your own. So, if you want a ladylike corner with a pink chaise and a vase of peonies, don’t hold back.
Wee Window Seat
Sometimes a nook is just that–a tiny space you carve out and claim as your own. This diminutive nook isn’t much more than a wide window ledge topped with a few cushions and a throw pillow, and personalized with a lantern and plant. The bookshelf below is a bonus feature for fast (or fickle) readers.
Via Dwell Beautiful
One of the great things about a reading nook is that you can make one anywhere. But if you’re able to design a nook, you can create a truly special space, like this pattern-friendly spot. Custom bolsters and a swing arm lamp are just right for a long afternoon of catching up with your favorite characters.
Via Decor Pad
If you have some empty space below a staircase, turn it into a snug reading spot. A long cushion and some pillows make it instantly cozy, and built-in drawers offer a spot for stashing blankets and extra reading material.
Via Southern Living
Minimal & Modern
Clean lines and neutral tones make for a soothing, relaxing space, which is made all the more beautiful with a dramatic vase of flowering branches. Bringing an organic element into the space, whether in the form of a plant or cut blooms, literally adds life to the room.
This deep alcove with a reclaimed wood wall is basically a cave for reading (or, let’s be real, napping). Light wood, neutrals, and soothing shades of blue make it an instantly relaxing space.
Via Read It Forward
If you have space to create a home library and a nook, you basically owe it to all book lovers to let us live vicariously through you. In this home library nook, you’re surrounded by books, and, out the window, nature. In a word, bliss.