A reading nook is something many of us would say is on our dream home wishlist. We’d all like a cosy space where we can relax and read, sipping a nice hot chocolate and enjoying some precious alone time. Ideally, you’d like the walls lined with books, and a nice comfy seat to curl up in. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to have a full library at home. You might not even have a box room that you can convert into your own reading room. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a reading nook. There’s nothing to stop you taking a boring and unused corner of another room and turning it into your perfect reading corner.
Find the Perfect Corner
Take a look around your home. If you’ve got a spare room that you could convert, perfect, but if not, there are plenty of other areas to consider. If you’ve got a large bedroom, that can be ideal as chances are you only sleep in there. The dining room, your lounge, and either wide hallways and storage closets can work well. Look around your home for an unused area, which you wouldn’t mind converting.
Add Some Cosy Touches
The ultimate cosy touch would be a gorgeous long-burning fire, with logs from environmentally conscious manufacturers. It would keep you warm, add atmospheric light, and help you to relax. But, you might not have room. Other cosy touches can include blankets, cushions, pouffes and other soft furnishings, drapes and wall hangings.
Give Yourself Lighting Options
Lighting is a great way to change the mood of a room. You’ll need to be able to see of course, but that doesn’t mean that you must only use your overhead lights. Add string lights, lanterns, and even candles to create a cosy and warm atmosphere for you to relax in.
Make Space for Seating
There aren’t many things that your reading nook absolutely needs, but seating is one of them. If you’ve got a lot of space, a slouchy sofa or armchair could be ideal. If not, a window seat, or even bean bags and large cushions could work.
Add a Table
A table isn’t essential, but it is undoubtedly useful. Add a table, and you’ve got somewhere to place a drink and a candle, or just somewhere to leave the book you are reading when you are ready to retire for the day.
Find the Right Books
The most critical piece, of course, is the books. If you’ve got the room for a large shelf, go crazy and add as much as you like. But, if you are working with a small space, you might want to stick to your favourites and swap everything else over when you fancy a change.
There are many benefits to having a reading nook at home. First, it encourages reading. When you’ve got somewhere quiet, away from other distractions, you are more likely to make time to snuggle up with a good book. The benefits of reading are endless. But it’s more than that. It’s your safe space away from the rest of the world. Away from stress and to-do lists. It’s a place for you to find peace and solitude, whatever else is going on. We all need this.
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