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Reading nook ideas

Create a relaxing reading area in your home using bookcases and comfy furniture pieces.

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A woman sat cosily reading in a chair with a blanket on her lap.

How to create a cosy reading nook

Like to escape in a good book? Then maybe you should consider turning an area of your home into a reading nook; where you can read without distractions. With a few key furniture pieces and somewhere to put your collection of books, you’ll soon be ready to get lost in the latest page turner.

A black armchair in a living room space.

1. Add a reading chair

When deciding on what to put in your reading nook, a comfy seat should be at the top of your list. An armchair with an extra-wide seat gives you plenty of room to move, and curl up if you so wish. Or, for a more laidback feel, why not try a recliner.

A woman lying on the floor reading with a wall of bookcases behind her.

2. Build a library wall

If you have lots of books, you’ll need somewhere to store them. One idea is to create a bank of bookcases. To achieve this, simply line up a few bookcases in a row along a single wall. For a tidier, uniformed look, use ones that are of the same design and height.

    A plush armchair with a cushion.

    3. Make it comfy

    Before you nestle into your reading nook, make sure it’s comfy. Try layering up a chair with a cushion or two as this will make the space cosier. You could toss in a throw as well. Look for soft materials like fleece or faux fur - something you can snuggle up in.

    A geometric patterned footstool in a living space.

    4. Include a footstool

    There's nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up with a good book. So why not treat yourself to a cushioned footstool. Pair it up with a plush armchair and a snug blanket and you’re all set for a reading session.

    A comfy armchair positioned by a window on top of a brightly patterned rug.

    5. Lay a patterned rug

    Add pattern and colour to your reading nook in the form of a statement rug. For some warmth and texture, go for a shaggy style that you can bury your feet into after kicking off your shoes.

    An elegant table lamp positioned on a sideboard next to an armchair.

    6. Light it with a lamp

    Think about using a floor lamp to illuminate your late-night reading. A lamp like this casts a subtle pool of light, which makes the space feel more intimate. For more focused lighting, go for a table lamp or desk lamp.

    A cube side table decorated with ornaments and a lamp beside an armchair.

    7. Squeeze in a side table

    A side table offers a handy place to rest a book or coffee cup. Position it beside your reading chair, then top it with an accessory like a lamp or vase.

    An artificial plant in a leopard head planter on a side table.

    8. Invest in some house plants

    Plants can be strategically placed to separate your bookish space from the rest of the room. Opt for large, leafy varieties to make the area feel more closed off.

    A turquoise elephant ornament on a table beside a teacup.

    9. Personalise it

    To create a calming reading nook, decorate it with candles and tea lights. You could also add a personal touch by adding a favourite ornament or artwork.

    Bookcase ideas

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    Need to organise your books? These freestanding and modular units will give your favourite reads the attention they deserve.

    Creating a reading corner for kids

    Having a dedicated area for reading in a playroom or child’s bedroom can foster a love of books from an early age. A space like this should be cosy and inviting, away from the distractions of TV and technology. Decorate it with cushions and some blankets to make it a comfy place to read in.

    Reading corner essentials

    A unicorn beanbag chair.

    Beanbag

    Instead of having a chair or stool in their reading corner why not opt for a beanbag instead. Available in a range of sizes, styles, colours and fabrics, beanbags provide a relaxed setting for reading.

    A silver teepee tent patterned with white stars.

    Teepee

    As well as a place for make-believe and play, a teepee can be used as a cosy reading nook. Let them fill it with blankets and cushions to make it as den-like as possible. It’s the perfect place for a bedtime story.

    A slim book tidy.

    Sling bookcase

    A sling bookcase can house books of all shapes and sizes. And, because it stores books with the covers facing outwards, kids can easily pick out their favourite stories.

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