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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.

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. If you opt for an armchair, choose something comfortable that you can really sink into. A chair 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.

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Build a library wall with bookcases

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 bookcases that are of the same design and height.

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Snuggle up in a cosy corner

Before you nestle into your reading nook, make sure it’s comfy. Try layering up a chair with a fluffy 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 warm that you can wrap yourself up in.

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4 things to put in your reading nook

1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. Rug

Add a little pattern 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.

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4. 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 and inviting. For more focused lighting, go for either a desk lamp or table lamp.

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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.

3 reading corner essentials

1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. 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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