If you’ve spent even five minutes on apps such as Pinterest or Instagram, you probably know just how gorgeous a reading nook can be. But having a designated reading area in your house has a load of psychological benefits as well. It offers you a place to read before you go to bed and helps immerse you into the latest fantasy novel you’ve meant to read.
But maybe you’d like a reading nook, but don’t know where to start or are a little tight on space. Well, don’t you worry, because our tips can help anyone create that reading nook they’ve been dreaming of!
Keep it soft.
Remember, you’re not going to be sitting here for five minutes, but hopefully for many comfortable and creative hours. So you want to make sure your reading nook is as soft and comfortable as it can be. A deep armchair you can just sink into is a perfect first step to creating a reading nook. Alternatively, you can get a hanging wicker chair (if space permits it) or a comfy chair that you then cover in cozy blankets and pillows.
Tip: Focus on comfort rather than aesthetics!
Make sure you have plenty of light.
You’ll want as much light as you can get. And since natural light can improve mood, many people prefer a window seat for their reading area; they set up their chairs by the window.
If you can, include a bookshelf.
It doesn’t have to be big, and if you’re tight on space, it might just be a few paperbacks stacked by your reading nook. Having books around you (no wonder) encourages you to get in the reading zone. It’s also great to have your favorite stories on hand, just in case you suddenly want to reread a favorite passage or even if you get bored with your current read!
Doesn’t a bookshelf scream reading space?
Having a table nearby is more important than you think.
It doesn’t even have to be a big one, just a small side table, to set your steaming hot coffee mug on. Or maybe you’re treating yourself to a box of chocolates while you read. In any case, you don’t want to put these things on the floor.
A side table is also convenient if you want to include a lamp for some evening reading in your nook.
Give your nook some privacy.
Ideally, set up your reading area in the corner of the room or on a closed balcony, if you have one. If you share the house with someone else, a significant other, roommate, or kids, you don’t want them milling about you while you try to get to the end of your novel, do you?
Embrace the power of plants.
It’s no secret that a pot plant or two can lift our spirits while also having this great, relaxing effect. This is why you should consider adding some plants in your reading area to enhance the pleasurable feeling.
Let the Internet inspire you…
… but don’t forget to make it your own. It can be tempting to replicate that awesome design you saw on Pinterest. But at the end of the day, it’s not you. What you want in a reading nook is the freedom to be yourself, because that’s the best way to immerse yourself in a story truthfully. So copying some online design piece by piece can work against you. Don’t be afraid to put your unique print on it.