Create a Cozy Reading Nook

A cozy reading nook with an upholstered chair and a side table.

MAKE SPACE FOR DOWN TIME

Many of us get so caught up in our busy everyday lives that we forget to

recharge ourselves with a little down time. But by creating a special space

for quiet activities like reading, knitting or meditating, we can make it easier

to relax and focus on our personal well-being. 

Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room — you can transform

any private, unused corner or area of the house into your own personal

happy place. Some spaces could include:

  • A window seat
  • A built-in nook in your wall
  • The corner of your bedroom
  • A porch or deck

A bedroom with a reading nook in the corner. 

Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room.

WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR READING NOOK

Once you choose your location, it’s time to cozy it up:

  • Ensure you have ample light.
    Use a reading lamp or floor lamp to ensure there’s plenty of light for 
  • your activity. If you can, make the most of natural light — a natural mood booster.
  • Choose a comfy place to sit.
    Whether it’s a plush chair or an oversized floor cushion, find your
  • favorite spot. Then soften up your seating area with fluffy throw blankets or pillows.
  • Add a side table.
    If there are no flat surfaces near you, invest in a small side table where you can
  • set down your coffee, glasses or other essentials.

A reading nook with natural light as well as a standing lamp. 

Ensure that you have a comfy place to sit and good light.

DISPLAY YOUR FAVORITE ITEMS AND BOOKS

More ideas for your reading nook:

  • Incorporate your favorite accessories. 
    What makes you happy? Surround yourself with plants, flowers, candles,
  • decorative objects, inspirational quotes or whatever else you love.
  • Display your books.
    Organize your reading materials on a shelf, window ledge or stylish magazine
  • rack, or simply stack them creatively on the floor.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure to

set aside a block of time each day to curl up in your reading nook and revel in your

newfound alone time.

A reading nook with a plant, a vase and some books. 

Add items that make you happy, such as plants, books or a favorite vase.
Fresh Ideas from Hunter Douglas