A well-placed reading nook can be a sanctuary in the home. You don’t have to wait to buy a home with a nook built-in. If you get creative, you can have one in your current home; you just have to find the perfect spot. But it’s time to think outside the box. Here are five new, creative spaces for your very own reading nook that you whole family can enjoy:
An Emptied Closet
Take those doors off that closet in the spare room and turn it into your reading nook. Line the walls with shelves for the books, add a light or lamp, and all that’s left is a cozy chair, couch, or cushion. It may not be right next to a window, but it can offer the perfect spot for tranquility and relaxation.
An Unused Fireplace
If you have a large fireplace in your home and you never use it, you now have a great space for reading, even if only your children are comfortable crawling in there. Just add some soft, billowy cushions and string lights inside, and it will create a warm, inviting space for anyone wanting to read or just have some time alone. You can see an example of this pictured above, or see more examples at the Life Unstyled blog.
End of a Hallway
Chances are your house has a lot of unused dead space. These make the perfect spots for reading nooks. Have a long hall with space you never use? Create a small nook at the end by simply adding a soft place to sit and a light, just like all the other spaces. It really can be that easy.
Take it Outside
Just add a bench and blankets in the backyard. It’s a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the beautiful weather of the shifting seasons. You could put next to a flower garden and choose outside lounge chair instead of a bench. Use whatever appeals to you.
In Plain Sight
You don’t have to have a unique, unused space to create a reading nook. All you need is a corner. If you have to, move some furniture around to create an open space. Then, add curtains, drapes, or some other kind of divider to keep it separate from the rest of the room. Imagine the reading nook set off by these Rod Pocket Drapes. Create a statement. The nook doesn’t have to be invisible when you walk into a room, but it should be its own space.
Wherever you create your nook, it doesn’t just have to be for reading. It can be used for napping or drawing, giving you a useful, fun space to enjoy.