What better way to wash away the cares of the day than by curling up with a good book? Of course, you’ll need the right space for that. The living room couch can be crowded. The bedroom can be too secluded, and using your bed for anything but sleeping actually makes it harder to get the shuteye you need to stay healthy. Where are you to turn? Actually, creating your own relaxing reading nook is not only the best option, but it can be far easier than you might think. These are some important tips to keep in mind when considering a reading nook.
Find the Right Area of Your Home
You need to find the area of your home where you feel most comfortable. You’ll want to put your reading nook in an area where you feel comfortable, cozy and content. You should also make sure that the space you choose has enough room for the furnishings you’ll want to add.
Choose Your Furnishings
Now it’s time to furnish your reading area. You’ll want something that’s supportive enough for hours of lounging with your books, but also something that ties in with the design of the rest of the space. You might opt for a loveseat or a larger couch, or even something like a divan or a chaise lounge. On the other hand, there’s a lot to be said for the traditional overstuffed armchair – there are plenty of reasons it’s still a mainstay in the industry. Avoid the temptation to add more than one seating area, though. This is your space, and adding more than one seating option invites others to join you. Reading is a solo activity, so while you can be part of the family and shouldn’t be completely disconnected from them, you don’t want to open the floodgates and encourage others to sit right on top of you. In addition to seating, you’ll want to consider things like bookcases and end tables so you can have somewhere to put your cup of coffee or lay your book down if you’re interrupted mid-read.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Reading in poor light is hard on your eyes and will lead to headaches. Without the right lighting, that reading nook could become a place of dread, rather than tranquility. Make sure that you have the right amount of natural lighting. Sitting beside a large window can be a good choice, but you’ll want to make sure that you have something in place to handle direct sunlight – gauzy curtains can diffuse harsh sunlight without blocking it out completely. You’ll also want to make sure you have something on hand to handle colder weather. Sitting by a window in the middle of winter can be a chilly experience. While natural lighting is the best option, you should also have a lamp or two in the area to ensure that you can read easily day or night, rain or shine.
Add the Right Decorative Touches
Add book-inspired artwork on the walls or paint the area in a color that soothes you. Go a little wild and add a couple of your favorite book quotes to the walls. Vinyl lettering is cheap, and it’s easy to apply. It even pulls away clean if you decide that you want to change things up down the road.
With these tips, you should be able to create the secluded, comfortable reading nook that you crave. When done right, it will be a private space in which you can relax and unwind, but you won’t be completely disconnected from the rest of the family, either. Go ahead and crack that next book!
DISCLAIMER: Readers should keep in mind that any accounts of renovation presented in this blog are written accounts of events taking place at individual homes, and are not necessarily endorsements of do-it-yourself home improvement. You proceed at your own risk if you attempt to replicate any activities described here.
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