We have rounded up some pretty amazing reading nooks and brought you some great finds to build your own. So now it is time to break it all down and learn step by step how to build your very own.
HOW TO BUILD A READING NOOKCan you imagine a place so comfy that when you fall into it you find yourself melting into another world through a book. Well, that is what I am hoping we create just for you. So, let's waste no more time and jump right through the pages of this post to learn how to build your very own reading nook. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the links below. All opinions are all my own.
CHAIR, WINDOW SEAT OR HAMMOCK SWINGThe most important element of any reading nook is a cozy chair. At our house, we have a hanging hammock swing on our back porch. But you don't have to have a back porch in order to have a cozy nook. Look for a corner in the bedroom or living room. Or seek out a window where some cushions will fit. Now, begin searching for a chair that is easy for relaxing. I usually suggest finding one in your home for practice. Move that chair to a special spot and you have the beginnings of a comfy cozy reading nook.
PILLOWS AND/OR BLANKETIt is always nice to add some pillows and/or blankets to your reading nook. The soft feel of the pillow and if it is kind of chilly the blanket will make your reading corner even cozier.
SIDE TABLETo anchor your space, even more, pull up a side table. This gives you a place to set everything you need to make your adventure not interrupted. I'll explain what I mean by that a little later. Look for a side table that is at a good height for easy access. You don't want one that you have to practically get out of the chair to reach things.
LAMPLamps are not always needed for reading nooks but if your lighting is not great then I would highly recommend one. Think about a lamp or a string of lights that add the right amount of light for easy reading but not overpowering.
There are loads of options in the world from handing lights, wall mount or table lamps. The options are endless. We have recess lighting for night and plenty of God lighting during the day. Haha!
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CANDLESWhat a good escape without some yummy candles?. Candles create an ambiance that just add to your cozy nook experience. If you plan to have your candles on for hours consider ones that are inside jars or place a small candle in a mason jar. If you notice on the window by the fern plant we have a jar candle there that is safer for the long term.
PLANTSI have talked about the importance of plants in your home decor before in our post “Plants are More than a Decoration.” So, here is a great place to put a plant. Plants add so much life to a room. It cleans the air and just looks really pretty.
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BOOKS FOR DECORATINGTo add another idea for decoration consider using some books especially if they are ones that you love to look at or read often. And if they are some of your favorite books, they will make sweet decorations because of those fond memories. Or, if you really want to be creative, cover your books in natural craft paper, or paint them with chalk paint like my friend Holly did at Life on Southpointe Drive, and then display them.
COFFEE AND SNACKWell, we are almost finished with that escape space. Now all you need is a cup of coffee, tea or whatever makes you feel good. Oh, and don't forget about a yummy dessert on your side table in case you get the munchies and don't want to leave your story!
BOOKS AND FURRY FRIENDSOh, wait! I almost forgot. Remember to pull up the good book your reading. And if you have any fur babies they might just be the icing on the cake. What's a good cozy reading nook without a warm furry friend? SHOP THE POST:
CONCLUSIONSo, now we have finished probably one of the easy decorating jobs in your home. Here is a quick checklist to follow and begin creating your imagination place.
- Chair, window seat or swing
- Pillow and/or blankets
- Side table
- Books for decorations
- Coffee and/or snacks
- Current book to read and furry friends
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