Creating a reading nook in your home can provide you with a place of quiet and tranquility. It is a place where you can unwind and enjoy a good book. However, most of us aren’t lucky enough to have our own library in our homes. Creating a reading nook in the corner of your bedroom can be an easy and inexpensive addition to your home.
1. Stock the Shelves
Depending on the size of the space that you have allotted for your reading nook, set up a bookshelf. If you have enough room to house all of your book collection, go for it. If not, a small shelf will still do the trick. Keep the shelves stocked with a selection of books. This way, when you finish one you can browse the shelves for a new book that piques your interest. One great way to keep your library collection fresh is to take advantage of used book stores. You can take all of the books you have already read and sell them to a bookstore. Then use the cash you received to find new ones.
Make sure that you have a great chair for your reading nook. Find something that is comfortable enough for you to sit in for several hours at a time. It should also be able to provide adequate back support. Look for sales at discount furniture stores of scan estate sales and flea markets for the perfect addition to your reading nook. Don’t forget about style as well. Because your reading nook is still a part of your bedroom, it should match with the other design elements of the room. Keep a warm throw blanket draped across the back of the chair for chilly winter nights. A couple of decorative throw pillows can also tie in the rest of the room’s décor.
Lighting is a very important element when you’re designing your reading nook. Unless you have perfect vision, a small table lamp may not do the job. Go to your local home décor or home improvement store and check out their selection of lamps. The best lamps will be found in the task-lighting department. Many lamps are sold specifically for reading and cast a bright, clean and focused light on your book. Your eyes will thank you.
It is a good idea to include a small table by your chair in your reading nook. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of room, just as long as it can support a mug of hot tea, your reading glasses and maybe a candle. You can usually find an inexpensive option at discount stores or even garage sales. Even something like an extra kitchen stool with a pretty piece of fabric draped on it can work well.