Grandmother and grandchild in a reading nook

How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook at Home

If you would love to have a spot to retreat from the busyness of the world, daydream, and dive into a new book, then you're not alone. Everyone should have a space where they can clear their mind and recharge. By creating a cozy reading nook in your home, unwinding in a quiet place could become a more frequent pastime. Fortunately, you don't have to have an empty spare room to design a relaxing spot to read and unplug. With these simple tips from the design team at Murphy Door, you can create a swoon-worthy reading nook anywhere in your home. 

Find the Right Location

The key to any great reading nook is finding an appropriate location in your home. Since you'll be reading, thinking, and relaxing there, it's important to choose a spot that isn't too loud or busy, if you can help it. As far as space goes, any area that can accommodate a chair, lamp, and somewhere to store your books, such as a side table or shelf, will do. Some spots that would make wonderful reading nooks, including a corner of a large living room or bedroom, under your stairs, or even a closet could work. 

Bring in a Place to Sit

Unlike in other areas of your home, you won't be doing an array of activities in your reading nook. For this reason, you really don't need a lot of furniture or even walking room. One furnishing that you can't do without, however, is a chair. When it comes to finding the perfect seating option for your reading nook, the sky's the limit. Choosing a chair with a funky pattern or bold print could add a whimsical touch to your reading nook, while soft colors could make the space feel calming and tranquil. No matter what the chair in your reading nook looks like, be sure to pick one that's comfortable. No one likes reading in an uncomfortable chair, after all. 

Illuminate the Space

After finding the ideal chair for your reading nook, it's time to brighten the space up so that you can easily see the pages of your favorite books. If there is a free spot in your home near a window, great! Natural light will be both practical and aesthetically pleasing by bringing brightness and warmth into the space. On the other hand, if your reading nook is not by a window or feels a bit dark, don't worry. Adding a table lamp, floor lamp, or other task light source is all it will take to properly illuminate your reading nook.

Prioritize Comfort

Just like your bedroom or backyard patio, your reading nook should be a place of comfort and relaxation. To ensure that this space is as cozy and relaxing as possible, be sure to add pieces that make it feel special and luxurious. Some items that could enhance the comfort of your reading nook include:

  • Decorative pillows
  • Fluffy throw blankets
  • A plush area rug
  • An ottoman 
  • Scented candles

Tuck It Away

What reading nook wouldn't be made better by tucking it away in a secret location? With a hidden door solution from Murphy Door, creating your own private reading nook isn't only possible. It's simple. Our custom-made hidden doors come with a variety of options. They're practical, and stylish enough for virtually any room in your home. Whether you're interested in incorporating a reading nook in your living room, office, bedroom, or other area of your home, we have the perfect hidden door to help you achieve your vision. Visit us online today to check out our Bookcase DoorMirror Door, and more.

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