Between the weather getting colder and the holiday break coming up, there's no doubt you'll be spending more time indoors than during warm summer months. While a Netflix binge is a perfectly acceptable rainy afternoon activity, there's something to be said about reading an actual book (or your Kindle, or even a magazine). Think about it: When was the last time you finished a book? How many half-read books are sitting on your nightstand? More importantly, how many unread books are on your Amazon wish list?
You don't have to wait until the new year to vow to finish at least one book a month. The question is: Do you have a perfectly cozy reading nook dedicated to flipping through the pages of the latest New York Times best seller? Just like new workout clothes can motivate you to hit a SoulCycle class, having a comfortable spot to hunker down during your time off is half the battle of getting some reading done. Take your reading wish list off the back burner—these reading nook ideas will make you want to dig in to the latest page-turner.
Find a Good Reading Light
Just like your parents said to turn on the light, or you'll hurt your eyes, a good reading light is the most important part of your reading nook (after maybe a comfortable seat). Try a swing arm sconce or a floor lamp to adjust the light according to your needs.
Make it Conversational
Reading may be a lonely activity, but why not make it a little more interactive? By placing two chairs around a small bistro table, you've immediately transformed your reading nook into a space for you and your S.O. to read the newspaper, play board games, or just sit in silence and read a book—all while spending time together.
Consider a Daybed
If you have enough space in your living room, consider a daybed instead of a lounge chair. Not only is it relaxing to read while laying down, but you can decide to take an afternoon nap at any moment, and pick up your book where you left off.
Pay Attention to the View
While your eyes may be focused on your latest page-turner, there's no harm in considering the views from your ideal reading nook. Place your chair or daybed by a window to soak in the views outside. Bonus: Natural light is great for reading.
Build In Your Seat
Have an awkward empty corner next to your fireplace or under a bay window? Build in a bench that can become a cozy reading nook. Just add a seat cushion, a ton of pillows, and a soft throw. Your previously unused space will become your favorite corner.
Find a Place for Your Books
Whether a side table or a magazine rack, you'll want a spot to put your books and newspapers. Try picking up a sculptural magazine rack to set the intention of your new space as a reading nook.
Double Your Space's Function
In small spaces, make your reading nook multipurpose. By tucking a sleeper daybed in a tight space, you can double your reading nook as a makeshift guestroom for your friends and family from out of town.
Focus on Accessories
Most importantly, in order to make your reading nook extra cozy, focus on the accessories that surround it. Make sure you have a side table that fits your reading glasses, a book, and a drink. Add plenty of pillows and a throw, and a soft rug doesn't hurt either.
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