Make a Cozy Reading Nook
Visualize the Perfect Reading Spot
Create Space for Reading in Your Home
My resolution each January is to read more. I enjoy reading, but get busy with other things and neglect this pastime that I love. What I need is a comfy space set aside just for reading. Then when the icy snow pelts against the window, I can cuddle up with a book and a warm throw over my legs while I read and read. Having a cozy place to read, a reading nook, takes you away from the chill and deepening snow outside.
I'm guessing that you feel that same need to read and to have a special place for this ever-so-satisfying activity. While I look for the right chair, the right space, the right accessories for my own reading nook, come along and see what appeals to you as well.
My Sister Loved to Read and Could Read Anywhere
Reading Can Take Place Anywhere
but this doesn't look at all comfortable
I suggest that you find something softer to use for a reading nook chair.
This Reader Looks Quite Comfortable
Note the plump cushions she used to soften her chair. This is more what I had in mind for a reading nook.
Zazzle graphic: Jean-Honore Fragonard The Reader Post Card by unique_cases
A Corner for Reading
Choose the Chair for a Reading Nook - Make sure it's comfy
Look for one that suits the style of the other furniture in your room. It's important for it to be comfortable enough for several hours of reading. Some people prefer to read in an upright position, but I'm a lounge and read kind of person, so I included one of those.
Cushy Leather Armchair and Ottoman
Don't you just want to grab your book and put your feet up on this ottoman as you sink into the plush leather chair! Notice that they show this in a setting with a good reading light next to the chair. That doesn't come with this, but you'll want to find something similar.
Traditional or Modern Styling...
Which Do You Prefer
Le Corbusier Lounge Chair
Wonderfully ergonomic to have the feet up and your back supported. You can read for hours here without getting tired.
Do You Have a Special Reading Nook? - No, not the e-reader. I mean a place to curl up with a book.
Vote in the poll
Ivory Leather Recliner with Ottoman
What a handsome chair this is and extremely comfortable. Just what the avid reader needs.
A Reader Needs Something to Wrap up in
Sometimes you get chilled while sitting still. Here's what you need for that.
Chose a Throw in a Favorite Color - for your cozy reading nook
For me, it would be this shade of blue or else a muted sage green. Of course, Amazon has other colors, so just click through and choose the one that suits you. When you are sitting still reading, you might feel a bit cool. Just pull the throw over your legs and continue reading.
More Warm Lap Robes and Shawls for Readers - in their reading nook
If you live in a really cold climate, then the faux fur lap robe may be perfect for you. Some don't like anything draped across their legs, so they can opt for the Pashmina shawl or the shoulder cozy. Hopefully one of these fits your style and will make your reading corner comfy.
As for me, I'm generally chilly so I'm putting that heated shawl and lap blanket on my wishlist.
Faux Fur Throw to Keep the Reader Warm
Talk about being in the lap of luxury. This faux fox fur surrounds you in plush comfort. Snuggle in and open up Dr Zhivago for a warm read on a snowy evening.
How Cool Is Your Reading Spot?
Vote in the Poll
Eggplant Wrap for Your Shoulders
If you read sitting up in bed, drape this over your shoulders.
For Those Who Prefer to Read in Bed
- Gifts for Someone Who Reads in Bed
Bed Loungers make a great gift for readers or for yourself. Reading is a favorite activity and in bed is often a preferred location for book lovers. Unfortunately it has some logistics problems trying to get comfortable with multiple pillows, the...
If You Are Easily Chilled, Get a Heated Shawl/Blanket
Want to Read by the Fire? Get an Electric Fireplace
- Electric Fireplaces - A New Warming Tradition
Wouldn't you love to toast your toes by the fireplace as you read a great book or watch the latest movie! Treat your family to an one of these for Christmas. You'll love the extra heat for that chill room or just enjoy the flames without heat when...
Very lightweight but sure to keep off the chill.
A Window Seat for Reading
Don't Have a Window Seat Like This One? - Then create one in your home for a reading nook
Let's recreate this classic reading nook for your home using simple furniture pieces available from the store or from Amazon.
An Old-Fashioned Window Seat
Start with a low bench that fits under the window. One with storage below and a cushy cushion on top will work.
Add a Pair of Tall Bookshelves - One on each side of the bench
This forms the alcove and appearance of a built-in window seat. The light streaming in the window makes it a perfect reading spot during the day. Click on the picture to see it in white.
With the glass fronts, these look like they came straight from an English country house.
Accessories for the Reading Nook
Get a Book Light
Possibly the spot you've chosen for your reading corner or nook doesn't have a handy electrical plug or overhead lighting. Get a book light like this to throw light on the page.
Book Light Uses Batteries or Adaptor
My Nieces Love Reading too
Make Sure Your Child Has a Special Place for Reading Too
- Reading Corners for Kids
Having a special place just for reading helps build a love for books that is so important to a child's success. I've found some unique furnishings where any child will love to curl up with a book.
© 2012 Virginia Allain