Not every home has the perfect spot by the window that begs to be made into a reading nook, but that doesn’t mean every home can’t have a spot where you can curl up with a good book and let the rest of the world fade away for a while. Furniture may have to be shifted around or purchased (unless you have a picturesque window seat).
Once you’ve decided on a room that would make the best getaway, one away from the noisy family areas that still offers the amount of daylight you prefer, you may need to move furniture away from a designated corner to isolate it. For example, if you’re using a formal living room and all the furniture lines the walls and turns inward to promote conversation, sliding the furniture away from one wall and toward the middle, then setting up your chair and small table behind those can give a corner that cozy, tucked away feeling.
Choose your chair wisely. One that’s wide enough to curl up in and lounge across without making you slip into uncomfortable positions (the way leather sometimes can) is imperative. If space permits, a sofa may be a better choice.
Have at least one table for your book, reading glasses, and beverage. Lamps that shed just the right amount of light on the area will keep you from straining your eyes and make the area much more relaxing. Overhead lights are fine, but a floor or table lamp will add ambiance to the space.
Pillows and a throw will keep you more comfortable and warm. In addition, a candle will add ambiance and even aromatherapy. Perch it on the aforementioned table with a candle lighter close by to create a relaxing atmosphere in seconds.
You don’t need a lot of space to carve out a nook for yourself. With a few items and some creativity, a reading area is well within reach.