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Create a Cozy Reading Nook

A cozy reading nook with an upholstered chair and a side table.

Make space for down time

Many of us get so caught up in our busy everyday lives that we forget to recharge ourselves with a little down time. But by creating a special space for quiet activities like reading, knitting or meditating, we can make it easier to relax and focus on our personal well-being. 

Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room — you can transform any private, unused corner or area of the house into your own personal happy place. Some spaces could include:

  • A window seat
  • A built-in nook in your wall
  • The corner of your bedroom
  • A porch or deck

 

A bedroom with a reading nook in the corner. Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room.

What to add to your reading nook

Once you choose your location, it’s time to cozy it up:

  • Ensure you have ample light.
    Use a reading lamp or floor lamp to ensure there’s plenty of light for your activity. If you can, make the most of natural light — a natural mood booster.

  • Choose a comfy place to sit.
    Whether it’s a plush chair or an oversized floor cushion, find your favorite spot. Then soften up your seating area with fluffy throw blankets or pillows.

  • Add a side table.
    If there are no flat surfaces near you, invest in a small side table where you can set down your coffee, glasses or other essentials.

A reading nook with natural light as well as a standing lamp. Ensure that you have a comfy place to sit and good light.

Display your favorite items and books

More ideas for your reading nook:

  • Incorporate your favorite accessories. 
    What makes you happy? Surround yourself with plants, flowers, candles, decorative objects, inspirational quotes or whatever else you love.

  • Display your books.
    Organize your reading materials on a shelf, window ledge or stylish magazine rack, or simply stack them creatively on the floor.


While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure to set aside a block of time each day to curl up in your reading nook and revel in your newfound alone time.

A reading nook with a plant, a vase and some books. Add items that make you happy, such as plants, books or a favorite vase.
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