The actual name we’ve given these cozy little spaces can sometimes be a bit misleading. Reading nooks are not just reading, although they are perfect for that. They’re intimate nooks and spaces where one can relax with a book, a magazine, their phone and so on and they’re usually defined by comfort. There are a few other details to keep in mind when designing a reading nook, such as the lighting situation for example. Also, this doesn’t necessarily have to be tiny or for one person only. A reading nook is just a cozy feature that you can add to an empty corner or space in your home. Let’s now have a look at a few ideas and see what stands out in these examples.
The most important piece of furniture for a reading nook would have to be the seat. It can take a variety of different forms based on how much is available, the chosen style and design aesthetic and so on. One constant characteristic however is that this needs to be as comfortable as possible.
To increase the comfort in here even more, it’s sometimes nice to add a pouf, an ottoman or a footstool. That you can put your feet up and take a more comfortable position while you’re reading or surfing the internet plus you could also use this as a side table of some sorts.
A reading nook can also be an intimate conversation area with a couple of comfortable chairs and a table. It’s a space where you can enjoy a nice chat with someone or discuss something private while everyone else is on the living room couch.
When it comes to lighting, one idea that always stood out for us was the oversized floor lamp. We love how sculptural and elegant a lot of them are. This one is placed in the very corner of the space but arches over the seat. Also, it’s quite big but very slender and subtle at the same time.
There are a lot of spaces where you could potentially create a cozy reading nook. For example, you could add one to the bedroom so you can have a designated spot for reading before you get into bed. One idea is to place a chair next to one of the bedside tables so you can use the light from the lamp while reading.
This can also be a part of the main living room seating area. You could add a couple of armchairs and a small table next to the sofa or some distance away. The spot can either provide extra seating for the living room when needed or can function as a reading nook when the room is empty and quiet.
Of course, reading nooks and corners go hand in hand. There’s something very cozy about sitting in a corner. You could add a little chair and a side table, maybe a few shelves for books and some sort of lighting fixture like a lamp and just lay back and relax.
Here’s another design idea for a bedroom reading nook. What’s nice here is the versatility of the setup. The swivel chair is nice and comfortable, sitting between the nightstand and the desk. The table lamp provides soft and pleasant lighting and this combo can either be a cozy reading nook or a little workspace or potentially a makeup vanity setup.
As for the actual furniture that would fit well in a reading nook, the possibilities are infinite. Accent chairs are often preferred. Usually, something with an interesting shape or a cool design helps to bring more attention to this area.
Armchairs are various different forms and reading nooks go hand in hand. Something like this could suit a variety of different decors and spaces. You don’t necessarily need a special chair just for your reading nook if you can borrow one from the living room whenever you need to.
This lovely two-seater was definitely designed with reading nooks in mind. It’s nice and small, with comfortable padded cushions for the seat and back as well as one for the armrest. On the other side however there’s a little module built into the frame, a side table with space inside for books.
An armchair with a high back could also fit rather nicely in a reading nook. This one is reminiscent of classic wingback chairs but with a more modern twist. Pair it with a pouf or an ottoman for an even more comfortable experience.
Speaking of chairs and ottomans that would fit well in reading nooks, check out this stylish combo. We love the simplicity of the design but also the fact that it’s quite detailed as well. The angled seat is ergonomic and pushes you all the way back and the even with the matching footstool this is still a space-efficient setup.
Adding extra cushions or a blanket to the reading nook can help to set up a really cozy mood. It’s also a nice way to make this area more comfortable and an excuse to bring more color or texture into its design.
A lounge chair (or in this case two) can also fit rather nicely in a reading nook as long as there’s enough space for it. If you’re going big, this wouldn’t really be a nook but rather a reading room. A nice place for it could be in front of a big window or perhaps out on a patio or a covered deck.
It would be nice to accessorize your reading area with some sort of storage for books or magazines. This casual magazine rack is a nice example. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and you can easily make it fit in a seating area or a living room as well.
Speaking of book storage options, consider a cool vertical tower like this one. It’s tall and slender so it doesn’t take up a lot of space on the floor and it provides plenty of room for books and other reading material. You could also use one of the shelves to keep the lamp on and you won’t need a separate side table for it.
If you already have a home office or a library then go ahead as use it as a reading nook as well. You could either have an extra chair somewhere in a corner or use your existing desk chair. Either way, you’ll have a quiet space where you can retreat with a book whenever you want to.