At the end of a long day, curl up with a good book to relax and take your mind off your troubles. If the weather’s too cold or hot to read in a sunny spot outdoors, you’ll love having a reading nook indoors to retreat to.[find-an-apartment]
Creating a reading nook isn’t expensive or hard if you use existing or secondhand furniture and follow the steps below.
Select a corner with lots of natural light. A nook, by definition, is a “secluded and obscure corner,” according to Dictionary.com. You want your reading nook to feel secluded from the noisier spots of the house, such as the kitchen and the room where the biggest television is. If you have an office, section off a corner near the window. Sun rooms and “spare rooms” also make great places to put your reading spot.
Take a load off. Move a comfy chair with good back support to your nook, or recover one you purchase from the thrift store. Make sure it has enough back support and seat padding to support your sitting in it for a long time – you never know when you may become totally lost in a book and sit there for hours.
Furnish and decorate your new space. When you’re reading, you might frequently have a steaming cup of tea or a big glass of water, so add a small end table or accent stand to your nook, and place a coaster or two on top of it to prevent moisture ring from developing on your furniture. Add a couple of magazines in a basket under the table, a throw pillow and an afghan to make it cozy.
Provide good lighting. Even if your nook is by a window, you’ll need a lamp to light your book if you read past sunset. Plus, having a lamp nearby just makes the area look peaceful and inviting. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider installing reading lamp or floor lamp to keep the area well-lit and non-stressful on your eyes.
Improvise. If you have small rooms or just don’t have the extra space for your reading corner, rearrange your existing furniture to create a nook. In the living room, if you have a chair, place it in the corner and arrange your other living room furniture around that – just turn off the TV when you’re ready to settle into your chair.
Purchase or check out books. If you’re not a member of your county library already, what are you waiting for? Check out a large selection of new and classic books (and TV shows and movies, while you’re at it) for free. Or, purchase secondhand books from Amazon.com, Half.com and 2ndhandbooks.com for much cheaper than buying them new.
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