Very few people can afford the luxury of a library, however a reading corner or a book nook can quite happily serve the same purpose. A book nook should be a quiet place where anyone can read a book without the distraction of a television or noise. It is also a way to entice children to read. Here are some simple ideas to help you create your own little reading area.
HALLWAY Utilise a quiet hallway or balcony to create a very simple and functional reading corner. A bookcase is an obvious must, but by adding a big comfy armchair and an area rug to define the space, you have made a very pleasant little space to read. A nice foot stool adds more comfort, topped with a cosy throw to put over your legs. The free standing lamp is also advisable for any extra light that may be needed to read by, with a little side table to rest your cup of tea or current novel.
UNDER THE STAIRS A clever solution to space saving is utilizing the area you have under the stairs. Here we a custom book case, however you could quite easily create a custom look by using some shelving that can be versatile. I stack the books to fill the gaps. For more information on how to arrange a bookcase see Bookshelf Decorating. In addition I would add at least one armchair, stool, side table and lamp in front of the shelving, or even a couple of nice bean bags for someone to seat on and read.
QUIET CORNER Often a house will have a quiet corner that is not being utilised. The little corner in the picture above is now a cosy and functional book nook with an inbuilt bookshelf and a wooden bench seat that doubles as an extra storage box. Piled with comfy coordinated cushions and a custom sized seat pad, this a a very inviting little space to curl up with a good book and a cuppa or a glass of wine!
FUNCTIONAL DAYBED is another very cool option, with surrounding inbuilt bookshelves. Piled high with cushions atop a decent mattress, awaits a very cosy little book nook that would be a very functional reading space for both kids and adults. An added bonus is the inbuilt drawers at the bottom of the daybed, another storage place to tuck away your bits n pieces.
ALCOVE WITH CURTAINS Another daybed idea, but this time with the privacy of some lovely curtains. This is a fun way to curl up with a book, and be hidden from others.
UNDER STAIR SHELVING If you are really short of space try putting a bookshelf on the underside of your stairs. By simply adding an armchair and some cushion, you have developed a nice little reading nook.
IN THE CUPBOARD Have you got a spare cupboard that is not being properly utilized? Why not turn it into a reading space? By taking off the doors and adding some shelving and a built in seat with cushions, you have the cutest and coziest of all book nooks.
PLATE RACK Inspire young children to read by simply displaying their favourite books in a plate rack that is positioned on the wall at a child friendly height. A couple of woven baskets can hold extra books that can be changed out of the rack regularly. Once again define the space with a rug and spread some comfy cushions for the children to sit on.
TENT It is not always easy to get children interested in reading, however by introducing a fun element such as a tee-pee, a tent, or any kind of cubby house, you are sure to get them interested. As a tip, remember to pick a corner that is reasonably quiet and free of distractions. Fill it with books, irresistible cushions and a soft sheepskin rug or cosy blanket.