All You Need for Creating a Cozy Reading Nook

One way to unwind is by giving yourself the luxury of delving into your favorite book in our chaotic modern lives. Perhaps, a magazine, newspapers, or your social media feed as well?

Regardless of what you read, they’re all well savored in a nook with style and function. There are multiple ways to design a reading nook — from trendy ones to old-school ones. Whatever vibe you choose, a cozy reading nook is our way to go. Here’s a list of the nine essentials you need for creating a cozy reading nook at home.

You may go for add-ons for a style of your own, but you won’t need more if comfort is your go-to. Let’s get started!

1. A Space with Natural Lighting

Image of a woman playing with her grandmother in a brightly lit reading nook at home.

Reading corners and nooks build in unused corners of living rooms, bedrooms, porches, or even kitchens. While they take very little space, make sure you pick a corner spacious enough for your mini-library. Your chosen corner should blend in with your plan, theme, and style for the reading nook: let it look like a natural and creative extension rather than a separate addition. 

You’d also like to consider the amount of noise reaching in the spot: the lesser, the better for you to read in your haven where you delve into different worlds. Lastly, be mindful of natural lighting. Reading nooks with adequate natural lighting give off a fresh and vibrant vibe! 

2. Cozy Chairs for Cozy Nooks

Picture of a woman relaxing in a cozy chair.

After picking a spot, it’s time to choose your chair. Cozy chairs are the cornerstone of every reading nook. Without one, your reading nook will never look or feel complete. With plenty of chairs in the market, choose comfortable sink-downs with durable velvet or leather. These chairs make up for lovely sitting space, letting your reading corner be the haven where you unwind after a stressful day. You may also go for armchairs if you love to eat and sip while you read. If you’re into playful trends, you might want to check window seats with plenty of throws and pillows. Therefore, invest in a trendy chair that complements your nook’s style, function, and theme.

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Urban Shop Super Soft Faux Fur Saucer Chair With Folding Metal Frame, Black
Christopher Knight Home Amaia Modern Velvet Club Chair, Cobalt / Walnut
GDFStudio Macedonia Mid Century Modern Tufted Back Fabric Recliner (Dark Blue)

 

Below are some of our top recommendations for a comfortable reading chair:

3. A Compact & Trendy Storage Bookcase

Picture of a woman taking out a book from her shelf.

The next big part to address is the storage of your reads. Elevate your reading nooks to mini-libraries with compact yet trendy storage bookshelves. Not only do they let you safe-keep your pile of books, but they also allow you to get creative for a catchy display. Consider the size of your spot, reading collection, and accessories for a cozy and pleasing reading nook. 

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ODK 5 Tier Bookshelf, Tall Bookcase Shelf Storage Organizer, Modern Book Shelf for Bedroom, Living Room and Home Office, Black
Tree Bookshelf with Drawers, 8-Tier Floor Standing Wooden Tree Bookcase, Storage Rack Shelves in Living Room/Home/Office/Study, Bookcase Display Holder Organizer for Books/Magazines/CDs/Movies- White
Bush Furniture WL12436-03 5 Shelf Bookcase, 72", Black

 

You can also install it near your reading spot. Have a look at some of our recommended bookshelves below:

4. Side Table

Picture of a round wooden side table with a cup of coffee and white background.

A timeless side table would do wonders in a reading nook with a need for sidekicks for every chair, even armchairs. Choose a table with a board spacious enough for books, coffee, and more at once. You may also choose tables with built-in spaces for cups and plates. Go for short and small ones as this table means to be at the side of your chair. 

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Nathan James Oraa Round Wood Nightstand, Bedside, End or Side Table with Storage, Metal Frame with Gray Fabric Basket, Nutmeg Brown/Black
EXILOT Side Table, Round Metal Nightstand Modern Home Decor Coffee Tea End Table Accent Tables for Living Room Bedroom Office Small Spaces, 19.7" H x 18.1" D,Black
VECELO 3-Piece Nesting Side Coffee Stacking End Tables for Living Room, Brown

 

You might want to check one of the trendy side tables below if they go with the theme of your reading nook:

5. Pillows & Throws

Image of comfortable cushions and pillows on a white sofa.

It is always a good idea to dock some throws and pillows for fending off shivers and maximizing comfort in your reading nook. Having pillows and throws will let you savor your favorite reads. Have a basket or a place to store these when you don’t need them nearby. You can also consider buying ones that go with the theme to fix your furniture in the reading spot permanently.

Check out the following if you want to get some throws and pillows. Our Top Recommendations include:

6. Lamps: It’s All About Lighting

Image of a woman reading on a table with coffee and a lamp.

Lighting in your reading nook is all about functionality and form. You need the right blend of focused yet ambient lighting for a perfect reading experience. However, make sure your spot isn’t too bright — an unnecessary lighting food can hurt your eyes, making it uncomfortable instead. 

We recommend table or floor lamps for a cozy candle-like glow. You can get one with a swing arm and a dimmer to direct the light wherever you want, controlling its intensity.

While lamps are preferred, you may go for scented-candles for a gothic or romantic-vibed reading nook. 

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Led Clip Reading Light, 24 LEDs USB Clip on Lamp with 3 Color Mode and 10 level dimmer, Eye Care Lamp with 360 ° Flexible Gooseneck, Memory Function&Auto Off Function Book Light
Bieye L10812 Mission Tiffany Style Stained Glass Floor Lamp for Reading Working Decorating, 3-Lights, 70 inches Tall
Spiral LED Desk Lamp, Curved Table Lamp, Modern Minimalist Lighting Design, 24W Multiple Color Temperature LED Table Lamp, Modern Lamp for Living Room and Bedroom, White

 

Our Top Recommendations Include: 

7. Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are perfect for adorning every part of your home. Place some fresh and scented indoor plants in your reading nook for a rejuvenating vibe. You may go to your local nursery and get the plants that suit your theme the best. 

The following are some indoor plant species to consider are aloe vera and african violet. 

8. Carpets: Time to Place Your Feet Up

Image of a white fur carpet near a chair and table for a reading spot. 

A plush rug or a lovely ottoman is one great choice if you wish to have additional comfort. Add to the ambiance of your reading nook with a cozy carpet placed under your seat and table.

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junovo Ultra Soft Rug for Nursery Children Room Baby Room Home Decor Dormitory Hexagon Carpet for Playhouse Princess Tent Kids Play Castle, Diameter 4.6 ft, Pink
Ophanie Ultra Soft Fluffy Area Rugs for Bedroom, Luxury Shag Rug Faux Fur Non-Slip Floor Carpet for Kids Room, Baby Room, Girls Room, Play Room, and Nursery - Modern Home Decor, 2x3 Feet Grey
nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Accent Rug, 2' x 3', Grey/Off-white

 

Our Top Recommendations are: 

9. Aesthetic Accessories for Personal Touches

Image of a globe on the bookshelf for decor.

Bring your reading nook to life with accessories that complement your personality and style. From artsy murals, calligraphed quotes, gallery walls, fairy lights to aesthetic decor items: think out of the box to give your spot a personal touch. 

The Bottomline

A creative yet cozy nook for reading at home can help you enjoy your reads even more. Get all your essentials today and start to ready nook.