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Make a Cozy Reading Nook

A librarian through and through, Virginia Allain writes about book topics, researching, and information for library users and librarians.

Visualize the Perfect Reading Spot

This has space to put your legs up and some cushions to fit behind your back.

This has space to put your legs up and some cushions to fit behind your back.

Create Space for Reading in Your Home

My resolution each January is to read more. I enjoy reading, but get busy with other things and neglect this pastime that I love. What I need is a comfy space set aside just for reading. Then when the icy snow pelts against the window, I can cuddle up with a book and a warm throw over my legs while I read and read. Having a cozy place to read, a reading nook, takes you away from the chill and deepening snow outside.

I'm guessing that you feel that same need to read and to have a special place for this ever-so-satisfying activity. While I look for the right chair, the right space, the right accessories for my own reading nook, come along and see what appeals to you as well.


My Sister Loved to Read and Could Read Anywhere

Not the most comfortable place to read.

Not the most comfortable place to read.

Reading Can Take Place Anywhere

but this doesn't look at all comfortable

I suggest that you find something softer to use for a reading nook chair.

This Reader Looks Quite Comfy

Note the plump cushions she used to soften her chair. This is more what I had in mind for a reading nook.

Note the plump cushions she used to soften her chair. This is more what I had in mind for a reading nook.

Choose the Chair for a Reading Nook - Make sure it's comfortable for You

Look for one that suits the style of the other furniture in your room. It's important for it to be comfortable enough for several hours of reading. Some people prefer to read in an upright position, but I'm a lounge and read kind of person, so I included one of those.

Cushy Leather Armchair and Ottoman

Traditional or Modern Styling...

Le Corbusier Lounge Chair

Do You Have a Special Reading Nook? - No, not the e-reader. I mean a place to curl up with a book.

Ivory Leather Recliner with Ottoman

Chose a Throw in a Favorite Color - for your cozy reading nook

More Warm Lap Robes and Shawls for Readers - in their reading nook

If you live in a really cold climate, then the faux fur lap robe may be perfect for you. Some don't like anything draped across their legs, so they can opt for the Pashmina shawl or the shoulder cozy. Hopefully one of these fits your style and will make your reading corner comfy.

As for me, I'm generally chilly so I'm putting that heated shawl and lap blanket on my wishlist.

Faux Fur Throw to Keep the Reader Warm

How Cool Is Your Reading Spot?

Eggplant Wrap for Your Shoulders

For Those Who Prefer to Read in Bed

  • Gifts for Someone Who Reads in Bed
    Bed Loungers make a great gift for readers or for yourself. Reading is a favorite activity and in bed is often a preferred location for book lovers. Unfortunately it has some logistics problems trying to get comfortable with multiple pillows, the...

Want to Read by the Fire? Get an Electric Fireplace

  • Electric Fireplaces - A New Warming Tradition
    Wouldn't you love to toast your toes by the fireplace as you read a great book or watch the latest movie! Treat your family to an one of these for Christmas. You'll love the extra heat for that chill room or just enjoy the flames without heat when...

Don't Have a Window Seat Like This One? - Then create one in your home for a reading nook

Let's recreate this classic reading nook for your home using simple furniture pieces available from the store or from Amazon.

An Old-Fashioned Window Seat

The light streams through the window making this window seat an ideal reading spot.

The light streams through the window making this window seat an ideal reading spot.

Create Your Own Window Seat

Add a Pair of Tall Bookshelves - One on each side of the bench

This forms the alcove and appearance of a built-in window seat. The light streaming in the window makes it a perfect reading spot during the day. Click on the picture to see it in white.

My Dad Has His Reading Corner Set Up to Suit Him

The lamp sheds plenty of light which older eyes need. A sweater or sweatshirt are his choice for keeping warm while reading. A table next to his chair gives him a place to keep his book at hand.

The lamp sheds plenty of light which older eyes need. A sweater or sweatshirt are his choice for keeping warm while reading. A table next to his chair gives him a place to keep his book at hand.

Get a Book Light

Possibly the spot you've chosen for your reading corner or nook doesn't have a handy electrical plug or overhead lighting. Get a book light like this to throw light on the page.

Book Light Uses Batteries or Adaptor

My Nieces Love Reading too

Encourage the love of reading from the very earliest time. You want to raise a lifelong reader.

Encourage the love of reading from the very earliest time. You want to raise a lifelong reader.

Make Sure Your Child Has a Special Place for Reading Too

  • Reading Corners for Kids
    Having a special place just for reading helps build a love for books that is so important to a child's success. I've found some unique furnishings where any child will love to curl up with a book.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Tell Me about Your Reading Space

rattie lm on July 30, 2013:

My reading nook is in my car! I have taken to audio CDs because I found I was running out of time for relaxation and reading - shock horror! It's so much more pleasant than listening to the dreadful news that we all seem to endure these days!

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 26, 2012:

At the moment, my favorite reading space is in bed, with my dog snuggled up next to me. But if I want to read for any length of time, bed isn't such a good place, because lying down reading makes me sleepy. I'm looking forward to building and moving into our new home, where I'll definitely have a comfy place to read other than bed.

FashionMommy on May 11, 2012:

Reading in your own cozy nook can be very relaxing. You don't have to get distracted by noise or uncomfortable positions.

Kim from Yonkers, NY on March 18, 2012:

I wish I had a special place to read but usually its just in my room on my bed. (I don't even have one of thse cushion things that jhelps you sit up.

added to my No Bummer Reader lens

hntrssthmpsn on February 07, 2012:

This is so sweet... I have an awkwardly large entry way... not big enough to make it another room, but too big to leave unused... it's just now occurring to me that it'll make an excellent reading nook with a few bookshelves and a comfy chair!

JoyfulReviewer on January 29, 2012:

I spend so many hours reading on the internet that I rarely have time to curl up with a good book. When I'm done working on my computer, I don't want to read any more ... I'm ready to watch TV or a good movie. But I do have plenty of good books to read "someday" in my nice comfy chair.

anonymous on January 28, 2012:

I have a recliner that I've been using for years with a full spectrum lamp. Very comfortable.

lesliesinclair on January 26, 2012:

It's my bed, a big queen bed, with a soft stuffed bed/chair pad, the type with arms, that sits on the bed.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on January 22, 2012:

hahaha I actually do read a lot out on the lanai laying in the hammock. I had to laugh when I watched the video at the top of the page......It really is SO annoying when you hear the sound of a lawnmower or weedeater in the background when all you want is some quiet time to read. lol

gottaloveit2 on January 22, 2012:

I don't read as much as I used to but I love being right in front of the wood stove with a good book when it's raining or snowing outside.

kathysart on January 21, 2012:

Winter is reading time for sure.. love the idea of a cozy winter reading space. Blessed!

Joan Haines on January 20, 2012:

That Jessie Wilcox Smith print is lovely. The book vs. lawnmower Youtube is a fine cautionary tale!

Chazz from New York on January 20, 2012:

Sometimes I think our entire house is one big reading nook -- more books than I could begin to count...

seedplanter on January 19, 2012:

One of my favorite images to look at on Pinterest is reading nooks. There's something cozy about a windowseat or a special corner chair. This is a great theme for a lens. Thanks!

nestboxes on January 19, 2012:

I like reading in a cosy nook in a pub by an open fire. Would like to replicate this ambience in my home

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 17, 2012:

@Zut Moon: OK - I admit to taking liberties in the introduction. Squidoo wanted more pages about winter decorating. You are right, it is unlikely to happen in Florida. I could go read my book on the patio this afternoon.

Zut Moon on January 17, 2012:

OK .. I had to come back and re-read your opening blurb ...cause I thought something was wrong. Now, I might not be the smartest turnip on the farmer's truck ... but you mention about the snow pelting your windows. Ok, so how often does that happen where you are ... I thought you lived in Florida.... perhaps it drifted closer to Alaska ... no wonder I have to drink beer when I Squidoo .... have yourself a Great Day ...

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on January 16, 2012:

I would like to read more during the day, but I seem to keep busy all day. Maybe if I had a cozy reading nook, I would! I do read every night for at least an hour. Love reading!!

Zut Moon on January 16, 2012:

You and I have a lot in common and NO, I am not insulting you !!!

We both have very active imaginations and many interests. The days should have 72 hours in them. I have so much I want to read but the Internet distracts me. The only time I really read much is at our cottage in the summer because their is no cable TV nor do I have Internet. (but lots of beer ...)

I will add this lens to the Squidoo Quarterly Challenge.

Ruthi on January 15, 2012:

I resolve to read more every year too but just don't seem to make the time. I generally read in bed but of late I end up falling asleep after a few pages. Maybe I need a cozy reading nook instead of the bed. I like that oversized floor pillow. However, my dog would end up claiming that as her cozy spot!

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