‘Tis the season for lighting a scented fall candle, pouring your go-to beverage into a mug and holing up inside with a good book. Finishing touches add the right atmosphere: a pair of velvet slippers, a roomy reading chair and a favorite pillow make all the difference. But for peak cozy vibes, you’ll want a bona fide reading nook—a space where you can tune out distractions and surround yourself in comfort while turning the pages of an engrossing novel. Truth be told, you don’t need a mahogany-lined library or richly appointed den to do this. An inviting corner of your living room or bedroom will do just fine. After all, the size and look of the space doesn’t matter as much as how you set it up—and, of course, the books you settle in with.
If you wrestle with finding books you like, look to recommendations from well-read friends, library bins and bestseller lists. Or let technology lend a hand: Apps and websites such as TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations and Likewise offer personalized suggestions. Once you find that gripping page turner, create your ideal reading nook—a quiet spot where you can unplug from your phone and others (partners, kids, pets). You’re going to want to design with purpose: Start with a tulip-like armchair that’s so comfortable you can sit in it for hours, prop up your feet on a sleek Moroccan ottoman and splurge on a floor lamp that also has space to store your books and a cup of tea. And don’t forget to wrap yourself in the softest blanket you can find.
Ahead, find a curated list of must-have items for said reading nook—and prepare to want to curl up in it all season long.
Cozy Reading Nook Necessities
An Armchair Made For Reading
Double-Duty Lighting With Space For Storing Books
A Portable Lamp You Can Carry Anywhere
A Comfy Ottoman For Resting Your Feet
A Display-Worthy Bookcase
A Smaller Book Tree To Place Next To Your Chair
A Handsome Leather Holder For Storing And Carrying Books
Bookends With Slots For Holding Even More Good Reads
A Great-Smelling Candle With Library Vibes
The Coziest Blanket To Curl Up With
A Seriously Supportive Pillow Designed For Reading
Velvet Slippers For Relaxing In Style
What Is A Reading Nook?
Generally speaking, a reading nook is simply a space where you can tune out distractions and immerse yourself in a great book, but there’s really no end to the variety of different spaces that can qualify. You can create a reading nook out of a corner of an existing room—say, a bedroom or living room—or you can opt to transform an entire space in your home into a nook. As long as you’ve got a comfy chair, some light by which to read and a pile of great books nearby, you’re in business.
What Should I Put In My Reading Nook?
Get as creative as you’d like. Whether you choose to fill your space with fluffy pillows or adjustable reading lamps, you’ll be treated to a bona fide reading paradise once you’re done decorating. Pair practical elements (like bookends and comfy chairs) with extra, just-for-fun pieces (say, a decorative poster featuring your favorite author or book cover). There’s no limit to how much fun you can have with the space.