Elements for a Cozy Reading Nook

Reading nooks don't need to be limited to the bedroom.  Grab a corner of your living room and set up a little vignette for perusing magazines or books!  I'll show you what elements I like to include for creating a cozy and functional reading nook.

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It is much more comfy to curl up with a book or magazine if you are sitting on a well-cushioned upholstered chair that has solid back support.  Good quality ergonomic club chairs, lounge chairs, or recliners are worthy investment considerations.  If you have the space, a chaise is also a good option.

Proper lighting is essential in all spaces.  In reading nooks, it is especially important to add a task lighting source that directly illuminates the immediate area.  Why unnecessarily strain your eyes while reading?!  I particularly like to use directional floor lamps since they don't take up any table surface space.


Add a sturdy surface next to your chair to lay a book, magazine, or drink.  I like nesting tables for their compact multi-surface flexibility.

A side table or ottoman with storage is always a practical option.

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"C-shaped" tables are a space-saving solution in really tight spaces.


Who wouldn't love a warm blanket and soft toss pillow to cuddle with when reading?!

Natural greenery (like a plant), flowers, and/or a candle can go a very long way in creating a cozy nook!

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I moved some furniture around in our family room to create this work-in-process reading nook.  It is close to the "family action", but separated enough so I can flip through magazines hopefully uninterrupted!!

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