At the end of a stressful day or week or work, there’s nothing I like to do more than kick back and relax with a good book. And I’m not the only one – reading is still one of the nation’s favourite past times. But it can be hard to find the time to read with all of life’s distractions – especially with children in the house. That’s why it’s a great idea to create a reading nook; a quiet, comfortable, designated space in your home where you can retreat with a novel, and escape from the stresses of everyday life.
Find the right space for your reading nook
First thing’s first – finding the space to create your own reading nook. An obvious place would be a spare room. If you’ve got an empty bedroom in your home, clear out the clutter, and put the space to good use!
Alternatively, if you haven’t got a spare bedroom, how about using the summer house, or an attic room? Failing that, create a space in the corner of your bedroom or living area.
Create a stylish backdrop
Now you’ve chosen the space where you’ll be creating your reading nook, it’s time to get it looking nice and stylish! Reading is a relaxing experience, so you want the décor to reflect that. Create a calming ambience by injecting a natural look. Use stone effect tiles and wood effect tiles for a zero-maintenance alternative to natural materials.
Alternatively, for a feature wall or statement floor, try hexagon tiles!
Next, you’ll need something to sit on! It’ll need to be nice, cushioned and comfortable whilst you while away the hours, flicking from page to page. Made.com have a huge selection of sofas and chairs. Like to put your feet up? Grab yourself a foot stool, too!
Have a drink or snack at hand
If you’re sitting down for a long reading sesh, you don’t want to have to put your book down when you get hungry or thirsty – nor do you want to have to bend over and search the floor for your glass or snack. That’s why you need a side table! A little surface where you can keep all your essentials at hand whilst you lose yourself in a world of fiction.
Side tables don’t have to be expensive. I picked up a foldable wooden side table from B and M for £7.99. I added the stylish surface using a sheet of peel-and-stick self-adhesive Smart Mosaic Tiles.
Let there be light
If, like me, you’re a serious bookaholic, you’ll often find yourself starting a book in the daylight, and you’ll still be reading when the darkness kicks in. When you find the room has grown dark around you, and you’re struggling to see the words on the page, you need a light you can reach out and flick on! That’s where floor lamps come in handy. John Lewis have some stylish choices. For decorative, ambient lighting, hang some clear fairy lights!
Build a library
No self-respecting reading nook would be complete without a collection of books to choose from. Grab yourself a bookcase from Oak Furniture King and line its shelves with your favourite reads, along with new releases from your best-loved authors, and suggestions from friends and family!
There you have it – your very own reading nook. Make yourself a drink, put it on your side table, pick up a book, sink into your new arm chair, put your feet up on the stool, fire up the floor lamp, and settle into a relaxing reading sesh!
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