If you currently have a small corner or space in your home that you can't seem to figure out how to decorate or make use of, why not consider creating a cosy reading corner? Apart from making good use of those oddly shaped corners or spaces in your home that typically would have become wasted space, dedicating a space in your home to peaceful activities like reading can serve as a reminder to slow down and find time for self-care amidst our busy and hectic day-to-day lives. Cosy reading nooks are also a perfect way to make use of your bay window, an area that often goes to waste as most people tend to find difficulty in figuring out what to do with it.
In addition, if you're a parent, you'd probably understand the struggle of trying to get your kids to spend less time on their screens, and on books instead. The creation of a dedicated corner of your home for reading can thus serve to create a cosy and inviting environment that will help your children to inculcate a love for reading.
1. Comfortable seating area
No cosy reading corner would be complete without a comfortable seating area. Depending on the size of your reading corner, furnish it with some comfortable cushions or armchairs or sofas. For an extra touch of cosiness, add some throws or blankets that you can snuggle up in as you cuddle up with a good book.
Despite its name, reading corners don't necessarily have to be solely used for reading. It can also be a nice area for you to relax and unwind, or take a nap, so you'd definitely want to make it as comfortable as possible.
2. A place to display and store your collection of books
Unless you're going to be reading your books on a reading device such as a Kindle or tablet, you're probably going to want a place to store all your books. Take your pick from wall shelves and bookshelves which will all provide a perfect home for your personal collection of books. Having your books out for display can also be great conversation starters with your guests, as you discuss topics such as your favourite authors and books.
3. Good lighting
A key to creating the perfect reading corner is to ensure that it enjoys lots of light. Whether you choose an area that enjoys lots of natural light or has good lighting, you'd certainly want to ensure that it's well-lit, to reduce the strain on your eyes so that you can enjoy reading for a longer block of time!
This is exactly why bay windows are one of the best places in your home to create your cosy reading nook since you'll be able to enjoy lots of natural light, whilst having the opportunity to enjoy the scenery around you.
If the bay window is not the perfect spot for your reading corner, simply ensure that you'll be able to enjoy good lighting. A bonus tip would be to get lights that are adjustable, so that you can always enjoy the right amount of light for a perfect reading experience.