A good book is a perfect companion to share a bit of relaxation time. To ensure the perfect space to enjoy this pursuit, a number of homeowners who undertake remodeling projects are creating reading nooks – quiet, cozy spaces that make a pleasurable read even more of a pleasure.
Whether you’re a casual reader or a die-hard bibliophile, here are four things you’ll want to make your reading nook a favorite space.
A Quiet Spot
Look for an opportunity to convert an out-of-the-way corner or alcove. An unused spot under the stairs or even a closet can work well. If you have extra space in your bedroom, that’s even better.
Finding this spot can be a challenge if your household is an active one, so a bit of creativity may be required. You might need to rearrange a bit of furniture to envision a future sanctuary space, or invest in a privacy screen once it’s complete, but the resulting outcome will be worth the effort.
A Comfy Seat
Now that you’ve claimed your space, you must be able to sit in it. And of course, read comfortably. This means choosing the type of seat that makes you feel most welcome.
Do you like to recline while you read? Perhaps you prefer to curl up, or even sprawl out. Choose the chair, chaise, beanbag or pile of pillows that best fits your reading style.
A Proper Reading Light
Your mother always told you not to read in the dark (usually after catching you hiding under the covers with a book and a flashlight). Even if your reading nook offers daylight through a window, a good reading light, positioned to illuminate your pages, is a must.
This doesn’t have to be anything fancy; a simple desk lamp will do the trick. Just make sure the light it provides is enough to read by without causing eyestrain.
According to Dr. Eleanor Faye, a former Medical Director for Lighthouse International widely recognized as a leader in low vision, “The eyes’ need for more light to read by increases one percent a year. When you’re 10, you can read by 40 watts or hardly any light. By the time you’re 60, you need around 100 watts.”
A Place To Set Your Book
This can be a simple side table, a wall shelf or a freestanding bookshelf. It just needs to fit both the physical space and your décor. It also needs to serve the basic purpose of keeping your reading material ever at the ready.
If you’re embarking on a construction project and are planning to create a reading nook, be sure to think through both your space and how you want to furnish it. Who knows - the choices you make for this private space might actually influence some of the choices you make for the spaces
My VERY favorite spot.