1. Some privacy
How can you squirrel away with your favorite page-turner if the kids won't stop bothering you? Keep your reading nook separate from the rest of the house by installing a curtain — like in this relaxing red Houston space — or using bookshelves or large plants to create a clear division.
2. A small table for your coffee
Curling up with a book and a hot drink is one of life's finest pleasures. A reading area without space for a mug of tea (or — let's be real — a glass of wine) can hardly be called cozy. You don't need to go big here: A small table will suffice, like in this cozy rustic space.
3. Plenty of light
Whether your chair is nestled against a large window or you're cozied up next to a lamp, light is an essential element for a comfy reading nook. In this Washington, D.C. space designed by Barry Dixon, curtains flank floor-to-ceiling windows, letting soft light into the room.
4. Room to stretch out
Maybe you don't have space for a full daybed, like in this cozy country-style nook, but make sure there's somewhere to rest your feet. For smaller spaces, try adding an ottoman or a sturdy side table.
5. A cozy pile of blankets
Unless it's the middle of the summer, a comfy throw draped over your legs is key. No one likes cold feet (and let's be real, you can't wear shoes in a reading nook). Keep a blanket nearby, like in this tiny, Los Angeles bungalow.
6. Something interesting to look at
Sometimes, the best part of reading is wandering off mid-sentence to stare into space. Give your reading nook a gallery wall backdrop or create a grouping of interesting plants.
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