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How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook

by DecorMatters|updated Feb 27, 2023

With hectic households and busy schedules, a free afternoon or a few minutes to relax is never taken for granted. A cozy reading nook is a perfect way to dedicate a space in your home for peaceful leisure activities, such as reading a book, drawing, or flipping through a magazine while waiting for your face mask to do its thing. In order to achieve the ideal relaxation spot, we have the reading room decorating ideas and tips to help you create your cozy reading corner dedicated to your needs and personality.

Reading room decorating ideas 

📷 Lara

Find the Ideal Reading Room Spot

A reading nook does not have to interfere with your home design plan or layout drastically because it does not require a lot of space. Most often, cozy reading nooks are created in random empty corners of a room, such as a bedroom or living room. It is best to find a spot that can give you some peace and quiet when needed and will not distract you to do other things, especially when considering cozy reading room ideas for living rooms because it is typically one of the busier areas of the house. Finding the ideal spot is essential before gathering furniture, home decor accessories, and more.

cozy reading room sofa placements

📷 The Merrythought

cozy reading room ideas for bright spaces

📷 Jeri Darline Sparrow

Use Cozy Furniture to Create a Cozy Room

The key to relaxation is soft and comfy furniture pieces, whether that is a comfy chair you can sink into or a pretty accent chair that is big enough for you to have some wiggle room and looks good in your space. A loveseat or bench are also great options that can become daybed reading nooks if you would like more space to lie down or to share with someone, like your pet! The seating option you choose should be welcoming and inviting for cozying up in, taking a break, and impromptu naps. Additionally, side tables, bar carts, or some sort of furniture tables are useful for holding little trinkets, house plants, or a cup of coffee you are enjoying while resting in your comfy chair.

dark and relaxing cozy reading corner ideas
relaxing cozy reading corner ideas 

📷 Ashley Nicole

Relaxing Home Accessories for a Relaxing Corner

Your cozy reading nook should have relaxing home accessories that provide good emotions and feelings, such as throw blankets, soft pillows, and candles. The environment that surrounds you affects your mood, so having relaxing home accessories as a part of your cozy corner decorating ideas are necessary to help you wind down and destress.

vintage and antique cozy reading room ideas using arm chair

📷 Emily

cozy lighting for reading room nook

📷 Lara

Decorate the Walls Surrounding your Reading Room

Another tip and cozy reading room idea to bring in relaxing and positive vibes to your space is to decorate the walls surrounding your reading nook. Wall art and wall decor are great ways to add visual elements to your cozy reading room. It also presents the opportunity to add personality and home decor that matches the interior design style of your space, which is beneficial in making you feel comfortable and happy. 

organized reading room ideas for a relaxing nook
book organization in a reading room 

📷 Hanna

using bookshelves for storage for books in cozy reading room

📷 Lara

Find a Bookshelf or Storage for Books

A cozy reading corner needs some books! A bookshelf is the obvious storage design for all your books, but if you have a small space, it is time to get creative. You can always place and style some of the books you are reading at the moment or want to read in the near future on your side table, in a basket beside your chair, or on a bar cart.

We hope that our home design tips to create a cozy reading nook, which applies to cozy reading room ideas for adults to ideas for reading nooks for kids, have inspired you to design a space for yourself to relax and serve as a reminder that you deserve a break once in a while! If you are excited to design your cozy reading nook and want to visualize different reading corner layout ideas in your home, our free DecorMatters room design app allows you to take real images of your home and virtually decorate within your actual space!

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