How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook

Cozy reading nooks are great for curling up with a good book and decompressing after a hectic day.

Last Updated on March 24, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

Cozy Reading Nook Ideas

Picture this: you’re curled up on a comfortable chair or sofa, a blanket draped over your lap, and a good book in your hands.  The sun is shining in through the window and casts a soft glow on everything in the room.  This is what a reading nook is all about – creating a cozy, relaxing space where you can escape into another world and take some time to decompress after a hectic day.

It doesn’t matter if your space is big or small – what matters is that it makes you happy and relaxed when you’re in there.  Plus, it’s great to have one main spot where you can always go back to whenever you’re looking forward to having some reading time.  So here are five tips on how to create a cozy reading nook!

What is a reading nook?

A reading nook is simply a cozy spot specifically designated for reading.  It can be any place in your home, inside or outside, as long as it’s comfortable and inviting.  A reading nook is a cozy place to relax and read, and it’s the perfect place to escape the world for a while.  So, if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, take some time to create your reading nook.  You’ll be glad you did!

How do you make a good reading nook?

Start by selecting a cozy spot in your home.  Make sure it’s comfortable and provides enough space for you to relax.  Choose the right chair, consider lighting options, create a book storage solution, and decorate it with items that fit your personality.  Don’t forget extras like rugs, candles, plants, or throws!  Finally, make sure you have access to power outlets and make use of multiple layers of lighting.  With these tips, you can create the perfect reading space for yourself!

What goes in a reading nook?

When creating a reading nook, you’ll want to consider furniture such as chairs and tables.  You’ll also need book storage solutions like bookshelves or vertical wall-mounted options.  Other items include blankets and pillows for comfort, plants for an inviting atmosphere, and accessories such as candles or rugs to add texture.  Finally, make sure you have access to power outlets and multiple layers of lighting.  With these items, you can create a cozy reading nook that will be perfect for relaxing with your favorite book!

How to make a cheap reading nook?

Creating a reading nook doesn’t have to be expensive.  Start by picking out a cozy spot in your home or apartment that has enough space for you to relax and enjoy.  Look for furniture items that are on sale, used, or DIY projects like armchairs and tables.  You can also find book storage solutions at thrift stores or online.  When decorating, look for affordable items like blankets and pillows from places like IKEA or Target, or use plants that you already have in your home.  Finally, make sure to accessorize with items you find around the house such as candles and rugs.  With these tips, you can create an inexpensive yet cozy reading nook that will be perfect for reading!

Reading Nook Ideas

5 Tips to Create a Cozy Reading Nook

1. Decide what cozy reading spot works best for you in your home.

Your cozy reading spot can be an unused corner in your bedroom, living room, a spot near or under your staircase, or even a spot in a hallway. Before deciding on the spot for your reading nook, sit in it and assess how you feel in the space. Will it be quiet, are you cramped, will you be interrupted here a lot, can you make it cozy and comfortable?

2. Find the right chair for your reading nook.

When selecting a chair, you should prioritize comfort over everything else. As for style, find a chair that’s similar to your existing home decor and the furnishings in that area. You can also shop your home and consider using an existing chair. If you have a favorite chair that’s aged or you just don’t like the look anymore, you can also consider reupholstering.

Alternatives to chairs include but are not limited to recliners, chaise lounge, sofa, bean bag, or even a hammock.

3. Consider lighting options for your reading nook.

A reading space with natural light is best in an ideal world, but the proper lighting can create the cozy feel your reading nook needs. When selecting lighting options, you should prioritize dimmable lights and lights with settings so you can adjust your light depending on the time of day and your needs.

Reading Nook Window

4. Create a space for books to live in your reading nook.

There are several options for book storage that you can use in your reading nook. You can go traditional and use a bookcase. Alternatively, you could also stack crates, opt for vertical storage options mounted to the wall, a table, or even stacking them on your floor!

A side table can also work as a place where you can stack books below and have space on top to place your beverage and snacks.

5. Decorate your reading nook to fit your personality.

Cozy blankets, soft pillows, or throw pillows are great staple options for decorating. When selecting throw pillows for your cozy reading nook, it is best to pick ones with textures like velvet, faux fur, suede, etc., because these materials will produce an overall “cozy” effect in your space. Likewise, selecting cushions with exciting patterns is excellent as they stand out against the solid color of your other decor items within your space.

Don’t forget to step back and assess as you start adding things to your space. If anything else would make this space even cozier, add it, and subtract it if it’s too much.

Reading Nook Chair

Bonus Tip: And, of course, the extras.

This includes but is not limited to plush rugs, candles, plants, pictures, figures, or anything sentimental.


Whether it’s a dedicated spot or blankets and pillows on the couch or in the corner of your bedroom, there are so many different ways to have a cozy reading spot that is perfect for YOU!

When you’re satisfied with the cozy reading nook that you have created or updated, please take a picture, share it on social media, tag @bibliolifestyle, and mention this blog post so other readers can create their own cozy space at home too!

Do you have a cozy reading nook?  Are you planning on creating one?

What do you love about having a reading space?  Share your tips, tricks, ideas, and inspiration in the comments.


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  1. Tonya Sanders says:

    Such great tips! I’m hoping to create a book nook one day!! ???? I love the ideas about the pillows with textures and throws and blankets!! Such great info????

  2. Julie says:

    We are having a sun porch added off our bedroom with built-in bookshelves – perfect reading spot, I can’t wait!

  3. Jessica Berg says:

    I do have a cozy reading nook off of my bedroom that has book carts, book shelves and a chaise lounge with cozy blankets.

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