No matter what career takes care of the bills, we all have our own hobbies that bring us joy and fulfillment. Some people are adventure seekers; some are collectors and some just like to curl up with a good book at the end of the day. If the last description sounds like you, then you should consider creating a reading nook in your home to make your hobby as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Reading in the living room can be noisy if someone is watching the television and reading in bed can put you to sleep, so it makes perfect sense to try to create a space dedicated to doing what you love without distractions. Read on for a few tips on how to create the perfect reading nook in your home.
Choose the most relaxing area of your home. Loud noises and the comings and goings of your household members will not be conducive to an uninterrupted reading session. You don’t want to be ripped out of the setting and time of the story you’re enjoying because you are in a high traffic space. Try a corner of your master bedroom, a window seat or even and enclosed porch.
Think about what position is best for you while reading: sitting up straight, laying on one side, slightly leaning backward. There is no right or wrong here. Once you have pinned down the most comfortable way you want to enjoy your literature, be sure to accommodate the space with what works best for you. This could be a soft leather chair, a chaise lounge or just a simple arrangement of cushions.
Natural and artificial light play and equal role in your comfort. Daytime reading is always enjoyable with natural sunlight, so staging your nook by a window would be beneficial. As the sun goes down, light placement is essential to prevent from squinting down at your pages or tablet. If you have limited floor space, try an extendable wall-mounted light. If there is room for a side table, try a floor lamp to go with it to light up your nighttime reading and give you easy access to your material for next time.
If possible, keep your supply of books nearby with a bookcase or built-in shelving that won’t require you to retrieve a new selection at the other side of the house each time you are ready for something new.
There are so many options for creating a little getaway for your reading habit. Have fun playing around with different arrangements until you feel as cozy as possible and let your latest book sweep you off your feet!