Nowadays our lives are so busy and stressful, we find ourselves constantly on the go, always under pressure and never getting a second to relax. We check our phones first thing in the morning, and we’re still checking notifications as we get in bed that night. Our lives never stop. This kind of constant stress and pressure can lead to physical and mental health problems, stress, anxiety and a feeling of never being good enough. This means that it’s more important than ever that we take a little time out for ourselves when we get chance.
Adding a reading nook to your home can give your tranquil and calming place to relax, unwind and forget about your problems for a while. This can help you to sleep better, put things into perspective and help you avoid burn-out. Here’s a look at everything that you need to create your cosy reading nook.
The first thing to consider is where you want to build your reading nook. All you need is an unused corner of your home. It could be in your bedroom or dining room, away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen or lounge. Just make sure it’s somewhere you can relax and be comfortable.
Your reading nook will need some shelving to keep all of your books. If you are short on space, either opt for some clever storage ideas or just include some of your favourites. However, if possible, surrounding yourself with books can be a fantastic way to unwind and encourage a relaxing atmosphere.
If there is one thing that your reading nook needs above all else, it’s books! Use this as an excuse to go shopping. Search for some classics and special editions to perfect your collection.
Your reading nook needs to be comfortable. Check out Warm Rooms for some radiators to fit your space, add plenty of soft furnishings to create a comfortable atmosphere and then consider seating. Think about the area that you’re working with. Do you have room for a small sofa or comfy chair? If so, go for it. Test some out to make sure they feel just right. If you are working with a smaller area, look at window seats and beanbags.
Your reading nook needs lighting. Especially if you are using a partition of some kind to separate it from the rest of the room. Look for bright standing lamps which offer focused ambient lighting so that you can read late into the night.
You’ll need a table, so you’ve got somewhere for a hot drink or a glass of wine. You could even use it as somewhere to put your feet up or make some notes. It doesn’t need to be large; a small side table would do. You could even upcycle your own to add a touch of personality.
To add some of your style to your reading nook, bring in some influences from the rest of your home. Add artwork, photos, a curtain, candles and anything else that helps you to relax.
A reading nook can add a valuable space which can enrich your life and increase your enjoyment of your home massively.