Creating a reading corner at home: 4 ideas...to be read in one breath!
Have you always dreamed of a reading corner at home? Here is a collection of ideas to set up a relaxation area in which to relax with a novel and a cup of tea!
Setting up a reading corner at home may seem like a trivial matter, but it is the first step towards a healthier lifestyle, away from screens and distractions.
Let us guess: your everyday life is hectic and, in the rare moments of peace, the first thing you do is check your smartphone. The same book for a month has been on your bedside table; you remember reading it when you go to sleep, but after a few lines tiredness takes over. Nothing to do: once again, the bookmark will remain fixed on page forty-three.
Did we guess? We knew it! Fortunately, however, the solution is simpler than you think. Allocating a specific area of the house only and only for reading will help you isolate everything else and really concentrate. Do you bet that in this way you will finally be able to finish that novel?
How to furnish a reading corner in your home that is comfortable and beautiful to look at? Here is a small guide for you with four easy ideas to make...and to read in one breath!
1) An oasis of comfort! Set up a reading corner in the living room
If you are lucky enough to have a comfortable living room, this is the most obvious choice for setting up a reading corner in the house. On the other hand, the living room is the place where you spend most of your time. It is likely that the room already contains the elements we need: a bookcase, a seat, a support surface...If there are, you will only have to arrange them in the most congenial way to set up your reading corner in the living room.
Let's start from the base. The lounge is usually a large room. We need something that visually insulates the space, so start by choosing a nice carpet, preferably round. Positioned the carpet, what else do we need for our reading corner in the living room? Obviously, a perfect session!
How to choose the perfect seat for your reading corner?
Comfort above all: reading corners are oases of relaxation to be used for our passions. That's why the ideal reading armchair is soft, enveloping...maybe even a little broken. The classic seat that has now taken the shape of your body.
If you like to curl up, choose a model large enough to allow you to curl up with a plaid on your knees, but if your living room is small (or if you want to furnish a relaxation area in a niche) you can choose sofas for small spaces. If you prefer to stretch your legs, instead, make sure to add a footrest: it should never be missing in the furnishings of a relaxation area!
A coffee table to accessorize your reading corner in the living room!
Inspiration from Pinterest
Now, what's the best friend of the book? Easy: a cup of steaming tea! To avoid placing it on the ground, get a low table to be placed near the armchair. The ideal would be a container table or, at least, with a second shelf. In this way you will have an additional support for your book and your reading area will be properly equipped.
Style and functionality: decorate your reading corner with a bookcase
Make sure you always have a small library handy by placing your reading corner near a shelf, bookcase or shelf. The stacks of books are fascinating, of course, but in the long run they become a problem...better to have at least one cabinet to organize your readings.
In our store you will find a selection of bookcases and shelves very suitable for furnishing the relaxation area! The furniture with shelves is the perfect compromise between functionality and elegance, so choose the model that best matches your home idea to create a neat and beautiful bookcase corner. You can embellish your bookcase in many different ways and enhance it even more: in this way your reading corner will be even more stylish and decorated with personality!
The right lighting for your reading corner in the living room
Photo credits Eckard Wentorf
Don't forget to think about the light: if the room is not bright enough (or if you have a habit of reading in the evening) start looking for the perfect lamp. A floor lamp with adjustable spotlight to be placed next to your reading chair will be an optimal solution.
If your living room is bright enough, take the opportunity to create a reading corner by placing a sofa under the window. The internal window sill will become an extra shelf!
Add some greenery to your reading corner!
At this point, only one thing is missing from your reading corner in the living room: a green and luxuriant plant. Having at least one plant in the living room gives you many benefits: it purifies the air from the radiation emitted by household appliances, relaxes the eyes and, according to many studies, makes our mind more open and creative. Furnishing with plants is an authentic cure-all and will make your relaxation corner at home even more colorful and welcoming!
Now that you have everything...put your smartphone in airplane mode for an hour and get ready to travel with your mind!
2) Relaxation mission: your reading corner in the bedroom
Maybe you don't have a big enough living room. Or maybe, simply, the sleeping area is your favorite relaxation room. To furnish a reading corner in the bedroom, the premises may be the same as in the living room: armchair and coffee table. Unless you prefer to furnish a relaxation area on the ground, directly on the parquet.
In this case, the situation changes! Even more important will be the carpet: choose it nice soft, long-textured, and then (literally) get a sea of cushions. Now you can stretch and stretch as much as you want! A good alternative solution could be a very low seat like a chaise longue, but you can also choose a reclining meditation chair from our store, padded armchairs also ideal for a relaxation room!
Obviously we cannot think of using a high shelf for books: they would not be at hand. Better a low cabinet with shelves, or a shelf placed at the right height.
Finally, how to beautify your reading corner in the room? We have created a slightly boho-chic setting, so if you like the genre, choose themed accessories: fringes, dream catchers, lanterns...all that your imagination suggests. Do not forget to add a "bed" tray in natural wood as a support surface.
3) Bricolage and creativity! How to create a DIY reading corner
If you have a certain dexterity and are looking for original ideas to set up the reading corner, this is the solution that you will like the most. This time forget about armchairs and rugs. Do you have a window large enough and not too far from the floor? Great! It will be the starting point for creating a relaxation corner with creative DIY!
Inspiration from Pinterest
What you need is a good number of pallets and your toolbox. The first thing to do is to file any splinters and treat the wood with a transparent protective spray. Give the wood time to dry and then proceed to set up your niche.
The DIY reading corner that we will try to create has the shape of a storage bench. The pallets will be placed in a horizontal position, one on top of the other, and fixed with screws and nails. The beauty is that the benches will not only serve as a seat, but also as a bookcase: you can put your favorite texts directly in the middle of the boards. Otherwise, why not build even small shelves on the sides of the window? In this case the pallets destined for the books will have to be positioned vertically.
Now, the pallets are certainly beautiful to look at; but let's say that comfort is not their greatest advantage. Get flat pillows and your DIY reading corner is ready to be tested!
4) The reading corner for children: a secret place to fly with your imagination
And for the little ones? It is known that contact with books is important from the first years of life, even before being able to read. If you want your children to make a good habit of surrounding themselves with books, why not set up a small library for them too?
Creating a children's reading corner is not difficult. First of all, aim to create a cozy atmosphere, in which your children feel protected and safe. Try setting up a small tent in a corner of the bedroom: for them it will be like entering a secret niche, a place where they will feel they can take refuge with their favorite books. Choose a well-lit spot in the room and cover the tent floor with rugs, blankets and pillows.
Inspiration from Pinterest
To arrange the books, we recommend setting up some shelves at child's height. Choose possibly shelves for paintings, with the raised edge, and arrange the books so that the covers are visible instead of the ribs: if your children are still small, images and colors will guide them in choosing the book. It is important, in fact, that they are able to independently find the book they want to browse, without the need for an adult to do it for them.
The reading corner of your children, at this point, is complete. But if you really want to overdo it, why not make the atmosphere even more fabulous? A forest-themed wallpaper or tree-shaped stickers will make them feel immersed in nature. The perfect scenario for a nice adventure book.
In short: setting up a reading corner at home is a simple operation, but one that can give you great satisfaction. There is no need to make too important changes to the furniture and you can do it with the furniture you already have. Now you have no more excuses: reading awaits you!
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