How to Create Your Own Cozy Reading Nook

by Jane K on April 23, 2018

Reading nooks are the perfect escape from our busy lives. By designing a cozy, relaxing space to check out the latest bestseller, browse through your favorite magazine, or listen to a beloved album, you can experience true comfort and peace. Follow these tips from the interior design experts at Star Furniture to learn how to create your own cozy reading nook:

Pick the perfect spot

When designing a reading nook, the first thing to consider is placement. Whether you decide to use the corner of the room, a window seat, an alcove, or even a closet, you can personalize the space to make it fit your personality and needs. Choose a spot that makes sense for you and move forward from there.

Choose the Right Seating

Seating is perhaps the most important decision you’ll make when designing your reading nook. Choose from options like a chaise lounge, an accent chair, a rocker recliner, or a loveseat. Whatever style of seating you decide on, make sure you’ll be comfortable with an open book. You’ll want to consider a few factors, including:

  1. Firmness: Can you see yourself being comfortable for long periods of time—potentially many hours? If the answer is no, you may find yourself spending less time relaxing and more time fidgeting.
  2. Arm Support: Depending on your typical posture and preferred reading position, will the seating arrangement provide adequate support to hold a book for long reading sessions? Sure, the average book only weighs about a pound, but a page-turner held for hours can still be uncomfortable, without support.

Create the Right Ambiance

Your reading nook should be a cozy sanctuary from the world, so make sure you create the right ambiance. Depending on how much natural light you have, you might consider upgrading the lighting with a floor or table lamp. Display your books on a decorative bookcase or decorate the space with fun accessories to make the space your own.


If you’re planning on designing a cozy reading nook, be sure to visit a Star Furniture location near you. We’ll help you find the furniture and decorations you need to design the perfect reading nook for your home or apartment. In the meantime, try out our easy-to-use Room Planner design tool to figure out the logistics of your space, and browse our extensive online décor & accent inventory for inspiration.


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