Does this happen to you? You take the time to make your bed in the morning only to find it a couple of hours later looking trampled. This has been my complaint for a while now. Every day, my boys take to my bedroom to do their reading. Why? Because my bed seems to have become the only comfortable spot in the entire house to read. We need a reading nook!
I suppose I could kick them out of there but they are reading. Why mess with that? As a parent, I have to take the good with the bad. Having crooked pillows and small elbow, knee, and feet dents on the covers is a small price to pay if it means that they are reading.
Creating a Reading Nook, Part 1
Before the Process
So, I decided to turn our window nook into a reading nook for the boys (and for me too!) The space is approximately 38 inches wide and 78 inches long. I have been using it sort of like storage…a place to just stick things.
This nook is part of our homeschool room/office/den. The room is pretty big despite the small nook. The whole room including the nook is painted in a light green color. At night, the nook which has no lighting becoming darker then the rest of the room making it pretty useless when the sun goes down.
Step 1: Prepping the Reading Nook
The first step I took was to clear the area and take measurements. After, I painted the reading nook in white to brighten it up. (And I did remove the tie-dye area rug as well).
Step 2: Buying the main pieces
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At first, I wasn’t sure what kind of piece should go in there. I mean, the nook could hold a twin size mattress but I wanted the nook to have a classier look and did not want to have to crawl across an entire bed just to open the blinds.
I considered a storage bench but opted for an extra large ottoman. The bench seems too small for the space where as the larger ottoman gives enough room for both boys at once. I found the perfect ottoman at Wayfair.com. I loved the lettering on it and it was the perfect fit. Not too small, not too big. The neutral color allows me to add pops of color later.
The ottoman is pretty firm, not what I had anticipated. However, when I went to reach for the blind’s cords, it was nice not sinking into it. Adding pillows has made it more comfortable. And having sat it in a few times, I like the firmness. It feels durable and God knows I need durability when it comes to twin boys.
I also found this handcrafted ‘pouf’ on Amazon and figured it can be used to prop one’s legs up or as a small table to hold a tray of drinks. However, it is the color that drew me in. I think the space looks nice with pops of blues here and there.
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So far, this is how the reading nook looks with some of the pieces I have found. I think it already looks pretty welcoming now. In fact, after putting all this up, I found Josh in there already.
Decisions, Decisions…Part 2 to come soon!
In the next post, I will focus more on the décor. Here are things I am considering and working on:
- small area rug
- more pillows
- throw blanket
- possibly a light fixture
- some sort of ornament for the window blind pull-strings
- and other wall art/décor
I want to focus all these around a “reading” theme. So, if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them. Post them in the comments or shoot me an email and I’ll definitely take a look.
Products in this Post
Below is a list of all the things I purchased for this post:
- Olympic Assurance White Semi-Gloss Primer + Paint (Lowe’s)
- Script Cocktail Ottoman (Wayfair)
- Faux Wood Venetian Blinds (Wayfair)
- Dori Pouf (Amazon)
- “This is my happy place” pillow (Walmart)
- Teal Pillow (Walmart)
- Teal Basket (Walmart)
I hope this post inspires you to create a spot in your home where you can relax and read a book. Again, let me know what you think of ours (so far) in the comments below. And stay tuned for the next nook post, Part 2: Reading Nook Décor and The Reveal. Subscribe below so you don’t miss that post.
Until the next post,
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