Reading nooks have always fascinated me as a kid (and secretly as an adult;-), I can’t wait for the time my kids are old enough to build one. Jacqui Barrie has kindly summarised a whole bunch of resources on reading nooks for us, as soon as the time comes for me, I’m going to delve into them. Those of you considering building a reading nook, either a permanent or temporary one, I hope you enjoy, and have fun!
Guest post contributed by Jacqui Barrie at http://www.aupairjobs.com/
With many years of schooling to come for children, reading will play an important part in their education. Finding a way to make reading fun for your kids will encourage a love of reading in them. A child can read a book anywhere, but it’s more enjoyable if she has her own special place where she can go and read. You may be thinking that you don’t have the space to create a reading nook for your kids, but you might be surprised when you see all of the different ways that these 21 bloggers have come up with to create a little nook. You can take an awkward architectural feature in a room and turn it into a window seat or a bench. If you have a closet that you aren’t using, you can turn that into a nook too. The possibilities are endless, so read on and see if any of these ideas will work for you.
Some houses have dormers on the outside of the house, but inside those dormers can sometimes create an awkward space in a room. Many are screaming to have a window seat built there or a desk placed in between the two walls. Take a look around your house with a new eye and see if there are any spots that you could turn into a reading nook for your kids. If multiple kids will be using it, you might want to create it in a common area rather than in one of the bedrooms.
- When is a Closet Not a Closet? – When it is a Reading Nook!
- Playroom Reading Nook
- Reading Nook Before and After!
- Our Reading Nook
- Kids’ Reading Nook and Clubhouse
- Closet Turned Book Nook
- Under the Stairs Closet Turned Kids Book Nook
If you don’t have a spare closet or architectural nook in your home, you might want to try one of these reading nook ideas. You can take window curtains, a shower curtain or just an old sheet and hang it up to create a private place to read. Add some comfort with pillows you have around the house or buy some floor pillows or bean bags. Hang some shelves for the books and add a light and you are all set. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or difficult; it just needs to be a space that makes your kids happy when they go there.
- DIY Kid’s Reading Nook
- The Tee Pee
- Reading Nook Curtains
- The Reading Nook Project: The Curtains
- DIY Cozy Reading Fort
- Simple Reading Nook
- Frugal Tip: Make a Play Tent
If you live in an apartment and you don’t want to drill holes in the wall for curtains, you can create a free standing reading nook instead. You may just be looking for an area that you can create quickly for your kids to read and play in where you can still see them. A free standing reading nook area can be created anywhere by putting together the essentials of good lighting, a container for books and a cushy place to sit. For more ideas on how you can make your own free-standing reading nook, take a look at these seven blog posts.