Tips for selecting a good reading chairs…
When trying out chairs, look for one that’s build with your back in mind. Cheaper chairs might fall flat here, as they often lose their shape quickly, and therefore their support.
Next up the buttocks - could you see yourself sitting in this chair for hours? Some chairs might look nice but without some good cushioning, you’ll wish you hadn’t put substance over style.
How adaptable is the chair? We recommend picking a chair that lets you switch between upright, curled up, or even having your legs up. Recliners are a good shout but you might even consider splash the cash on the famous Eames lounge chair (the holy grail of reading since 1956).
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Silence is golden
Whether you like to read in peace and quiet, or you prefer a little bit of classical in the background, what you don’t want is to be interrupted by every other sound in the house. This is where good soundproofing can really come in handy.
And you know what helps absorb sound? Books! Yes, by adding floor to ceiling bookshelves to surround your little corner, you not only give yourself more to read but help block out surrounding noise.
Another way to help reduce unwanted noise is to build your nook into a recess in the wall. If you’re looking to renovate, extend, or convert a space in your home, talk to your architect about building this into your design.
And for those of you on a budget, thick curtains can also help provide some level of soundproofing. Plus, a dark velvet drape can add an all-important sense of drama.
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Look in unexpected spaces
Reading corners can often be found in living rooms and bedrooms, but these aren’t the only places you might consider adding your nook.
As reading nooks really only need enough space for you to sit / lie down, there are plenty of places around the house you might be able to squeeze yours into.
Consider finding space in…
- Under the stairs
- In your garage
- The loft
- Even your shed
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Speaking of sheds, don’t forget reading doesn’t have to be confined just to the house. If you’ve got good weather on the way and want to maximise on your time outdoors, consider these ideas…
The perfect reading spot can be as simple as a well-positioned hammock.
Add privacy by strategically placing screening plants next to your chosen nook, bamboo is a good example.
Arbours are a cost-effective way to add both seating and a sense of seclusion. Don’t be afraid to add some upholstery so you’re not just sat on a wood for a long period of time.
Likewise, sheds come in a wide range of price tags and can be used for more than just storing garden tools. However, if you plan on using them for reading in the winter, make sure you add enough insulation so you don’t become an icicle.
If you’re prepared to take on a large project, the other option for your garden would be to create your own annexe. As long as you don’t plan to use them as a livable space (a place to sleep) then these projects might even come under your permitted development rights.
Learn more about creating your own annexe / garden room.
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Get the kids involved
Adults aren’t the only ones who love a good story and plenty of children would love a space for their own reading adventures. Parents looking to help their children read more might consider…
Creating a canopy in order to bring a little magic to a corner of their room. Coupled with some big pillows and this budget-friendly nook will be a big hit!
What kid doesn’t love a fort? You can build a more lasting version of the classic blanket fort by either investing in your own little teepee or by building your own with three poles and an old sheet.
If you want to upcycle items, an old cot mattress makes a wonderful seating area for small readers.
And again, get creative with where space can be found. Being smaller than us, children can make use of lots of under-used nooks and crannies, such as blocked up fireplaces or recesses in the walls.
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Some of our favourites
We asked our designers to share with us some of their favourite reading nooks, either from the Resi portfolio or online, and here’s what they shared…
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Looking to take on more than just a reading corner? If you want to tackle a large scale renovation, extend your home, or even convert some unloved space, then get in touch. Our free consultations can give you advice on everything from budget, timings, to design. Books yours here.