Ever since I was little, I’ve loved hide-away places and I’ve loved books. Put the two together, and I’m in heaven. I was lucky enough to have my own bedroom growing up, and could close the door and read in comfort on my bed. But for all that, I still preferred and created cozy, secret “book nooks” in the bottom of my closet, or under my desk covered with a blanket. I longed for a padded a window seat.
Book nooks don’t have to be fancy, or requiring of great space or large funds. Below are a few ideas gleaned from the internet:
Whimsical window seats:
No need for a window with a wide sill. Just frame out any window with simple shelves, a purchased bench or custom built box. Outdoor furniture cushions, or fabric covered foam and a few throw pillows and it’s done.
This vertical shelf design comes from The Habitat Collective at the habco.com
The horizontal design is from Googodecor at googodecor.com
Convert a closet or old wardrobe
Do you really need all that “stuff” in the closet in the spare room, or the basement? How about converting it to a book nook for your kids or grandkids?
Ever since reading the tales of Narnia, wardrobes have had a magical feel for me. As a child I would have LOVED this Narnia inspired wardrobe book-nook from Blesserhouse.com
Reclaim under the stairs:
Harry Potter made good use of his spot under the stairs. Why not use that space for a child’s Harry Potter hide-away? Or make it a bit more adult for yourself?
These designs come from media.bookbub.com; http://gurudecor.com/ ; and https://gowritter.com/smart-ideas-for-under-stairs-storage-space/
Repurpose space and furniture you already have:
William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” But when you have a small house, the furniture has to fall into BOTH categories –
Think outside the box.
Here Ikea spice racks become picture book shelves; vertical shelves and cabinets are laid on the floor with a mattress on top. A curtain is hung from the ceiling around a hoop.
In the end, it doesn’t matter where you read, as long as you do. Happy reading!