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11 Things You Need to Create a Cozy Reading Nook

A woman reading in a chair.

Temperatures are dropping, pumpkins abound, and the leaves will be on the ground before we know it. To make autumn complete, though, you need a cozy reading nook!

Reading at home will always be a delicious pastime. Sure, you have a world of social media and streaming networks at your fingertips. However, it’s hard to beat the relaxed, unplugged feeling of curling up with a good book.

When the more indoor-friendly weather of fall arrives, there’s no better time to create the reading nook of your dreams. Below is everything you’ll need for your personal literary haven.

A Comfy Chair

First and foremost, you need somewhere comfy to sit. Since this is a “nook,” you probably don’t want to take up tons of space with a full couch.

You’ll need a chair, and again, it must be comfortable for those long reading sessions on rainy or snowy days. You can’t go wrong with a plush, classic armchair. The back and arms are made for curling up and getting cozy.

Of course, a brand-new armchair can be pricey. If you’re on a budget, consider a folding saucer chair. Not only are they inexpensive, but you can dress them up (and hide the legs) with a throw blanket. And hey, if you prefer a more bohemian vibe, go for a hammock chair.

A Handy Side Table

A table might not seem essential, but trust us—you’re going to want a place to set your snacks, hot chocolate, and to-be-read stack. If you don’t already have a small table you can use, pick up a chic little side table to go with your chair.

A Bookshelf

If your reading nook has the space, why not add a little bookshelf to go with your table? If you’re short on space, just replace the table with the bookshelf. With all your books close by, you’ll always be ready to choose your next read.

A Reading Lamp

The Cotulin Bedside Table Lamp.

For fall’s shorter days, you’ll want a good reading lamp. The tabletop style can add some decor, while also providing light just where you need it.

floor lamp will illuminate more of the room and can completely replace any harsh overhead lighting. Just consider the space you’re working with—a tabletop lamp might be better if you have limited square footage.

A Blanket

Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to add some cozy personal touches, like a super-soft blanket for the chilly days ahead. If you’re going for a luxe mood, try a faux fur blanket. For a more casual, rustic vibe, a thick knit throw is perfect.

A Mug

No reading nook would be complete without a mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. You can’t go wrong with a classic mug in a pretty color or with an amusing saying. An initial mug can add a nice personal touch to your reading nook.

Alternatively, you can opt for a spill-proof insulated tumbler that will keep your drinks hot (or cold), while protecting your books from unexpected spills.

An Ottoman

Although it’s certainly not essential, a small ottoman allows you to put your feet up and get super-comfy. If your reading chair didn’t come with one, now’s the time add one!

Look for one that has storage, so you can stash an extra blanket, more books, or anything else you need inside.


A woman's hand lighting a Sweet Water Decor Hello Fall candle.
Sweet Water Decor

Sure, we don’t read by candlelight anymore. Still, a flickering candle (or three) evokes the classy, cozy feeling a great reading nook should have.

There’s a wide range of delectable autumn aromas, from salted caramel and cranberry dahlia, to the blanket Hello Fall scent from Sweet Water Decor.

If you prefer unscented candles, get some tealights and pretty holders. You can also cluster three candleholders together on your side table for a chic effect. Buy a set, or mix and match different styles.

Ready for fall vibes?

Some Greenery

Plants are a fantastic way to add a peaceful, relaxing ambiance to your reading area. If you’re short on space, small succulents will liven up the top of your bookshelf or table.

If you have more room, opt for a large, lush plant that can sit on the floor near your chair. If your nook lacks natural light, faux plants work just as well!

Wall Art

Is your wall space looking a little bare? Complement your literature with some imaginative visuals!

Etsy is a wonderful resource for original art to suit any taste. If you want to stick with a literary theme, you can hang a framed copy of a beloved quote, instead.

Dress up your nook with literary art.


There’s something really enticing about sliding your feet into a comfy pair of slippers before you settle into your reading nook. Grab a pair that’s so plush and fluffy, you’ll want to wear them all season!

While you’re at it, toss a comfy pajama set in your cart, too.

If your home is short on personal space, a reading nook is an awesome way to carve out a place of your own. With some basic furnishings and a few personal touches, you’ll soon have a space so cozy, you’ll never want to stop reading!

Elyse Hauser Elyse Hauser
Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read Full Bio »
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