As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, curling up with a good book sounds better than ever. Luckily, whether your home is large or small, you only need a few key items to create the cozy reading nook of your dreams.
If you’re a bookworm, chances are you’d love a reading nook, but maybe you’re convinced you don’t have the space. Think again! If you don’t mind getting a bit creative, you can turn any corner into a comfortable place to relax with a good book.
Comfortable seating tops the list of must-haves, but from there, you can personalize your nook with everything from wall décor and paint to other design accents. We’ll get you started with the five main items you need to create a warm, inviting spot you can escape to all year.
The focal point of any reading nook is, of course, a comfy, inviting chair. When you’re curling up with a good book, the last thing you want is an uncomfortable seat. Instead, look for a chair that’s equal parts style and function: something that matches your personal style but also provides plenty of support and a nice set of cushions to really sink into.
The BELLEZE Modern Accent Chair has a stylish look without sacrificing any of the comfort. Designed with elegant, curved lines, rolled armrests, and a tufted backrest with detailing, it’s just the right size and shape for a charming reading corner. The linen material comes in several different colors and even a few patterns to match with any decor.
BELLEZE Modern Accent Chair Armchair for Living Room or Bedroom with Wooden Legs, High Back Rest, Padded Armrest, and Comfortable Cushioned Seat - Allston (Baby Blue)
Chic, classic, and elegant without any fuss.
For a chunkier look, consider the Christopher Knight Home Cecilia Swivel Chair. A deep seat and a sturdy curved back give this chair more of a low, squat profile. Unlike many cozy accent chairs, however, it features a swivel base, so you can turn it at any angle, any time, without the usual hassle of moving it.
Christopher Knight Home Cecilia Swivel Chair with Loose Cover, Natural Fabric
Sturdy and squat, with a swivel.
If you really want to sink into your reading chair, go big or go home! The Stone & Beam Lauren Oversized Armchair is exactly what is claims to be: a deep, wide, super-cushy armchair. You’ll have plenty of room to stretch out or curl up in any way your heart desires. You can also choose from a variety of fabrics or even leather options to suit your style.
Amazon Brand – Stone & Beam Lauren Down-Filled Oversized Living Room Accent Armchair, 46"W, Slate
Embrace the cozy with a truly oversized reading chair.
While a smaller reading nook won’t have room for a full bookshelf, you’ll still want a place to set your book, a few accent pieces, or a hot cup of cocoa. That’s what an accent table is for! Small and slim, these make the perfect perch for a lamp and whatever else you need to make your reading nook feel like home.
A basic round table, like this wooden option from Winsome, is slim and versatile enough to work in any space. With a round top, a smaller round shelf on the bottom, and a flat drawer, you’ll even have a few storage options.
Winsome Wood Sasha Accent Table, Black
You can't go wrong with this basic accent table.
If you’d prefer something with a bit more personality, check out the FirsTime & Co. Miles Rustic Table. With darker legs and a patterned, multicolored wooden top, it strikes just the right balance between rustic farmhouse and contemporary. You can also choose from four different color and wood options for a more custom look.
FirsTime & Co. Miles Rustic Table, 22"H x 16"W x 16"D, Natural Wood
Rustic meets contemporary.
If sleek glamour is more your style, this marble-top table by Walker Edison could be just the thing. The sleek, X-shaped base is topped with a gleaming, faux marble top. It’s sure to add an elegant touch to your new reading nook.
Walker Edison Cora Modern Faux Marble Round Accent Table with X Base, 16 Inch, Marble and Gold
The faux marble adds a touch of elegance.
Whether you read a lot at night or not, you’ll definitely need good lighting to prevent eyestrain. The size and shape of your reading nook will determine whether you need a floor or table lamp. Either way, there are plenty of options that will shine just enough light, while also suiting your décor.
The Rottogoon Floor Lamp offers a neutral, adjustable, slim profile. It also comes with two shades (one beige and one with a wood-grain pattern) to better suit your style. The lamp head is also adjustable, so you can angle it any way you want to get the best reading light.
Rottogoon Floor Lamp for Living Room, LED Standing Lamp with 2 Lamp Shades Tall Industrial Floor Lamp Reading for Bedroom, Office (9W LED Bulb Included) - (Oil-Rubbed Bronze)
Casts a soft, warm glow you can adjust to suit your needs.
If you need a table lamp, this one from Boncoo offers a classic style with a modern twist. It’s a neutral tone (black) with three lighting levels—you can toggle between them with the simple dimmer switch. It also has a convenient charging port, so you can charge your phone while you catch up on your reading.
Touch Control Table Lamp Dimmable Bedside Lamp with USB Charging Port, Boncoo Nightstand Lamp Resin Table Lamp with A19 LED Bulb, Modern Desk Lamp Simple Night Light for Living Room Bedroom Guest Room
A classic lamp with modern conveniences.
A warm, soft blanket can instantly elevate any space from basic to cozy. When you’re not using it to keep warm, throwblankets become part of your décor—just toss it over the back of your reading chair.
Throws aren’t meant to be big and bulky. They come in a ton of textures, materials, and colors, so you’re sure to find something that perfectly matches your style.
For something soft and luxurious, consider the Tuddrom Extra Soft Faux Fur Throw. This double-sided blanket features one made of soft, non-shedding, faux fur and the other made of velvet fleece for ultimate comfort. You can choose from a handful of colors, including neutrals and pastels.
Decorative Extra Soft Faux Fur Throw Blanket 50" x 60",Solid Reversible Fuzzy Lightweight Long Hair Shaggy Blanket,Fluffy Cozy Plush Fleece Comfy Microfiber Fur Blanket for Couch Sofa Bed,Pure White
Double-sided and luxurious.
Knitted textures feel especially cozy, and they can be made from any number of comfortable textiles. The Chanasya Textured Knitted Throw has all the hallmarks of the ideal knit blanket: a sturdy knit, soft and relatively lightweight material, and stylish tassels. It’s also available in a wide variety of colors, from neutrals to vivid brights.
Chanasya Textured Knit Super-Soft Throw
A classic knit that comes in a variety of colors.
Nothing adds a bit of ambiance like a candle. If you have the space and a safe setup for it, a real candle will add a cozy glow to your nook and, if you like, your favorite scent.
A vanilla candle can be a great choice for a reading nook, with a sweet, warm, and inviting scent. Try the Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle in Vanilla Cupcake for a long-lasting, high-quality candle. The 22-ounce candle offers over 100 hours of burn time, with a natural fiber wick that helps to give the best possible scent throw through the space. The same jar candle comes in a large variety of other scents, whatever your favorite is.
Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake Scented, Classic 22oz Large Jar Single Wick Candle, Over 110 Hours of Burn Time
Relax with the soothing scent of warm vanilla.
If your space won’t allow a real flame, but you still want those candlelight vibes, snag yourself an artificial one. You’ll get the ambiance without the mess (or risk of fire). We like these remote-controlled pillar candles because you get three different heights. They’re also fragrance-free for those who prefer that.
YIWER Flameless Candles, 4" 5" 6" Set of 3 Real Wax Not Plastic Pillars, Include Realistic Dancing LED Flames and 10-Key Remote Control with 2/4/6/8-hours Timer Function, 300+ Hours (3, Ivory)
Remote-control convenience that's scent- and mess-free.
After you’ve gathered the basic pieces to create your cozy reading nook, it’s time to accessorize and personalize it even further. Add a beautiful piece of art or paint an accent wall. Once you settle into your new reading space, you might never leave!