Playful and whimsical, children’s reading nooks are areas in the home where your child’s imagination and creative spark can really fly. By designing a designated space in your home, your child will benefit from that extra bit of privacy to sneak into their favorite reading, encourage budding bookworms to discover a world of literature, helping your child to associate reading with relaxation and sleep. .
“Children like to have a special place to retire,” says Jessica Mintz of Los Angeles interior design house, JMI. ‘So get creative with your design.’ A children’s reading corner can be as large or as small as you need or want it to be too, and size is no limit. Whether it’s a closet under the stairs or a sparse corner of a room, think outside the box to turn the space into an exciting escape for your child.
However you want to design a special space for your little one, here are some inspiring playroom ideas that might help you plan your child’s book corner.
How to design a children’s reading corner
Involve your child in the design process and give them feedback on what they like and want from a space, encourages designer Claudia Ludwig. “When we design children’s bedrooms, we are concerned with understanding not only the parents, but also the child’s dreams and ideas for the room.” Do they want a cozy corner? Or is it about creating a sense of magic in their playroom with a loose theme?
However, avoid getting too themed, making sure it’s a space that will grow with them over time, and avoid any gender stereotypes as you choose colors. Don’t feel limited if all you have is a little corner to play with. Any space can be beautifully designed and adapted for your child to give him his own private retreat to lose himself in a good read.
“Flexible storage that grows with children, imaginative design that will age well as they grow up, and a thoughtful balance between encouraging play and rest are the three big challenges of children’s design,” says Lane McNab. “Being as thoughtful with the nursery design as you are with the rest of the house has a big advantage.”
1. Keep it cozy with soft furnishings
By adding interest to an unloved and unused corner of your child’s bedroom, you can turn even the tiniest of spaces into a book nook where your little one will feel encouraged to pluck his favorite storybook off the shelf. But the added soft furnishings will really draw them into the space and help create that zoned effect.
“Add pillows and something soft to curl up on,” says Jessica Mintz of Jessica Mintz Interiors (opens in a new tab)who designed this cozy corner, opting for a sheepskin rug with a long pile for extra softness, a couple of pillows and a basket to store the blankets.
2. Create an integrated book corner
This sweet little reading corner by Sonya Lee Architect (opens in a new tab) creates a smart, self-contained space made from a bookcase that provides smart storage solutions for arcades. The setting also emphasizes the connection between relaxation and reading, grounding this association in your child from a young age.
“At Tennis House, we designed a full-height bookcase with a reading corner in the children’s room,” explains Sonya. ‘Storage is always a necessity in New York City and offers the flexibility of having many options for their vast and ever-growing collection of rocks, artwork and books.
“A playful way to integrate a reading corner into this bookcase encourages children to engage with all their precious collections while being a welcoming place to spend the day.”
3. Create a closet under the stairs
For an extra special place that gives your child a real feeling of privacy, turn an unused closet under the stairs into his own private book corner.
In this example from Maestri Studio (opens in a new tab), the Dallas-based interior design studio, the under-the-stairs storage solution means you can tidy up the space and give your child his or her secret door. Add some fairy lights and pillows to give the wardrobe an extra touch of magic.
4. Think about shelf height to actively encourage reading
Think about the location of the book and the height of the shelf when designing the corner of your child’s books. You don’t want a bookcase with shelves so high that your kid needs a ladder to reach them, so he’ll consider these shelving ideas carefully. “Put the books on their level so they can easily access them,” advises Jessica.
It is not just a question of height. The front shelves will attract them to the books because they will be able to see the covers. and don’t add too many books so that the space easily becomes cluttered or overwhelming. Put some special toys nearby to keep them company and encourage them to read longer. ‘ This room was designed by Sissy + Marley Interior Design. “A fully organized, functional and chic nursery was extremely important to us,” says Chelsea Reale, co-founder of SISSY + MARLEY Interiors. (opens in a new tab).
5. Add curtains to a lower bunk
A bunk bed is an exciting piece of furniture when you’re a child, with a ladder to the upper bunk bed that brings the feel of a climbing frame to a playground in a child’s bedroom. This design by Indie and Co (opens in a new tab) also includes adorable curtains for the lower bunk. Accessorize this secret space by adding a reading lamp and some soft furnishings. The designers used the same fabric on the seat of the curtains to tie the pattern together.
6. Set up a cozy tent
A whimsical curtain is the perfect addition to any child’s bedroom and adds playfulness to the space and is a great leisure addition. Hang up the fairy lights for nighttime reading and let your baby snuggle inside with blankets. Look for a design that has pockets so you can store your child’s favorite books, creating a practical idea for storing extra toys for children.
7. Add a ceiling canopy
Accentuate your reading nook and emphasize a corner of your child’s bedroom by opting for a floor-to-ceiling canopy. This will give your corner a hidden feeling when the curtains are drawn and are a soft and fun divider of the space while giving your baby that exciting room-in-room feeling that he loves. Choose your canopy in a color that complements the rest of the bedroom and hang the bunting around the top for an extra playful touch.
8. Play with height
Kids love climbing stairs, so make reading fun by encouraging them to climb to the top where the reward is that they can slip a good book. This design is an imaginative space that is fun but encourages rest all at once. “The trick is to balance the fun with creating a space for calm and quiet and sleep that is equally important for parents,” says Lane McNab of the homonymous interior design house, Lane McNab Interiors. (opens in a new tab).
“I love creating secret corners to play quietly and imaginatively and as light as this one.” This design in a shared kid’s room also prioritizes storage space as the extra levels offer more space for books and toys. “Every child likes to have a small space to hide or pretend and the little nooks and crannies that also double as books and toys are the best.”
9. Add a patterned background
For an extra special place that gives your child a real feeling of privacy, transform an unused closet under the stairs into a beautiful children’s bedroom and private corner for books. In this example from Maestri Studio (opens in a new tab)Dallas-based interior design studio, the under-the-stairs solution means you can tidy up the space and give your child some private time.
10. Create a reading nook from a window seat
Playing with window seat ideas can be the best way to use all the space in an alcove or bay window and can be a great space to store books and toys, while using it as a working window seat where your child can have fun book while you look out the window. It is also a larger space where even an adult can sit and read with their child.
“We like to incorporate a window seat wherever possible,” explains Celine Erlam of Indie and Co. “We love to create little moments using woodwork to encourage reading alone or with parents.”
11. Add a sofa bed
This sleeper sofa was added to the top floor of a Seattle home where the bedroom of two twins reside. While sharing a bedroom, it was important to carve out another nook on the floor for some alone time. “As avid readers, we’ve added wall lights for late night novels and kept the color palette consistent from the bedroom to this cozy corner,” explains Amy Vroom of The Residency Bureau. (opens in a new tab). “Knowing how quickly tastes change at that age, we didn’t want to invest much in decorative items that may soon go out of style in their eyes. By adding standard throw pillows and colorful pom poms from a craft shop, I was able to create some touches. specials without breaking the bank.
‘The reading corner serves as an extra sleeping area for sleepovers or visiting family members.
How is a simple reading corner made?
If you’re unable to completely makeover your interior, there are clever ways to create a simple reading nook with the minimum of effort required. First find your corner and carefully consider where it is in the room. You may want it near a window for natural light, giving the space a focal point where your child can dream and look out the window, or you may want to create a cozier space in a darker corner of the room. For a simple reading nook, this is soft furniture – a soft rug or floor cushion establishes the corner as a zone. Finally, install shelves at a reduced height where your child can choose their favorite reading.