Room for Reading

In August I will be moving from my humble one-bedroom apartment to a slightly larger townhouse with more room for all of my books. One of the great things about my little place has been the beautiful built-in bookshelves that have housed my collection, though my tomes have long ago spilled out into stacks underneath. In my new abode I won’t have a bookcase so I have started exploring the option of buying bookcases from IKEA. And I’ve also realized that I’ll have room for a little reading nook if I choose. I’ve started looking at pictures on Google images of some cozy reading nooks to use for inspiration and these are some that I especially like:

I love the books arranged face out and the little magazine rack. I'm not crazy about the gray, though.
The proximity to the fire and the arrangement of the chair near a plant and a shawl would be so cozy.
The use of white is refreshing and calming and I like the arrangement next to the window.
The classic country look of this nook is very appealing. The chair looks soft and comfy.

Do you have a special reading area in your home? Do any of the above appeal to you or would you choose something entirely different? I’m excited about creating a space devoted to my books and reading.

6 thoughts on “Room for Reading

  1. I ve a couple of billy bookc ase from ikea there cheap and do the job well ,always hope to get some custom built shelves but that is one for the future ,all the best stu


    1. I’d like custom built shelves also, Stu! My dad is a phenomenal wood worker and I’d like him to make me some shelves, but I’ll have to wait until he retires.


  2. We got some Billy bookcases for the kids but a more solid Ikea one for us. It’s always exciting moving somewhere new. (we’ve been here for 23 years!)

    I like the reading nook with the fire – for winter and the country house one for summer, if the double doors open out to a lovely garden. I tend to read in the bedroom because I have a good reading light there.


    1. I’ve lived in my apartment for 7 years so it is exciting to move, but also sad for me as I really like the neighborhood I live in and the new place is in an entirely different city. But it will be good!


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