The only thing better than getting lost in a book is having your own cozy space devoted to literary escapes. We’ve looked high and low for the best reading nooks for budding bookworms and come up with a doozy of a list—from a backyard fort to a dreamy daybed. Flip through the album below for inspirational ways to turn any corner (or unused closet!) into the reading nook you’ve always needed.

Sensory-Friendly Space

Julia of Tag & Tibby set out to create a sensory-friendly space for her son, and the result is simply awesome. The little ones can cuddle up in the canopy to read, but can also take plenty of LEGO breaks. Get the details by clicking here.


Plenty of Pillows

Even if you don’t have much extra space, you can still make a reading nook. All you really need is a corner, a pile of pillows and a few blankets, like with this sweet space by The Merrythought. Click here to get the deets (including where they found those pillows!).

A Chilled-Out Corner

We love the laid-back approach that Cheetah Is the New Black took to this cozy corner of her nursery. With a Moroccan-style rug, some low bookshelves, and homemade art on the walls, it’s perfect for tiny tots. Click here to get all the details.

Dreamy Daybed

File this one under “dream house”: this daybed setup by House Homemade takes the idea of a reading nook to a whole new level. Flanked by IKEA bookshelves, this is one spot that the whole family would love. Click here to get the details on how it was done.

A Chic Space

We love this bright and beautiful nook by The Effortless Chic. Start off with stacks of pillows on the floor, add a cozy chair, and finish it off with a pretty gallery wall. Get the scoop on how it was done by clicking here.

A Double-Duty Closet

Take inspiration from Mama.Papa.Bubba and turn your kiddo’s closet into a reading nook. In this case, they kept clothes hanging in the closet, so you don’t even have to give up all the storage space. Win-win! Click here to get the scoop on how it was done.

An Outdoor Nook

Who said reading nooks can only be inside? We love this bright outdoor space by Design Improvised—it’s the perfect way to put your patio to good use. Click here to get all the details.

Awesome Armchair

All you really need for a reading nook is a comfy chair, and this one from Sustain My Craft Habit definitely fits the bill. Fill a basket with books and blankets to complete the space. To get more details, click here.

Let There Be Light

Don’t forget to light it up! Your nook needs a good reading light, so take a cue from A Thoughtful Place and mount one to a bookshelf. It’s easier than it sounds, we promise—click here to see the instructions.

Canopy Escape

Top off your reading time with the help of a tip-top DIY canopy. Small + Friendly made it happen with only a few spare sheer curtains and an embroidery hoop. The result? A reading throne fit for a king.

Classy Closet

You know the old saying: one kid’s closet is another’s super cool reading nook. While transforming her son’s nursery into a “big boy room,” blogger Elaine also gave his closet a literary makeover. From comfy pillows and art to essential bookshelves, check out how this nook was born over at Visual Meringue.

Fantastical Fort

How do you give summertime reading a boost? With oh-so-fab backyard hideaway—like, say, this reading fort from Vintage Revivals. From the colorful details to the canvas tent, it’s pretty much like a childhood fantasy come to life.

Inspiring Library

Featured over at Project Nursery, this library-inspired nursery was dreamed up by The Road Forks. Not only does it have a showstopper set of bookshelves, there’s also a cute closet nook that’s great for book storage and story time.

Under-the-Bunk Book Space

Little lumberjacks will go gaga for this sweet bedroom setup from The Project Girl—especially because it features a bunk bed space that’s perfect for some cozy reading.

Too-Cute Tire Seats

There’s lots to love about this neat reading nook from Grillo Designs, but we particularly like the upcycled tire seating. They’re creative, colorful and just the right size for little bookworms.

Corner Shelving Success

When creating a home reading nook, it’s always important to consider every angle. That’s what Sunshine on the Inside did, installing gutter shelves that turn a regular corner into a nifty nook.

Out-of-the-Box Closet Nook

Blogger Jenny from Dos Family spotted this fantastic space at her friend Märta’s house. We love how it has a jungle gym spirit, storage areas and a whole lot of imagination. (Did you spot the faux grass ceiling?)

Under the Table

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the very best—like this under-the-table fort that’s perfect for reading a book or two. (Bonus: minimal setup and cleanup!) Visit the crafty blog Mama.Papa.Bubba. for more fun ideas for your lil’ scholar.

Cozy Canopy

Ah, the magic of mesh curtains. They offer up a feeling of privacy for little bookworms, but parents can still keep an eye on story time. If you want to try out this nifty idea for yourself, head on over to Stuff Parents Need for a full tutorial.

photo: Sara Olsher

Easy Peasy Comfort Zone

We have our own Marketing Director Sara to thank for this whimsical idea for a cozy reading nook. It’s like a cushy garden spot, just waiting for your favorite reads.

Hidden Corner Nook

Who knew that pulling out a bookshelf a foot or two would lead to a ready-made space for your budding librarian? DIY blog Kojodesigns even took this nook to another level with a few mod pillows and a creative cloud mobile. Be sure to visit this blog to see all the photos.

Fairy Fireplace

Got an empty fireplace in need of a new function? Turn it into a cozy reading space! Take a cue from interior stylist Emily Henson’s blog Life, Unstyled and round up some fairy lights, cushions, blankets and books and you’ll have a next-level nook.

Night Sky Nook

When you can’t read under the stars, the next best thing is to read under your own twinkly world of lights. This bright idea is so cool, you may actually have trouble getting your reading mavens to leave this DIY space. Check out the activity blog Fantastic Fun and Learning for the full how-to.

Hammock in the Art Room

Hammock? Check. Lots of light for lots of reading? Double check. This inspiring sunroom spot offers plenty of natural light and even a sweet swing for hours of quality book time. For more, head on over to Megan Schiller's design studio and educational resource The Art Pantry.

Secret (Indoor) Garden

We spotted this dreamy space over at Homesthetics, and we can’t get over all the creative details. From the astroturf lining the wall to the fake trees—and that swing!—this is the secret (indoor) garden look any kid would love.


— Abigail Matsumoto



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