In honor of Read Across America Week, I’m sharing the new Pink & Cozy Reading Nook in my daughter’s bedroom! It’s the perfect place to read and dream of magical places and bright futures!
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A Pink & Cozy Reading Nook
I finally got the book ledges installed, and it was perfect timing since this week is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, when we celebrate Read Across America! I’ve been working on my daughter’s room since before she was born, but it’s still not finished! Hopefully some of you can relate, but because of time and money, we just never completed it! Today I’m sharing the pink and cozy reading nook that I created in my daughter’s room, but I’m also giving you the details on how to create the perfect reading nook!
My daughter’s room is a rectangle with a small protrusion from a closet that we had built. We closed off the door to her old closet and moved the new closet to a different wall. I’ll touch more on why we did that in a later post, but we had a legitimate reason! The closet that we had built created a tiny L-shaped space that was perfect for a reading nook!
To save space for book storage, I decided to use book ledges. I also chose them because there wouldn’t be room for a bookshelf and a chair in the reading nook. I needed book ledges that were under two feet. After a quick search, I found and purchased some Threshold picture ledges from Target. They are meant to display pictures, but they work great for books, and you can’t beat the price! Be prepared to buy your own anchors and screws, because they don’t come with hardware. It took me less than two hours to hang the shelves. It would have taken me even less time, but I had to run to the hardware store because I needed more anchors!
I knew that I wanted the reading nook to have a cozy space to sit, but I had a hard time deciding on what that “sitting” space should look like! I was deciding between a chair, a beanbag, a pouf, or a small rug with pillows. They are all great ideas, hence the tough decision! Here are the seating options that I was considering:
Poufs & Floor Cushions
Rugs & Pillows
Luckily the decision was made for me when a friend of mine gifted me her daughters’ old pink gingham chair! It had been through two well-loved sweet little girls and was in really great shape. I felt like it came to me as a good omen and would continue to give off happy vibes for many years to come! It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for at first, but now I think it works perfectly in the space!
Along with books that we already had, I added some little chachkies and a couple of new books. I can’t resist these fairytale board books from Amazon! There’s something about the illustrations and colors that I just love. I found the superhero bunny and the most adorable little wooden people at the Target dollar spot! I picked up a few “boy” ones for my son as well.
Although it took me many months to decide and carry-out my reading nook vision, it is finally complete! I couldn’t be happier, and most importantly, my daughter absolutely LOVES sitting in her big girl chair and “reading” her books!
Keep the following in mind when creating the perfect kids’ reading nook:
The most important item on the list is books! Old, new, short, or long, you will need books to call it a reading nook. I have bought books at full price, been given books, and have purchased books from yard sales. It doesn’t matter how you fill the bookshelves, as long as there are lots of books!
Decide whether you want a traditional bookshelf or if you want something less traditional like book ledges. Book ledges are great space savers when you are working with a smaller room. However, you might not be able to fit as many books on the ledges as you would on a bookshelf.
Kids can usually sit anywhere, but giving them a chair, bean bag, pouf, floor cushion or soft rug and pillows will create a comfortable place where they will want to come back to time and time again. You can see the seating options that I was looking into above!
Not all of us have a perfect little alcove for reading books. That shouldn’t stop you from making a reading nook! Anything from a closet to a blank wall can become the perfect nook. If lighting is scarce, you might consider adding a floor lamp or a wall light to give off some light. As long as you have the pieces above you can make a reading nook anywhere!
A Pink & Cozy Reading Nook
book ledges | fluffy bunny | pink coil rope basket | chair was gifted (see above for seating options) | super bunny (Target dollar spot) | wooden dolls (Target dollar spot) | fairytale board books | pink trellis pillow (custom made) HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE are similar pillows
One project down, many more to go. However, this project definitely got me moving in the right direction! I hope I’ve inspired you to create a cozy reading nook in your home. It definitely does not need to be pink! I love it so much that I’m trying to figure out how to create one in my son’s room! If you liked this post and would like to see more of my daughter’s bedroom, you should check out my post, “Liev’s Nursery Inspiration & Sneak Peek!”