If you're like most people, you'll be spending a lot more time indoors now that the weather is starting to cool off. Once winter rolls around, you probably won't have much motivation to head outside for anything other than shoveling or a ski vacation. But watching endless TV show episodes and movies can get old fast. If you're looking for another way to pass the time indoors, your answer comes in the form of a book or magazine.
This season, exercise your brain and stretch your imagination by picking up all those novels and magazines you've been meaning to read over the past few months. There's nothing more relaxing than settling down with a good story, a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate and a snuggly blanket. But if you don't have a nice comfortable, quiet place to read, you're not as likely to commit to finishing anything. Solve this problem by hooking yourself up with a cozy reading nook. Here's how.
Location, location, location
It's all about location when you're creating the ultimate reading getaway. You don't want it to be in a high-traffic area of the house where you'll be surrounded by numerous interruptions as you try to focus on the words in front of you. Look for a place that's out of the way and offers a bit of privacy. It doesn't have to be a huge space, either. Even a single corner or a window seat can make a perfectly suitable reading nook.
Natural and artificial lighting
Lighting is important in a reading nook, since without it you wouldn't be able to see what's on the pages. The ideal reading nook has both natural and artificial light. That way, you'll be perfectly comfortable reading without a lamp during the day, and you'll have a convenient backup once it starts to get dark. Position your nook as close to a window as you can, making sure you have the option to block excess light with blinds or curtains if it becomes distracting. Then set yourself up with a lamp that shines directly on the pages.
The comfort level of your seating can make or break your reading nook, and it's a lot more complicated than you'd think. You want your seating to be comfortable enough to make you want to stay there all afternoon, but not so comfortable that you're likely to fall asleep before finishing a chapter. Choose something that you'll have no problem snuggling into for a few hours at a time without getting sleepy. Outfit your seat with plenty of cushions and pillows so you can prop yourself up in the perfect position, and don't forget a throw blanket to stay warm under on cold winter days.
You'll need a place to put things while you're reading, whether it's your cup of tea, a plate of snacks, your bookmark or your cellphone. Solve the issue with a side table that's large enough to hold everything you need to keep nearby once you delve into a book. It's also a good spot to place that lamp you'll need to read by at night.
Awesome reading nooks all have one thing in common: They have plenty of shelving to fit all of your reading materials. This is going to be your designated reading spot, so what's the point of keeping your books and magazines elsewhere and having to cart them back and forth with you? With a few shelves, you'll be able to keep all of your reading materials organized, whether they're currently being read, are on your must-read list or are on hiatus while you take a break to peruse something else.
If you can, make an effort to keep the color scheme of your reading nook on the softer side. Soft, cool colors like pale blue, gray or white can help you relax and focus on what you're reading. Bold colors, busy patterns and loud accessories can only distract from your reading sessions, so try to avoid these features. Pick colors and patterns that make you feel comfortable without clashing with the rest of your space.
If you're usually turning the digital pages of an e-reader rather than the pages of an actual magazine or book, you'll probably need a place to plug your device in at some point. There's nothing worse than turning your device on and realizing it's almost out of battery right when you're about to dive into a new story and not having a charging cable nearby. Make sure your reading nook is equipped with an outlet or two so you'll never have to deal with low battery again.