Once Upon a Story
August 29, 2012

Okay, so creating a reading space at home isn’t JUST a back to school topic.  But with the coming of fall, and the return of school, there is more time spent inside.  Cooler weather, stricter schedules, and assigned reading all combine to make this a good time to think about creating a reading space at home.

The other day, I saw this idea for creating a reading space in a nursery, using a tension rod:

Source: apartmenttherapy.com via NoVa on Pinterest


And it got me thinking.  Because that’s such a super simple idea.  To be honest, I’m not sure I would use it in a nursery, unless the child in the crib is past the pull-all-the-curtains-in-the-house down stage.  But I have a similar corner in Preschooler’s room, between a tall dresser and a wall.

So then I went to Pinterest and started poking around.  You want to waste an hour?  Go to Pinterest and type in “reading nooks”.  You will be amazed.  And envious.  And want to buy a house with rooms that allow some of the creations you’ll see.

But for the rest of us, check out these (mostly) simple reading nooks.

This one involves some basic construction, but nothing too difficult.  And if you replace the flowery pillows with a different pattern, it would be fantastic for a boy’s room, don’t you think?

Source: ohdeedoh.com via Karah on Pinterest

Or if you’re a little more handy, and you have an extra (tiny) closet, I LOVE this space.

Source: petiteliterary.com via Robbyn on Pinterest

How about this super simple corner?  I think I might lower the book rack down to the child’s reading level, but the bright colors are so welcoming.  And how about the child-sized nightstand?

Source: Uploaded by user via NoVa on Pinterest


If you don’t have the closet space, or a little nook, here’s a design that uses just a regular corner.  This one has a raised platform, but I think the space would be just as comfortable with the pillow flat on the floor.

Source: recyclart.org via Amanda on Pinterest


Anybody else’s wheels turning yet?  I think I want to create a nook in my daughter’s room, probably most like the first one, since that’s the type of space we have (only one closet, and it’s already in use).   Or do you have a unique reading space at home you’d care to share for inspiration?  I’ll let you know what we come up with here!

5 responses to “Back to School: Creating Reading Spaces At Home”

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    Oh, I am totally inspired. So not a handy person, but I do want to create some sort of dedicated reading space for 2-year-old. Thanks for this.

  2. I’m in love! And now that I have some time on my hands I may have to spend some of it working on the Turkey’s reading spot. He has one area for reading, but I’d love to make it a little more special. Love this! Thank you!

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  4. stacybuckeye says:

    My wheels are turning. These are all great ideas!

  5. PragmaticMom says:

    I love these ideas! So inspiring to now look at my house in a new way!

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