One of the greatest joys of parenthood is reading with your little ones. Whether it's going through a story with only a few words (all consisting of animal noises) or watching your budding reader start to put sentences together, fond memories are sure to come from quality time spent with books.
Here is our guide for creating a cozy and practical reading nook the whole family will love.
1. Pick a spot
The corner of a child's room, playroom or living room are all ideal places to start!
A book nook implies cozy, private and fun. Those little nooks and crannies in your house that don't seem to have much of a purpose might actually be the perfect place to hunker down with a book or 10.
Decluttered a closet to the point of not really needing it anymore? Turn it into a reading nook.
2. Choose your seating
An important step in encouraging your little ones to get lost in books for hours is to give them a comfortable place to do so. A bay window with a cute (and pretty) big pillow underneath, plus plenty of pillows to prop themselves up, is perfect—just make sure the windows are secured!
Fact: Bean bags never go out of fashion.
Or, opt for a simple pillow on the floor. Easy, multifunctional and oh-so inviting to a kiddo.
3. Plan your book storage
Next, you'll need to find a place to store and display all the books! We love shelves that allow the books to face outward so that kids can easily identify and grab the book they want next.
Check out this BRILLIANT Ikea hack, made with $4 spice racks! They are less than 16 inches long so they are perfect for a smaller sized wall—and they are plain birch color so you can paint them to match any theme.
For a reading-nook-on-the-go, keep some books in a portable wagon. Kids love carrying their treasures around with them, and that fox just might be the cutest thing ever 🦊.
The easiest way to store book is in a classic bookcase. From antique and refurbished to modern and whimsical, you can find one that matches any room. Just be sure to mount them to the wall to avoid littles from pulling them down.
4. Make it cozy + unique
Now for the (really) fun part: Making your child's nook personal and cozy. Tents are never a bad idea in this endeavor and they make kids feel as though they have their own little hideaway for quiet time.
This mama took simple wood crates and made a gorgeous storage unit with a rustic décor appeal.
Log cabin glam is just so 😍.
5. Light the way
Protect little eyes by ensuring there is a good source of light, either from a window (making sure they are secured so they can't climb out)...
6. Fill it with booooooks! 📚
This is the best part!
Books and reading = memories and love. Enjoy every second, mama!
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