Reading for fun has become popular again, with a 2020 report indicating that one in three people are reading more while we’re living in a stay-at-home world. Not only are we collecting more books, but these days, we’re also creating ideal spaces where we can curl up and relax with a good novel. Having your own reading space may seem like a luxury, but you don’t have to spend a lot to create a place where you can relax and enjoy your favorite pastime. Here are a few easy ways to create a home library.
Build a reading nook into your shelving
You don’t need a lot of space or an extra room to build your own home library. According to Mangum Builders, you can make changes to your existing décor or customize your home to make your space fit your needs. One way to do this is to build a reading nook into your shelving. If you already have built-in shelves in your living room, create a sitting area in the lower part by removing some of the lower shelves until there’s enough space for a nook. Fit a wide, upholstered bench into the nook, and make it extra comfy by placing one or two cushions on it, and you’re done. Doing this allows you to create a cozy place for reading without taking up precious space in your home.
Create a mini library on a stair landing
The stair landing is the perfect spot for a mini library, especially if it has big windows to let natural light in. For a clean and modern look, build some shelves on the wall and paint them white, and then place a neutral rug on the floor. Decorate with a comfy armchair upholstered in a neutral color. If you’re more into the dark academia aesthetic, paint the shelves black or stain them in a dark walnut shade; then lay an oriental rug on the floor. Next, add a wingback chair upholstered in dark leather on the stair landing, then place a Tiffany lamp on a side table to complete the look.
Use the space under the stairs
Even a small area, such as the spot under the stairs, can be transformed into a good reading space. Build a shelf under the stairs that can be pulled out like a drawer so you have additional storage for your books. Next, place a cushion over the shelf, along with some pillows to make it comfortable. Add a wall-mounted reading light to your space, and you’ve got a nice, cozy spot that’s perfect for curling up with a good book.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a reading space in your home. Consider these ideas to make your very own home library, and enjoy spending time in your reading nook.