Sometimes, there’s nothing better than grabbing a perfect cup of tea or coffee and burying your nose in a good novel. And some students benefit greatly from having a dedicated space to read and study.
But for some homeowners, it can be difficult to do this because of the lack of space, quiet, or time. That’s why incorporating a reading nook into your house design is something that can give you your own quiet space to delve into that book you’ve been itching to finish – and it’s not too difficult to do!
Google defines a “nook” as: “a corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security,” but a reading space can be anything from a nook to an entire reading room. The choice ultimately boils down to your needs, available space, and budget.
The Chicago Public Libraries and Aarhus Public Libraries (Denmark) developed a design thinking method that resulted in a comprehensive guide to help library professionals design their public libraries.
Try immersing yourself in the life of whoever the space is for. For homeowners looking to design their reading areas, consider what the reading room will be used for. Yourself? Children? Both?
Consider visiting new or unfamiliar places. When you’re in the conceptualization phase of designing your perfect reading nook, go to places where people often go to read or relax. Visit locales where you enjoy being and determine the reasons why you enjoy being there. Perhaps a coffee shop or museum. This can spark great imaginative ideas so you can begin creating.