JulFiled in Decorating Tips, Kids Bedroom Ideas
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I was an obsessive reader as a child. (A child? Ha! Im an obsessive reader, period.) If you couldnt find me, I was likely up a tree, in a closet, under a table with a book in hand.
So its understandable that Im a little obsessed with the idea of a reading nook in a kids room. Im seeing them more and more in room designs and love, love, love the idea. And its really not that difficult a concept to work into the room.
- Seating Ive seen everything from a pile of pillows on the floor to a hammock. There are a ton of child-sized chairs and bean bag options out there, or you could just put a standard kids table and chairs in the area to make it multi-purpose.
- Your primary goal with the seating is comfort. Note how your child sits to read and keep that in mind before you try to force them to sit up straight in a wing-back chair.
- Child-sized items are cute and dont take up much room. But there are a finite number of years your child will be able to fit in that chair. Big benefit to floor cushions or a bean bag chair. (Not to mention that you can join them for reading time.)
- Similarly, there are a lot of themed chairs available and your child probably wont want a Dora room forever. If its an upholstered chair, its easy enough to cover with a different fabric. But definitely keep in mind the need to change the chair as the room changes.
- Baskets are a a good way for books to travel. Keep just a few in the nook and use the basket to carry them back to the main bookcase. (Kind of like going to the library! Actually, a nice way to keep library books separate as well.)
- Keep in mind that how much storage space you need depends on the child. How many books do you have total? How big are they? (Picture books vs. chapter books.) How fast does your child read? (And thus need a new book.)
- When they read. by a window is great, but limited in terms of time available to read. So even in a window seat, consider other ways to light the space.
- If youre good with something fairly permanent, a swinging wall lamp is a nice idea, as well as a pendant. They also help with defining the nook.
- Multi-purpose a desk lamp if you have the two areas close together. A swing arm lamp could be turned to the nook, then switched over to the desk.
Beyond that, you could do something as a dividing element to set the nook off as something special. Ive seen canopies, tepees, curtains and the like used to make it a real nook. You could also set it apart visually by painting that section of the wall differently or with a rug to mark the floor space.
As for where to put the nook, any corner of the room will do. Or the floor of the closet. Or in that weird space under the stairs. As long as theres room for the seat and the lamp (and the child!), thats all you really need.
Do you have a reading nook set up for your child?
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