10+ Reading Nook Design Ideas (Photos)

Reading nook with two armchairs.

Oh, to have a quiet, little out-of-the-way place where you can cozy up with a good book or your iPad that doesn’t require sitting in a high-traffic place or in a room with the TV blaring.

That’s what a reading nook is for.  The great thing about reading nooks is they don’t take up much space.

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Here’s our gallery featuring reading nooks.  Click images to enlarge.

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Photo by THINK architecture Inc. - Look for family room pictures
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Photo by Griffin Enright Architects - More living room ideas
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Photo by Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects - More home office ideas
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Photo by P. Shea Design - Look for living room design inspiration
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Photo by John Milner Architects, Inc. - Browse living room ideas
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What is a reading nook?

I think it’s open to interpretation, but we consider them to be small spaces with one or two reading chairs or even smaller in an actual nook like a staircase landing, bay window or small home addition.

Some reading nooks have a chair or chaise lounge while others have a built-in day bed.

They’re cozy, small spots where you can sit or recline to relax, read a book or enjoy an iPad.

Finally, they can be incorporated in so many spots in the home such as on a landing, in a bedroom, in a home office, under the stairs, off to the side of a living room or be a dedicated small home extension.

Seating

Reading nook seating options are many and include:

  • Day bed
  • Chaise lounge
  • Armchairs
  • Small sofa
  • built in seating
  • Floor seating

The type of seating you use depends on the space.  Our photos above showcase a variety of nook designs that incorporate a variety of seating options.

Dark vs. Light

One thing you’ll notice is that some nooks are dark, alcove spaces while others are built into spaces with plenty of windows.

Both have their appeal.  The dark, cozy spaces make for nice napping zones while the light-filled spaces are wonderful for reading or just enjoying the outdoors from inside.

Related: Kitchen Dining Nooks

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