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80 Reading Nook Design Ideas (Photos)


Don't you just love cozy reading nooks? Here's a nice mix of such design ideas including tiny rooms or actual alcoves with a day bed. These are great small relaxation spaces.

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.

Photo Gallery

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

White reading nook features a wooden chair accented with blue chevron pillow and striped throw blanket. It is paired with a round side table and tripod floor lamp.
White reading nook features a wooden chair accented with blue chevron pillow and striped throw blanket. It is paired with a round side table and tripod floor lamp.

Modern reading nook with a white shed ceiling fitted with skylight. It has gray couch and armchair along with a unique wooden table that sits on a lovely blue rug.

Modern reading nook with a white shed ceiling fitted with skylight. It has gray couch and armchair along with a unique wooden table that sits on a lovely blue rug.

Sleek reading nook showcases a full height bookshelf and a modern gray chair over wood plank flooring. 

Sleek reading nook showcases a full height bookshelf and a modern gray chair over wood plank flooring.

Natural light streams through the floor to ceiling glass window in this reading nook. It has a white brick wall fixed with a blank canvas and dark wood bookshelf.

Natural light streams through the floor to ceiling glass window in this reading nook. It has a white brick wall fixed with a blank canvas and dark wood bookshelf.

Round reading nook boasts a built-in bookshelf accompanied by gray sofas and glass top table that sits on a multi-colored round rug. It has arched and huge round windows along with skylights fitted on the white ceiling.

Round reading nook boasts a built-in bookshelf accompanied by gray sofas and glass top table that sits on a multi-colored round rug. It has arched and huge round windows along with skylights fitted on the white ceiling.

This reading nook offers a yellow patterned chair with matching ottoman over hardwood flooring. 

This reading nook offers a yellow patterned chair with matching ottoman over hardwood flooring.

Classic reading nook features a white sofa contrasted with brown leather sectional that's filled with throw pillows. There's also a floating shelf next to the bookshelf topped with desk lamp and candles.

Classic reading nook features a white sofa contrasted with brown leather sectional that’s filled with throw pillows. There’s also a floating shelf next to the bookshelf topped with desk lamp and candles.

Warm reading nook situated underneath an ornate staircase with green and black chesterfield sofas illuminated by wall sconces.

Warm reading nook situated underneath an ornate staircase with green and black chesterfield sofas illuminated by wall sconces.

Charming reading nook furnished with pink wingback and black patterned chairs along with a wooden table in the middle. It has hardwood flooring topped with a gray striped rug.

Charming reading nook furnished with pink wingback and black patterned chairs along with a wooden table in the middle. It has hardwood flooring topped with a gray striped rug.

A green wingback chair sits in front of the glass windows covered with sheer curtains in this reading nook. It is paired with a natural wood table topped with multi-colored shelves that are filled with books.

A green wingback chair sits in front of the glass windows covered with sheer curtains in this reading nook. It is paired with a natural wood table topped with multi-colored shelves that are filled with books.

Stylish reading nook with a black bookshelf beside a modern white staircase lighted by clear glass globe pendants. 

Stylish reading nook with a black bookshelf beside a modern white staircase lighted by clear glass globe pendants.

Industrial reading nook showcases polished concrete flooring and red brick wall mounted with a blank canvas. It has a brown chair paired with ottoman and black table along with a metal shelving unit.

Industrial reading nook showcases polished concrete flooring and red brick wall mounted with a blank canvas. It has a brown chair paired with ottoman and black table along with a metal shelving unit.

Window seat nook covered with green and blue blankets and accented with a potted plant. There's a wooden bookshelf adjacent to it over a light hardwood flooring.

Window seat nook covered with green and blue blankets and accented with a potted plant. There’s a wooden bookshelf adjacent to it over a light hardwood flooring.

A fresh reading nook boasts a gray L-shaped sofa filled with pillows and an orange throw blanket that complements with the area rug. 

A fresh reading nook boasts a gray L-shaped sofa filled with pillows and an orange throw blanket that complements with the area rug.

Spacious seat nook offers a pair of white chairs with a wooden table and lighted by a floor lamp along with natural light that flows through the window with built-in seat.

Spacious seat nook offers a pair of white chairs with a wooden table and lighted by a floor lamp along with natural light that flows through the window with built-in seat.

Sleek reading nook accented with a blue ottoman in between beige lounge chairs facing each other. It is situated beneath a picture window covered with white blinds.

Sleek reading nook accented with a blue ottoman in between beige lounge chairs facing each other. It is situated beneath a picture window covered with white blinds.

This reading nook showcases a green chair that sits on a black patterned rug complementing with the ottoman. It is paired with a round table and chrome angled floor lamp.

This reading nook showcases a green chair that sits on a black patterned rug complementing with the ottoman. It is paired with a round table and chrome angled floor lamp.

An alcove reading nook fitted with a teal cushion along with green throw pillows and illuminated by a skylight fixed on the white vaulted ceiling.

An alcove reading nook fitted with a teal cushion along with green throw pillows and illuminated by a skylight fixed on the white vaulted ceiling.

Staircase landing wrapped in a lovely floral rug with a window seat nook topped with coral cushion and various sized pillows. 

Staircase landing wrapped in a lovely floral rug with a window seat nook topped with coral cushion and various sized pillows.

Dark reading nook surrounded with white windows fitted on the gray walls. It has a floral patterned chair and wooden side table accented with a fresh plant that gives life to the area.

Dark reading nook surrounded with white windows fitted on the gray walls. It has a floral patterned chair and wooden side table accented with a fresh plant that gives life to the area.

Airy window seat nook covered in brown and white sheer curtains. It is accented with a cute teddy bear and lavender plant. 

Airy window seat nook covered in brown and white sheer curtains. It is accented with a cute teddy bear and lavender plant.

Bright reading nook features white framed windows covered in gray patterned roman shades and fitted with a blue striped cushion. It includes a beige tufted chair and tree stump coffee table.

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Bright reading nook features white framed windows covered in gray patterned roman shades and fitted with a blue striped cushion. It includes a beige tufted chair and tree stump coffee table.

Cozy reading nook surrounded by natural wood walls and flooring. It is highlighted with a metal framed window in a spherical intersection cut.

Light and airy reading nook with full height glazing covered with white sheer curtains. It showcases wooden chairs and table accented with a multi-colored rug and dracaena plant.

Minimalist reading nook offers a black chaise lounge that faces the floor to ceiling window overlooking a serene mountain view.

Warm reading nook clad in floral wallpaper that matches with the round back chair. It is paired with a round side table topped with a desk lamp.

This reading nook features wood plank flooring and ceiling. It has a gray armchair with blue patterned pillows and perforated drum table.

Reading nook with an amazing city view from the panoramic window. It includes a classy black dotted chair and sleek round table.

Reading nook with an amazing city view from the panoramic window. It includes a classy black dotted chair and sleek round table.

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Minimalist reading nook showcases gray lounge benches and a glass top table in the middle. It has modern floating desks paired with a frameless mirror and gray stool.

White reading nook accented with a blue checkered sofa and coffee table along with floor lamp and area rug over concrete flooring.

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White reading nook accented with a blue checkered sofa and coffee table along with floor lamp and area rug over concrete flooring.

Rustic reading nook offers a shed ceiling framed with wood beams that extend to the built-in bookshelf. It has skylights suspended over two round back chairs and a wooden coffee table.

Modern reading nook designed with a huge canvas painting facing the beige paneled wall with a white desk and gray sleek chair. 

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Modern reading nook designed with a huge canvas painting facing the beige paneled wall with a white desk and gray sleek chair.

A fireplace is fixed to the gray inset wall below floating shelves in this reading nook. It is accompanied by a white chair filled with a striped pillow and a beige blanket.

A gorgeous white reading nook decorated with a landscape wall art mounted above a deep blue L-shaped bench. It has a wooden chair and table that sit on white concrete flooring topped with a lovely rug.

Source: Trulia

A gorgeous white reading nook decorated with a landscape wall art mounted above a deep blue L-shaped bench. It has a wooden chair and table that sit on white concrete flooring topped with a lovely rug.

Warm pendant lights illuminate this reading nook along with sconces mounted on the beige walls. It has a wooden bench accented with white and blue pillows beneath the glass paneled windows.

Fresh reading nook highlighted by a lovely aquarium mounted on the wood paneled wall. It has round back chairs facing each other with a matching ottoman in between.

Farmhouse reading nook features a window seat and white sofa paired with a round ottoman that sits on a yellow floral rug over wood plank flooring.

This reading nook showcases folding glass windows overlooking the amazing outdoor scenery. It is framed with glass railings for added security and wrapped with brown velvet draperies.

Warm reading nook offers leather wingback chairs and a wooden table topped with picture frames and desk lamp in between built-in bookshelves.

Lengthy reading nook by the window fitted with white cushions that are accented by navy blue throw pillows.

Source: Trulia

Lengthy reading nook by the window fitted with white cushions that are accented by navy blue throw pillows.

Cozy reading nook with white ceiling and walls framed with wood beams. It includes a white wingback chair with blush pillow that complements with the striped rug.

Source: Trulia

Cozy reading nook with white ceiling and walls framed with wood beams. It includes a white wingback chair with blush pillow that complements with the striped rug.

Sophisticated reading nook designed with wall arts and a huge luminous globe beside a skirted chair. It includes pink wingback chairs paired with an octagonal side table.

Source: Trulia

Sophisticated reading nook designed with wall arts and a huge luminous globe beside a skirted chair. It includes pink wingback chairs paired with an octagonal side table.

White reading nook beautifully contrasted with a black round rug and chalkboard decal. It has beige chairs and wooden side table surrounded by bookshelves.

A wicker pendant lamp illuminates this reading nook along with natural light from the glazed windows with a stunning beach view. It has a window seat accented with violet cushions and neutral pillows.

Reading nook fitted on the vertical shiplap walls illuminated by vintage sconces. It has open storage filled with rattan baskets and topped with a striped cushion.

This reading nook is fixed underneath a white staircase covered with moss green stair runner. It is filled with pillows and a beige throw blanket.

An alcove reading nook beside a stone wall with open shelving and illuminated by wall sconces. It is accented with black floral pillows that lay on a brown cushion.

A charming reading nook placed in the corner of a wooden staircase landing. It is decorated with a lovely house wall mounted beside the round window.

A reading nook by the window and staircase fitted with black patterned cushions that are topped with white fluffy pillows and throw blanket.

Cozy reading nook features a wooden daybed with built-in storage topped with white cushion and pillows and complements with the wood cathedral ceiling.

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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