Create A Cosy Reading Nook For Kids This Winter
It’s the perfect season to curl up somewhere quiet with a good book as the rain pelts down outside. Even normally rambunctious kids can be convinced to slow down and read quietly, especially if they have a hidden-away space of their own to retreat to (which is also a very hygge thing to do).
We’ve brought you a roundup of cosy corners and sweet little hideaways for kids to while away the winter days with their favourite books. Read on to find out how to create your own reading nook for kids inspired by Scandinavian style.
Reading nook for kids
Kids love being in enclosed spaces and will fit in seemingly too small spots with ease (if you’ve lost your toddler for a half-hour only to find them tucked into a kitchen cupboard you’ll know this is true). Any small corner or space can be turned into a book nook for your little one. An unused cupboard, awkward corner or even space under the stairs can all be transformed with a little imagination and the right pieces.
If your kids are little you’ll want to keep an eye on them, so position their reading nook somewhere tucked-away, yet central. In the living room so you can watch them while you go about your day, or perhaps in a corner in the study so you get some work done while the read quietly (an impossible dream, perhaps but nonetheless it could happen).
The first thing to consider is comfort. No kid is going to hang out somewhere that’s uncomfortable for very long, so add a bean bag chair, or pile cushions, futons and blankets to create a soft landing space. Add a sense of cosiness with mounds of blankets and pillows. Include a soft toy or three so your kids have something to cuddle with while they bed down.
In order to encourage kids to hang out by themselves, place books at an easy height they can reach. Have books they can read alone on lower shelves and ones they need a little help with higher up. Keep the selection fresh by rotating in new books periodically – your library is a great place to find new books.
Lighting is especially important. If you can have your corner by a window with natural light, that’s ideal. Otherwise a string of fairy lights or a lamp will create the perfect ambience for reading. Consider safety with smaller kids – a portable, rechargeable lamp means no cords to get wrapped in or powerpoints to deal with.
Reading Nook Essentials