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The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Cosy Reading Corner

Have you always dreamed of a warm little corner of your home, dedicated to reading and relaxing after a long day? A cosy reading nook may be the ideal indulgence you’re after! In this article, we can help you to transform your space into a warm and welcoming area for you to relax and unwind with a good book and perhaps a hot cuppa. 

teardrop wicker chair reading corner
Natural Teardrop Chair

1.Finding the perfect spot

You may already have a place in mind to transform into your cosy reading corner, but if you haven’t, here are some top tips to think about when deciding on the perfect spot.  

Lighting 
If you have access to bright natural lighting, then definitely use this. Positioning your reading nook by a window not only enhances the reading experience by being gentler on your eyes, but it can also add the calming effect you desire, particularly if you just wanted to sit and stare for a while.  

Peace and Quiet 
A place free from tech, loud noises and other sensory overloading distractions would be the ideal spot for a reading place. What a perfect solution to the Wi-Fi dead spot in your home! We are constantly being bombarded by external noise and distracting tech, and it can be healing for us to have a break once in a while. 

Take advantage of awkward spaces 
Is there a corner of your home that doesn’t really serve a purpose? Give that space a new lease of life by transforming it into the perfect reading nook. No matter how big or small a location is, you can really create a soul-nurturing environment to satisfy your needs. 

2. Choosing the right furniture

The first thing you need to decide on is whether this area is for individual use or is space to share, perhaps with children or a significant other. This will determine the style of furniture you choose to feature in your reading corner. Here are some reading corner furniture ideas: 

  • Individual Chairs 

Papasan Chair 
The perfect chair for curling up and getting cosy. The Papasan chair is even more cuddly paired with our Latte cream boucle cushion and is a place where you can unwind for hours in the safety of its dome-shaped seat. Made from 100% natural rattan, the seat can be moved around the frame, a whole 360° to find the ultimate lounging position. 

Loft Chair
Feel cradled as you sink into our sustainably farmed rattan Loft chair. Designed for maximum relaxation, the natural slope of the hooded chair gently holds the human form, to feel almost suspended in luxury. This piece pairs beautifully with a Desser footstool, for extra added support and comfort. 

Cocoon Chair
Climb in and curl up on the natural rattan Cocoon chair. This floor-standing indoor egg chair ingeniously provides a safe space to relax, whilst also letting in a lot of light. Unlike most hooded chairs, the cocoon chair features a loose cage rattan pole hood, so even if placed back facing a window, you can still enjoy plenty of natural light for reading. 

papasan chair reading nook cosy
Natural Papasan Chair
snug chair reading nook cosy warm
Black Snug Chair
  • Snuggle Chairs and Sofas 

Snug Chair 
Ideal for spreading out or snuggling up in, the Snug chair has a big circular seat for sharing. The huge base cushion is filled with luxury foam, ensuring a comfortable deep sit. The supportive fibre-filled back cushion is also extremely comfortable, and perfect for cuddling or reading with young children.  

Papasan Sofa
Much like the Papasan chair, the Papasan sofa can be angled to sit in any recline or upright position so you can fully spread out if you needed, or you can share the space with someone else who’d like to read with you. Available in a natural or grey frame, the Papasan is truly a timeless classic, perfect for any home décor style. The Papasan sofa also transforms itself into a hammock-style day bed, great for lazy days and afternoon naps. 

Cocoon Sofa 
Modern simplicity comes in the form of our Cocoon sofa. The unique design presents a peaceful space for you to climb into and relax in your reading corner and is perfect for sharing with children or a significant other. Much like the Cocoon chair, the sofa lets in a lot of natural light despite it being a hooded chair, making it an ideal place to read. 

3. How to decorate a reading nook

Bookshelves 
If you’re working with a small space, a floating shelf should suffice, with a selection of your favourite classics and next big reads. But if you have a little more space, might we suggest one of our Manhattan Mango Wood Bookshelves with added cabinet storage? Made from 100% mango wood and rattan, this bookcase can be styled with other trendy furnishings for a modern look or even vintage items for a more retro style. 

Scatter Cushions & Blankets 
Scatter cushions or big cuddly throw pillows can really transform your reading corner, making it more appealing to curl into with your current read. Especially paired with a cosy blanket, you can really set yourself up for a lovely day relaxing. We do provide cushions here at Desser, and if you would like to supply your own fabric, we can make them to match any décor and fill them with our luxurious blown fibre filling. 

Plants 
Some people like plants, others don’t. But even if you’re in the latter, artificial plants could also bring a little life to your reading corner and create a haven for relaxation. An added benefit of using real plants is that they release oxygen and cleanse the air around you, so your relaxation time becomes a fully immersive experience. 

Side Tables & Lamps 
Sometimes, placing your reading corner near a window isn’t possible, so a floor lamp or even a bright side lamp can really enhance your reading experience. You could also share your side table and lamp with a comforting brew or hot cocoa, perfect for those cooler evenings of the Hygge season.  

cane sofa reading nook cosy warm
Natural Pretzel 2 Seater Sofa
bookshelf reading nook cosy warm
Natural Manhattan Bookcase

4. Adding personalised touches

Personal Photos & Posters 
Fond memories of our nearest and dearest can have a special place in our homes in frames or even photo albums, where they can be savoured in our moments of stillness. Even posters of your favourite movies or music, placed near your vinyl player can create a wholesome environment you can use to escape for a little while. 

Candles & Wax Melts 
Scented candles and wax melts can add a defined ambience for relaxation. There are even certain brands that cater to curated scents for reading pastimes, like the smell of bonfire and toffee, or frosted pine and sugar plum. Even just the ritual of lighting a candle before you settle with a good book can be a significant event within itself.   

Special Mugs & Coasters 
A personal mug dedicated for use in your new reading nook can also become a part of your ritual. Along with lighting your candle and making a hot beverage in your special mug, placing it on a themed coaster to match the décor is such an idyllic process that we all need to embrace. These personalised touches will encourage you to use your reading corner space a lot more, and hopefully set a precedent for how we should treat the rest of our lives. 

Fairy Lights 
What is the simplest way to instantly make an area feel comfortable and inviting? Fairy lights! Many of us forget how cosy and enchanting fairy lights can be—but a simple strand of soft lights can make any area relaxing. From fantasy to thriller, create the cosy vibes you deserve to complete the entire reading experience.  

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Cosy Reading Corner

Have you always dreamed of a warm little corner of your home, dedicated to reading and relaxing after a long day? A cosy reading nook may be the ideal indulgence you’re after! In this article, we can help you to transform your space into a warm and welcoming area for you to relax and unwind with a good book and perhaps a hot cuppa. 

teardrop wicker chair reading corner
Natural Teardrop Chair

1.Finding the perfect spot

You may already have a place in mind to transform into your cosy reading corner, but if you haven’t, here are some top tips to think about when deciding on the perfect spot.  

Lighting 
If you have access to bright natural lighting, then definitely use this. Positioning your reading nook by a window not only enhances the reading experience by being gentler on your eyes, but it can also add the calming effect you desire, particularly if you just wanted to sit and stare for a while.  

Peace and Quiet 
A place free from tech, loud noises and other sensory overloading distractions would be the ideal spot for a reading place. What a perfect solution to the Wi-Fi dead spot in your home! We are constantly being bombarded by external noise and distracting tech, and it can be healing for us to have a break once in a while. 

Take advantage of awkward spaces 
Is there a corner of your home that doesn’t really serve a purpose? Give that space a new lease of life by transforming it into the perfect reading nook. No matter how big or small a location is, you can really create a soul-nurturing environment to satisfy your needs. 

papasan chair reading nook cosy
Natural Papasan Chair

2. Choosing the right furniture

First thing you need to decide on, is this space is just for an individual to use at a time, or is this a space to share, perhaps with children or a significant other? This can determine the style of furniture you choose to feature in your reading corner. Here are some reading corner furniture ideas: 

  • Individual Chairs 

Papasan Chair 
The perfect chair for curling up and getting cosy. The papasan chair pairs even better with our Latte cream boucle cushion, you can relax for hours in the safety of this frame. Made from natural rattan, the seat can be moved around the frame, a whole 360° to find your perfect lounging position. 

Loft Chair
Feel cradled as you sink into our sustainably farmed rattan loft chair. Designed for maximum relaxation, the natural slope of the hooded chair gently holds the human form, to feel almost suspended in luxury. This piece pairs beautifully with a Desser footstool, for extra added support and comfort. 

Cocoon Chair
Climb in and curl up on the natural rattan cocoon chair. This floor standing indoor egg chair ingeniously provides a safe space to relax, whilst also letting in a lot of light. Unlike most hooded chairs, the cocoon chair features a loose cage rattan pole hood, so even if placed back facing a window, you can still enjoy plenty of natural light for reading. 

snug chair reading nook cosy warm
Black Snug Chair
  • Snuggle Chairs and Sofas 

Snug Chair 
Ideal for spreading out or snuggling up in, the snug chair is a great circle frame seat for sharing. The huge seat cushion is filled with luxury foam, ensuring a comfortable deep sitting. The supportive fibre-filled back cushion is also extremely comfortable, and perfect for cuddling or reading to young children.  

Papasan Sofa
Much like the Papasan chair, the Papasan sofa can be angled to sit in any recline or upright position so you can fully spread out if you need to, or you can share the space with someone else who’d like to read with you. Available in a natural or grey frame, the Papasan is truly a timeless classic, perfect for any home décor style. The Papasan sofa also transforms itself into a hammock-style day bed, great for lazy days and afternoon naps. 

Cocoon Sofa 
Modern simplicity comes in the form of our Cocoon Sofa. The unique design presents a peaceful space for you to climb into and relax in your reading corner and is perfect for sharing with children or a significant other. Much like the Cocoon Chair, the sofa lets in a lot of natural light despite it being a hooded chair, making it an ideal place to read. 

cane sofa reading nook cosy warm
Natural Pretzel 2 Seater Sofa

3. How to decorate a reading nook

Bookshelves 
If you’re working with a small space, a floating shelf should suffice, with a selection of your favourite classics and next big reads. But if you have a little more space, might we suggest one of our Manhattan Mango Wood Bookshelves with added cabinet storage? Made from 100% mango wood and rattan, this bookcase can be styled with other trendy furnishings for a modern look or even vintage items for a more retro style. 

Scatter Cushions & Blankets 
Scatter cushions or big cuddly throw pillows can really transform your reading corner, making it more appealing to curl into with your current read. Especially paired with a cosy blanket, you can really set yourself up for a lovely day relaxing. We do provide cushions here at Desser, and if you would like to supply your own fabric, we can make them to match any décor and fill them with our luxurious blow fibre filling. 

Plants 
Some people like plants, others don’t. But even if you’re in the latter, artificial plants could also bring a little life to your reading corner and create a haven for relaxation. An added benefit of using real plants is that they release oxygen and cleanse the air around you, so your relaxation time becomes a fully immersive experience. 

Side Tables & Lamps 
Sometimes, placing your reading corner near a window isn’t possible, so a floor lamp or even a bright side lamp can really enhance your reading experience. You could also share your side table and lamp with a comforting brew or hot cocoa, perfect for those cooler evenings of the Hygge season.  

bookshelf reading nook cosy warm
Natural Manhattan Bookcase

4. Adding personalised touches

Personal Photos & Posters 
Fond memories of our nearest and dearest can have a special place in our homes in frames or even photo albums, where they can be savoured in our moments of stillness. Even posters of your favourite movies or music, placed near your vinyl player can create a wholesome environment you can use to escape for a little while. 

Candles & Wax Melts 
Scented candles and wax melts can add a defined ambience for relaxation. There are even certain brands that cater to curated scents for reading pastimes, like the smell of bonfire and toffee, or frosted pine and sugar plum. Even just the ritual of lighting a candle before you settle with a good book can be a significant event within itself.   

Special Mugs & Coasters 
A personal mug dedicated for use in your new reading nook can become part of your ritual when you are settling down for a big read. Along with lighting your candle and making a hot beverage in your special mug, placing it on a themed coaster to match the décor is such an idyllic process that we need to embrace. These personalised touches will encourage you to use your reading corner space a lot more, and hopefully set a precedent for how we should treat the rest of our lives. 

Fairy Lights 
What is the simplest way to instantly make an area feel comfortable and inviting? Fairy lights! Many of us forget how cosy and enchanting fairy lights can be—but a simple strand of soft lights can make any area relaxing. From fantasy to thriller, create the cosy vibes you deserve to complete the entire reading experience.