Tips for creating a reading nook

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As the colder months arrive and people spend more time at home, a comfortable place for reading could become more appealing. Whether you read print or digital material, designers have suggestions for how to create the perfect place in your home for reading.

Depending on the configuration of your home, a reading nook may require you to hire someone to make a few renovations to build in seating and lighting, or you might just need to rearrange furniture. Try these suggestions from designers to see what works for your home:

Choose the right location. The best place to create a reading nook is in a bay window, interior designer Joyce Downing Pickens of JDP Interiors of Los Angeles wrote in an email. “I love to be able to look outside while reading a book, and a bay window can be difficult to place furniture within anyway, so this is one of my go-to solutions,” she wrote.“ I always build the bench around 19 inches off the ground for a relaxed feeling and create a cushion around 3 or 4 inches deep for maximum comfort.”

Identify a naturally carved-out area such as a corner that may not necessarily fit a piece of furniture, but is ripe for a built-in seat, D.C. interior designer Alison Giese wrote in an email.

If you don’t have a bay window, wrote Pickens, a bookcase next to a chaise longue is the next best thing to create a sort of old-world coziness and glamour.

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