If you’re undertaking a home renovation or are soon about to be, adding a reading nook to your property can be a worthy investment for the future.
While it’s no secret that reading is known to have a wide range of benefits, there’s now science that actually proves a few of these long held beliefs. In fact, recent studies show that students who read independently have greater reading comprehension, verbal fluency and general knowledge than those who do not. As a general rule, they go on to become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than their non recreational reading peers.
As such, taking the time to add a reading nook to your home has a wide range of benefits for both big and little residents. For adults, a reading nook provides an escape from the modern world. For children, its presence alone also provides encouragement and support for those fond of burying their heads in a good book. If you’re already sold on the concept of a reading nook, how do you go about bringing one to life in your home?
Making A Space For Nooks And Books
By definition, nooks are simply small spaces. As such, most reading nooks are generally found in cosy corners of a home, or even in an entire room if the layout of the adobe allows it. Whether you want to build a warm architectural space to crawl into, or even if you just have an awkward corner in your home, the beauty of a reading nook is that it can be just about anything that you want it to be – so long as there’s space for books, and somewhere comfortable to devour them.
If creating your very own reading nook has been something on your wish list for awhile, the good news is that all it generally requires is some forethought and making the most of an existing space.
Pick Your Position – Before you can start the design of your reading nook, you need to designate a space for it. Will this retreat warrant an unused room in your home, or will a corner in your living room do the job? Determining this usually all boils down to the size of your property, and who you share your home with – after all, a reading nook needs to be quiet.
Let There Be Light – Your reading nook should be functional at any hour of the day, and that requires good lighting. A sunroom with lots of natural light is often ideal, but not everyone has access to such a resource. Instead, aim to position your reading nook near a window, or have a large floor lamp that can be a substitute during the twilight hours.
Smart Storage – In theory, a reading nook doesn’t have to have your book collection within arms reach, but it’s a handy source of inspiration to have nearby. While a standalone bookshelf is always easily purchased, consider investing in smart storage solutions such as inbuilt wall shelves if your designated reading nook is short on space.
Comfort Is Key – Once you have the design fundamentals of your reading nook downpat, it’s time to get creative with your furnishings. This is supposed to be an area of your home for the ultimate levels of comfort, relaxation and escape, so make sure you have a comfortable reading chair or couch present, along with a good cushion and blanket ready to rumble.
While adding a reading nook to your home is a relatively easy renovation to tackle, not all home upgrades are as straightforward. Kitchen, bathroom and flooring facelifts require significant amounts of homework and research if you want your final product to match your vision, so having a chat to the professionals before you start shopping is always a good idea – but where do you find them?
Sourcing Advice On Building Materials From The Professionals
While your options for carpet, timber and tiles are almost limitless, selecting the right type for your home certainly isn’t an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget?
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Even if you are just after some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote. We’re able to work with you in order to bring your dream flooring solution to life.