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01 October 2021

Cosy Reading Corners: Creating Nooks for Booklovers

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Dave Hut - Content Editor

If you’re a bookworm, then you’ll know what a pleasure it can be to curl up in a cosy, well-lit corner and sink into a good book for an hour or two – particularly as the long dark nights of winter draw nearer. Whether you work long hours or dedicate your time to taking care of your children – or both – taking some time out to lose yourself in a book is a great way to recharge your batteries and gain some fresh inspiration.

Creating a bright and enchanting space for you to enjoy your dedicated reading time is a wonderful investment, whether you’re hankering for a cosy nook that just screams ‘hygge’, or you want to create a bolder, more stylish reading corner. It’s incredibly easy too, as there will always be a small space you can carve out in your home to call your own. Plus, there are a variety of simple and stylish reading corner ideas you can take inspiration from as you create your special bookworm cubbyhole.

Read on to find out more, and to discover how the stunning pieces from our Florence and Edvard Olsen ranges can help you fashion your brand-new reading nook. 

Choosing the perfect corner reading chair

If you’re going to be spending an hour or two immersed in a gripping story, then you want to be seated in a cosy, comfortable chair. Choose your favourite armchair or purchase a sumptuous new upholstered model, and position it beside a lamp or a large window so you have plenty of light and don’t strain your eyes. Make your comfy reading chair even softer and more luxurious by adding a thick, fleecy throw or chunky woollen blanket. You could also incorporate a well-stuffed cushion or two, so you’ll feel like you’re snuggling in the clouds as you lose yourself in your book.

Creating an inspirational reading corner display

Almost as enjoyable as the act of reading is being able to see all your favourite books artfully displayed on a stylish bookcase, just waiting for you to dive right in and explore their much-loved worlds. That means finding the perfect bookcase to house your precious volumes.

If you have a smaller reading corner, why not opt for a low bookcase, such as the Florence bookcase shelving unit? Available in a variety of colours to suit your décor, this Georgian-inspired piece is lovingly crafted out of acacia hardwood and oozes subtle elegance. It also provides four handy shelving areas, three of which are adjustable to accommodate books of different sizes.

Alternatively, if you have a larger space, why not go for something a little more substantial, like the Florence display cabinet dresser? You can store magazines and board games in the sideboard portion and proudly display your treasured hardbacks in the open display cupboard part. Add some of your favourite ornaments and perhaps a colourful potted plant, and you’ll have a gorgeous literary-themed focal point for your nook.

Still not sure where to start? Read our blog for our top tips on how to style a bookcase like a pro.

Shedding some light on your precious pages

Having enough light to read comfortably by is of the utmost importance, particularly during the winter when it gets dark so early. While placing your chair near a large window will help during the day, a reading corner will also benefit from a lamp to shed a warm glow on your pages at night time. Perhaps you could even opt for some large candles if you’re in the mood for flickering firelight. 

This expertly crafted oak lamp table from the Edvard Olsen range is an ideal option to place beside your reading chair. Not only does it make a stylish surface to support a reading lamp or candles, but it also comes with a deep drawer for extra storage. House magazines, books and reading glasses neatly out of sight when not in use.

Enjoy your literary adventures in utmost comfort

Here at, we understand how important it is to carve out your own cosy space in your home for your favourite pastimes, like losing yourself in a good book. As a result, we hope these reading corner furniture ideas and hand-crafted furniture recommendations prove helpful. Whether you’re immersed in the pages of Jane Eyre or re-reading The Gruffalo to your toddler for the hundredth time, we want you to make the most of your newfound nook.

To find out more about the stunning pieces in our Florence and Edvard Olsen ranges, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01989 763343 or send us an email to [email protected]. We will be in touch as soon as possible to assist you with your reading corner requirements.

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Dave Hut
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