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Tips for creating a cosy reading retreat

Tips for creating a cosy reading retreat

 

When autumn and winter arrive we tend to spend quite a bit of time indoors, which is a great time to do some serious reading. If you happen to be a real book lover, then you are likely aware that there is no better way to spend a few hours than to lose yourself within the pages of a really good book. Why not turn one area of your home into a nice, cosy reading corner where you can relax and spend time reading your favourite novels. The following examples will explain how.

The main ingredients

The most essential elements you will need for the reading corner would be one designated location around your home, somewhere comfortable to sit and of course your favorite books. Any small space can be used for this, such as the corner of the living room or your bedroom for example, as well as an alcove in the hallways, an unused window or some other place hidden a bit out of the way. Any one of these locations can make for a really good reading corner if you allow it to work.

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Your reading chair

The choice of seating will mostly be determined by the space you have available, so you would do well to keep that in mind when you move forward with your efforts. Do try to make use of materials that will be made with easy cleaning in mind as well, as this will make upholstery cleaning far easier than it has to be otherwise. If you prefer a padded bench, then that would also work quite well. You may even prefer to have a beanbag or even some simple cushions scattered around your floors. The most important thing is to keep your area inviting and comfortable as well.

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Bookshelves

There is a good reason why you would want to be surrounded by your favorite books. Just seeing them on your shelves will have a sense of comfort attached to them. If you have the space and a good reading corner, you can add some shelving to store all your physical copies of the books you love. You can make use of baskets on a table as well or some integrated storage. If you have space in your reading corner, then you could even keep it casual with a simple pile on the floor as well, as long as you deal with regular carpet cleaning and house cleaning as well. The last thing you want is to be buried in dust as you move forward.

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Lighting

This is one really important consideration, since natural daylight may be best but if you can you should still position your reading area near a window just in case. Look for a window that allows you for warm light and one that happens to be adjustable. This will allow you to make use of it when the days are dark or for night reading when the need arises, but at the same time you will still have a chance to enjoy the daylight hours as well.