Your Reading Sanctuary: 4 Creative Ideas for Creating the Perfect Cozy Retreat

Your Reading Sanctuary: 4 Creative Ideas for Creating the Perfect Cozy Retreat

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Reading nooks—even if they’re outdoors—can be some of a home’s coziest parts. While there’s plenty of inspiration online, making these little spaces unique can be tough. Whether you’re taking over an entire room or carving out a little space for yourself, these four tips will help you create a cozy reading retreat.

Choose the Right Location

While most reading nooks are under stairs or in small alcoves, they can be almost anywhere. There’s no need to give up a bedroom to kick back with a good book; even a corner of the backyard can be used. With help from the experts at The Luxury Pergola, you can create a welcoming, comfortable outdoor reading nook.

Let the Light Shine In

While there’s much to be said for the warm glow of a table lamp, natural light is best for readers. A pergola makes the perfect reading sanctuary because it lets plenty of sunlight in, increasing the home’s energy efficiency and helping you live more sustainably.

Sit Down and Get Comfortable

A reading nook needs cozy, comfortable seating to be a true sanctuary. While online searches turn up pictures of chaise lounges and club chairs, it’s your reading nook—and you can have any type of seating that strikes your fancy. Furnishings are an easy way to turn a basic pergola into something special, and choosing a cushy, comfortable chair will give your reading spot a more inviting appearance.

Put Out Some Books

It’s not a reading nook without books, and there are several ways to keep reading materials on display. While most book lovers choose shelves, there are other choices. Whether you use bookshelves, magazine racks, or a coffee table, putting a few books out will turn your pergola into a real reading sanctuary.

Bonus Tip: Add Some Greenery

Adding plants to a reading nook creates a calming effect, improving mood, reducing stress, and increasing privacy. Line your pergola with floor shade plants, add succulents to side tables, and hang air plants for a low-maintenance natural touch.

Why Every Home Should Have a Reading Nook

A reading nook is a place to relax and unwind with your favorite book. Here are a few reasons to add one to your home.

  • Solitude and comfort. When was the last time you got a break? Everyone should have a place where they can get away from it all—and a reading corner is the perfect place to catch a few minutes of peace.
  • Opportunities for self-care. While it may be a buzzword, self-care is crucial. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and a reading nook is a great way to recharge your batteries and care for yourself.

Every home should have a place where family members can be their authentic selves, and a reading corner can be a source of comfort, quiet, and self-affirmation. Whether it’s a pergola in the garden or a corner of the living room, a reading spot will add warmth and comfort to your home.

Create a Space and Dive Into a Book

Building a reading nook can be as simple as choosing a chair in the living room or as complicated as building a backyard getaway. No matter which space you choose, having a dedicated reading corner will make your literary adventures more memorable.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).