Anyone else ever had the days of force feeding their kids to read books? All those school days of reading logs and fingers crossed that your child would turn into a voracious reader? Because everyone talks about how good it is for them! Well, let me show you this cozy little reading corner in my daughter’s room as encouragement.
You see we did and still do all the “I hope my kid likes to read tactics” but I never really have felt like any of my kiddos caught the reading bug. I love to read and always have a book or two going (check out my suggested reading list here!), so naturally I think they should enjoy reading too and can’t really grasp why they don’t want to read over playing Ninentendo. 😜 Well, low and behold, guess what happened!? My daughter turned into a reader. On her own terms, in her own time and now she LOVES it! She really is an “aMAEzing” girl (lol, her name is Mae)…
My sweet girl often holes up in her room like a hibernating bear finishing off the latest teen read, curled up in this cozy little corner of her bedroom. She piles on the fluffy blankets, the soft light and usually has a dog or two keeping her company.
She needed a little extra love in this space so we added a few simple DIY touches to complete her cozy bedroom reading corner. Things like a new wall bookshelf and some sheer flowey curtains to make the mood even better. I was actually kinda surprised how much these little things pulled this corner of her room together.
I used two half crate shelves from Crates & Pallet on her wall to hold books and yarn (my mom is teaching her to crochet). These little shelves are an inexpensive and easy addition when you need some extra storage. I just painted them white and hung them. The whole process took about 30 or 40 minutes because I had to wait for the paint to dry!⏲️😒 You can really dress up these crates and make them your own and that is why I love them.
Next for the curtains I adjusted some store bought curtain panels. We wanted something a little different for the curtains and used a tree limb for her curtain rod. I cut off the tiny branches and cut the limb the correct length. You will want to find a slim branch or tree trunk for this. Next I bought wooden curtain brackets and using a table band saw cut the grooves big enough to accept the limb since it was fatter than a typical curtain rod.
These curtain panels came from IKEA (one of my favorite spots) and to get the tabs to fit the tree limb I had to cut them off and make my own! I used some thick ribbon and sewed a new tab onto the ready made curtains in the same spot I cut off the original tabs. It was a very easy fix to make these curtains work with the new curtain rod. I love the way these curtains softened the space and made the whole room feel dreamy.
If you are looking to cozy up a little reading nook in your bedroom add in some easy storage, dreamy curtains, cozy blankets, soft light and a good book or twenty! Some other great things to add for a special reading nook are a comfy chair, beautiful pillows, fabulous lighting (both overhead and to read by), candles, reading glasses, a spot for highlighters, pens and markers, bookmarks and room for your favorite reading beverage. Who knows maybe you’ll even have a book worm pop up in your house! 📚🐛
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