Have you ever wondered what to do with that extra corner space on a stair landing, or an odd shaped bump-out in a bedroom?
My friend Stephanie had this great extra space at the top of her stairs that she wanted to make into a reading nook for her girls. Stephanie had a few key pieces picked out, but she enlisted my help to put it all together. After the back-and-forth texting, pinning and emailing of many images and ideas, I put together an idea board of our favorites. Idea boards are great, because they help you envision all of the elements on one page.
1. Gold Paper Garland, etsy.
2. Watercolor Fox, etsy.
5. Executive Nod Chair, Land of Nod.
6. Blue Clamp Light, IKEA. We eventually chose this copper one.
7. Spice Racks, IKEA. Painted Gold with Martha Stewart craft paint.
8. Squirrel Pillow, The Company Store.
9. Blue throw. We ended up using one of the girl’s blankets, made by her grandma. 🙂
We had a few key things in mind when we were gathering our ideas for the kid’s reading space:
- Provide a comfortable place to sit. Whether it is a pile of pillows, a bean bag or a kid-sized chair, a cozy spot to read will encourage kids to settle in. Stephanie chose a soft child’s chair from landofnod.com. I have also seen little tents or teepees made into reading spots. Think about your child’s interests and current reading habits when choosing a seating type. Here is Miss Reese in the chair, before we worked our magic:
2. Place books at their level. You want to have the books very accessible so they can easily grab the one they want. We also chose to place the books with the fronts facing out, using spice racks from IKEA. When kids can see the covers, they are more likely to pick up the book and start reading it. Just pay attention to what the kids are reading/looking at and rotate the selection when they get tired of the ones that are out.
We installed four shelves, using self-drilling drywall anchors and screws.
3. Provide adequate light. The corner at the top of the stairs was a little dark, so we attached a small led clip-on light to one of the shelves. It can be angled easily to spotlight on the book. Some other options are pendants or fairy lights, depending on the location and the amount of light needed.
Those three things are really the only necessities for a reading spot, but we added some color and decorations in a self-titled ‘woodland animals and mixed metals’ theme. The watercolor print of a fox with flowers on her hat tied right in with the tiny flowers on the chair. We also wanted an uplifting quote, which was found in another fox print from etsy.
A gold paper garland, copper lamp, and gold painted shelves added a bit of metallic glam for two fun little girls. We are still waiting on some wooden arrows, but they will compliment the wood frames and add another ‘wood’land touch.
The girls love their special reading corner and it adds a sweet welcoming scene from several viewpoints in their home. Thanks Stephanie and Tyson!