Are you a book lover? Do you like to curl up with a good novel? Have you always wanted to create your cozy reading room?

Portrait man relaxing at home reading

Cozy Reading Room

Well, then, this blog post is for you! Read on as we show you how to create your own space (including mid century modern bookcases) where all your favorite books are just a few feet away from your bed.

Make a Mini Library.

You can create a mini library for your reading room. A library ladder is a great way to add fun and whimsy to any space, but it also serves a practical purpose. It allows you to reach the highest books in your bookcase. If you don’t have room for a full-sized ladder or don’t want to buy one, consider using a smaller step stool instead.

Get a Custom Bookcase.

Custom bookcases are made to order, so the first step is to find a qualified carpenter. Get recommendations from friends and family members who have needed carpentry work for their homes. Once you’ve found someone who seems like they’d be able to do the job, schedule an appointment so they can measure your space and come up with ideas for what kind of custom bookshelf would work best. Or you can buy mid century modern bookcases that add so much class. 

Choose the Right Light.

The right lighting is essential to creating a relaxing reading room. You want to see your book clearly but don’t want it to be too bright or dim. One way to get the perfect amount of light is by using a lamp with a dimmer switch on the cord. This allows you to adjust the brightness level depending on how much you need at any given moment, making the difference between feeling relaxed and stressed while reading.

Front view of desk with stacked books and copy space

Pillows, Cushions, Throws

If your reading room is missing a few pillows and cushions, now is the time to add some. Cushions are great for supporting your back while you read, while pillows can be used as a headrest or under your knees. 

Throws are also handy to get warm, cozy, and comfortable on the couch. To ensure that you buy the right ones for your minimalist home design needs, opt for neutral tones such as black or gray rather than bright colors that might clash with certain designs.

Cozy Rugs

Cozy rugs are a great way to add a pop of color and set the mood for your reading room. Placed in front of the window or under coffee tables, you can use them to define space and create a focal point. There are many options for choosing rugs, but we love shag rugs because they’re soft, comfy, and cozy!

Pick Decor that Promotes Reading

As you’re decorating your reading room, consider the following:

  • Ensure your decor is conducive to the activity you want it to inspire. Bookshelves lined with books and plenty of pillows are key elements in creating a cozy space for reading. You might also want to include a small kitchenette where you can store snacks, drinks, and food items for when you get hungry during readings!
  • Cozy and inviting decor. If people love one thing about their homes, it’s how comfortable they feel when they’re in them—and the same goes for reading rooms! Keep this in mind as you shop for comfort-inducing pieces like throw blankets or soft pillows (and don’t forget about lighting!).

Final Word

A cozy reading room is perfect for settling in with a good book, whether reading by yourself or sharing quality time with family and friends. Let us know what your ideal reading space looks like.