Get Your Kids To Read By Making a Cool Book Nook

04/09/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Apartment Therapy Reading Nook
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How do you get them to put down the iPad and pick up a book?

Sure, kids can read pretty much anywhere—in the car, on the couch or at the kitchen table.

But according to design expert Maxwell Ryan of, like the much-loved fort or tent, a cozy nook can help make snuggling up to their favorite book more of a fun activity.

And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Just a few comfortable floor cushions, a big squishy beanbag chair or a tepee are all easy ways to instantly create a fun space for fairy tales, adventure stories and novels.

Here are a few of his cool ideas:

Away Is Good Try to create a space that’s far away from the busy center of your home. For example, give new life to a previously “dead” part of your home including odd jobs in the walls (above), alcoves, squeezed spaces between furniture and storage spaces — they can make great get-away reading nooks.

Make It Roomy Your mini library should be cozy for one but big enough for your child to curl up and read with a friend. Add more than one pillow or place two chairs on opposite sides of the table facing one another for a more interactive experience.

Apartment Therapy Reading Nook
Courtesy Apartment Therapy

Let There Be Light Nooks are usually closed off and darker by nature, so be sure to put a reading light in it to allow for easy reading. Better yet, place your nook next to a window that brings in bright natural light.

Just a Corner Will Do When you don’t have a sizable nook, a corner will do just fine. Just add a few pillows (or a sheepskin rug), a bookcase and a lamp (a mini chandelier is a great idea!) and you’re off to the races.


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