The Joys of Reading Rooms
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The Joys of Reading Rooms

Love to curl up with a good book and leave the world behind? Here's how to create the perfect, cozy spot.


A good novel, a comfy chair, a couple of afternoon hours all to yourself -- on a cold winter day, such is the definition of luxury. Unfortunately, it's also a delight most busy moms don't get very often.

But for those occasions when you are able to steal some time to read, the pleasure is multiplied if the surroundings are right.

It doesn't take much -- an out-of-the-way corner of the house, a well-cushioned chaise or chair, a cuddly throw. And we guarantee -- if you create a cozy reading spot in your home, you'll find that everyone in the family will start to find an excuse to sneak off to it, a favorite book clutched in their hands.

For example, tuck a one-armed chaise like this one into the corner of the family room or bedroom. It's the ideal spot to spend a peaceful afternoon reading. Use the armless side to keep small table of necessities (your glasses) or niceties (a cup of tea) handy.

Where to Find Space

Nab a Cozy Corner

No need to devote a whole room to create a library in your house -- partition off the corner of a room instead. A plump armchair and well-positioned floor lamp placed near some handsome shelves creates a sense of privacy. To take advantage of high shelf space, include an upholstered foot stool.

Window Seats

This Lilliputian-sized window seat may not be the best spot for your 6'2" husband to stretch out, but it's perfect for the shorter set. A simple pair of built-in bookcases offers ample storage space for favorite books and sides that are ideal for leaning against. A down-filled cushion provides padding for little bottoms.

Bedside Manners

For the seriously dedicated nocturnal reader: this custom-made headboard mimics the traditional wing chair shape for comfortable back support.

Snuggle In

An oversized chaise longue like ours is big enough for snuggling in with your favorite reading partner -- whether it's your toddler or your terrier.

Get the Look

Here, our pick of reading room essentials.

These sumptuous and richly hued cable knit throws will chase away the chill when you're sitting still with a good book.

$140 from

This plush roll-armed chaise lets you stretch out and settle in. Available in more than 200 fabrics, its style fits in with any decor.

$1,776 from Smith and Noble's Essentials Collection

This compact Pop-Up Booklight is as practical as it is stylish. It easily clips to your book, and with a simple click of a button sheds light where you need it -- without disturbing your snoozing neighbors.

$15.00 from Brookstone

This elegant Sophie Chaise recalls the ones popular in the Victorian era -- but with all the comforts of the 21st century. The plush feather and down cushion has a washable twill slipcover.

$1,199 from Pottery Barn

The ultimate reading companion, this Bed Lounge pillow has adjustable arms and headrest, as well as a buttoned side pocket to hold necessities, like glasses and books.

$117.99 from The

Ott-Lite's Milynda table lamp combines vintage charm with high-tech elements -- its low-glare illumination mimics natural daylight, reducing eyestrain for even the most tireless of readers.

$129.95 from