30 Incredibly cozy built-in reading nooks designed for lounging

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Be inspired to create a cozy built-in reading nook in your home, a special place where you can delve into a mini-vacation to relax with a good book. Try to set aside at least 20-30 extra minutes everyday to enjoy your nook or alcove space. Be sure it is designed in an area that is quiet, whether it be in a spare bedroom, your home office, under a staircase, a spare closet, a corner space, they sky is the limit!

We have put together a collection of ideas for you below, where we are hoping one of these spaces will inspire you to create your own cozy nook. Could one of these ideas work for your home? We are hoping so! Also don’t forget to leave us a comment below as to which reading nook you like the most and why!

Have a look at some additional reading nook inspiration that we have featured here on One Kindesign: 63 Incredibly cozy and inspiring window seat ideas, 65 Wonderfully cozy reading nooks for book lovers and 20 Cozy outdoor nooks inspiring your inner bookworm.

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1. This cozy reading nook in Portland, Maine not only frames the Atlantic ocean, but offers some comfortable pillows and a reading lamp. (via Spang Builders)

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2. A Texas beach home features a bright and airy sitting area in the master bedroom. This cozy space offers panoramic views of the bay. (via Marie Flanigan Interiors)

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3. This little nook belongs to a home in Little Rock, Arkansas. The windows provides plenty of natural light, while a reading light provides task lighting in the evening. Built-in bookshelves offers plenty of space for your book collection.  (via Tobi Fairley Interior Design)

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4. This fun little nook underneath the staircase takes advantage of some dead space. The dimensions are 3′-6″ deep by 4′-0″ wide. The sconce is 45 1/2 inches above the seat, sourced from Rejuvenation. The tiny door was custom designed, leading to a small hideout for the kids. There is also a door on the other side, so the kids can sneak through… clever! (via JWT Associates)

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5. A Minnesota lake house provides a relaxing retreat, with private nooks found throughout the house. The pillows and blankets are switched out throughout the seasons. (via BeDe Design)

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6. A woodland retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho features this custom built-in, full-sized bed (the wood is white oak). It can play double duty as a fantastic spot to read or as an extra guest bed. We have featured the full home tour here: Woodland chalet imbues rustic elegance in Idaho’s Sun Valley. (via Miller Architects)

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7. A cozy little corner in a London apartment features built-in book niches and a window providing ample natural light… perfect for reading! (via Forrester Roberts Interior Design)

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8. Underneath a basement staircase is a reading nook designed around a full-size mattress. This also makes for a great spot to nap, or for overflow from guest bedrooms. Pull-out drawers stores games and books. Dimensions: the platform is 42″ deep and 7′ long; the window was specified as a 5’X5′ quarter round. The height tapers from 7′ down to 2′. (via Sayler | Owens | Kerr Design Studio)

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9. A built-in nook in a staircase landing way provides the perfect spot to curl up with a good read. Bookcases on either side of the nook offers ample space for storage. The reading lights were sourced from House of Troy, DT24-61 Polished Brass Picture Light. (via Megan McClure Interiors)

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10. A cozy reading nook in a girl’s bedroom features open shelving and built-in drawers. It’s the perfect spot to curl up and read a book or chat on the phone! (via Rudloff Custom Builders)

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11. This cozy reading nook measures 4′ in length and 2′ in depth. The cushion was custom made to fit. A built-in niche offers space for book and accessories. See the complete home tour we featured here: Hydeaway House: A modern vineyard retreat in Sonoma. (via Schwartz and Architecture)

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12. A pre-teen dream bedroom offers a cozy little reading nook brimming with warm, personal touches. The bookcases meet the window frame, while the window seat widens to offer more comfortable lounge space. Dimensions: 42″ Width x 32″ Depth. The 4″ thick seat cushion material is by Robert Allen. The sconces on the wall offer great task lighting, sourced from Visual Comfort. (via Karen Joy Interiors)

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13. A quite reading nook in an upstairs hallway features custom trim moulding and Australian cypress floors. TIP: If you have a double-door closet that you are no longer using, you can have it converted into a reading nook, similar to the image above. Loft areas and open hallways can also be transformed into small library spaces. (via Priester’s Custom Contracting)

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14. A stairwell in this San Francisco home has been retrofitted with a cozy alcove accessed via a wooden ladder. A built-in niche offers book storage, while a large window helps to illuminate the space. Intimate and fun! (via Ana Williamson Architect)

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15. Take advantage of non-utilzed space under your staircase by creating a nook. Add some seat cushions and plush pillows for added comfort. The walls feature beadboard painted in Designer White, while the brown highlight in the crevices is Van Dyke Brown. The dimensions are 48″ wide x 48″ tall at the highest point. Drawers underneath offers extra storage for books or even an extra blanket. (via Case Design/Remodeling)

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16. This elegant staircase landing offers a cozy built-in reading nook in front of a bright window. The window seat is 4 feet wide and 13 inches deep. This is a delightful spot to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and a great read! (via E. B. Mahoney Builders)

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17. A home office in Denver, Colorado is decorated in an eye-catching beach style theme. The space offers a cozy bulit-in corner nook for reading… or for a quick cat nap! (via restyle design)

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18. Have a loft or attic space that you don’t know what to do with? This home on Madeline Island in Lake Superior has made full use of its upstairs loft space. The built-in window seat can double as a bed, while built-in niches offers plenty of space for your book collection. The floor around the carpet is painted plywood. (via Albertsson Hansen Architecture)

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19. This cozy nook was positioned to soak in the heavenly New England ocean views. Soft linen fabrics cover the cushion and pillows. You can find similar pillows from Pottery Barn or Serena & Lily. The light fixture was sourced from Hudson Valley Lighting. The soothing color palette and beadboard on the walls adds an overall cozy feel to the space. (via Carpenter & MacNeille)

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20. A Nashville, Tennessee residence offers this built-in window nook, perfect for reading or an extra spot for hosting overnight guests. Built-in shelving on either side offers space for books and nick-nacks. (via P. Shea Design)

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21. A beach offers offers this dreamy built-in nook next to a sunny window. The mattress measures 6’6″ X 4′, ample space if you decide to take a nap. The built-in comes complete with a storage drawer. You can almost feel the cool ocean breezes coming in through the awning windows… what a restful escape! (via Holmes Hole Builders)

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22. This cool space features a sun porch that has been transformed into a cozy nook for reading. This space is brimming with plants and foliage, helping to clean the air while adding to the relaxing vibe. A rattan stool nearby is the perfect spot to stack your books. (via Joanna Thornhill Interiors)

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23. This dormer window area is a great use of space, from the built-in seating nook to the wall storage and niches. Loving the white framed photos and the grey walls, adding a soothing vibe to the space. (via Siemasko + Verbridge)

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24. A cozy window seat is positioned to take in the home’s creekside views. With a comfortable seat cushion, plump pillows and throw… just add a great read and you are all set. Love how the shelving is located conveniently on either side of the nook. (via Rehkamp Larson Architects)

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25. A writer’s room features an 11- by 10-foot alcove, which contains a twin daybed with storage drawers. This enables enough space to not only be used as a reading retreat, but it can also accommodate guest overflow. The room evokes a seaside setting, with its seagrass flooring and palette of white, navy blue and citrine. (via Robert Frank Interiors)

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26. This reading nook inspires the cozy feeling of a ship’s bunk. Beachy pillows and a navy blue cushion adds plenty of comfort… and this space is also perfect for overnight guests! (via Knickerbocker Group)

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27. In a Denver, Colorado home the nook is the perfect spot to relax and read, or even enjoy a glass of wine and look out the window at the forested views. The perfect spot to enjoy some much needed R&R during your downtime. Don’t forget to have a good reading light nearby for when the sun goes down! (via Studiovert Design)

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28. A New York apartment features this small book nook near the home’s entryway. The homeowner loves to read, so the idea was to create a nook for reading that could also double as a guest room. It is a very small room, so the shelving is cantilevered to save space. The custom daybed was sourced from Plantation Design in Los Angeles. (Rikki Snyder)

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29. A cozy alcove outlined with silk pillows is one of the most used spots in this San Francisco home. The pillows were sourced from Cost Plus World Market. (via Margot Hartford Photography)

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30. The designers added cozy reading nooks and built-ins wherever possible into this Cape Cod summer home, including this long window seat. An indoor-outdoor cushion was used since it is easy to maintain and won’t fade. (via Violandi + Warner Interiors)

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