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20+ Coziest Rustic Reading Nook Ideas For Winter Hibernation

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As the weather cools, a rustic reading nook may be essential for your wintertime enjoyment, a spot where you can get cozy with a good read or take an afternoon siesta. These nooks can also be a fabulous spot to host your overnight guest if it is large enough to do so. These can be integrated anywhere in your home, in a bedroom, home office, living room, hallway or under your staircase.

Add some cozy pillows, a warm throw or blanket, a pumpkin spice latte or hot cocoa and enjoy! Have a look below for some fantastic ideas to help inspire you to create your own rustic reading nook. Below each image you will find a link to the architect or designer of the project to get further information!

Tell Us: Which one of these ideas is your favorite and why in the Comments below!

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1. This cozy nook in a rustic ski house can be used as both a cozy spot to curl up with a good book and as a bed to host overnight guests. The cushion was custom designed. (via ML Interior Designs)

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2. A built-in nook for relaxing in a mountain style home in Minnesota. A layering of pillows provides relaxation, while a throw offers cozy comfort and warmth. The storm shutters flip up and are secured with a basic eye hook found at the local hardware store. (via Lands End Development)

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3. This reading nook in a mountain style living room in Truckee, California is very idyllic for cozy winter reading. Built-in storage is perfect for stashing away extra throws and pillows. Niches along the side of the nook house books and decorative accessories. Large windows invites views of nature, promoting relaxation. (via KTG Design)

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4. A warm and inviting built-in reading nook between the floors of a mountain style home in Minnesota. (via Lands End Development)

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5, In the family room of a rustic family lodge, this cozy window seat features indigo pillows, a striped throw and ivory Navajo-style rug below. See the rest of this spectacular home here: Reclaimed barn transformed into rustic family lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho. (via Miller Roodell Architects)

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6. A sports barn in Jack Creek, Montana features a rustic home office with a cozy window seat reading nook. A large window frames beautiful landscape views while also providing the space with natural light. Built-in niches on either side of the nook provides spaces for housing books and displaying personalized accessories. (via Studio Architects)

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7. A cabin sunroom porch features brick flooring and a stove for chilly winter nights. Large windows and skylights drench this space with sunlight. The room is connected to a greenhouse, idyllic for four-season enjoyment. (via Flickr)

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8. A handcrafted family home in Vermont features this cozy window nook, perfect for curling up with a good book. Comfortable cushions can also double up as a spot for napping. Built-in shelving provides space to house books and decorative accents. (via Cushman Design Group)

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9. This New Hampshire lake house has a built-in window nook at the end of an upstairs hallway. Integrated shelving on either side of the reading nook offers plenty of space for storing books. There are also pull-out drawers below for storing extra blankets. This spot also offers an extra space for overnight guests! (via zero ten design)

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10. This is a daybed used as a cozy reading niche located in the master bedroom of a mountain lodge style home in Mill Valley, California. Grounding the space is a rug from Sweden. The Boston Hi-Lo Lamps/wall sconces are from Visual Comfort. The day bed seat cushion fabric is 100% linen and is by Mark Alexander, Plainly Collection and the color is “Retro Dove”. The grey decorative pillows are also by Mark Alexander, Folio Collection, “Cartouche Tay” Embroidered Linen. See the rest of this gorgeous home here: Rustic mountain lodge offers breathtaking views atop Mount Tamalpais. (via Michael Rex Architects)

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11. A woodland retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho houses this cozy nook that is situated within a bedroom. It is used as a daybed and to accommodate for guest overflow sleeping. This is a standard mattress and custom covered with linen. The wood is fir with a custom stain. The wood beam overhead is reclaimed and comes in a variety of species. The windows are by Sierra Pacific. See the rest of this fantastic home here: Woodland chalet imbues rustic elegance in Idaho’s Sun Valley. (via Miller-Roodell Architects)

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12. A hidden reading nook in the living room of a San Juan Islands home offers additional seating and storage. This space fits a twin size mattress, around 39″. The wall paneling is from Pioneer Millworks. The species is mixed softwoods, grade is prairie, and it is unfinished. See the rest of this exquisite home here: Modern rustic retreat designed to feel like a summer camp on Orcas Island. (via NB Design Group)

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13. A built-in reading nook in the living room provides a relaxing spot to curl up with a good read. A door with built-in shelving offers a book niche while concealing a media room. The door was custom made by a local cabinet maker. It uses a heavy duty piano hinge and a wheel on the swing side to support the door when it is open. The wood on the walls is cedar tongue and groove. See the rest of this gorgeous cabin here: Rustic-modern mountain retreat nestled on Lake Wenatchee. (via DeForest Architects)

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14. Inside a Minnesota lake house is this rustic staircase with an integrated reading nook. A twin-sized mattress provides cozy comfort, while an overhead light fixture offers task lighting. (via Big Wood Timber Frames)

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15. A ski country timber frame home in the Catskills features a cozy window seat, framing views of snow-capped mountains. (via Timberbuilt)

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16. A rustic living room features a cozy built-in window seat framing beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Integrated shelving provides plenty of space for storing reading material. See the rest of this compact cabin here: 640 square foot cozy retreat with dramatic views of Mount Saint Helena. (via Turnbull Griffin Haesloop)

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17. Inside a rustic log home in Upstate New York, a cozy master bedroom features a window nook that is quite idyllic for cozying up with a great read! A layering of pillows and textures throws offers warmth and inviting comfort. (via Sitka Log Homes)

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18. A great use of an otherwise wasted space, this mountain contemporary reading nook is integrated underneath a staircase. Open shelves are used to showcase books, while a window provides natural light and views. This space can also be used as an extra sleeping spot for overnight guests. (via Terra Firma Custom Homes)

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19. Mountain style family retreat in Little Rock, Arkansas features this reading nook with a comfortable mattress, throw and pillows. Wall sconces provide essential task lighting, while built-in shelving offers space for books and personalized decor. Drawers underneath can store additional blankets and pillows. (via Black Corley Owens & Hughesbenton)

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20. In a net-zero energy home in Northern California, this rustic wooden cable railing staircase features an integrated reading nook. The salvage wood on the walls came from “TerraMai”. (via Atmosphere Design Build)

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21. In a beautiful lake house in Gracefield, Quebec, a cozy built-in window seat provides a quiet respite for reading and napping. A large window captures idyllic views overlooking 31 Mile Lake. Large wall sconces provide much-needed reading light in the evening. (via Two Fold Interiors)

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22. A modern, rustic ski lodge in the Catskill Mountains of New York State features this chic and beautiful reading nook. (via Kathy Kuo Home)

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23. A rustic mountain home in Big Sky, Montana features this cozy hallway nook with stone clad walls on either side. (via Locati Architects)

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Jennifer Jespersen
16 days ago

hands down #4 and #7