37 Delightfully Cozy Book Nook Ideas To Inspire A Reading Retreat


There is something idyllic about curling up in a cozy book nook with a good read and a cup of your favorite hot beverage, transporting you to another place and time. Books can also be found in a home library complete with a rolling ladder, yet are less practical to easily integrate into your home — but are no less dreamy!

When creating a cozy book nook for your own home, there are many places where they can be integrated. A “reading nook” is typically a small-sized pocket carved out from a wall where one can make themselves feel comfortable and cozy up with a good book. For a DIY approach, try using some comfortable, plush cushions. These can be placed in a cozy corner with some bookshelves for convenient access to your book collection. Or a comfy chair placed in a location of your choice with a lamp or wall sconce for light.

There are limitless possibilities for adding a cozy book nook to your home. Get inspired by some of the creative ideas that we have gathered for you below. Underneath each of the images are further details and links to the designers of each project. Be sure to pin your favorites onto Pinterest and while you are there, be sure to give us a follow: https://www.pinterest.com/onekindesign/

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1. A Reading Corner. This cozy kids’ reading nook at a mountain home in Vail, Colorado offers plenty of natural light. The cushions are replicas of the seating system called Mah Jong by Roche Bobois. They were custom designed and fabricated with an approximate price of $700 each. In a high-traffic area, you should use an indoor/outdoor fabric. (via Balance Point Construction)


2. Kids Bedroom Nook. This cozy reading nook in a girl’s bedroom features open shelving and built-in drawers. The perfect spot to curl up and read a book or chat with friends on the phone! The gorgeous chandelier is from Ferguson. (via Rudloff Custom Builders)


3. Farmhouse Style Nook. The wall paint is a custom blend of multiple Benjamin Moore colors. See the rest of this home tour designed by one of our favorite architects: Gorgeous farmhouse style on Lake Minnetonka with nautical accents. (via Alexander Design Group)


4. Coastal Reading Nook. This inviting window seat features built-in bookshelves decorated with coastal-inspired decor and books. (via Bo Massey)


5. Under Stairs Nook. Utilize the dead space underneath your staircase for a built-in bench with a comfortable cushion and accent pillows. Integrate some bookshelves to store some of your favorite book collections along with some personalized accessories. (via Lonni Paul Design)


6. A Nook With A Nautical Vibe. A compact built-in bench features comfortable cushions for lounging and curling up with a good book. Shelves on either side along with storage underneath provide plenty of space for extra books. Wall sconces provide the perfect task lighting. (via Chairma Design Group)



7. A Cozy Nook To Read A Book. An unused closet underneath the staircase was reimagined to become an inviting space to curl up with your favorite novel. (via Align Design)


8. A Rustic Private Nook. A built-in bench is tucked in behind a stone-clad wall to feel like the ultimate cozy reading retreat. A plush cushion and decorative pillows offer the ultimate comfort. Rows of books line the bookshelves for ease of access. (via Hage Homes)


9. A Monochromatic Color Scheme. In this space, varying shades of blue make this space feel peaceful and relaxing. (via e v o l v e | RESIDENTIAL)


10. A Chic Home Office Nook. This idyllic home office comes with all the perks, including a relaxing spot to take a break… or a nap! A comfortable sofa is surrounded by built-in cabinetry. The cabinetry paint color is Sandy Ridge SW 7535 – Sherwin-Williams. (via Chairma Design Group)



11. Built-in Storage With Pops of Color. Part of a Southern Living idea house located on Daniel Island, this cozy space offers a couple of options for reading. A comfortable lounge chair and small built-in window seats on either side of a bookshelf. Notice the bookcase under the window seat? So many convenient options for storing a vast book collection! (via Margaret Donaldson Interiors)


12. An Inviting Window Seat. This staircase landing maximizes all available space, featuring a cozy window bench with integrated storage and open bookshelves. (via CK Architects)


13. Boys Room Reading Nook. This compact bedroom was created for a dinosaur-obsessed 5-year-old. Built-in storage made this cozy reading nook multi-functional. High-performance (durable and scrubbable) fabrics were used for the cushions and pillows. Shades of blue in the wallpaper and pillows are mixed with playful pops of red. (via Curated Nest Interiors)


14. Window Seat With A View. A summer retreat in Chilmark, Massachusetts features this coastal-style window nook in a relaxed, casual living room. Built-ins on either side of the nook are decorated with personalized accessories for added charm. Be sure to add articulating sconces for reading lights, similar can be found at Rejuvenation. (via ROAM Architecture)


15. Kids Reading Corner. This cozy little book nook at the top of the stairs was created for the kids to read comics, and books and dream the day away! See the rest of this fabulous home here: A dreamy classic lake house with remarkable views of Christmas Lake. (via Mark D. Williams Custom Homes)


16. Spacious Window Seat. This cozy window nook is large enough to curl up with a good book or take a nap. Bookshelves are integrated on either side to create an inviting atmosphere with function. Reading lights are ideal for nighttime reading. (via Vincent Longo Custom Builders)


17. Under the Stairs. A townhouse in Brooklyn, New York features this cozy nook. This clever use of space under the stairs is perfect for lounging, reading and even taking a nap with some plush cushions! (via Frederick Tang Architecture)


18. Family Room Nook. A custom built-in sofa was designed for easy game playing, easy lounging, easy game storage… and of course, easy book reading! (via Regan Baker Design)


19. Compact Staircase Nook. This cozy reading nook built under the staircase is part of a remodel project of a home built in 1938 in the Oaks, a historic Los Angeles neighborhood. (via JWT Associates)


20. Hidden Reading Nook. Tucked into a corner of the living room of an Orcas Island, Washington home, this reading nook provides additional seating and storage. The wall paneling of the cozy reading nook is from Pioneer Millworks. The species is mixed softwoods, the grade is prairie, and it is unfinished. See the rest of this spectacular home here: Modern rustic retreat designed to feel like a summer camp on Orcas Island. (via NB Design Group)


21. Attic Book Nook. A Lake Minnetonka family retreat features this custom-built nook with an abundance of natural light. A plush cushion and accent pillows provide a comfortable atmosphere. Barn Lights Electric has similar wall sconces. (via Kathryn Johnson Interiors)


22. Kid’s Window Nook. A Lake Michigan cottage features this cozy children’s reading nook. The wall paint color is a Graham paint that is matched to Benjamin Moore Hepplewhite Ivory #HC-36. (via AMDG Architects)


23. Reading Space. A reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves encircling the space. Plush cushions on the floor provide a comfortable spot for lounging, reading, and napping. (via DEFT.SPACE)


24. Scandinavian Reading Nook. This adorable kid’s nook features a hanging swing. The hanging chair is the Coco Hanging Chair from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs. A similar rattan chair can be found here. A plush throw pillow and a small bookshelf complete the look. (via Hide & Sleep Interior Design)


25. Bedroom Window Nook. A cozy window seat in the bedroom frames Northern California seaside views. A restful spot at the end of the day to stare out the window and watch the sunset, daydream and curl up with a good book. (via Malcolm Davis Architecture)


26. Bay Window Nook. An idyllic spot to curl up with a good read. The layers of cozy textures will keep you warm on a cold winter’s day. This charming home is in England. (via Reddit)


27. Wood-Framed Nook. This cabin-inspired window nook features a cozy daybed for reading and napping. This design would work well in an office, guest bedroom, living room, or hallway. The modern three-dimensional Moravian star fixture is the perfect accent for this inviting space. (via Cloth & Kind)


28. Mountain Home Window Nook. This welcoming window nook can be found in a transitional mountain home in Truckee, California. (via The SANDBOX Studio)


29. Relaxing Window Seat With A View. A small window seat is integrated next to a bookshelf for an intimate place to curl up with a good read. (via Marcy Black Simpson, architectural designs by Richard Holman)


30. Dream Balcony/Reading Nook. This design is super unique and possibly impractical for most to achieve this look due to the elements. A sunroom would help to protect the books and give the same indoor/outdoor vibe. (via Reddit)


31. A Cozy Reading Corner. This look can be achieved in any corner of your home, preferably near a window for natural light and a view. All you need is some simple Ikea bookshelves and a relaxing chair or chaise lounge that you can feel comfortable hanging out in for a few hours. Placing a braided jute pouf or side table next to your chair is the perfect spot to leave your latest novel and perhaps your favorite beverage. (via @marzena.marideko)


32. Library Window Nook. An off-grid mountain homestead in Loveland, Colorado features this cozy book nook. Walls of books and a window with a view are the perfect recipe for a cozy reading nook. (via Highcraft Builders)


33. Cozy Attic Window. A small nook in an attic window can use some DIY touches to transform it into a comfortable reading space. Add a small daybed mattress and wrap a cozy comforter or blanket around it. Add some throw pillows and some string lights for ambiance. The perfect spot to curl up during the cooler seasons! (via @marzena.marideko)


34. A Little Hobbit Nook. A reading (or napping) nook with a porthole view of the Texas woods. If you find this space charming, it is also for rent on Airbnb called “Live Oak Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm”. (via Reddit)


35. Inviting Window Nook. This is the perfect place to curl up with a good book and read the winter months away! (via @grace_start)


36. Vertical Shiplap. The vertical shiplap wall treatment adds wonderful coziness to this compact reading nook. The pillows were sourced from HomeGoods. (via Wildflower Home Blog)


37. Wood Window Bench. Located in Cushing, Maine, this living room window seat frames the woodsy views. The wood bench takes advantage of the deep window sill and matches the framing around the window. (via DEMO Architects)

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April White
4 months ago

What wonderful inspiration! I have a trip coming up to Texas, so I am going to see about renting that Air bib with the delightful hobbit like book nook! I am in a new house & now have plenty of great ideas for my book nook. Thanks!