If you are looking for cozy booknook decor ideas, you have come to the right place. Below I share what a booknook is, where you can put a booknook, what you put in a booknook, special ideas for children’s booknooks and finally, a gallery of 101+ booknooks for inspiration.
FAQs About Booknooks
What is a booknook?
A booknook is a small and cozy area in your home that you transform into the ultimate reading space. It is much smaller and cozier than a home office or home library.
Where can you put a booknook?
Some great places for a booknook are on a window seat, under stairs, in a closet, in a corner, in a hallway and in an alcove:
On a window seat
A window seat is a perfect location for a booknook. They are cozy, just the right size and have great lighting and views.
Placing a booknook in the space underneath stairs is an effective use of what is usually unused space, and it adds such interesting architectural detail to your home. It’s something everyone will comment on.
In a closet
Do you have an unused or oddly sized closet? Take the door off the hinges and turn it into a booknook. I especially like this idea for a child who wants a special space to hide away.
In a corner
While “nobody puts baby in a corner,” if you are low on space, the good news is that you can still allocate one small corner of a room as a booknook.
In a hallway
A hallway that has some space to it, which may otherwise be awkward or unused, is another great place for a booknook, and it will also add some warmth to a space that can often be more cold and efficient.
In an alcove
An alcove is just about as good as it gets for a booknook. What are you waiting for?!
I shared more places to put a booknook to make it your own on Apartment Guide.
What do you put in a booknook?
The first and most important element of a booknook is books! You can use books for style or function or both in your booknook. Stack them from the floor to the ceiling, display them on the walls, or even just store your current read there for the next time you will pick it back up.
If you want to add some book-related picture books to define the area, I recommend:
While bookshelves aren’t a “must” in a booknook, it’s a great place to put them. Besides making for efficient book storage, they define the space as one for reading and add the coziness of your favorite library or independent bookstore. Built-ins look fantastic in booknooks, but if you don’t or can’t have them, here are a options I like:
- Open shelving (I have similar ones and love them!)
- Floating “invisible” wall bookshelves
- “Invisible” Spine Book Tower
- Wood floor bookshelf with 8 tiers (and a tabletop option)
- Industrial bookshelves (I have similar ones and love them!)
- Rolling book cart (I have this specific one in beige and love it!)
- Children’s book display wall shelves (and a floor option) (and a reading nook option)
A Comfortable Chair or Daybed
You simply must have a comfortable place to read in your booknook, whether it be a chair (with or without an ottoman) or a daybed. This black watch plaid chair is on my personal wish list.
Pillows add to the comfortable look and feel of a booknook, as they make you want to curl right up and read. The best places to get quality pillows for low prices are HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx (Yes, you can shop online!) and Marshall’s.
I simply can’t read without a blanket. They allow you to easily spend lots of time in your booknook while feeling warm and toasty, and they offer a sense of peacefulness that is characteristic of reading books. The best places to get quality blankets for low prices are HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s.
Related post: My full review of the ChappyWrap blanket.
You simply must have the right lighting for reading in your booknook. However, you can be really creative with lighting in your own booknook. Perhaps a ceiling light, sconce, small chandelier or even a lighted bookmark will work for you.
Some other accessories you may want to consider including in your booknook are:
- a side table (I love this specific small gold side table, which comes in many color options)
- a tv (I love the Samsung Frame TV which appears as art on the wall)
- a candle (I have this specific book themed candle and it’s divine).
Booknook Ideas for Kids & Toddlers
Booknooks designed for people under 18 are especially fun and offer so many opportunities to be creative. Here a few booknook ideas for babies, toddlers, children and teens:
Photo Gallery of 101+ Cozy Booknooks
Those are 101+ cozy booknook decor ideas. Pin this post to Pinterest because you can refer back to it when you are redecorating!