As we grow old, the routine of our daily life puts a pause on all our hobbies. Day by day, time slips by us, but it all comes to a halt when we hit the 50s. After retirement, it seems like we have all the time in the world but nothing to do. On the contrary, it is the time when we can pursue our hobbies and passions that had been on hold. One hobby almost all of us have is reading books.
The legendary sci-fi author Stephen King once said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” We couldn’t agree more because books are a person’s best friend, always there to cheer you up when you feel down. They are a great source of escape. When reading a good story, you get transported to another place.
To enjoy a book, one must have a good reading space as well. Below is a guide on how to make a reading corner in your bedroom:
- Step 1: Get a comfy armchair and an ottoman.
You should always sit in a comfortable place while reading. Otherwise, you can’t enjoy the book no matter how amazing it is. Get a plush chair for your reading corner. Preferably one with arm rests so you can relax your muscles and be at ease while reading. Armchairs are better than wooden chairs because of their strong pelvic base and the support they give your back. Ottomans are a must have with your armchairs, as your need to prop your feet up on something. Some ottomans also come with small storage space which can serve as book storing area.
To make the reading experience cozier place a throw blanket on your armchair. You can also put a small pillow on your chair, that will be the perfect touch to your sitting space.
- Step 2: Buy a wooden side table.
Get a side table and place it beside your armchair. A side table is a compulsory accessory as it is useful for holding your beverages, books, and reading glasses. To give it a pleasant touch, put a small vase with some lovely flowers on it. Don’t get a big side table because it will hog all the space in your bedroom and won’t give a minimal look that a reading corner should have. The material of the side table should be wood and not plastic, because of two reasons: wood is heavy therefore it won’t topple over easily, and it is more durable than plastic.
- Step 3: Perfect lighting is the key.
Proper lighting is an essential feature of any reading nook because one just can’t read in the dark. Plus, improper lighting not only affects one’s reading ability, but it also hurts your sight. Therefore, your reading corner should be in a bright place. It must be near a window so that you will have a scenery to look at when you want to rest your eyes.
Floor lamps, preferably LED, are the ideal lighting source for a reading corner. Moreover, LED lights are more durable than incandescent bulbs. You can easily get the Brightech- SKY LED Torchiere gold floor lamp online as they are portable and don’t occupy much space.
- Step 4: Get/build a bookshelf.
We can’t just forget books while making a reading corner. It is better to have a book storage to avoid the clutter. Get an etagere or a small shelf and position it near your reading corner for maximum handiness. A wall mounted bookshelf (or floating bookshelf) is best suitable for this job as it is cost effective and makes cleaning easier.
You can decorate your reading space just the way you like because it is your haven.