How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

July 22, 2015

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

Everyone knows reading with children and nurturing a love of literature from an early age is one of the best things parents can do for their little ones. There are numerous benefits, including a higher aptitude for learning, better speech and communication skills and enhanced concentration.

Carving out a dedicated space for reading is a beautiful way to show children just how important it really is. Creating somewhere that's cosy, comfortable and quiet will hopefully encourage them to lose themselves in the imaginary worlds contained within the pages of their favourite books.

It's also a great way to incorporate a peaceful 'chill out zone' into your child's room, perfect for helping them wind down before bed or wake up slowly after their afternoon nap.

The expert team at Gigi Brooks HQ has created a number of beautiful reading corners for clients all over the world. From quirky bespoke bookcases in the shape of a tree to more traditional pieces of furniture that ooze elegance and style, we definitely know how to pull off the perfect book nook! Read on to discover some of our top tips...

1. Be creative!

If your child isn’t usually the first to pick up a book, inspire them with the space you're creating. Incorporating your child’s personality into the storage itself will help foster a special space that feels unique to them. Our bookcase bridge or custom built book tree are perfect for making a reading corner feel truly magical. Unlike anything they'll have ever seen before, your child will want to return to their book nook again and again.

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

2. Clever Storage

If space is an issue, use clever furniture that will work double duty for you. Something like our Mariella Hand-Painted Chest of Drawers/Storage Unit combines open storage and drawers to give your child the best of both worlds.

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

3. Timeless Pieces

Think about how a bookcase will grow with your child as they get older. What might start out as a decorative place for teddies and toys can soon graduate to holding reading materials. Over time, it will no doubt come to house their most beloved books.

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

4. Keep it comfy and cosy!

Start by considering how your child likes to sit when they read. Why not try beanbags so they can lie down to enjoy their favourite book or, if the room lends itself more to a chair, we have a wonderful range. Our beautiful upholstered chairs are sized perfectly for little ones and can be produced in a range of fabrics and piping options. Asking your child to choose their favourite colours will leave them excited to receive the chair they ‘designed’. You'll soon find yourself struggling to persuade them to sit anywhere else!

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

5. Nurture their creativity

Feed their imagination with inspirational artwork on the walls; whether you choose a sweet, simple message designed to let them know they're loved or words from a favourite book or song, we have many beautiful options and can always create something truly unique just for you.

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

6. Good lighting

Lighting is important for both atmosphere and ease of reading. A bespoke made reading lamp is another way to inject a little of your child’s personality into the space. We have many wonderful options that can be customised for your little one, shop the collection here.

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

7. A Reading Companion

We think a knitted friend is a must and children absolutely love our collection of Blabla Dolls. While they huddle and cuddle their new companion, your little one can practice reading aloud. Why not throw in a beautiful personalised blanket for snuggle time too?

How to Create a Children's Reading Corner or Book Nook

The Gigi Brooks team would be happy to assist you in creating the perfect reading corner or book nook for your child. Read more about our Bespoke Services, contact the Customer Services team on +44 (0)1507 608 251 or email customerservices@gigibrooks.com.

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