27+ Reading Nook Ideas For Kids With DIY Tutorials

teenage girl teepee reading nook

Watching kids read in the 21-st-century, full of digital distractions, makes me feel good. I never loved reading up until recent years, when a good read in an enjoyable and undistracted setting became a necessity.

QUICK NOTE: This collection contains DIY reading nooks for kids (window reading nook) and photos of complete reading corner ideas.

To encourage your children to read in 2020 you would do anything possible to minimize distractions and let them enjoy a good story. If you are looking for inspiring reading nook ideas for kids, then let’s check out a selection of some creative and fun reading nook concepts for kids from all over the world.

DIY Reading Nook Ideas For Every Child

A lot of projects listed here won’t break your bank if you are willing to take things in your skilful hands and let your inner kid’s imagination out. Find the one you like and follow provided easy step-by-step tutorials. Feeling like making it a family project? Easy! Make your favourite reading space with your child while having fun learning new skills together. Even a little bit of your effort creating a special and unique reading space can inspire your child to enjoy reading.

As a parent myself, to make the best out of your reading nook idea, I recommend starting with the most important things – listening and observing your child’s preferences. Unleash your imagination and creativity, and get ready to have fun.

Let it Shine – The Importance of Natural Light

naturally lit kids room

To promote a healthy indoor environment every kid’s room needs a proper amount of natural light coming in. Numerous scientific studies show that natural light has a significant impact on our mental, physical health and academic performance. Based on the extended analysis of the European investigative surveys, experts discovered that in most cases students who study in classrooms with larger windows facing south perform better on logic and mathematical tests.

There are several ways to improve your child’s wellbeing by bringing more natural light into the room. Examine your options according to your budget and the type of your home to see what will make more sense. Perhaps replacing that old window or making it bigger will offer the best results. See if adding a skylight or a couple of solar tubes fits your requirements. When it comes to your child’s mental and physical health such an improvement will be worth the investment.

Simple Reading Nooks For Kids

Along with a brand new room, a minimalistic lifestyle can bring many other benefits such as enhanced focus and improved organizational skills. Most of the following projects take anywhere from $25 to $500 to complete depending on complexity, the number of tools and materials involved – except for the very last one on the list 😉 Making a simple yet comfy reading space by using repurposed cushions and furniture, adventurous DIYers will have more financial advantages than parents looking for ready-to-go solutions.

Let your imagination lead the way.

Reading Corner Ideas for Kids

simple reading corner

Check out this step-by-step tutorial provided by Jonny Builds who will demonstrate How to Build an Awesome Reading Nook With Book Storage

While I strongly suggest reading Jonny’s article and subscribing to his YouTube channel, here’s how’s the final result should look like

Reading Nook With Book Storage

And here’s full video:

Pick a spot where you want to place repurposed cushions, an oversized pillow or a comfy bean bag for your young reader. Make one of the walls stand out by painting with a contrasting colour, or simply add a texture. If you don’t mind spending a little extra time on the project, then add a few bookshelves around the reading area. Look for appealing wall decals by browsing through one of your local home improvement stores. For more encouraging decal ideas, check online on Etsy and Amazon. The nice thing about the simplified setup is that you can involve your children. Working on home projects together improves family bonding, teaches youngsters new skills, boosts creativity and confidence in their own abilities.

simple DIY reading corner for kids preview

Watching this step-by-step video tutorial below please make sure to use wall anchors to make your shelves practical and last longer.

Here are a few more simple reading corner design ideas for you:

simple reading nook ideas for kids

bean bag reading nook ideas for kids

Canopy Reading Nook Ideas For Boys & Girls

canopy reading area for kids

Tents, canopies, and teepees work great for novice readers ages 6 and under. It’s a favourable multipurpose addition to every child’s room that serves as a hideout for role-playing as well as reading space. While you can always buy a canopy on Amazon, there are also fun DIY ways of creating a happy space for your child. A passionate problem solver Carrie offers a step-by-step guide on How to Make a DIY No-Sew Kids’ Play Canopy Tent… in an hour.

That’s right!
Just one hour.

Here’s how her ready-to-use DIY canopy reading nook looks like

DIY canopy reading nook play area

You can also browse through ready-to-buy canopies on Etsy or Amazon. Here are a few ideas for your boy or girl.

canopy kids reading nook
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canopy reading nook for kids

tent reading nook for kids

Teepee Reading Nook Ideas For Boys & Girls

teepee reading nooks

Another great example of a creative approach with around $25 budget by Tanya Memme – momtrepreneur and DIY expert from TanyaMemme.com

DYI teepee reading nook idea with instructions

All you’ll need to build this colourful teepee nook is 6 pieces of 8 ft. wood, twine, tacks, glue, fabric, drill and nails.

Watch the video of the building process below. For your convenience, it starts at 2:27

Papasans Reading Nook Ideas For Kids

papasan reading area

A Papasan chair, also known as bowl chair, came to North America around the 1950’s from Asia. Apparently, it was and still is common in the Philippines and Japan. Today every book lover from all over the world can’t resist a comfy Papasan chair. I know I can’t.

comfortable papasan reading chair
Photo courtesy of homedit.com
bunk beds kids room papasan chair
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Creative Reading Nooks For Kids

Transform an old unused fireplace in your living room into a reading space for your children. Prioritizing precious moments with your kids over personal extra comfort will help to bring your family together again and again. This is another worthwhile family activity to spark fruitful discussions and adopt rewarding habits. I’m absolutely in agreement with Emily Henson on this, our children’s warm memories are very important.

fireplace reading nook for kids
Photo courtesy of Emily Henson, London-based interior stylist

This cozy kids’ bedroom DIY reading nook was created by a wrangler of chaos, a thrifter of all the things and a tireless mom of 5, Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House. Before jumping to the step-by-step building guide, look at some photos of the complete project. Here you’ll find FULL DIY Instructions for Kids’ Bedroom Reading Nook. The series of photos with a complete

DIY wooden reading Nook
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Smith – AtCharlottesHouse.com
charlottes diy reading nook for kids
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Smith – AtCharlottesHouse.com
wooden diy reading nook
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Smith – AtCharlottesHouse.com

“Problems are always the best inspiration.” Ignited by everyday challenges, an Italian couple Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari from Milan built their creative studio, Nobody & Co., and dedicated themselves to designing unique home items like Bibliochaise.

bookshelf reading chair

Here’s what happens when daring DIYers armed with tools and building materials adopt the bookshelf design. There are no limitations to creativity and everyone is welcome to come up with his or her own modifications. Personally, I like rounded shapes. Softly rounded chair corners are safer for the whole family.

diy bookshelf reading chair
Photo courtesy of Lee K
diy bookshelf reading chair with drawer
Photo courtesy of Mart Lehtmets

Feeling adventurous already? So, what are you waiting for?
Go for it!

Join the army of DIYers and try to build your own bookshelf chair by following this step-by-step tutorial by Darko K. You are free to make your own modifications to add your own unique ideas to your creation.

blue diy bookshelf chair
Photo courtesy of Darko K

This one-of-a-kind bookshelf chair called “Sunflower Chair,” was designed by He Mu and Zhang Qian from Shanghai University of Engineering Science. This fascinating model won the Redtory Design Award of the fifth “Design for Sitting” Grand Prix Exhibition.

sunflower chair with book shelves
Sunflower Chair designed by He Mu and Zhang Qian

This UK-based, creative company specializes in library furniture and came up with this futuristic design or the reading chair for kids. Will you dare to tackle this DIY project to create this brilliant idea?

futuristic reading chair for kids
Photo courtesy of Opening the Book
futuristic reading nook
Photo courtesy of Opening the Book

If you feel a little handy, combine elements in one playing area.

wooden nook
Photo courtesy of bitmellow.com
kids reading nook idea
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Reding Nook Ideas For ‘Tweens’ and Teens

When my kid’s reading level evidently improved, not only the reading spectrum became broader but his reading space preferences. Often times I’d notice his craving for bigger windows and cozy window seats. Can’t blame him for it.

Window Bench Seat / Reading Nook

This medium-to-advanced level DIY window bench seat reading nook project was made by Jenna and Lucas from Jenna Sue Design. It offers another fun place for the whole family and adds value to your home. Follow their thorough step-by-step window bench seat building guide and see how it turns out. Replacing the window they added extra thin insulation to improve energy efficiency.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you decide to replace a window yourself, do thorough research to avoid air leaks that can create the perfect condition for ice on windows during winter and overall loss of energy efficiency throughout the year.

You can DM Lucas at @lucasleblanc if you have specific questions about their approach. As Jenna said, “…he’d be happy to answer your DMs.”

Window Bench Seat reading nook DIY result

DIY Window Bench Seat reading nook

Unused space by the window can become an awesome cozy reading nook for all ages. In our future posts, we’ll collect fascinating reading nook ideas for the whole family.

reading nook by the window

Coolest Reading Nook Ideas for Kids

And last but not least.

This is one of the most fascinating themed designs for kids’ rooms I’ve ever seen. It was built by Steve Kuhl from Minnesota. Not only kids but adults would love to explore this pirate ship. I would! Enjoy the intricate details of this epic project and don’t forget to share this post with someone who’s looking for inspiration and guidance.

pirate ship reading nook idea for kids

pirate ship reading nook idea

kids reading nook

DIY kids reading nook

DIY kids reading nook

DIY kids reading nook

Creating a personalized reading space for your child can become a fun and memorable project for the whole family. Even a beginner level DIYer will be able to tackle some of the simple ideas collected in this article. Think of the reading space that your child would love to visit more frequently. Get an idea, evaluate your expertise and resources, decide on the level of your involvement. And act! There are a lot of ready-to-buy reading nooks and their elements out there. And there’s nothing wrong with that because the main goal is to stimulate your child’s desire to read more.

FAQs about Reading Space for Kids

Do you have some leftovers from your home renovation that could potentially be used in building a reading space for your child? If you’re leaning towards DIYing your reading nook, then the following answers will get you started right. Depending on the project’s complexity it is recommended to plan out the details.

What reading space project complexity is recommended to build for a novice DIYer?

If you have minimum to none DIY experience in building and handling power tools, go for a simple corner nook like a canopy or tent. Use paint or wall decals to decorate the corner of your choice. Throw a couple of bean bags or pillows on the floor. Put a small bookcase that may also work as a privacy wall.

How to Create a Perfect Reading Nook?

  • Find a spot, preferably off the main house traffic and with a source of natural light. A corner or a window will work well.
  • Depending on the chosen spot, decide what type of nook you’d like to build.
  • Reserve a space for a bookshelf or book storage.
  • Decide on a shape and type of the seating.
  • Find balance decorating your nook to minimize distractions.
  • Let your creative self out.

How do I decorate my corner nook area?

  • Pick colours that compliment each other
  • Consider using wall decals
  • Add Pictures
  • Choose bean bags or l-shape corner seat
  • Utilize space for wall or floor book shelves
  • Add more lighting to the reading space

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