How To Design a Reading Room

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If you want to pursue a resolution to read more, then you need a comfortable, well-lit spot where you can settle in for hours. Try these three decorating tips to create the perfect reading room. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small apartment or a mansion, you can make your reading room feel like the nicest spot in your home.

Make sure you have just enough light

Too much or too little light can take a toll on your eyes during long sessions with a book. Since devoted readers might pick up a book during the daytime and put it down well after dark, you should look for options that let you adjust how much artificial light you have in your reading room.

Try choosing lamps with more than one bulb. During the day, you might only need one bulb. At night, you can turn on extras to reduce the strain on your eyes.

It also makes sense to think about the kind of lightbulb you use. A low-watt bulb will force your eyes to work hard. That can lead to dryness and irritability. Too much wattage, though, can wash out text on the book’s pages. That also makes your eyes work harder.

Choose comfortable seating

A comfortable chair or couch will keep help you read for hours without getting a stiff neck. You have plenty of options when it comes to comfortable seating. The one that you choose depends on personal preference and the amount of money in your budget.

In general, you shouldn’t choose an overly plush seat. They tend to lack the support that your back needs. After a couple of hours, they could leave you feeling sore and uncomfortable.

At the same time, most people avoid chairs that don’t offer any cushion. It doesn’t take long before a hard wooden seat leaves your rump sore.

Look for affordable options that fall somewhere in between. When you visit a furniture store, feel free to sit on anything that catches your eye. Stretch out into your favorite reading position to make sure you spend your money on furniture that feels comfortable to you.

Decorate for privacy

Choose decorations that do more than make your reading room look nice. Some decorations can make your room more private, giving you a place where you can read undisturbed by the rest of the world, your family, or noisy neighbors.

Thick drapes and curtains come in handy when you want to block the sunlight or prevent people from seeing into your home at night. Sunlight is usually good for reading, but direct light can create a glare on the page that makes it nearly impossible to see the words.

You can also decorate the walls with heavy fabrics. These textiles add colors that make your room more inviting. They can also absorb sound so that it doesn’t interfere with your private time.

With the right lighting, furniture, and decorations, your reading room can become a respite from the rest of the world. What decorating ideas have you found useful? Have you ever tried a decoration that did not work well for you?

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.