How To Set Up A Reading Room

It's true that the big thing in homes today is the room that holds a big screen television, an elaborate sound system, and seating that makes you feel like you're in a theater. However, if you love to read and study, or if you love peace and quiet, then you can follow some pretty easy steps to set up a lovely reading room.

Designate The Room - If you're fortunate enough to have a room that can serve only as a place to have quiet time, go for it. However, even if you don't have this luxury, you can adapt your own bedroom or your guest room to fit your needs.

  • The Reading Room - If you're preparing a room that will be used only for reading and studying, start with the furniture. Go for comfort! A sofa where you can stretch out is a good choice. Another idea is a recliner, or a chair with an ottoman. Select occasional tables that will hold a reading lamp, a phone, the books you are reading and space for a drink or snack dish. Instead of a traditional desk with drawers, consider adding a lovely table with enough space for writing and for reference books. Choose attractive floor to ceiling shelves that will hold plenty of books and, perhaps, some framed photos and collectibles, just to add a personal touch to the room. If children will be using the room, bean bag chairs are perfect for them.
  • The Shared Room - If you're using a bedroom, you'll need to invent space. Consider eliminating chests of drawers and putting storage space in your closet. If your reading room is doubling as a guest room, one good choice would be to have a sofa bed or a futon instead of a full-size bed. Again, you'll want to select comfortable chairs, like rocking chairs. A shelf for books and a small desk for writing will complete your furniture needs. Designate a comfy rug for little ones who want to spend reading time with you, too.

The Window Treatment - Now that you've gotten the furniture all figured out, complete your reading room with the right window coverings. Wood blinds can be perfect for reading because they let the light in exactly how you want it. Depending on the decor of the room, you can choose from soft eggshell white to stark white, or any color of wood, from the lightest blond to dark brown. Wooden blinds are also very easy to care for. Just dust them as you would furniture. After time has passed, there might be fingerprints; just use a soft cleanser and a damp rag to give them a more thorough cleaning. Talk to a company like Aero Shade Co. Inc. for more ideas about selecting blinds to use for a reading room.

Congratulations on your new room, and happy reading!