Setting up a cool reading corner for your child is one of the best ways to encourage them to read more.

Appealing to a child is the idea of having a cute, cozy, exciting private space where they can lose themselves into bookish adventures.

Cool reading corner makes your child wants to read more

Having a cool reading corner for themselves makes your child wants to read more (Source: flickr)

 

Fortunately, you don’t always have to spend a fortune to renovate a room to make it a safe and fun library for your child. A simple reading corner can be their paradise if you pay attention to the following principles.

Have it the way they want it

We all have our own opinion on what the interior design should be like and what furniture we should use – the “Ikea meltdown” exists for a reason.

However, when setting up the reading corner for your child, keep in mind that it is for them. It should be a place they enjoy spending time in. The reading corner should reflect their own taste and personal preferences, even if you don’t think it’s appealing.

That is not to say you shouldn’t have a say in how the corner is to be made. You can do the designing together. Let them plan the budget with you and even contribute their own money saved up. Give them suggestions when you think something of their choice could pose a problem later on.

Finally, let your child contribute in the “construction” and decoration of the reading corner. It is not only a good way to strengthen the family bond, but also for your child to practise working on projects and taking pride in what they do. Who doesn’t like spending time in a place that they took part in building?

Make it full of light

It’s important to make sure your child gets sufficient light in their nook. Improper lighting not only causes fatigue to their young eyes, but can potentially mess with their circadian rhythm.

If the place does not have enough light, your child will have trouble reading their books, and it’s very easy to feel sluggish and doze off. On the other hand, if the light is too bright and “cold” at night, they might experience difficulty falling asleep when bedtime comes.

The most ideal thing a reading corner can have is a broad window that allows a lot of natural light in. For reading at night, find a lamp with yellowish light to illuminate in the corner.

 

Good reading corner natural light

A good reading corner should allow natural light in (Source: Publicdomainpictures)

 

If natural light is not an option, however, find a ceiling light or a floor lamp with adjustable brightness and colour temperature. Set it at high intensity and high colour temperature during the day, so your child has bright light similar to daylight to stay fresh and alert. As the night sets in, dim the light a bit and change it to a warmer colour to make your child relax and fall asleep easier.

Preserve a spot for eye resting

While it can be pleasing for a parent to see their child spending hours enjoying their books, remember that the human eyes are not designed for looking at such close distance for too long. Make sure your child gives some relaxation to their eyes every once in a while by looking at something else at a further distance.

That’s why a window is so important – it offers some distraction from the book. Also, if there are trees, flowers and other greens outside, it could be a beautiful physical world for your child’s eyes and mind to wander in, as they get out from the bookish one.

If the reading area is in a small corner with no window, you can still manage by having it open to a larger space, such as the living room. This way, your child can apply the 20-20-20 rule (looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes) to relax their eyes.

Make sure there’s always fresh air

Ventilation is very easily overlooked, because it’s not something you can usually “see” immediately. However, it is as important to your kid’s reading room as it is to the entire house.

Sufficient oxygen and air movement in the reading area keeps your child’s mind clear and fresh. Meanwhile, a poorly ventilated room tends to have a concentrated amount of allergens such as pollen and dust. These irritants can cause allergies, affecting their health and consequently their ability to focus on the reading materials.

A nice way to freshen the air in a reading corner is to put in some leafy plants, such as golden pothos or English ivy. Make sure they are placed where daylight can reach them, or this will backfire, as they will be competing with your child for oxygen!

Add some exciting objects

A child’s home reading corner doesn’t have to look like a boring library – and sometimes you can bring it to a whole new level of coolness just by adding some unconventional objects in it.

 

Add some exciting objects reading corner

A reading corner doesn’t have to look boring! (Source: Bakufsa)

 

Brainstorm with your child to create a short list of what exciting things they want to have in the place. If space and budget allow, why not a mini loft with a stair or a rope to climb up and a slider to get down.  A comfy hanging chair is also a great choice for the reading corner, especially if space is limited.

 

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20 Comments

20 Comments on Five tips for setting up a cool reading corner for your child

  1. Rachel
    July 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm (12 months ago)

    Love the tips, my daughter loves story time so much!

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  2. Mummy Times Two
    July 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm (12 months ago)

    As an English teacher I love new ways to get children reading. Brilliant post, I particularly love the part about adding unusual objects x

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  3. Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes
    July 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm (12 months ago)

    The whole house was a potential reading zone with my first son. Everywhere I turned there was a pile of books. We probably needed a designated zone for him to save tripping over books!

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  4. simplysensationalfood
    July 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm (12 months ago)

    This sounds like a fabulous idea and a great way to encourage kids to read.

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  5. Cecilia Mari
    July 23, 2017 at 5:40 am (12 months ago)

    What a great and fun way to build a reading corner. It’s a perfect way to get to spend more time with your child and love that you let him take pride in it aswell 🙂

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  6. Mellissa Williams
    July 23, 2017 at 8:32 am (12 months ago)

    These are wonderful tips. Encouraging reading is so important to literacy skills.Getting lost in a great book is one of the luxuries of life

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  7. Jenni
    July 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm (12 months ago)

    These are great ideas! When I have my first child and they get a little older I want to make a little reading corner and make it all cosy!

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  8. Victoria Marden
    July 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm (12 months ago)

    We love reading in our house, my daughter has a princess bookcase with some cushions next to it. Her classroom for reception has such a nice reading area too x

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  9. Fashion Du Jour LDN
    July 23, 2017 at 4:11 pm (12 months ago)

    This is such a fab idea – a dedicated area with plenty of light and air to escape in a book sound like bliss, child or adult!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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  10. annalisanuttall
    July 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm (12 months ago)

    Aww I should do this for my niece. Though she more into colouring then reading but a quiet corner will do. xx

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  11. Lucy | Real Mum Reviews
    July 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm (12 months ago)

    I always dreamt of a house with a window seat for reading in! Still wishing!

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  12. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    July 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm (12 months ago)

    What a lovely idea and a fab way to encourage little ones to read! Getting kids involved in projects like this is always a great idea 🙂

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  13. Donah @ SJB
    July 25, 2017 at 1:18 pm (12 months ago)

    This is a nice idea! It would be a double motivation for them to read more!

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  14. kirstyralph13
    July 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm (12 months ago)

    What lovely tips and one I cannot wait to try when Mia is much older, I think it’s great to have a seperate space for reading as it gets children into a routine x

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  15. Rhian Westbury
    July 27, 2017 at 11:06 am (12 months ago)

    I’d have loved a reading corner as a kid as I was obsessed with reading so a special area would have been nice x

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  16. jenny
    July 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm (12 months ago)

    My children both have little reading nooks in their bedroom, I love that they are bookworms.

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  17. Helen
    July 31, 2017 at 9:04 am (12 months ago)

    I did this for both my kids when they were younger. They both had a gorgeous bean bag next to a bookshelf and I’d often find them with books all over the floor, even when they couldn’t really read, just turning pages and looking at pictures. It’s a lovely thing to create for them.

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  18. Laura stevens
    August 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm (11 months ago)

    Brilliant post. I’ve been wanting to sort a corner of my daughter’s bedroom just for reading. She loves books so it would be nice to give her a special space for reading x

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  19. geegardner
    August 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm (11 months ago)

    Fab tips! I really want to set one up for my eldest, this will come in handy!

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