Reading Nooks to Add in a Renovation

Make sure you have a place to relax after those home renovation projects.

Adding another task to your renovation wish list may seem like a no-go, but what if it's a simple project that utilizes unused space and creates a special place for some much-needed R&R? Now we're talking! Instead of sending your carpenter away after framing and trim work, we suggest putting their skills to use to get your dream reading nook along with your newly revamped home. Whether it's by the windows where you can keep an eye on the kids or up in the attic for a little peace and quiet, a carpenter can help you get the reading nook you've been waiting for. Before you know it, you'll have brand-new built-ins that make the most of those small spaces.

Window Renovations Welcome a New Nook

Window replacement may seem less exciting than a new kitchen or a freshly updated master bathroom, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of stopping at new windows, consider adding a nook that will give you a place to soak up the sun or read during the rain. A large picture or a bay window installation will provide the perfect opportunity to have a carpenter install a built-in bench that pairs with the rest of your home. If you're looking for a place to store some extra blankets or hide a stray board game, consider adding a bench with secret storage underneath.

Get the Look with a Window Nook

Add to Your Attic Addition

Are you clearing out the cobwebs and transforming your attic into usable space? If so, a reading nook might be the perfect addition to your attic renovation. If you're looking for a cozy and quiet space to dive into your favorite mystery or romance novel, an attic reading nook is any book lover's dream.

Better Home & Gardens Tip: Make the most of the space and design flexibility offered in your attic. Don't stop at a basic reading nook—turn your space into a personal library with wall-to-wall shelves, or add a desk for the perfect office area. Remember, the beauty of having a carpenter install built-ins is that the woodwork can be customized to your space, needs, and preferences. Don't be afraid to explore your creative side to get the reading nook of your dreams.

Make the Most of Your Attic

Don't Ignore Stair Space

With all of the tasks that come with a home remodel, it can be easy to miss out on using some smaller spaces, like beneath the stairs. This area is the perfect little hideaway to settle down with your favorite read or movie. Changing up the area underneath the stairs may require a little extra work, especially if the space is blocked by a wall, but if your house is already under construction for renovation, why not go for it? Common ideas to dress up this reading nook are framing it with wood, adding a few built-in shelves for books and your favorite decorations, and adding a comfy cushion as a final touch.

Use Stair Landing Space for a New Nook

Switchback stairs are a lovely alternative to straight stairs, but they often take up precious square footage—especially in small homes. Instead of letting the landing space go to waste, try taking back the space and adding a custom-sized built-in bench. This is a great way to transform what was once an awkward and unused space into a loved hang out spot.

Better Homes & Garden Tip: Don't get left in the dark! Nooks in smaller or hidden spaces, like under the stairs, can benefit from a little added light or an outlet if tech time is your ideal way to use the space. While your electrician is lighting the rest of the renovation, have them add a few fixtures to complement your nook.

Change Up Your Stair Space


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