How to Create a Cozy Mom Reading Nook: 11 Must-Have Items!

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Picture this: a peaceful corner of your home, bathed in soft, warm light, a seating area of plush cushions, surrounded by your favorite books.

Doesn’t that sound delightful? As moms, we’re so busy managing household chores and taking care of our families that we forget to carve out moments of tranquility and self-care for ourselves. A cozy reading nook can be a special place for you to recharge and escape into the pages of a captivating book, either alone or with your spouse for a relaxing at-home date night idea. You will learn how to create your own relaxing reading retreat in this blog post on how to create a cozy mom reading nook.

I’ll explore every step of the process, from choosing the coziest furnishings and adding personal touches that make it uniquely yours. This is your opportunity to create a space that nurtures your well-being, sparks your imagination, and celebrates your love for reading.

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What is a cozy mom reading nook?

A cozy mom reading nook is a special place in your home – whether it’s a small corner or an entire room – that is considered your own space. It’s a place that is designed for the sole purpose of reading and relaxation, where you can curl up with an engaging book or a favorite magazine. The goal is to provide a retreat, where you can escape from the daily grind. Starting your day in your mom reading nook can also be a great addition to morning routines for moms.

A reading nook typically consists of comfortable seating, soft lighting, and additional accessories like a pillow and blankets that help you relax. A cozy mom reading nook is a space that is designed to help you feel calm and at peace, where you can easily focus on getting some reading done.

Reading is one of my favorite self-care tips for busy moms – whether I’m reading on my Kindle or an actual book. It’s hard to completely escape when reading in the family room with my kids running around causing trouble. If you are an avid reader like me, I encourage you to set up a reading nook just for yourself in your home.

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How to Create a Cozy Mom Reading Nook – 11 Must-Haves!

1. Comfortable seating

One of the most important items for your cozy mom reading nook is comfortable seating! A well cushioned chair, chaise lounger, or bean bag chair are great options. A place where you could sink down and feel completely relaxed. If you’re comfortable then it will be much easier to focus on your book.

2. Foot rest

I need to put my feet up to really relax. My feet and legs get so tired running around during the day that I can’t wait to put them up when it’s time for some “me time”. An ottoman or foot pouf are nice objects to put your feet on while reading.

3. Lighting

Another must-have for a cozy mom reading nook is good lighting. If you can’t be by a window with lots of natural light, a tall floor lamp or table lamp can provide some soft lighting to make it easier to read.

4. End table

An end table or coffee table is another must-have for your cozy mom reading nook. Imagine curling up with your favorite book but having no place to put down your cup of tea or glass of wine! You will definitely want a spot nearby to put down any drinks, snacks or other small items.

5. Book Storage

I know when I sit down to get some reading done I like to have easy access to my books, so a bookcase will really come in handy for a cozy mom reading nook. Books can also be so pretty to look at – all the different cover colors – so it’s nice to be able to store all your books where you plan to read if space allows. If space is an issue then a book tree can be a great option.

6. Blanket

Curling up under a blanket is so comforting for me. Even if the weather is warm I like to have a blanket over my legs when I’m trying to relax. A regular soft blanket is great if you just want to cover your legs but if you want your whole body covered a Comfy is a great option!

7. Cushions

Cushions can help support your back or provide more comfort if you want to recline while reading. You can get a lumbar pillow or a reading pillow. I know I want to be very comfortable if I’m planning to read for a long time.

8. Plants

A beautiful plant can be a nice item to add to your cozy mom reading nook. Green is a calming color so a plant can really help you relax. I love looking at plants, even if I forget to water them! An artificial plant is a great addition for your reading nook if you are like me and don’t have a green thumb.

9. Candles

Candles are another must-have for your cozy mom reading nook to help provide relaxation. Lavender is such a calming scent, or choose a candle in a different scent that you love. These library collection candles are also perfect for a reading nook!

10. Sound machine

If you need help tuning out outside noises while reading, a sound machine is a must-have for your cozy mom reading nook. The Douni white noise machine is a great option and offers 24 calming sounds.

11. Books!

Last but not least, likely the most important must-have for your cozy mom reading nook is a book (or two)! Are you a fiction lover? Elin Hilderbrand is my favorite author. You really can’t go wrong with one of her books. Swan Song is her newest release. I can’t wait to read it.

Do you prefer nonfiction? The Daddy Diaries by Andy Cohen is one of my favorite nonfiction books that I have read recently.

Self-care books for moms are great options if you’re just looking to relate to other moms and feel less alone. One of my favorite self-care books for moms is The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd.

Even better, get yourself a Kindle. I love my Kindle Paperwhite and take it just about everywhere. I love having an unlimited amount of books at my fingertips!

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Start your cozy mom reading nook journey.

I hope you’re feeling inspired and ready to create your very own cozy mom reading nook. Creating a dedicated space where you can escape into the world of books and unwind is a true gift to yourself as a mom.

Remember, your reading nook is a sanctuary designed to bring you joy and relaxation. Select colors, fabrics, and furniture that resonate with you. Fill your shelves with books that captivate you.

May this reading nook become your retreat, a place where you can escape the chaos of everyday life and immerse yourself in the magical world of books or answer mental health journaling prompts or journal for self-care. Let it be a reminder that taking moments for yourself is an act of self-care and an essential part of your well-being as a mom.

Here’s to many blissful hours of reading, relaxation, and finding solace in your own cozy mom reading nook!

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