7 ways to turn unused space in to a nifty nook or hip hideaway

From reading, working or even hiding from the family, a cosy nook is currently the coolest place to be (or not be) seen these days...

Who remembers being small and whiling away many an afternoon hidden from the world under a blanket; flashlight on, reading and re-reading your favourite comic or book?

Well, these days things have moved on a peg or two and dedicated ‘reading nooks’ have become all the rage! The purposeful spaces are tucked neatly away, usually somewhere discrete and made cosy with cushions, blankets and plenty of reading material.

Take a look at these inspirational spaces to get you in the mood to create your own hideaway that’s perfect for taking some down time to relax…

A place for daydreaming

Could this sanctuary be any more idyllic? The cosy bench has been jam-packed with colourful and eclectic cushions next to a beautiful rustic window, which will allow plenty of light. Bright floor-to-ceiling curtains will give you the privacy you need. Why not store your books in a wicker basket to keep the country style going?

A hallway haven

Usually used simply for through traffic and coats, a hallway is a great place to add an additional nook as it can be a little removed from your main living zones. This modern storage bench with fresh green cushions has the benefit of a built-in library to emphasise the purpose.

No grown ups allowed

All kids love a place to call their own and a permanent tent in the bedroom is an easy and cost-effective way to achieve this. A wigwam encourages imaginitve play and looks enchanting. Fill it with cushions, soft toys or even LED safe fairy lights.

Bedroom Bliss

This sophisticated space has been cleverly created between a pair of fitted wardrobes. The cushioned seat neatly holds books underneath. The nook is blended into the room scheme with bold yellow fabric that matches the stylish headboard.

Up in the attic

Attics and eaves have slanting ceilings which are perfect for creating an enclosed atmosphere. Cover an old sofa or day bed with a faux fur throw and oversized cushions. We love how this nook has a bewitching display of leaves and fairy lights to resemble camping out under the stars.

Garden Getaway

Create the perfect workspace away from the main house by setting up a hideaway in your garden shed. Even if it is a small space, ensure it still feels light and airy by painting the interior wood a pale and bright colour.

Easy peasy comfort

If you don’t have the space or budget to build a nook, place a comfy chair in any corner, cover it with the softest blanket you can find and stack a pile of your favourite books within easy reach, make yourself a cuppa and you won’t want to leave.

Need some cushions and blankets to make your nook snug as a bug? Take a look at our shopping channel to find the gorgeous soft furnishings that fit your style.


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