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Outdoor Reading Nook: Things to consider when creating your perfect outdoor reading space

October 11, 2022 2 min read

Outdoor Reading Nook: Things to consider when creating your perfect outdoor reading space

While many people prefer to read indoors there are those who love the great outdoors and may prefer to read outside instead. The familiarity of an indoor reading nook may be appealing but have you ever considered creating one outdoors? If you haven’t considered it, now is the perfect time to do so. When doing so there a few key factors to consider, these range from finding the most ideal location to choosing the perfect lighting.

Other elements to take into account are the furniture, décor and seating. In an outdoor setting there are many factors that can interrupt your reading sessions, when choosing the ideal location, you should consider a spot where you get enough sunlight to be able to read well but not to the extent where the glare of the sun impacts upon your reading. Ideal areas to opt for creating your reading space are your garden, patio or even your balcony area.


You can incorporate items such as room dividers to counteract the glare of the sun’s rays if needed. In addition to this, you would need to ensure that this space is one where you would encounter minimal interruptions and if you’re going to be using it during the day or night. Lighting is integral in our everyday lives, not only does it improve moods but also makes it easier to accomplish our everyday tasks. When selecting your lighting for your reading nook you would need to consider a light source that would provide ample lighting for your reading space. If you prefer to read in the evenings a side lamp, floor lamp or a lantern would be an ideal choice.


Once your most essential factors are taken care of, you can focus on other elements that can elevate your outdoor reading nook. Seating arrangements can vary according to the space you have available and the number of people using the reading corner. If you have a small space available a combination of an occasional chair and an ottoman would make for great support and comfortable seating. If you have a large space available, occasional chairs or even a corner sofa would be ideal and can be complemented by an ottoman or two, this would be ideal if you have occasional book club meets, as it allows for the perfect conversational setting. You can add to the aesthetic appeal of your seating area by adding a vibrant throw onto your seats.


Your décor says a lot about who you are and allows you to express yourself however you wish. There are various decorative items that you could use to amplify your outdoor reading nook, these range from coffee tables and pedestals, to rugs and even faux greenery if you would like to accentuate your reading space and give it a more natural look.


One of the perks of having an outdoor reading nook is that there are no limitations to how it can be styled and used, you can transform it into whatever you want it to be. This is an excellent space if you’re having a small gathering with friends or family or just need a place to escape to after a long day.