Reading nooks, or a space of your own when you’re a child is a magical thing. It gives you a special place that is all your own to just be when you need some quiet. My oldest daughter occasionally wants space to relax away from her brothers and sisters, but told me her room is just too big sometimes.
When we painted Emma’s bedroom (robin egg blue) I took down the (hideous) floor to ceiling metal louvered closet door. I decided then that it would make a really lovely nook and painted the bottom portion a bright green. We didn’t use it as a nook though-we put a shelf and then a bookcase in the closet for storage.
On Sunday I was inspired to turn the closet from storage space into reading nook. We headed to Ikea to find a few things we needed (and give momma a little break while the kids played in SmalLand).
I picked up two things. A steel cable drapery rod ($14.99), and 2 floral panels that could be hemmed to size ($19.99).
When we came home we took time to remove the bookshelf, and all Emma’s belongings from the closet, and then cleaned up the floors and moved all her stuff around or out of her room.
I had the handy hubby hang up the steel drapery rod while I measured and hemmed the curtains with an iron. In my house this was a big event, I don’t think I’ve used my iron in more than a year. My 5 year old said “Hey, what’s that thing?! Oh yeah, I remember seeing that in the garage.” Clearly I win mother of the year just for ironing.
The process to iron on the hem was so easy I’m totally a convert to make my own curtain panels. Cheaper, easier, and you can make them to fit your space.
With the curtains completed, all that was left to do was hang them and decorate. It’s a great calming and relaxing spot for Emma that we can add to and change as she wants. We added a rug we already had which we’ll likely replace with a sheepskin from Ikea, and a small marble topped table and Emma’s favorite lamp.
I would love to add:
- plants or fake flowers
- possibly a small fishtank
- curtain hooks so she can pull back the curtains if she chooses
- her own art
Here’s the reading nook as it is today after just a short hour drilling and ironing.