How to transform an under-the-stairs space into a reading nook

Whether you want a quiet space to enjoy a paperback, or a fun space to encourage your kids to read, it's creating a reading nook under the stairs is an easy project to complete.

How to transform an under-the-stairs space into a reading nook

Book-lovers take note: you can easily turn any unused under-the-stairs space into a cozy reading nook. Whether you want a quiet space to enjoy the latest paperback, or a fun space to encourage your kids to read, it's an easy project to complete.

Open space under the stairs

If the under-the-stairs space is open, you have a few options for creating a nook. Consider tucking a comfy chair and reading lamp beneath the stairs, alongside a few shelves for book storage. Oftentimes, these few additions are all that you need to create the most basic reading nook.

If you desire something more cozy, you can push a small sofa or love seat into place under the stairs to create a comfy spot for enjoying a book. Drape a warm blanket over the arm or add small decorative pillows for added comfort.

Built-in seating is the most efficient use of the space, because no space is wasted if the seating includes storage options. For example, window seats can double as benches for reading under the stairs and they can incorporate storage into their designs. Many plans for these types of seating options are available online. Do some research and find what type of design is best for your home.

Closed space under the stairs

If the space under the stairs is enclosed, it's still possible to create a reading nook. If the space is not easily accessible, a little renovation is in order.

To create an entirely open space, removed the wall covering the cavity under the stairs but keep the same supporting structure of the stairs. It's best to consult a contractor before attempting this project so that the nook is completed safely and without jeopardizing the support of the stairs.

Another option for transforming an enclosed space into a nook is to simply cut away part of the wall and install a door. This allows access to the space without too much work, although the space under the stairs may need tidying to hide any exposed beams or wiring before children can use the nook.

All it takes is a few solid hours of effort to create a cozy reading nook that will last for years and years.

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