Ideas for Setting up a Kids Reading Corner


Books your kids love + plenty of time to read + a cozy reading spot = recipe for raising a reader. Trips to the local library and a schedule that includes daily reading time can take care of the first two. And for that reading spot? We’ve got you covered with these tips for setting up the perfect kids’ reading nook!

Get Comfy

First things first. If it isn’t comfortable, it’s not a reading spot! You’ve got plenty of options – floor cushions, kids’ rocking chairs, comfy kids’ reading chairs. You know your kids best, so just pick something you think they’ll actually use. And if we may be so bold, we’ve got a few super comfy options we think they’ll love. Our Bookcase with Reading Nook comes complete with plenty of shelf space and a comfy cushioned section to snuggle up in. The Little Dreamer Deluxe Reading Nook comes with even more space to stretch out, plus a little tent for extra coziness. equally cushy with tons of storage space (and the added fun of one of their favorite book characters!). And last but not least, our Book Nook Tent is the ultimate little reading hideout. Add a few of your little’s pillows and blankets and stock the shelves with their favorite books, and they’ll never want to leave!

Just Add Books

Speaking of stocking the shelves – and at the risk of stating the obvious – your reading corner needs at least a few books! You can opt for a bookshelf that can hold their entire library or just use a basket that can hold a few books at a time. Sling shelves are a great middle-ground – they’re compact but have plenty of room to display your kiddo’s favorite books.

Light it Up

Once you’ve created a comfy spot and a place for the books, the rest is just extra – but it can be fun! A little lamp or flashlight can help the nook feel extra cozy and may actually come in handy if it’s dimly lit. We love the idea of a salt lamp or a lamp with a dimmer switch for some relaxing vibes!

Deck it Out

Some reading-themed wall art is the perfect finishing touch! Framed prints of some favorite quotes or picture book characters are always cute and on-theme. (Check out Etsy for tons of cute, affordable printables.) A little basket of bookmarks, a sticker chart reading log, or a notebook and pens are also fun additions!

Creature Comforts

The best finishing touch? Anything that entices your little ones to settle in and get reading! That may mean cozy blankets, favorite stuffed animals, a little table or tray for snacks and drinks… or even a big chair so you can join in with a book of your own! Just get them involved, and they’re sure to have plenty of opinions about what will make that reading corner inviting, comfortable, and fun!

Shop KidKraft for child-sized bookshelves and reading nooks

We hope these reading nook ideas have you inspired to create a cozy reading space for your little one! When you’re ready to get started, be sure to browse our selection of kids’ bookshelves and reading nooks! From the low shelves to the cute and comfy cushions, they’re designed with little readers in mind!