Wasted Space to Reading Nook

Ever since I saw these incredible bookshelves on Pinterest I knew I had to have them in my home.
 I wasn’t really sure where in our home until one day I was sitting at the computer desk in our playroom and looked over my right shoulder to see this.
Book Nook
Well maybe it wasn’t so empty and clean at the time but it still felt like wasted space.
Book Nook
So I surfed on over to the Ana White HomeMaker blog for the Ten Dollar Ledges plans.
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Michael measured, purchased, cut and assembled the ledges for me and then I spray painted them white. Michael hung them using screws. They are fantastic and don’t take up any space!
I threw our bean bags into the nook and hung some curtains from Ikea on a shower curtain rod for coziness and privacy.  Thanks for hemming them Nana!
Book Nook
Now the kids have a comfortable space to read and play!
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On the wall up on the right I hung this for displaying artwork.  It was super simple to make, I’ll show you how the kids and I made it in another post.
Book Nook
They think it is so cool to have their art displayed on the wall.
The whole project cost under $80 and completely transformed the space!
Before After
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  1. I saw this on Pinterest and wanted to check out your blog! This is super sweet and so much fun!

  2. oooh what a lovely reading nook…I'm sure your children must love it! Georgia :)

  3. Saw this on pinterest and then I repinned because it is so darn cute! I plan to make this for my grandson's playroom! I am also following you now!

  4. love the bunting curtains, found you on pinterst

  5. Suzanne Henry says:

    I had just bought these curtains for my nursery when my friend pinned your photo. I love the blue color you chose for the walls. Can you share the color with me? Thanks!

  6. Very cute! I need to do something like this in our home!
    You should come by and link up to the Weekend Wind Up!


    Thanks for sharing!

    • Shirley says:

      Hi Amanda! I tried to link up on your blog but see a place to. I hope I wasn’t too late!

      • Shirley says:

        I meant “don’t” see a place to.

        • Shoot! I don’t know why that is….it is still open until next Wednesday.
          I will try and figure out why it wasn’t working for you!
          Stop by when you get a chance to see if it works for you!

  7. Oh my word, love the curtains!! Can you purchase them online or are they in the store?
    I need them desperately for my baby’s room…please share some info, thank you & great job :)

  8. Magical! I had a little reading nook on a stair landing with a low bookcase when I was a kid and would get lost there for hours. Love, love, love what you’ve created here.

  9. This book nook is SO darn cute! Found you via pinterest! So glad I did!
    Your newest follower.

  10. This is a wonderful, fabulous, inspirational idea. Every child should be so lucky to have their own reading nook. Can you tell I am a fan of reading? We used your post for our weekly reading series for the summer @ theclassroomcreative . We hope to inspire other parents with our post. Enjoy your summer! Karen & Nicolette

  11. I love the reading nook. The curtains really make it. I have a reading corner for my son and would love a bean bag like yours. Where did you get it? Thanks!

    • Shirley says:

      Hi Kate! I purchased the bean bags at Target a few years ago. So glad you stopped by!

  12. You are so good! I love this idea thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

  13. I love this! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can you tell where you found the shelves?

  14. Love you blog! Where did you find those curtains?

  15. This little space is so fun and cozy! Beautiful job! I love, love the curtain print. How wonderful!

  16. Love this! How far apart did you space your rows of bookshelves?

  17. Love this!!! I’m thinking of doing it in our new home for my 6yr old.
    I also love the color.
    Would you be able to share that color blue?
    Many thanks in advance

  18. This space is wonderful! I’ve had this idea for a very similar space in my house, and seeing it all put together just makes me want to get started asap! Great idea, and thanks for the links to those bookshelves.


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