This time of year, there’s nothing we want to do more than cuddle up in a cozy reading nook with a good book. Is that really too much to ask? Here’s everything you need to set up the nook of your dreams.

1. A great seat. This one is pretty obvious. You’ll want a chair that is comfortable but not too comfortable that you feel like you could fall asleep at any moment. (Chaise at your own risk.) It doesn’t necessarily have to be a chair, even — a pouf or a cushioned bench or even a pile of pillows could work. But with so many great accent chairs out there now, why wouldn’t you want the real deal?

2. A side table. Have you ever tried to read a book while balancing a glass of water? It’s not going to work. And the minute you have to get up from your oasis to go grab something that’s a few steps away — your reading glasses, a cup of tea — the magic of the nook goes away. The goal is to be so cozy that you can stay put for hours, so set yourself up for success with a side table to keep anything you might need at arm’s reach.

3. A light source. There’s just something about a lamp in the corner with a chair that screams: “sit here right now.” You’ll want a bulb that’s soft enough to keep the comfy vibes going while still bright enough so that you’re not straining your eyes to read.

Optional, but nice to have: An ottoman, a soft pillow, a big plant and a fluffy pet to cuddle up with.

Check out some of our favorite reading nooks from house tours below, and share yours on Instagram by tagging @westelm!

Inside a Modern, Coastal Oasis for Leesa Mattress Co-Founder David Wolfe

Sebastian Chair + Petite Arc Metal Floor Lamp + Martini Side Table

A New Orleans Shotgun Home Lives Up to Its History

Carlo Mid-Century Chair + Pietro Round Ottoman + Agate Side Table + Staggered Glass Floor Lamp


Empty Nesters Build a Home in Downtown Chicago

Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair + Mid-Century Tripod Floor Lamp + Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover

A Relaxing North Carolina Home, Staged to Sell

Rhys Mid-Century Leather Recliner + Abacus Table Lamp + Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser

A Century-Old Shaker-Style Home Gets Modernized

Austin Leather Swivel Armchair + Roar + Rabbit Ripple Ceramic Table Lamp + Spun Metal Standing Planter

A Relaxing North Carolina Home, Staged to Sell

Lucas Swivel Chair + Gem Cut Side Table + Staggered Glass Floor Lamp


A Colorful + Modern Bedroom Makeover

Carlo Mid-Century Chair + Staggered Glass Table Lamp + Martini Side Table

Four-Story Townhome Outfitted to Inspire

Book Nook Armchair + Roar + Rabbit Geo Inlay 6-Drawer Dresser + Clear Disk Lamp + USB


A Charlotte Home with An Open Floor Plan

Hemming Leather Swivel Armchair + Spun Metal Standing Planter + Mongolian Lamb Pillow Covers


A Modest Dallas Condo Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

Henry Leather Power Recliner Chair + Linear Wood LED Floor Lamp + Mongolian Lamb Stool

Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt, Erin Wheeler, Mike Baker and Mia Blessinger

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