This week I designed a small walk-in closest into a reading nook for kids. The past few years the walk-in closet housed the many treasures of my oldest son. When he left for college last month and cleared out the bottom level, it left us with some extra space. The loft bed is the only thing left in the space for his occasional visits home.
The closet space measures 7 feet by 6 feet. If you want to see what the closet looked like as a bedroom read my post on Boys’ Bedrooms.
From my on-line search I knew I really liked the tent look for reading nooks. I tied a curtain rod down the middle of the bed. This allowed me to drape a queen size sheet from one side of the space to the other.
We already had one beanbag chair and a friend gave me the Step 2 chair. We scoured a few thrift shops looking for pillows, wall hangings, and throw blankets.
My goal was to combine each boy’s favorite things. One son loves everything green and the other loves everything Navy.
Reading Nook for Kids: Break down of money spent
• $4 for queen size sheet
• $2 for curtain rod
• $3 for sailboat pillow
• $2 for green pillow
• $4 for green throw blanket
• $1 for the letter D
• $2 for American flag throw
• $7 for spray paint
Total spent: $25
Our small bookcase had taken a beating over the years so we decided it was time for a fresh new look. I painted the bookcase to look like it had planets on in outer space. Basically I used 2 round cake boards to cover up my red, blue, and green base colors with the colors covered by the round cake boards; I painted the black and silver.
After everything was placed in the reading nook for kids, my boys put their favorite books on the bookcase. Then my youngest son found a world map to hang on the wall.
We are still looking for a few small projects to continue personalizing the space.
Over the last few days they have really enjoyed their cozy place to read.