I found this wonderful reading nook while meandering through the internet this morning. I love the idea of having a very private retreat where I can escape with my books. Although I like the look, I think the decorator cheated a bit and used book printed wallpaper rather than filling the space with books. If it’s a converted closet, that makes sense, but I’d rather have a space large enough for real books.
The idea is easy enough to DIY. All you need to do is dress up a niche, alcove or closet. If you are good at woodworking, you can probably make something. I’m not, so I would need to start with some kind of base.
If you are very, very lucky, you might be able to buy and vintage interior arch at your local antique, restoration/re-hab, or thrift store. I’ve seen them a couple of times, and while they were beautiful, they were pricey.
Something that might be easier, and cheaper, to find would be an old fireplace mantel. One of my favorite local resale shops, The Annex Marketplace, gets them in fairly regularly. Since mantels come in a variety of styles and prices, you would probably be able to find something to fit your taste and budget.
Here are a few from The Annex Marketplace . They update their website every Tuesday afternoon to show items currently for sale.
Another DIY that might work would be to repurpose a headboard. Fancy headboards show up all the time at the thrift stores, and are usually deeply discounted. A quick paint job and you have a custom frame for your nook. Black Dog Salvage turned the bed into a bench shown below, but it could just as easily frame a reading nook.
If none of those ideas appeal to you, you could always tap into your inner Hobbit and find inspiration from these shire-like creations. Washington-based artist Jeffro Uitto created these beauties out of driftwood.