How to Transform an Unused Corner Into a Cozy Nook

Create a relaxing reading nook in that unused corner with the right window shades, sturdy bookshelves, foam batting and personal touches.

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Materials and Tools Needed

  • (2) sturdy bookshelves
  • 1/4" thick precut plywood
  • 2"-4" foam batting
  • tape measure
  • marker
  • utility scissors
  • super glue or spray adhesive

Before: Unused Corner

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Turn any unused, messy corner into a functional nook for reading and relaxing. Follow our simple instructions below.

Purchase Precut Plywood

Turn two solid bookshelves sideways, and measure the tops of each (Image 1). Purchase precut plywood that matches the measurements (Images 2 and 3).

Cut Foam to Size

Place plywood on foam batting and trace with a marker (Image 1). Cut foam to size using utility scissors (Image 2).

Attach Foam to Plywood

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Apply super glue or spray adhesive to the plywood, and press foam on top until adhered.

Attach Fabric

Lay foam on top of the fabric (pattern side down) (Image 1), and wrap the foam with the fabric like a present. Staple in the middle of the two longest sides to hold in place (Image 2), then continue stapling around each edge. Repeat all steps with the other bookshelf.

Assemble Seating

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Place the two bookshelves sideways into the corner. Place a fabric-covered foam piece on each bookshelf.

Install Window Shades

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Install easy-to-adjust shades. Try LEVOLOR's Natural Shades to add texture, privacy and light control.

Add Personal Touches

Store your favorite books, and incorporate stylish furnishings like throw pillows, a rug, an ottoman and plants (Images 1 and 2).

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