With so much to do every day, people do not have enough time to remember the need to have a rest at the end of it. We are passionate about the process of achieving our goals, and we rarely remember that we once loved to read, draw, play chess, just engage in simple and pleasant activities, just take a break sometimes and do nothing more than enjoy life and what there is in it. Books, board games or a favourite creative activity, certainly deserve our attention.
Create a cosy nook
Before getting started on the design of the lounge area, you need to find a suitable location for it. Naturally, it needs to be a place which is a set a little apart from the rest of the house, even if it’s actually within one of the other rooms (living room, bedroom, office).
So, you can organize a reading area if:
- You have an attic or mezzanine floor;
- There is a room where the window sills are quite wide;
- There are unused and very deep corners;
- You always dreamed of a hammock or a hanging chair;
- You inherited a luxurious rocking chair;
- The house has a cosy nook.
Of course, the place intended for reading and resting should help to focus the mind, therefore we recommend that you take some time to make the right choice. It’s also best to avoid placing such an area near the kitchen, playroom or children’s room (unless you organize a similar area for the children themselves).
It is worth noting that the chosen reading place should get plenty of natural light, which is why a free spot beside the window is often chosen.
When you finally decide on the place for your future lounge zone, think about the correct ergonomic furniture. When you tucking into your favourite book, or flipping through a magazine, you’ll soon start to feel the tension in the muscles of your back, neck, the back of your head, if the chair is not comfortable. Therefore, when you are buying furniture to sit in over long periods, think about the following points:
- The depth of the seat and the degree to which the back reclines (the optimal angle is 45 degrees).
- The height of the back rest and its ergonomics. High backs are more appropriate, and if the shape of the chair’s back mirrors the contours of the human back, you will be able to sit in it comfortably over long periods.
- Whether or not there are armrests. Without them, your position in the chair will feel shaky and, subconsciously, a person feels insecure, therefore, they are unable to be truly comfortable.
In addition to the classic deep armchair, you can use other types of furniture, for example, a couch or mini-sofa, because they are perfect for when you want to lie back and read or do handicrafts. Also don’t forget about the importance of soft poufés, which are indispensable for a reading area as they will help to prevent you from feeling tension in your legs if you want to delve into an interesting story for an hour or two.
The right light
In addition to daylight, the lounge zone should be framed with artificial light, it will become necessary as darkness falls.
The best option here is a floor lamp, installed at the head of a chair or by one of the sides of a couch. This type is the most appropriate in this situation, because it allows you to illuminate the desired area by moving it in either direction.
Nothing superfluous, only function
Putting together an area which is meant to be used for you to enjoy your pastime in comfort with only your thoughts and characters from books for company, means that you need to think reasonably and clearly about your vision for the final result. The place should be equipped with items which each have a specific function and which add to the creation of a comfortable atmosphere.
That means, in addition to the couch, chair or hammock, you need to have a compact shelf for books, magazines, handicraft containers and all the other little personal items you need. The shelf can be replaced by hanging shelves, a stylish étagère or floor cupboards.
Comfort to the touch
It’s impossible to create true functional comfort in the lounge area without visual and tactile comfort. This means that if you are going to take some time out for your favourite occupation (such as reading or needlework) several days a week, you will most likely feel the need for certain accessories, which will enhance your level of comfort.
These can be soft warm blankets, small bouncy cushions, fur capes and fluffy carpets carelessly thrown around the chair.
All these items will help to relax and succumb to sweet idleness, if only for a while. In addition, accessories can be very stylish, and help to finish the area’s image, if they are chosen to complement a particular style.
In addition to books and textile accessories, it would be nice to decorate a reading area with paintings, posters, collections of objects and other objects which particularly capture your attention. It is better to place them on walls, shelves or on the floor, but in such a way that they are out of sight when you are actually reading.