reading nooks in closets

Sometimes you want to go be alone and read in a dark, cozy corner somewhere. Closets are the perfect venue, if you can deck them out properly.

 

utility closet reading nook

  before  - a dirty and relatively unused utility closet, off the back staircase of a bed and breakfast. Oddly shaped because of a staircase cutting over it, with pipes and wires passing along the ceiling and floor, the space seemed unusable.

before - a dirty and relatively unused utility closet, off the back staircase of a bed and breakfast. Oddly shaped because of a staircase cutting over it, with pipes and wires passing along the ceiling and floor, the space seemed unusable.

  after  - recycled redwood fenceboards make up the floor and shelves, with vinyl damask wallpaper, Goodwill-sourced throw pillows, a shag rug, an old picture frame with an Art Nouveau poster, and dim lighting. 

after - recycled redwood fenceboards make up the floor and shelves, with vinyl damask wallpaper, Goodwill-sourced throw pillows, a shag rug, an old picture frame with an Art Nouveau poster, and dim lighting. 

coat closet writing nook

The closet, which is oddly-shaped, and sits under a staircase, makes for the perfect place to hide out and write. The desk is made of reclaimed lumber, and the shelves are made of old drawers (and allow storage in the closet still). A collection of keys on tiny hooks sits beside the desk, and a couple of old speakers with an aux cable lead offer music or white noise. The walls and ceiling were painted a deep, indigo blue, with gold stars stenciled on them. The lighting is dimmable, and bright enough to read a book without glare or feeling overwhelming (thanks partially to the dark paint).