Fellow childhood bookworms can remember the torment of becoming absorbed in a new narrative and, in the same way the storyline was getting good, being told to turn out the light and go to sleep. But I’m betting that we were equally resourceful at finding ways to sneak a few more pages in. Reading alongside the nightlight, at the closet or with the support of a full moon — anything to avoid being discovered by our parents and ushered sternly back to bed.
Do you remember Harriet the Spy, where Harriet reads under the covers with a flashlight nightly until her nanny comes into take the flashlight away? Sans nanny, which was me. (Today’s children have it easier, thanks to the new creation of e-readers with backlit screens.)
When I went to college, it was exhilarating to have the freedom to keep up and read until sunrise if I wanted. I love being lost in a book when everyone else in the house is asleep — although these days, I’m not so much for crouching beside a 4-watt nightlight and faking to see the page. Here’s the way to read in mattress the grownup way.
You can always buy clip-on book lighting, but why not install committed reading lamps on one or both sides of the mattress? These diminutive fixtures not only provide ample illumination to the page and keep glare from your bedmate’s eyes, but they also help to make your side of the mattress feel like its very own personal corner of the house. Additionally, you don’t need to leave your comfy nest to change them off.
Tip: Hang wall-mounted reading lights close to both faces of the mattress or over it (about 6 inches from the edge of the mattress or headboard). Set them in a point which is logical for the position where you browse: sitting up, stretched out on your own stomach etc.. You want the beam to shine right on the page, not in an angle.
For maximum flexibility, choose articulated reading lights which you could adjust to suit your height and your reading position. Go for a style that focuses light at a narrow column rather than diffusing it over the surrounding space.
A dual layer of lighting produces this boudoir the greatest reading haven. Lamps throw a warm gleam that brightens the distance during waking hours (picture a lazy winter snuggled up with a novel ); smaller wall-mounted fixtures over the bed glow a cone of light downward during the night.
Tip: Not many table lamps are created equal for reading. Ideally, the base of the shade should sit level with your eyes when you are propped up in bed, along with the color should direct light toward you rather than directing it up or down. Floor lamps also are a choice, but they compete for space with nightstands, so it can be more difficult to make them work.
Ike Kligerman Barkley
Reading beneath the covers doesn’t need to be confined to bedrooms — check out this inviting double-daybed set up in a hallway. Twin reading lights and a miniature library create its supposed purpose clear, and every daybed feels like it is in its very own personal corner.
Sullivan Building & Design Group
Smart design keeps both single beds in this space connected but different. Each has a carefully placed light which will not interfere with a roommate’s slumber.
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Along with lighting, think about where you’ll put your books when you are ready to go to sleep. (Take it from me, pitching them to the floor isn’t a fantastic solution.) This setup, with ample nightstands and bookshelves built into the headboard wall, is ideal for keeping literary chaos under control.
Nicole Lanteri Design
A slim tiered shelf for reading material makes smart use of the little slice of distance between the mattress and torso. This is a good way to repurpose a table that’s too petite to work well in a living room or den.
What luxury — a bed surrounded with a huge assortment of volumes. Putting away a fantastic read when you are finished with it is as straightforward as reaching up to tuck it back into place.
Tip: If you are lucky enough to have a bookshelf near your bed, then change the positioning of novels as needed so the one you’re reading is always close at hand.
Shelves turned inward toward the mattress store books in easy reach and present a cleaner face to the rest of the room. It would be relatively simple to have a carpenter or contractor retrofit a room with a headboard market such as this one.
In a space without a lot of space for toddlers, where do you keep the books? Under the bed, of course.
Tip: To maintain books or other items hidden beneath a platform-style frame such as this one, attach a tailored skirt with hook-and-loop tape.
Robin Pelissier Interior Design & Robin’s Nest
If you prefer to read propped up, a cushy surface to lean on is essential. You have probably noticed those giant pillows with arms, but a padded headboard is much more chic. You also can raise the comfortable level with layers of pillows to slip behind your head or back. Just be sure they’re firm enough to encourage you; differently you’ll end up slowly slumping to a heap.
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Phil Kean Designs
Why stop in the headboard? Pad the entire wall to get a luxuriant surface along with also a note of visual softness.
Tobi Fairley Interior Design
A wingback-style headboard creates a cozy little corner in which to curl up. Additionally, it can help to prevent propped pillows from falling away from the edge of the mattress.
Luccas AP10 wall sconce – $642.60
This slender reading light has a laser-like beam which keeps light educated on your publication, not the complete bed.
Lililite Reading Lamp – EUR 119
What a nifty little gadget: a shelf, lamp and placeholder in one sleek package. Lift the face-down book, which remains open to your existing page, along with the bulb switches ; replace it, and the light goes dim.
Design Within Reach
Tolomeo Clip Spot – $170
When hiring a professional to hang sconces isn’t in the cards, then this clip-on light produces a fashionable substitute.
Small Three-Tier Cottage Table – $90
This cute painted table would be just the thing to add bedside shelf room plus a bit of sunshine.
Bookshelf – $169
I could see this shelf between 2 bedrooms in a shared bedroom or guest suite.
Diamond Tufted Headboard – $349
Does not this lush headboard cause you to want to sink back and spend a day spinning pages? Tufting adds an extra layer of freshness.
Wingback Nailhead Headboard – $499
This contemporary take on the wingback headboard provides generous side panels to lean .