Why not take a cue from the kids with fun beanbag chairs? Trust us, they're no longer reserved for young'uns. These cushy seats are the perfect addition for decking out any small space, especially since they're so versatile and easy to move around.
So while you're selecting gorgeous furniture to design the rest of your small space, you might want to consider kicking it old-school with your favorite playroom staple of yesteryear and add that to a nook in your space.
Ready to find the perfect chair for a nook? These selections are slightly more sophisticated than the ones you remember from grade school. We'll go out on a limb and say you're probably going to consider buying more than one. (Just a hunch!)
Cute chairs for reading nooks
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If you're not entirely ready to commit to an old-school beanbag chair, this accent piece is an ideal halfway point. It doesn't sacrifice support, but the velvet cushioning is definitely cozy. Really make a statement by placing it underneath one of your new modern rugs.
Like the beanbag chair itself, its corduroy material just screams "comfort." Plus, this bad boy is a no-brainer for those who are toying with a Barbiecore aesthetic. We'd like to think our girl has this tucked away somewhere in her Malibu Dream House.
A true nod to childhood, this oversized beanbag is exactly what you'd find in the classroom — but with a denim flair. If you have a lot of friends over, you'll be pleased to know that the removable slipcover is machine washable and the foam beads can be refilled. Just don't bleach!
Not an armchair, but not quite a beanbag chair, the Imperial Sofa from Big Joe is a hybrid of both. Adding lighting nearby and voila — your new reading spot awaits! But don't blame us if you decide to snooze: this cozy seat is definitely a worthy spot for a nap. Even better? When you decide to deep clean your apartment, the removable cover is washable.
The beanbag chair's older, more sophisticated cousin, West Elm's Modern Lounger in vegan leather sports a frameless cube shape that allows you to get comfy while still offering support. It's available in both small and large sizes. If you ask us, it's the obvious choice for an industrial or boho space.
Who wouldn't want to sink right into the plush faux fur of the Ainsley chair? It's handcrafted to perfection! Grab a book, perhaps a leopard print blanket if you're a little chilly, and take a breather. The chair measures 43"W x 35.5"H and 24"D. Though it's easily movable, don't bring this baby outside.
How to style your chair in a nook
When styling a nook, seating is the most important factor. If this is going to be your new spot for rest and relaxation, you'll need to be able to sit for some length of time — preferably with a cup of coffee close by — so the key is to keep it cozy. A beanbag chair will gladly do the honors.
“Soft furnishings are essential when creating your nook — embellishing the space with plenty of cozy and comfy accessories," says Leanne O’Malley of Studio. "Think thick throw blankets and fluffy cushions to keep you nice and toasty. For smaller nooks or budgets, a bean bag is a good, comfy compromise over an armchair."
Likewise, Jasmine Gurney, DIY interiors influencer and founder of Oh Abode, is all for soft touches, but recommends not to go overboard with the seating options.
"Bring in warmth with throws, cushions, rugs, and textiles, but don't go too big with the furniture," she recommends. "Anything minimalist would work really well to open up the space more."