(Family Features) Winter months can be difficult on kids of all ages - adults too. All the hours spent indoors can leave us feeling that cabin fever. You can, however, find creative ways to change your surroundings and inspire some quiet reading time for your child as well.
Use these tips for making your interior spaces a bit more comfy and cozy this winter season by creating a book nook:
For the temporary nook
If you don't have the space for a permanent book nook in your house, you can still find ways to create a nice, comfortable spot for your little one to curl up with some good books.
Grab some cushions. Even if you don't have a cozy window seat, you can create a temporary little space for your little one to enjoy their favorite reads. Grab couch cushions, pillows, fluffy blankets and teddy bears. Find a cozy space - such as below a window, in the corner of their bedroom, or even under the dining room table. If the space isn't lit with natural light, grab some lamps to ensure the space is properly lit.
Pitch a tent. Even if the weather outside is dreadful, you can still recreate the fun and excitement of a campout indoors. If you have a tent, pitch it in the living room. If not, grab pillows, blankets and chairs and build a proper fort. Invite your kid to bring their favorite stuffed animals, books and snacks.
For the permanent space
With a few tricks, you can have a permanent book nook that will help encourage your child to read all year long.
Build a nook. If you're looking to build a permanent book nook, converting a space or closet is easier than you think. Check out blogger Thrifty Décor Chick's Closet Turned Book Nook tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
Wall cabinets make for a great window seat base. Check out the DIY Network's How to Build a Window Seat from Wall Cabinets tutorial. This set of instructions walks you through the basic measuring process and building a frame, to attaching the seat and cabinet doors.
Get some storage. Installing space-saving book storage for your book nook will help keep the area clutter-free. If you have space for it, recessed shelving is perfect for book and toy storage, because you can add drawers, canvas or curtains to cover it. Check out the DIY Network's How to Install a Recessed Book Shelf tutorial.
If you're looking for shelving that will compliment your room, check out the tutorial for How to Build a Bookcase from This Old House. This set of instructions can help you put together a book case that can make a statement in any room and help keep your book nook area clutter-free.
For the ultimate space saver, consider hanging shelves. The Family Handyman offers a step-by-step set of instructions on How to Build Floating Shelves, including finding the wall studs to securing the shelf itself.
Regardless of how you outfit your book nook, your child will be excited to find a special place set aside for them to enjoy all their favorite reads.