I wanted to make my boy a room that he would love and reflect his love of reading and my nostalgia. The seat in the reading corner was made so he could have a snugly corner.

IKEA items used:
  • Fabric
Other materials and tools:
  • Paint
  • Board

Hack instructions for our reading corner:

First, I built two PAX wardrobes in the space. (Preferably, anchor the units to the wall.)

Second, I measured and cut a board that was strong enough to hold a small boy and all the books he reads!

After that, I built a baton around the edge of the wall and wardrobes to hold the board.

Finally, I covered the board in the fabulous striped IKEA fabric and placed it on top of the baton to create the reading corner.

Once this was completed I painted the cupboard doors with the same design as the wallpaper.

Most of all, what I like about this retro reading corner is the way the doors provided a basic canvas to produce my art work.

The hardest part about this hack was ensuring I kept my boy inspired as I designed and built the corner.

Looking back, I would have put an undercoat on the coloured paint.

My design is featured in Mini Modern’s book in March 2019 on Amazon called Mid-Century Modern Living: The Mini Modern’s Guide to Pattern and Style

~ by Emma Clifton-Brown Follow me on Instagram @homesbyemma


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