Our favorite part of setting up a classroom is creating the reading area/library! With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of our favorite classroom reading nooks from around the Web.
1. Welcome to Camp
Source: Our small-town Idaho Life
Make reading a reward with this creative concept. Drape your fabric of choice over a simple frame to create a tent your students will beg to climb into. Messy little hands leave a stain on the tent? Toss the fabric and try again – the base of this concept can be used year after year. Plus, if you bargain shop you can grab a deal on discount fabric. Now that’s what we call glamping.
2. Reading Rainbow
Source: Little Illuminations
Create a scene that’s both visually appealing and practical. This space-saving design is ideal for classrooms with limited square footage. Design from the top with a fluffy gem-filled cloud to add dimension.
3. Jungle Gym
Source: Eberhart’s Explorers
Bring the outdoors in with a jungle-themed reading corner. A large tree is tucked into the drop ceiling and supported by the classroom wall to create an anchor for this design. Now all you’ll need are beanbag chairs and a patterned rug to make the room come alive.
4. Fairytale Reading Fort
Source: Mama Papa Bubba
Kids of all ages want a net for their bed. Think back to your childhood–am I right? These simple, white nets make a budget-friendly statement for the classroom, too. Hook it to your ceiling and drape paper star garland from the rim to create a fairytale escape.
5. Pretty and Practical
Source: Dandelions and Dragonflies
Maybe simplicity is your style. A patterned rug and bright-colored pillows will entice your student’s senses. Design the space around a library shelf to create a unique open-concept reading corner.
6. Starry Night Reading Fort
Source: Natural Beach Living
Create a twinkling corner of your classroom with this nighttime idea. Drape blue fabric (bonus points for blue fabric with stars) from your classroom ceiling, creating a fort. Use a strand of white holiday lights to produce an ambiance you’ll appreciate as much as your students.
7. Pirate’s Cove
Source: Clutter-Free Classroom
This theme can be easily customizable depending on the fabrics and craft paper you have on hand. A friendly skull cutout acts as the base. Or, ditch the skull and rework the idea to fit your needs by choosing different words for your banner.
8. Let’s Play House
Source: K is for Kinderrific
We know–not every teacher will have time to build a house structure for his or her classroom, but you can still pull inspiration from this creative example. Keep your eyes peeled the next time you’re out thrifting; maybe you’ll find an inexpensive existing structure that you can repaint to fit your needs.
9. Grown Up Space
Source: Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits
Think about your own home – are there any pieces of furniture that you can repurpose for your classroom? Maybe you have a chair that no longer fits in your living room or an ottoman that gets very little use. Grown up furniture isn’t off limits – tailor it to your students by adding colorful patterns and fun fabrics.
10. Color Me Happy
Source: Teacher Bits & Bobs
You simply cannot go wrong with color in a classroom. Think complimentary colors, but don’t stop there. A classroom is one of the few places you can really push boundaries when it comes to pairing different shades and tones. Go bold or go home!
11. Get Wild About Reading
Source: Polka Dot Teacher
Fill your reading nook with wild stuffed animals–a cuddly incentive for students. Throughout the summer keep your eyes peeled for animal print rugs, blankets and pillows to accent your space and start the school year off with a roar.
As you design your classroom, remember to foster a love for reading by creating a nook your students will really enjoy. Incentivize them with pops of color, playful patterns and special furniture that brings out the joy in opening a book. In return, they’ll get lost in a story and the space.