How to create a cosy nook in your home

Brrrrr it’s getting cold! This time of year, it’s tempting to hibernate and curl up with a good book and warm drink. If you don’t have a favourite spot in the house, hopefully these ideas on how to create a cosy nook in your home will inspire you!

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1. Find the perfect spot

It sounds obvious but this is the most important step so take the time to walk around your home and look for a spot that you will love to spend time. Ideally, it will be somewhere with good natural light so you can warm up and get a dose of Vitamin D while you relax. If this isn’t an option, look for a spot that’s quiet and warm.

2. Sort out your seating

Once you find the perfect spot, it’s time to get the seating right. You may be happy with a thick rug and a bunch of scatter cushions on the floor, or for a more permanent nook an armchair or bench seat like the one below are great options.

The armchair we used in the video above is from Adairs or check out Temple & Webster for a huge range of occasional chairs at hard-to-beat prices.

While you can also buy bench seats, with a little DIY know-how you can create a custom-look bench seat for a fraction of the cost. Use flatpack furniture, such as the Smastad storage bench from IKEA, add a bench cushion on top (for a perfect fit, check out this article on getting custom cushions made) and finish the space with cushions and throws.

Bench seat
Image via Elisabeth Heier

Just because you need a comfortable spot to relax, it doesn’t mean you have to limit your options to a chair or the ground — just look at this heavenly hammock!

Hammock is an alternative to chairs to create a cosy nook in your home
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3. Create layers

With the seating sorting, it’s time to make it cosy. Do this by adding cushions in gorgeous winter textures (think knits, velvet and sheepskin) and throws… lots of throws!

You can also throw down a small rug or sheepskin on the floor so you’ll be warm underfoot.

Cushions are an essential accessory to create a cosy nook in your home
Image via Homesick

4. Add a rest for your cuppa

It’s hard to relax when you don’t have somewhere to rest your coffee (or wine) so look at your space and consider what options would work best — perhaps a side table (check out the log one below — DIY anyone?), or looking at the photo above you could stop your seating shorter on the bench to have a hard surface to rest your drink and do some styling. Alternatively, it may make sense to install a small wall shelf?

Create a cosy nook in your home this winter
Image via Nord Deco

5. Get the lighting right

Whether your nook is for reading, working or snoozing, it’s essential to get the lighting right. Do you need direct lighting for reading or softer lighting that won’t glare against screens? Check out our helpful tips on how to create a lighting plan.

Image via Daily Designer

6. Embrace scent

Use scent to help you unwind. You could burn one of your favourite candles or check out our round up of the best winter-scent candles here — it will have your cosy seating nook smelling heavenly and provide ambient lighting. Win win.

Otherwise, diffusing essential oils is another fab way to introduce a relaxing scent in your space.

For the ultimate day spa blend, mix a few drops of each of these essential oils:

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender 
  • Bergamot
  • Orange, and
  • Ylang Ylang.

7. Finish with thoughtful accessories

Add some warmth and personality to your nook with special items that make you happy. A hanging planter, artwork or photos are some ideas to complete your nook.

Do you have other suggestions on how to create a cosy nook in your home? Share them in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: this article was first published in June 2015 and has been updated with new information and images. It contains some affiliate links. This means that when you click on a link and purchase something from that site, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.


  1. How gorgeous those spaces are, now I need to search where I could put one in my house. Generally I just rest in bed but I’d love to have a little sanctuary like this too.

    • Glad we could inspire you Genes! Hopefully you find a special spot in your home so you can have one of your own 🙂


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