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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.

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 — a hanging chair or hammock can be heavenly!

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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.

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. Side tables are most popular but you could get creative and consider a wall shelf or something integrated into your bench seat.

Side table next to armchair
An essential part of a cosy seating nook is having somewhere to rest a warm drink… or wine!

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.

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.
Tub chair and gold side table in guest bedroom The Block 2020 Daniel and Jade
Daniel and Jade created this dreamy seating nook on The Block | See all the bedroom reveals

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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Panelling, Wood floors & Our Cosy Bed Nook

Panelling, Wood floors & Our Cosy Bed Nook

Disclosure: Norrlands Trä have kindly agreed to collaborate with us on this project

Things are taking shape in our little cabin at a rapid pace, so I felt it was time for an update!

Here's the lowdown and a few snapshots - plus I'm looking for some advice on the mattress situation further down the post (looking at you van owners!), please feel free to share your tips in the comment section and ask any questions!

Wall and ceiling panels

As you know, we were adamant about having panelling as we felt it would be a great way to create a relaxed coastal cabin feel. Are you a fan too? 

The wall and ceiling panelling gave the cabin an instant lift and feels contemporary yet coastal, smart yet relaxed - I love it when a plan comes together! 

Wood floor

The day I took the above picture it was freezing outside, and I couldn't help thinking how 'cold' the cabin felt with the concrete foundation. So, I quickly got to work on finding a wood floor.

Side note: Pine is soft, which means it can be dented / marked quite easily. If you do go for this type of flooring, it's something you ned to bear in mind. We figured that wood is a living, breathing material which changes with time, and we'd embrace any marks the family make! Having said that, we'll be laying rugs in 'high flow' spots such as the kitchen, living room and dining area to protect the floor and add that all important hygge! 


I love that you can clearly see the grain and knots in the wood, it really helps to draw nature indoors and adds texture and depth to the space. 

The bed nook

In our plans, we included a nook for a 160 cm bed (with more space bunks in the loft). Since the cabin is small (30 m2 / 322 sq ft) it would also need to double up as storage without compromising on aesthetics (you know me!). Below is how the space looked during the build (while being surveyed by Per!):

This is how it looked once the panelling, floor and railings went in:

And finally, The bed nook

I did a ton of research into 160 cm beds with front storage but couldn't find anything! So, in the end we designed a wall-mounted bed platform with central legs and two VERY long pull-out drawers on wheels (see below). Leftover panels were used for the fronts for a seamless look. 

And we finally had a bed! 

Sidenote: we're working on the air circulation -most likely, we'll drill holes in the base and also add a special air circulator layer under the mattress (without this, bacteria can build up and a mattress can quickly become mouldy underneath). This still a work in progress though, so tips are very welcome! 

In the meantime, we're so looking forward to sleeping and hanging out right here. So excited!

I hope you enjoyed this update! Please do give me a shout below if you have any questions. 

I'm so looking forward to sharing other areas of the cabin with you soon. 

Wishing you a trevlig helg! (lovely weekend!), 


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