April 09, 2013 06:00 PM

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One thing that’s universally true is that all parents want their children to love reading, says Apartment Therapy‘s Maxwell Ryan.

Also true? Kids can read pretty much anywhere — in the car, on the couch or at the kitchen table.

But according to the design expert, like the much-loved fort or tent, a cozy nook can help make snuggling up to their favorite book more of a fun activity.

And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Just a few comfortable floor cushions, a big squishy beanbag chair or a tepee are all easy ways to instantly create a fun space for fairy tales, adventure stories and novels.

Here are a few more of his cool ideas:

Away Is Good Try to create a space that’s far away from the busy center of your home. For example, give new life to a previously “dead” part of your home including odd jobs in the walls (above), alcoves, squeezed spaces between furniture and storage spaces — they can make great get-away reading nooks.

Jen Loves Ken, courtesy Apartment Therapy

Make It Roomy Your mini library should be cozy for one but big enough for your child to curl up and read with a friend. Add more than one pillow or place two chairs on opposite sides of the table facing one another for a more interactive experience.

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Let There Be Light Nooks are usually closed off and darker by nature, so be sure to put a reading light in it to allow for easy reading. Better yet, place your nook next to a window that brings in bright natural light.

Marcia Prentice, courtesy Apartment Therapy

Just a Corner Will Do When you don’t have a sizable nook, a corner will do just fine. Just add a few pillows (or a sheepskin rug), a bookcase and a lamp (a mini chandelier is a great idea!) and you’re off to the races.

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Known as the “apartment therapist,” Ryan has spent years helping his clients make their spaces (big or small) beautiful. Now, when not hanging out with 7-year-old daughter Ursula in their West Village neighborhood, the dad shares all of his sage advice on his home design site, Apartmenttherapy.com.

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