Reading chair – Tips for choosing a comfortable one
Reading is a thing that many of us like to do. It’s a time that we get to acquire lots of knowledge and have fun while doing it. You might be interested in reading things like romantic novels, science fiction, educational journal, and biographies among others. Regardless of what you love to read, you like to do it when you are comfortable.
Therefore, in most cases, you will try to find a spot that is comfortable enough for you to do your reading. There are so many places that you can choose from since all that matters is that they are comfortable and private enough. You could choose a rocking chair, staffed chair, or sofa among others.
However, with all kinds of reading, and in any environment, there is always a reading chair involved. When you pick the right chair, you’ll be able to enjoy your reading more, than you would if you were in an uncomfortable chair.
When choosing a reading chair, you need to take your body type into consideration. Chairs are usually built for different sizes of people, with some being built for tall people, while others are built for medium-sized people.
Therefore, depending on your size, you should choose a chair that is suitable. In addition, you also need to select a chair with lumbar support. This is particularly true in case you’re going to spend hours reading. You do not want to get a chair that will make your back pain, or which will cause you to have back complications. The chair should, therefore, support your lower back.
The chair you choose should also be tall enough to provide your neck with support. This way, your neck will be kept straight, and you will not risk getting back complications. Research has shown that people need to keep straight when they are seated. That the chair needs to support your whole back and when seated, your back should not be bent in any way, thus, allowing you to have good posture. Your chair could also have a slight swivel, so as to provide more comfort.
Since you will be reading for hours, you also need to choose a chair that is comfortable. It should have a sufficient number of cushions to support you. This way, you will not get cramped and will read for long hours without getting tired. In addition, your chair should also have a footrest.
This is especially if your feet cannot touch the floor. To maintain a good posture; the chair should have a footrest. However, if you cannot find a good chair with a footrest, you could always purchase it separately.
Generally, a good, comfortable chair is the key to a good time reading. The more comfortable your reading chair, the more fun you will have reading. In this regard, choosing a good reading chair should be given priority and lots of research should be carried out about the issue.
The main components of a reading area
With so much to do every day, people do not have enough time to remember the need to have a rest at the end of it.
We are passionate about the process of achieving our goals, and we rarely remember that we once loved to read, draw, play chess, just engage in simple and pleasant activities, just take a break sometimes and do nothing more than enjoying life and what there is in it. Books, board games, or a favorite creative activity, certainly deserve our attention.
Create a cozy nook
Before getting started on the design of the lounge area, you need to find a suitable location for it. Naturally, it needs to be a place which is set a little apart from the rest of the house, even if it’s actually within one of the other rooms (living room, bedroom, office).
So, you can organize a reading area if:
- You have an attic or mezzanine floor;
- There is a room where the window sills are quite wide;
- There are unused and very deep corners;
- You always dreamed of a hammock or a hanging chair;
- You inherited a luxurious rocking chair;
- The house has a cozy nook.
Of course, the place intended for reading and resting should help to focus the mind, therefore we recommend that you take some time to make the right choice. It’s also best to avoid placing such an area near the kitchen, playroom, or children’s room (unless you organize a similar area for the children themselves).
When you finally decide on the place for your future lounge zone, think about the correct ergonomic furniture. When you tucking into your favorite book or flipping through a magazine, you’ll soon start to feel the tension in the muscles of your back, neck, the back of your head, if the chair is not comfortable. Therefore, when you are buying furniture to sit in over long periods, think about the following points:
- The depth of the seat and the degree to which the back reclines (the optimal angle is 45 degrees).
- The height of the backrest and its ergonomics. High backs are more appropriate, and if the shape of the chair’s back mirrors the contours of the human back, you will be able to sit in it comfortably over long periods.
- Whether or not there are armrests. Without them, your position in the chair will feel shaky and, subconsciously, a person feels insecure, therefore, they are unable to be truly comfortable.
In addition to the classic deep armchair, you can use other types of furniture, for example, a couch or mini-sofa, because they are perfect for when you want to lie back and read or do handicrafts.
Also don’t forget about the importance of soft poufés, which are indispensable for a reading area as they will help to prevent you from feeling the tension in your legs if you want to delve into an interesting story for an hour or two.
The right light
In addition to daylight, the lounge zone should be framed with artificial light, it will become necessary as darkness falls.
The best option here is a floor lamp, installed at the head of a chair or by one of the sides of a couch. This type is the most appropriate in this situation because it allows you to illuminate the desired area by moving it in either direction.
Nothing superfluous, only function
Putting together an area that is meant to be used for you to enjoy your pastime in comfort with only your thoughts and characters from books for company, means that you need to think reasonably and clearly about your vision for the final result.
The place should be equipped with items that each have a specific function and which add to the creation of a comfortable atmosphere.
That means, in addition to the couch, chair or hammock, you need to have a compact shelf for books, magazines, handicraft containers, and all the other little personal items you need. The shelf can be replaced by hanging shelves, a stylish étagère, or floor cupboards.
Comfort to the touch
It’s impossible to create truly functional comfort in the lounge area without visual and tactile comfort. This means that if you are going to take some time out for your favorite occupation (such as reading or needlework) several days a week, you will most likely feel the need for certain accessories, which will enhance your level of comfort.
These can be soft warm blankets, small bouncy cushions, fur capes, and fluffy carpets carelessly thrown around the chair.
All these items will help to relax and succumb to sweet idleness, if only for a while. In addition, accessories can be very stylish, and help to finish the area’s image, if they are chosen to complement a particular style.
In addition to books and textile accessories, it would be nice to decorate a reading area with paintings, posters, collections of objects, and other objects which particularly capture your attention.
It is better to place them on walls, shelves, or on the floor, but in such a way that they are out of sight when you are actually reading.