Episode 21: Read 'em and Weep

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One of the best things to do in the world is cozying up to a big book for some marathon reading, but a bad reading spot can spoil the day.  On this episode of Hang Your Hat learn how to create a reading spot that is perfectly suited to you.

Creating the Perfect Reading Spot

(Listen to the show for additional information about creating the perfect reading spot.

Reading Chair

  • Upholstered:  Good Fabric choices are velvet, twill, cotton, linen, leather, soft indoor/outdoor fabric
  • Seat Cushion:  1.5 to 2 inches thick with compressible top layer and firm bottom layer
  • Seat Back Height:  Tall enough to support trunk and head (36 inches will work for most people)
  • Seat Back Angle:  100 to 110 degrees, or quite reclined
  • Seat Depth:  Depth at which the seated person’s knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, the feet conformably reach the floor, and the body is supported by the chair back
  • Seat Width:  At least wide enough for the seated person to sit comfortably with a few inches to spare.  Seats that are considerably wider than the seated person may be desirable and do not detract from the seat’s comfort.  
  • Leg Height:  Height at which the seated person’s knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and the feet rest comfortably on the floor.  Ottomans can compensate for imperfect leg height.
  • Arm Rests:  Cushioned, do not impact elbows

Reading Light

  • Ambient Light:  The room at large should be well light to reduce eye fatigue.
  • Task Light:  Somewhat diffuse, but focused primarily on the reading material.
  • Task Light Brightness:  Will vary by age.  At least 450 lumens is recommended for children.  The brightness needed to read comfortably will increase with age.  An adjustable bulb is recommended.
  • Task light shade:  Translucent Shade.  Good shade materials include silk, linen, and parchment.
  • Task Light Positioning:  Slightly behind and to the side of the reader just above eye level.

Nice Additions to your Reading Area

  • Side Table:  For holding snacks and a drink
  • Blankets and/or pillows:  To increase the cozy factor
  • Rug:  To differentiate the reading area as it’s own special space
  • Book Storage:  A basket or bookshelf to hold additional reading material.