Reading Nook

Reading Nook

This project creates a cozy space for anyone to enjoy a good read.

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Top Frame Materials:
(2) 2" × 4" × 63" medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
(5) 2" × 4"× 30" MDF

Leg Materials:
(7) 2" × 4" × 17" MDF
(4) 2" × 4" × 13 ½" MDF

Face Materials:
¾" × 19" × 63 ¼" particleboard
½" × 4" × 63 ½" particleboard trim

Upholstery Materials:
4" × 35" foam (cut to length)
1" batting (cut to length)
1" × 32 ¼" × 63 ¼" MDF
Spray adhesive
Fabric of choice (cut to size)
T50 Heavy duty staple gun w/ 3/8" upholstery staples

General Materials:
3" wood screws
Wood glue
Wood putty
Tape measure
Drill driver w/ Philips drill bit
Pneumatic nail gun
18ga finish nails
Choice of paint
Paint tray and rollers
Belt sander


1. Make the base frame by connecting the (2) 2" × 4" × 63" MDF to (2)

2" × 4" × 30" MDF in a square formation, as shown

2. Lay out the interior legs inside the square, starting at the middle point (use a tape measure to find the 31½" middle point). It doesn’t have to be exact ­– you can eyeball it because the interior won’t be seen

3. Continue to lay out the remaining 2" × 4" × 30" interior legs inside the square. There should be a total of (5) being used and about 13¾" apart

4. Now that you have the layout, screw the frame together by using 3" wood screws. Make sure to insert (2) screws per connection, as shown

5. Double check that all the legs are drilled into the frame

6. Install the (7) 2" × 4" × 17" standing legs. Place (2) legs in the back, (1) in the middle and (4) up front, as shown

These (2) will be placed in the back corners and then will be drilled into place with (2) 3" wood screws per leg, like so

7. Attach the middle standing leg on the onto the middle base leg

and drill in (2) 3" wood screws to secure it there

8. Now for the (4) front standing legs, first attach (2) onto the far front corners

9. Then the last two will be placed in the middle of the base legs like below

Make sure all the standing legs have been secured with (2) 3" wood screws

10. Now, the (4) 2" × 4" × 13 ½" MDF remaining legs will be placed next to the (4) 2" × 4" × 17" front legs, resting on the 2" × 4" × 63" MDF base.

It should look like this

11. Screw (2) 3" wood screws through the (4) additional legs in the top and the bottom, as shown

12. The base is complete! Now flip over so the legs are supporting the fixture

13. Apply a generous amount of wood glue to the (4) front exterior legs then press the ¾" × 19" × 63 ¼" particleboard onto the fixture. This will be the face of the reading nook

14. Then secure the particleboard with the pneumatic nail gun and 18ga finishing nails. Insert the finishing nails where the legs are placed so the nails have something to go through

15. Apply wood glue across the top of the particleboard, which is where the ½" × 4" × 63 ½" trim will be placed

16. Insert 18ga finish nails every 8" along the trim

17. The pneumatic nail gun may make some holes when inserting the nails, so apply wood putty on those spots and let dry for 10 minutes

18. Once the wood putty is dry, use a belt sander to soften the edges

19. Time to paint! Pour the desired colored paint into the paint tray and with the paint roller apply the paint onto the face of the reading nook

20. Apply an even thick coat of paint and let dry for 2 hours

21. While the face is drying, let’s get started on the bench’s upholstery. Spray one side of the 1" × 32 ¼" × 63 ¼" MDF with the spray adhesive. Make sure to spray a thick coat of adhesive to the MDF board

22. Carefully place the 4" foam on top of the sprayed board. You might need a buddy for this step

23. Set aside. Lay out your choice of fabric on the table, then on top of the fabric lay out the 1" upholstery batting

24. Then place the foam/MDF board onto the batting and fabric. Make sure the 4" foam is facing down

25. Tuck the batting and fabric over the 1" MDF board very tightly and use the T50 heavy-duty staple gun with the 3/8" upholstery staples to secure the batting/fabric down onto the board

26. Staple all around the perimeter of the MDF board. The corners can be folded over and tucked like a present; it doesn’t have to look that pretty because you won’t see the fabric corners when it’s installed into the room, but make sure that the fabric is being tucked in very tightly to avoid wrinkles

27. Once you have stapled down the fabric, cut off the excess with the scissors but leave about 3" of fabric

28. Once the bench’s paint is dry, place the upholstered cushion onto the bench and your reading nook is complete

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