How to build a biblio chair

Bibliophile… a lover of books! If that describes you, this has to be the perfect chair (well almost, since there’s nowhere to sit your coffee cup)! Indulge yourself by reading for an entire day, sitting on a pile of books! Well, sort of. All you need is a slave (or willing family member) to bring you food and drink as demanded 🙂

Bookshelf Chair

This particular bookshelf chair or biblio-chaise was built by a DIY-er for his wife. We think she’s a happy girl after getting this gift!

DIY Bookshelf Chair

Though it looks big and wide in the photos, this furniture item actually fits through a standard door opening. In fact, it’s about the same size as a regular single seat sofa. But since this chair is also a bookshelf, it’s got to be a real winner as great space-saving furniture. Perfect for those running out of shelf space!

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What we love even more about this DIY project is that it’s easy to build. Read more below to see how DIY-er Darko made his bookshelf chair!

Seat sizing:

We’ve had numerous requests for plans for this chair but it is very dependent on personal taste and timber size availablityThis can obviously be adjusted to body size but in this instance, the dimensions of the seating area are Length 28″ 3/8 x Width 25″ 7/8 x Deep 15″ 5/8.

You’ll need these materials:

  • 2 pcs 4×8′ sheets of 3/4″ Plywood
  • 6 pcs 8′ of 2×1″ Pine Strips
  • 4 pcs 8′ of 2×2″ Pine
  • 2 boxes 1-1/4″ Kreg Pocket Screws
  • Wood Glue

And these tools:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Measuring Triangle
  • Hammer
  • Marker
  • Wood Clamps (of various lengths)
  • Miter Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Compressor and Nail Gun
  • Kreg Jig

Steps:

Bookshelf Chair

I started by creating a base that is cut out of 4×8 sheet of plywood and built sides by using 2 x 2-inch pine. Sides are 29″ tall.

In between 2 x 2’s I used 2 x 1-inch pieces of pine.

To secure 2 x 2 and 2 x 1 pieces to plywood platform, I used Gorilla glue and Kreg pocket screws.

Bookshelf ChairThen I used more 2 x 1-inch pine to create support for a first story piece of plywood and secured it with pocket screws and wood glue.

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Closeups of completed first level sides.

Bookshelf Chair

I did not take any pictures of adding horizontal seating area piece but it is same size square piece of plywood like the base piece and it was glued down only.

Bookshelf Chair

Bookshelf ChairNext I started with upper bookshelf slots with 2 x2 in pines. To secure them I used the same method of Kreg pocket screws and wood glue. The seating area is 28.5″ long and 26″ wide.

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  • What are the specs on the finished project? It looks like you cut the first piece of plywood in half so it is 4×4. I want to build one for my daughter. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Carroll Aasen

    Where can I find or purchase a set of plans for this chair?

  • Are there Plans with Dimensions for this project?

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