Bookshelf Chair

October 23, 2014 D-Man 8 comments

Task to build bookshelf chair  aka ”biblio-chaise” that can hold as many as 18 feet of books.

After seeing this online on for $5000, I thought it would be great DIY build  for the fraction of the cost.

This is also present to my wife.

Since actual sizes were not available online, I came up with my own by ensuring that the final project would fit through normal door opening.

Bookshelf Chair final measurements are 41.5″ wide by 34.5″ long and 29″ tall.



2 sheets of 3/4 plywood boards that come in 4 X 8

6 X 8ft 2 x1 inch pine strips

4 x 8ft 2 x 2 inch pine



Miter Saw

Cordless Drills

Various clamps

Kreg Jig


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

Once sides were attached, I used 2×2 pine strips to make connect the sides and make the better edge for they plywood sheet.


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.


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


View of support for the seating area


Closeups of completed first level sides.

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I did not take any pictures of adding horizontal seating area piece but is the square piece of plywood that was glued down.

Next 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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Closeup of bookshelf slats and how pocket screws were used to interlock each piece of 2×2 pine to each other.

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Top View of completed sides

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View of the back as it was built using 2×2

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Different views of completed slats for the back side of the chair

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Next I cut out the plywood to fill in support for the all top three sides of the bookshelf chair.  As you see, I used clamps to secure better the shelf with wood glue.

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Finally, we have pics of completed unfinished bookshelf chair.

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For the color, I had my wife choose the wild color of her choice.

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Finally, cushions where a custom made by my mother in law to tie it all up.

Bring on the books and the reading enjoyment.


Thank you for checking out my project.

8 Comments on “Bookshelf Chair

  1. Okay so I am not crafty or good with building things so if I wanted to buy one from you how much would it cost?

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