Task to build bookshelf chair aka ”biblio-chaise” that can hold as many as 18 feet of books.
After seeing this online on houzz.com 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
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.
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.
Closeup of bookshelf slats and how pocket screws were used to interlock each piece of 2×2 pine to each other.
Top View of completed sides
View of the back as it was built using 2×2
Different views of completed slats for the back side of the chair
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.
Finally, we have pics of completed unfinished bookshelf chair.
For the color, I had my wife choose the wild color of her choice.
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.