Bookshelf Chair

How to Build a Bookshelf Chair in 6 Easy Steps

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)! Pamper yourself with a chill day, lounging on a pile of books in this awesome biblio-chaise, also commonly known as a bookshelf chair! 

Well, sort of. All you need is a slave (or willing family member) to bring you food and drink as demanded :)

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

Though it looks big and wide in the photos, this furniture item fits through a standard door opening. 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!

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!

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Your Own Bookshelf Chair!

If you’re a book lover who cherishes both comfort and functionality, this guide is tailor-made for you. Imagine immersing yourself in a captivating novel while sitting cozily on a chair that doubles as a bookshelf, keeping your literary treasures within arm’s reach.

In this comprehensive guide, walk through every step of the process, making it easy to transform ordinary materials into a remarkable piece of furniture. Also, learn the step-by-step techniques for crafting your very own bookshelf chair.

Ready to embark on this captivating journey?


  • 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


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

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Bookshelf Chair


Here’s how to build a bookshelf chair, as outlined by DIY-er Darko:

1. Start by creating a base that is cut out of 4×8 sheets of plywood and built sides by using 2 x 2-inch pine. The 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 the plywood platform, use Gorilla glue and Kreg pocket screws.

Bookshelf Chair

2. Then use more 2 x 1-inch pine to create support for a first-story piece of plywood and secure it with pocket screws and wood glue.

Bookshelf Chair
Bookshelf Chair

Closeups of completed first-level sides.

Bookshelf Chair

Unfortunately, no pictures are available for the horizontal seating area piece. However, it is worth noting that it is a square piece of plywood, identical in size to the base piece, and was securely glued in place.

Bookshelf Chair

Bookshelf Chair

3. Next start with upper bookshelf slots with 2 x2 in pines. To secure them use the same method of Kreg pocket screws and wood glue. The seating area is 28.5″ long and 26″ wide.

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