Bookshelf Chair

Comfortable Bookshelf Chair: Affordable 6-Step Project

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Bookshelf Chair
Bookshelf Chair

Top and side view of completed sides.

Bookshelf Chair

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

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Bookshelf Chair
Bookshelf Chair
Bookshelf Chair

4. Cut out the plywood to fill in support for all the top three sides of the bookshelf chair. As you see, I used clamps to secure it better to the seating area while wood glue dried.

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Bookshelf Chair
Bookshelf Chair

These are the pictures of the completed unpainted bookshelf chair.

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5. Give your bookshelf chair a fresh coat of paint. Consider the existing colour scheme and theme of the room where the bookshelf chair will be placed. Opt for a colour that complements the overall ambience, ensuring seamless integration.

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6. Enhance comfort with cushions and more… Now, let the books come forth and indulge in the joy of reading!

Thanks to dkavazovic for this great project!

Bookshelf Chair.
An eye-catching and unique piece of furniture.

Extra Tips

To guarantee the utmost success of your bookshelf chair project, here are some additional tips:

1. Test the seating. Before fully loading the bookshelf chair with books, sit on it and test the seating area’s sturdiness and comfort. This hands-on evaluation allows you to identify any potential issues and make necessary adjustments to ensure an enjoyable and secure reading experience.

2. Infuse your bookshelf chair with personality by incorporating decals or other decorative elements. Personalize the chair with inspiring quotes, artistic artwork, or delightful decals that celebrate the joy of books and reading.

3. Organize books strategically. When arranging books on the shelves, consider grouping them by genre or size for a more organized and visually appealing display. By thoughtfully organizing your books, create a harmonious and functional system that caters to your reading preferences.

4. Consider ergonomics. If you plan to spend long hours reading on the chair, ensure it provides adequate back support and comfortable seating to avoid strain or discomfort.

5. Maintain the chair. Regularly inspect and clean your bookshelf chair to keep it in excellent condition. Dust the shelves and cushions, and check for any loose screws or parts that may require tightening or replacement.

Remember, building a bookshelf chair is both a creative and practical endeavour. Take your time, enjoy the process, and revel in the satisfaction of creating a beautiful and functional piece that will enrich your reading experience for years to come.

Integration With Home Decor

Integrating a bookshelf chair into your home decor seamlessly combines functionality with aesthetic appeal, offering a unique piece of furniture that stands out as much more than just a place to sit or store books. You’re looking to add a modern, minimalist, vintage, or eclectic style to your space with a bookshelf chair as your focal point. Doing so will reflect your taste and love for books.

Below is how you’re going to include your bookshelf onto your space’s design.

Complementing Modern and Minimalist Interiors

For homes that lean towards a modern or minimalist design, opt for a bookshelf chair with clean lines and a simple color palette. Consider a bookshelf chair in monochrome shades like black, white, or grey. These colors easily integrate with modern decor, maintaining a clean and clutter-free aesthetic. To add a splash of color, use cushions or decorative items in bold hues or geometric patterns.

Adding Warmth to Rustic Themes

Rustic home decor benefits greatly from the addition of a bookshelf chair made from natural wood. Choose a chair with a natural finish to emphasize the wood’s grain and textures, which adds warmth and a cozy feel to your space. Accessorize with soft, plush cushions in earthy tones or tartan patterns to complement the rustic charm of your room.

Enhancing Vintage Vibes

A bookshelf chair can also find its place in a vintage-styled interior. Look for designs that feature ornate details or incorporate reclaimed wood. Painting your bookshelf chair in pastel shades or applying techniques like distressing can add a touch of age and character, making it a perfect match for your vintage decor. Pair it with floral or lace cushions to enhance its antique appeal.

Mixing with Eclectic Decor

Eclectic interiors welcome the bookshelf chair as a statement piece that adds both function and personality. Don’t shy away from bold colors or unconventional designs. An eclectic decor scheme allows for greater creativity, so consider customizing your bookshelf chair with vibrant paint, funky decals, or an assortment of colorful cushions. The key is to balance the boldness with other elements in the room to create a cohesive yet dynamic look.

Balancing Function and Style

Regardless of your decor style, the bookshelf chair should be both a practical and stylish addition to your home. Ensure it is positioned in a space where it can be admired and used regularly. Whether it’s creating a cozy reading nook in a living room corner or adding extra seating and storage to a home office, the bookshelf chair’s integration should always enhance the room’s functionality and aesthetic.

The bookshelf chair is more than just furniture; it’s a reflection of personal style, a love for books, and an appreciation for innovative design. By thoughtfully integrating it into your home decor, you create not only a practical piece for reading and storage but also a conversation starter that adds character and charm to your living space. With the right placement and styling, your bookshelf chair will become a cherished part of your home.

Page-Turner’s Haven

Unveil your inner craftsman and start a creative journey to construct a captivating bookshelf chair in just 5 easy steps. Embrace the joy of woodworking as you gather top-notch materials, meticulously assemble the base and bookshelves, and add a comfortable seating area.

With a personalized touch, this unique piece of furniture becomes a cozy sanctuary for book lovers, where literary adventures await and cherished reads to find a home.

Let your passion for DIY flourish and revel in the fulfillment of crafting a bookshelf chair that combines utility and artistic flair. Happy building!

Feeling even more inspired? Take it a step further and explore building a tree shaped bookshelf!



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