A Readers Dream Chair: How To Build A Bookshelf Chair


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There is nothing better on a cold evening to get cozy around the fireplace reading a book. What better than this couch built for the bookworm at heart. People creativity amaze me. Such inexpensive materials, a little elbow grease and a couch to enjoy for time to come. Are you handy at heart, what about building something like this for your children or one of your loved ones. Make sure you ask them what their favorite color is, who knows they might ask for a rainbow colored one. Please share with your friends and enjoy!

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Hello everyone, my name is Darko , my task was to build a bookshelf chair aka ”biblio-chaise” that can hold as many as 18 feet of books.

After finding a similar couch on houzz.com for $5000, I thought it would be great DIY build for the fraction of the cost. This was also a 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 ( bought more expensive plywood for around $40 per sheet)

6 X 8ft of 2 x1 inch pine strips

4 x 8ft of 2 x 2 inch pine

2 boxes of 1 1/4" Kreg pocket screws

1 bottle Gorilla wood glue 

Step 2: Tools:

Patience and precision

12in Miter Saw http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/miter-sa...

Cordless Drills

Jig Saw

Compressor and nail gun

Various length clamps

Normal tools like hammer, tape measure and measuring triangle

Step 3: Let's start building 

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.

Step 4: Build the foundation 

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.

Step 5: Create support 

Then 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.