Introduction: Bookshelf Chair

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Hello everyone, my name is Darko and this in my first Instructables.

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. This chair is made by Giovanni Gennari and Alisée Matta of nobody&co

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.

Step 1: ​Materials:

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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

Miter Saw

Cordless Drills

Jig Saw

Kreg Jig Mini or Kreg Jig K4 Master system

Compressor and nail gun

Various length clamps

Normal tools like hammer, tape measure and measuring triangle

Step 3: Let's Start Building

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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

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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

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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.

Step 6: First Floor

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Closeups of completed first level sides

Step 7: Seating Area and Sides

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I did not take any pictures of adding horizontal seating area piece but it is same size square piece of plywood like the base piece and it was glued down only.

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.

Step 8: Bookshelf Sides

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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.

Step 9: Top and Side View

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Top and side view of completed sides

Step 10: Back Same As Sides

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

Step 11: Slowly Coming Together With Sides and Back

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

Step 12: Top Shelf

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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 it better to the seating area while wood glue dried.

Step 13: Almost Done

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Finally, we have pics of completed unpainted bookshelf chair.

Step 14: Lets Paint

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

Step 15: Lets Wrap It Up

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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. To see more of my work visit


Brandon-cricketR (author)2017-12-10

can i get the cut lists please im having a lot of trouble figuring them out

Swansong (author)2017-10-13

One of my friends made one of these a few years ago and I'm so jealous. These are so awesome! :)

shadowcat123 (author)2017-05-24

This is awesome thank you for sharing it ! ^_^

gwendolynn250 (author)2017-03-27

Beautiful work! About how much did this weigh when you were finished?

Hillywins (author)2017-03-05

well, I upgraded and still no download availability. I am doubting what this is really all about.

aprilrayne2012 (author)2017-02-28

I can't download the pattern even with premium

AndyR104 (author)2017-02-27

How long did it take to build this chair?

chairplans (author)2017-02-25

I want to download this plan. Every time I click "download" I get the pop up asking me to upgrade to "premium" I don't want to upgrade. When I click no thanks It goes back to original page without a download. Very frustrating

ScottB318 (author)2016-10-26

I want to download this plan. Every time I click "download" I get the pop up asking me to upgrade to "premium" I don't want to upgrade. When I click no thanks It goes back to original page without a download. Very frustrating

Averylamb7 (author)ScottB3182017-01-02

That's because it's a premium benifit

cnkneip47 (author)ScottB3182016-11-02

I have the same problem ScottB318

SamuelG106 made it! (author)2016-12-31

For my fiance :)

Rvanhoy (author)2016-12-16

what is the size of the base cut out of the plywood. it dosent say on istructions, i hope the height of the of the first level is as stated 29 inches. please let me know

ScottH276 (author)2016-12-04

If I upgrade to premium will that give me detailed plans with cut lists?

T0BY (author)2016-11-28

That's impressive! What a great idea!

Krosegray made it! (author)2016-09-26

Two drawers, swivel base, Java stained bibliochaise. Thank you for the idea, Darko!

Mexican Llama (author)2016-06-24

So beautiful!

Ireek RN (author)2016-06-20

Great idea, all fav books in one place :)

MartL made it! (author)2016-06-10

I made several adjustments for it, but I'm really thankful for the idea you gave me! It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. Mine is made from birch and plywood.

Ireek RN (author)MartL2016-06-20

This one is beautiful actually!

GaryS183 (author)2016-05-19

Looks liks a fun project. Couple of weekends. One improvement would be slanting the back of the vhair about 15 degrees. This will be fun to build

ZanderVog (author)2016-05-05


dangd02 (author)2015-06-25


Thanks for the great post and terrific project! I want to do this for my 5-year daughter. I have not previous woodworkling experience. Sorry for the dumb question(s), but how did you secure the base to the 2x2 pines and 1x2 pines? according to the photo, the base is flushed to the 1x2 but since the plywood is only 3/4", how is this possible? As for the 2x2 pine, did you use Kreg? thanks!

SaavikF (author)dangd022016-04-09

I'm working on building one, and I don't know what DarkoK actually did, but I suspect he used 1x2 cleats secured by Kreg pocket screws underneath the base, just like the seat level--the 1x2s are also 3/4 inch so it makes it level. The side 1x2s are secured to the 2x2 uprights with Kregs as well. Anyway, that's a strategy that would work (assuming you haven't already figured this out, just realized your question is 10months old).

SaavikF (author)2016-04-09

Thank you for this instructable! It is so fantastic and I'm working on building a variation, but I realize there's one part of your construction I don't understand: in step 12, you lay down strips of plywood for the top shelf. I have no idea what is supporting it. In one of the pictures it looks like you might have put a 1x2 cleat on the inside of the back (but then where did you place the screws so they don't hit all the screws in the 2x2s?), but otherwise it looks like you might have just used glue and clamps? I don't see anything that supports it on the seat area side. And I can't imagine glue is actually enough for the load from a shelf of books. What am I missing here? Did you rout a channel on the seat side? Is that enough support?

PattyC22 (author)2016-04-03

I love this. I have sent a picture to my son, he would enjoy this a ton.

Book Girl (author)2015-09-21

My chair :)

PattyC22 (author)Book Girl2016-04-03

this is very nice

Cyclones92 (author)Book Girl2015-12-29

I like this one since I wouldn't be able to knock books over. The original design...I could see myself adjusting and knock over all the books. :D

AliséeM (author)Cyclones922016-04-02

don't worry we worked on the Bibliochaise design for years, the books don't get knocked down:) you comfortably rest your elbows on the sides and they varely touch the books. We studied it inch by inch:) thankyou, Alisée of Nobody&co.

eGadgetGuy (author)Book Girl2015-12-31

Please share your design and any pics of the progress. I am interested and your design seems to be a big improvement on an already genius project.

lh84 (author)Book Girl2015-11-19

hey book girl, what are the dimensions of your chair? looks really good!

Book Girl (author)lh842015-11-19

I didnt make it, my grandpa did. I'll ask him when i get the chance. Thanks and sorry i wasnt much help

Darko K (author)Book Girl2015-10-26

Nice !

miwin1000 (author)2015-12-30

I don't like the sharp corners everywhere. I'd like to see a way to round those off for safety reasons. thanks

AliséeM (author)miwin10002016-04-02

we also designed a Bibliochaise with rounded corners, it is called Bibliochaise Luna, which means Moon in italian:) thankxx, Alisée and Giovanni, Nobody&co.

kelmet1973 (author)2016-02-08

What is the depth of the seat

Darko K (author)kelmet19732016-03-14

exact size of seating area is Length 28" 3/8 x Width 25" 7/8 x Deep 15" 5/8.

giuseppev7 (author)2016-02-14

Wonderful idea for a fanatic book reader! Wery well done

ShaunD16 (author)2016-02-11

please make the bookshelf couch or the bookshelf loveseat its aso great for video gamers to for there games for ps3 or xbox 1 ect and books or ect

Tiffa025 (author)2016-02-06

Can you tell me the weight limit on this one please?

SandyS69 (author)2016-02-01

Thank you for such a complete instruction manual and for all of the photos to go with it. I may never get it made, but I certainly enjoyed learning about how to make a bookcase chair.

Wildfin (author)2016-01-29

Sharing for my bookshop diy-ers!

TheresaL4 (author)2016-01-28


Sean_Anderson (author)2016-01-28

This is awesome! Certainly one for my "to do" list.

RoryJamie26 (author)2016-01-07

Hi Darko K

I'm a crocheter and there are lots of ladies/gents on our worldwide website who have seen your chair and instead of books filling the gaps can see yarn. Dual purpose again! My daughter has seen it and wants one too! My carpentry skills aren't up to this but I think it's just a fab design - such a good idea.

rosey gillespie (author)2016-01-04


I haven't seen such a great gift in years. So useful and comfy for all ages. Plus it is a real to talk about piece of furniture. I just love it and for those who are sensitive to color change - they can easily change it with a coat of paint. Thank you for sharing.

aa60 (author)2015-12-31

I love this concept.......

I feel cosy just looking at it, all it needs is a "Do not disturb sign"......

bradleyheathhays (author)2015-12-30

Would like to see this redesigned to include overall beefier cushions in general as well as having the tops of the cushions roll over the top shelf edges for better arm comfort. Awesome potential here!

Aubrienna (author)2015-12-29

OH. MY. GOSH!!!!!!! I love to read so, so much, this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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