Childrens Storage Chair

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 23:00
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This extremely sturdy storage chair is not just easy to build and highly functional, it's also super cute! I made this chair for my daughter quite a while ago, and it's the go-to chair for her room. I find myself often sitting at it, because the chair is so sturdy. The storage compartment is perfect for books or crayons or even playdoh. Hope you paint yours a bright color.

11 1/2" x 14" x 26 1/4"


Shopping List

1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 1 foot long
1 - 1x12 @ 14" long

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 2×2 @ 26 1/4″ (Legs, you can choose to taper the tops as shown in the plans)
2 – 1×4 @ 11″ (Back Rails)
1 – 2×2 @ 11″ (Back Joint Piece)
2- 1×2 @ 11″ (Back and Front of Seat Apron)
2 – 1×2 @ 9 1/2″ (Sides of Seat Apron)
2 – 2×2 @ 13 1/4″ (Front Legs)
1 – 1×10 @ 11″ (Bottom of Storage Compartment)
2 – 1×4 @ 11″ (Front and Back of Storage Compartment)
2 – 1×4 @ 9 1/2″ (Sides of Storage Compartment)
1 – 1×2 @ 11″ (Back, Seat Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 14″ (Seat Top)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Always predrill with a coutnersink bit and use screws. Make sure you use glue for all of your joints. Check for square after each step (see the HOW-TO section). Cut all your boards first to make assembly faster.


Step 1

Back Legs. If you choose to taper your back legs, A, measure and mark in a straight line as shown above. Then cut using either a jigsaw or a round saw. Please note the chair that I made, I skipped this step (and it looks fine!)

Step 2

Chair Back. Screw the first of your chair back pieces, B, to the legs as shown above. Keep top and back edges flush. Also note, you can cut out an arch in the back, as done by Land of Nod in the first photo.

Step 3

Chair Back. Repeat step 2 for the second chair back piece. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 4

Joint Piece. Add the Chair joint piece, C, as shown above. Keep side edges flush. Make sure you use 2 screws per side.

Step 5

Step 6

Chair Apron and Legs. Construct the above chair legs and apron piece, as shown above, using pieces D, E and F. You will only need to use 1 screw to screw from each of the legs into each of the aprons, for a total of 2 screws per leg. However, make sure you add 2 screws from the side apron into the end edges of the back apron.

Step 7

Putting the Chair Together. Here’s my secret trick. Place the two chair pieces together, as shown above. Adjust the chair so the back apron is flush on all outside edges with the Joint Piece. Then fasten with 1 screw near the center of the back apron, as shown above. Allow the chair to “self level” by wiggling it until the chair rests flat. Then finish screwing the chair together by adding a screw on either end of the back apron into the Joint Piece.

Step 8

Building the Storage Box. If you have your nailer handy, build the storage box as shown above. You will only be able to nail through the bottom of the storage box sides into the edges of the bottom of the storage box. The corners will be free. If you do not have a nailer, go ahead and use screws. You can use shorter screws here, like 1 1/2″ screws.

Step 9

Attaching the Storage Box. Position the storage box on the legs, as shown above. Then screw through the legs into the storage box sides. You will only need 2 screws per leg. Remember to glue and use the longer screws (2 1/2″).

Step 10

Top Back Piece. Screw or nail the back top piece in place, using either 2″ nails or the 1 1/2″ screws. Keep the edges flush with the back legs.

Step 11

Chair Seat. You may wish to paint the storage compartment before attaching the seat. When you do attach the seat you can either just nail through the top of the seat into the apron, or you can flip the chair over and predrill and screw through the aprons into the the bottom of the seat. If you are painting the chair, nailing is easier. If you are staining, screwing from underneath would hide your screw holes here.

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MamaB (not verified)

Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:10

This is such a cute chair and I can't wait to make it, but I'm wondering.. is this too advanced for a first time project?

Sabra (not verified)

Wed, 01/06/2010 - 18:45

holy holy holy! just found you and you are a genius! my jaw has been hanging open through 5 pages of your posts. Now to just get my husband on board with helping me make some of this stuff. I can't believe you just offer these plans up for free! !!!! thought I should add a few more because I'm just that excited :)

also, your post on the jeans in your dryer? loved it.

jharmonfamilyblogs (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 09:26

I love this chair! Would you be able to give me some tips on how I might modify it to have the storage part enclosed and have the seat hinged? I am not a carpentar by any means, but I think that I might be able to attempt this.

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:10

You are such a mind reader! That is exactly what I was thinking as I was building this chair . . . the seat should be hinged and the storage compartment enclosed Just use a larger board width for the apron pieces, probably a 1x6 or 1x8(you don't want the chair to become too heavy) instead of the 1x2. Forget about the existing storage compartment. Then use a 1x10 for the bottom of the compartment. Then put hinges on the 1x12 where it meets the 1x2 back top piece, so the 1x12 folds up.

I could work up some plans, but it will be a while . . . very backlogged with requests.

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 09:33

Mandy, of course you can make barstools, but the higher you go, the more you have to worry about structure. I would like to try to build a barstool myself before posting plans. Chairs look easy, but the only thing easy about build them is cutting the boards.

That said, I'm looking at our cheap barstools that I bought years before I became a carpenter, and they are esentially the same design, without backs, and they are still working fine.

Marija (not verified)

Tue, 01/19/2010 - 02:19

I'm so happy and pleased to see these chairs and most of all, the instructions for measures and process of making it :)

I hope one day I'll make these chairs come true, they're incredible.
Imaginative, practical and don't look complicated :)

Thank you!
Marija (Zagreb,Croatia)

Jay (not verified)

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 12:45

I love your blog. I know this is a relatively old post but i was wondering... what is the name of the paint you used on the pink chair? Its perfect! Did you put a finish on top of the paint or just paint it and let it dry?

thank you!

Sara Jayne (not verified)

Mon, 03/15/2010 - 09:00

We built this chair yesterday and gave it a little added flair. We chamfered the top of the back legs, and the tops and bottoms of the back rails and the edges of the seat (cut it at a 45 degree). We thought that it made it more kid friendly, saved lots of sanding time and gives it a very cute, different look. We still have to fill holes, sand and paint, but will be sure to send pics.