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.


Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 16:49

I love your site. I was in the middle of making my own plans for a PB Cameron cubby when I found your site. This will save me lots of time!! Do you have plans for the rectangle kids table I see in one of the pictures?

Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 16:50

I love your site. I was in the middle of making my own plans for a PB Cameron cubby when I found your site. This will save me lots of time!! Do you have plans for the rectangle kids table I see in one of the pictures?

Kristen McCourtie (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 15:42

I love love love this site - Ive been looking through it for hours - choosing the projects for my new (first) house.
I really really need bar stools - and because this is my first project - I would to be able to work off a plan - I know you havnt done these yet - so Ill hold off until you do! Im searching the rest of the net for something similar - with no luck. I just want it to be plain wooden square stools with no backs so when pushed together -they could make a bench.
Any ideas??
Your newest fan!!

the letter "J" (not verified)

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 10:12

so I may be blind, but I could only see a "cut list" and not a "buy list" did I some how miss it?? I'm starting a preschool and am building these and one of the table on here....I'm soooo excited!!

The Sanchez Family (not verified)

Sun, 08/22/2010 - 05:18

I too am wondering if you have the plans for a kids table to go with the chairs. Also some advice on painting. Do you put a top coat on it or just staight paint....glossy paint? This is an AWESOME blog!

Melanie (not verified)

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 17:22

I love your website! And I love this chair! I wonder how hard it would be to make it into a one piece school desk?!

Elena (not verified)

Sat, 12/18/2010 - 04:39

Wow! Ana! I know many people told you how great you are. I just stumbled on your website and I am absolutely inspired! Thank you so much for sharing. I will try to make a chair for my 1 year old daughter. I am stay at home mom also! Oh, Ana! You are really genius!

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