Kids Chair with Storage

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:51
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build your own kids chairs with storage.  It's perfect for homeschool or playrooms where each child can have their own chair, with their own supplies stored right in their chair!  Solid wood design is easy to paint or stain.  Simple woodworking project requires no special tools or techniques.  

kids chair with storage

Kids Chair with Storage Features

  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • About $15 in materials to build each chair
  • Easy to build plan designed for a novice woodworker
  • Uses basic tools
  • Classic style can is beautiful painted or stained
  • Storage compartment is big enough for notebooks and more
  • Works with standard children's tables

DIY Kids Table Plans

We have lots of table plans to pair this chair with.  You can see all the plans here.

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated to be easier to build and lighter weight.  If you would like to access the old plan, they are available here.

Dimensions
kids chair dimensions
13" x 14" x 28 1/4"

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 13 feet of 1x3 boards (Recommend buying two 8'- 1x3 furring strips and cut the good parts out for the chair and discard the bad sections)
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 14"
  • 1/4" plywood minimum 12" x 12"
  • 3/4" and 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 1-1/2" self tapping screws like these
  • Wood glue
  • wood filler, paint or stain
Cut List
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 11" - seat frames
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 12-1/2" - seat frames
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" (can be 12" x 12" if you are trying to make the pieces work on a dimensional piece of plywood) - storage bottom
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 28" - back legs
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 13-1/4" - front legs
  • 1- 1x2 @ 12-1/2" - seat back
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 12-1/2" - back slats
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 14" - seat
Cutting Instructions

The best way to cut the pieces for this chair is with a compound miter saw.  You can also use a circular saw.

It may be easier to sand the boards before cutting, especially if there are rough patches.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Build two frames with 1x3s.  Attach at corners with 1-1/2" self tapping screws, two screws per joint.

Attach 1/4" plywood to bottom of the frame with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 2

Cut back legs in taper if desired, starting the taper at 14" from the bottom of the leg.

Attach the frames to the legs, with the tops of the frames at 13-1/4". 

Use glue and screw at a slight angle from the inside of the frames into the back side of the legs.  Screws at an angle will be stronger, and also since your screws are 1-1/2" long, there is a risk of the screw popping through.  The angle will help with that.

Step 3

Attach back rests with the 1-1/2" self tapping screws.

Then add the seat back with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 4

Attach seat with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
For a stained finish, sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Remove sanding residue. Apply stain with a foam brush (disposable) or a paper towel or disposable shop towel (or old socks work too). Screw holes can be filled later with color matched wood filler if needed. Clear coat can be added to protect the wood stain.

For a painted finish, apply wood filler to all holes, overfilling holes. Let the wood filler completely dry. Sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum all sanding residue off. Apply primer and paint (or a paint and primer in one). Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve even coverage. We recommend a semigloss for this project.
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Comments

lorasolis

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:50

I did a pair of these chairs and am so happy they went together so easily. N ow if I can figure out how to attach pics I'll be 100% finished! One of them I did a chalkboard paint on the seat. The kids will write all over the chair anyway.

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 04/23/2011 - 16:03

I am trying to build this chair and notice that in the cut list 1x2 is mentioned. It is not included in the shopping list. Am I missing something? Please help. TIA

billyunderhill3

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:19

Looks like a nice sturdy chair. But I have a couple questions. I don't see a 1x2 on the Shopping List, and I'm a little confused on how the side aprons are attached to the front legs. You said to use 2 screws per leg and 1 screw per apron. Do I simply screw from the outside of the leg into the apron towards the top for one screw, and towards the bottom for the other?

Mkellogg1

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:00

FYI.... Your "Shopping List" failed to mention the 1x2 board. But the pieces are accounted for in the "Cut List".

Mkellogg1

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:03

Ana.... Love the chair plans, but the assembly Step 9 & Step 10 use the same picture, and Step 9 is supposed to show the attachment of the storage tray. I don't see a location dimension for the storage tray anywhere. Any help ?

moonprysm

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 17:38

I'm in the process of building our homeschool "one room schoolhouse". I'm trying to figure out what kind of chairs to make. I have a 10 year old who's almost 5ft tall, a 7 year old, and a 5 year old. Are these like, toddler size chairs, or would they work for my boys? 

bwaters86

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 13:06

Where can you find the 1x12x14? I tried looking online at my local lowes and home depot and it doesn't seem like they carry this board?? PLEASE HELP ASAP as I am planning to build this chair tomorrow. THANKS IN ADVANCE