Sunday, August 23, 2020

Vanity Chair

 Because, after not posting for so long, this is exactly what you wanted to get from me, right?!

Many moons ago (2014), I posted the little vanity chair that was built for the big kid so that she could comfortably do her homework. 

We still have/use/love this chair, but it's no longer our "homework spot", and we're considering getting rid of the chair/table that was built so lovingly for the Big Kid. 

Gosh, this room looks completely different now. 

All this time, and I still haven't posted the plans for this chair. Not because the build is difficult! If you can follow simple building directions, you can build the chair. It's the upholstering part that I worry will be difficult to do. Not because I don't trust your ability, but because I didn't document it well (I wasn't sure it was going to work!). 

So! Because it's not my responsibility to hold you back, I am giving the world the plans for this chair (all two of you that might be interested in this). I've got some description on how I upholstered it, but I just winged it. I know you can, too. 

Can I ask a favor? If you do make/upholster this, please document the steps for anyone else interested. I've only had about 15-20 reach out to me about it over the years, but if we can help someone out, why not do it?

This is a great plan to use up some wood scraps!


·      1 – 2x4 @ 4’

·      1 – 2x2 @ 4’

·      1 – 1x8 @ 4’

·      1 – 1x3 @ 4’

·      1 – 1x2 @ 1’

·      1 – ¾” ply @ 12 ¾” x 13 ½”

·      1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws

·      Wood Glue

·      1 yard fabric of choice

·      1” Foam Padding (13” x  20”)

·      Batting

·      Upholstery Staples and/or tack strips

·      Spray Adhesive *optional

Cut List:

·      2 – 2x4 @ 24” (back legs)

·      2 – 2x2 @ 17 ½” (front legs)

·      2 – 1x8 @ 8 ¾” (arms)

·      1 – 1x8 @ 11 ¼” (back)

·      1 – ¾” Ply @ 12 ¾” x 13 ½” (seat)

·      2 – 1x3 @ 4 ¾” (side aprons)

·      2 – 1x3 @ 11 ¼” (back aprons)

·      1 – 1 x 2 @ 11 ¼” (front apron)

Step 1:

Measure and mark the back leg measurements. Cut out with a jig saw (can cut with a circular or table saw, but will have to finish up the inner corners of the back with a jig saw).

Step 2:

Attach the back, keeping it flush to the front of the legs and the top of the legs. Use 1 ¼” pocket holes and glue.

Step 3:

Measure and mark the cut out on the arms. Cut out with a jig saw.


Step 4:

Attach the arms using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and glue.


Step 5:

Measure and mark the notches on the seat. Pre-drill pocket holes facing the notches to attach the legs, and along the back and sides  to attach the seat to the back later on.


Step 6:

Attach side and front apron. The side aprons should be pocket holed into the leg and the seat, while the front apron can be only attached to the legs, if you so desire. Be sure to pre-drill pocket holes on the “back” of the side aprons to attach to the arms later on.


Step 7:

Attach the back aprons to the back of the chair and test fit the pieces (DO NOT SCREW THE BACK AND THE SEAT TOGETHER YET!).


The seat and the back will be upholstered separately. Make sure to paint or stain the visible parts of the legs before upholstering.



This is where I need your help to depict the upholstering – I didn’t photograph much of it as I went because I didn’t expect it to work!!

-Cut foam to fit seat, apply batting and upholster. I have a couple of ways that I’ve done this on my blog