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10 DIY Morris Chair Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Morris chair

Morris chair

Morris chairs are comfortable recliners with high arms. Some are outfitted with thick cushions, and the amount the back of the chair reclines can vary. Morris chairs make a great project for beginners and experienced woodworkers, and many of these chairs are quite complicated.

We have searched every corner of the internet to bring you as many predesigned DIY plans that teach you how to build a morris chair that matches your skill level and taste.

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The 10 DIY Morris Chair Plans

1. Design Confidential Morris Chair

DIY Morris Chair
Image Credit: thedesignconfidential

The Design Confidential Morris Chair is a moderately difficult chair to build that doesn’t require too many tools. This chair does not have a reclining back, but it does have the high arms and classic look of the Morris chair.

Skill Level: Moderate
Materials: Lumber, Screws, Nails, Wood glue
Tools Needed: Hand saw, Drill, Sander, Router

2. DIY Projects Morris Chair

Image Credit: diysmartkids123

The DIY Projects Morris Chair is a moderately difficult chair to build that does not require cushions, or other upholstery. The directions are not as clear as some of the others, but with a little patience, you can complete this chair in a few hours.

Skill Level: Moderate
Materials: Lumber, Nails, Wood glue
Tools Needed: Hammer, Hand saw, Drill

3. Michael Gaspari Morris Chair

The Michael Gaspari Morris Chair is a high-quality build that will impress even seasoned builders. It requires the use of table saws, and you need to make several angled cuts, so this project is definitely in the advanced pile, but if you have the skills, it results in one of the more delightful chairs on this list.

Skill Level: Advanced
Materials: Lumber, Wood glue
Tools Needed: Hammer, Table saw, Drill, Sander

4. Mtabernig Moris Chair

The Mtabernig Morris Chair is another advanced chair on this list. This author explains how to build this chair over a four-part video series on YouTube. It provides an in-depth explanation of every aspect of the project which results in a high-quality chair you will use.

Skill Level: Advanced
Materials: Lumber, Screws, Wood glue, Stain
Tools Needed: Table saw, Drill, Measuring tape, Clamps

5. DCW Woodworks Morris Chair

DCW Woodworks Morris Chair
Image Credit: DCW Woodworks

The DCW Woodworks Morris Chair is an advanced chair that results is a well-built chair that is comfortable and durable. You are going to need some advanced tools like a router and a table saw, but the instructions are well written and easy to understand.

Skill Level: Advanced
Materials: Lumber, Wood glue, Sandpaper
Tools Needed: Router, Belt sander, Wood hammer, Table saw

6. Morris Chair with Newspaper Rack

Morris Chair with Newspaper Rack
Image Credit: Stan’s Plans
Skill Level: Beginner/Moderate
Materials: Lumber, Nails, Screws
Tools Needed: Carpentry pencil, Tape Measure, Jigsaw, Hammer

Not long ago, newspaper/magazine racks were common in homes. People saw them as essential pieces of furniture because they brought life to our living rooms, besides making such spaces look more unique.

Their popularity slowly waned—with the advent of the internet—as people no longer saw print media as one of the prime sources of information. But despite these circumstances, nobody will judge you for trying to bring back that classical feel they once offered.

All you have to do to create a work of outstanding artistry is to incorporate this feature into a modern Morris chair design.

7. Chest Of Books Morris Chair

Chest Of Books Morris Chair
Image Credit: Chest Of Books
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials: Hinges, Sandpaper, Nails, Screws, Wood Glue
Tools Needed: Hammer, Nail Gun, Table Saw, Belt Sander

Chest Of Book came up with a plan that took into consideration inexperienced craftsmen who’d also like to be part of a Morris chair DIY project. They gave us a plan that would make it easier for any novice to design or build a sturdy chair, that was unique in every sense of the word.

In this plan, the arms of the chair serve two purposes. Other than supporting your arms wherever you’re seated, they’ll also provide storage space for anyone looking to stash items away.

8. Lumber Jocks Morris Chair

Lumberjocks Morris Chair
Image Credit: Lumber Jocks
Skill Level: Moderate
Materials: Lumber, Stain, Nails, Screw
Tools Needed: Drill, Nail Gun, Miter Saw, Benchtop Jointer

Lumber Jocks is a community of professional woodworkers who love to share insights about the type of projects that they’ve worked on in the past. While visiting their forum, we stumbled upon a Morris chair plan that was highly detailed.

The plan has been divided into 13 parts, and every section is well-elaborated. The tools used will require some level of experience, but there’s really nothing that you can’t figure out.

9. How To Specialist Morris Chair

HowToSpecialist Morris Chair
Image Credit: How To Specialist
Skill Level: Advanced
Materials: Lumber, Nails, Screws, Glue
Tools Needed: Wood Lathe, Band Saw, Laser Level, Router, Drill Machinery, Hammer

To be quite honest, the How To Specialist Morris chair plan is not beginner friendly. The tools and materials that are needed are typically reserved for professionals, and the amount of work that goes into it is mind-boggling.

In addition, it’s time-consuming. You’ll need a vast amount of experience in woodwork to be able to pull off this project in a week or less. Mind you, that’s only possible if you have someone close by to give you a hand.

10. 1/12 Scale Morris Chair

1-12 Scale Morris Chair
Image Credit: Madness In Miniatures
Skill Level: Moderate
Materials: Wood glue, Foam, Small Bits of Wood
Tools Needed: Tweezers, Scissors, X-Acto Knife, Clamps

If you’re looking at trying something unique, or this is your first foray into woodworking, give this plan a try. There’s nothing fancy about the 1/12 scale Morris chair design, save for the fact that it’s a miniature piece of furniture! You don’t have to leave the house to get supplies, as you can use parts you likely have lying around already.

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Many of the chairs on this list are very advanced but produce great results. Others are easier to build and can help you gain valuable experience. We hope that this guide has opened your eyes to some wonderful projects and has taught you how to build a morris chair of your very own. If it has, please share these Morris chair plans you can DIY today on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured image credit: Morris chair by pasja1000, Pixabay


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