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Doll Farmhouse Bed

November 17, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A doll bed modeled after our Farmhouse Beds, suitable for 18" dolls. This bed is slightly wider than traditional doll beds, to look more like our Farmhouse Beds.

Doll Farmhouse Bed

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Doll Farmhouse Bed
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

2×2 (3 feet total)
2 – 1x3s (10 feet total)
1 – 1×2 (8 feet total)
scrap 1/4″ plywood (you could even use sturdy cardboard here)
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

5 – 1×3 @ 6″ (Headboard Panel)
5 – 1×3 @ 3″ (Footboard Panel)
2 – 2×2 @ 4 1/4″ (Footboard Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 11″ (Headboard Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 1/2″ (Bottom of Panels)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Top of Panels)
2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Top of Headboard and Footboard)
2 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Bed Frame)

Step 1

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Panel

Line out your panel boards as shown above. Notice how I rested the panel boards on a piece of 3/8″ plywood?

Step 2

Doll Farmhouse Bed

That’s so you can easily line up the panel bottom board on center. Mark and predrill holes with a countersink bit into the bottom panel boards.

Step 3

Doll Farmhouse Bed

And screw the bottom panel boards to the panel, as shown above. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 4

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Legs

Now attach the legs to the panel with 2″ screws and glue. Be careful to screw into the panel boards and the bottom.

Step 5

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Top of Panel

Now attach the top of the panel to the legs and each individual panel board.

Step 6

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Top of Headboard

Finally, screw the top of the headboard to the headboard, centering on the headboard. You only need 2 screws and glue here.

Step 7

Doll Farmhouse Bed

See the size compared to the glue? It’s so cute!

Step 8

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Footboard

Now build the footboard just like the headboard.

Step 9

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Here is both my footboard and headboard. I used scraps, and that’s why you see some pink paint on the legs. I’m not a big fan of waste.

Step 10

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Frame

Now screw the siderails to the frame as shown above. If you have a daughter anything like mine, a third support should be placed in the center. Place more supports if you are using flimsy material (ie cardboard) for the top.

Step 11

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Assembly

Now simply predrill holes and screw the frame to the headboard and footboard.

Step 12

Doll Farmhouse Bed

Platform

And just lay plywood on top.

Finishing Instructions

Finish Used: 
I filled all my holes with wood filler and let dry. Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. Then I brushed on primer and two coats of Antique White by Valspar in Satin.

The Ram called from work yesterday and the conversation went something like this:

"I can barely hear you." (Ram)

"Oh, I'm out in the garage." (Me)

"Are you building something?" (Ram)

"uh, yeah . . . me and Grace just built a Farmhouse Bed." (Me)

slight pause . . . "who is the bed for?" (Ram)

How we got to the point where building a bed is no longer a big deal, I'm not quite sure.  But the Ram was quite relieved when he came home and found out who the bed was for.

Grace's doll . . . that she might get for Christmas.

And then the Ram looked over my shoulder and chuckled . . . Hey!  That looks just like our bed!

But best of all, Grace (it's not a surprise when she helps build it) absolutely loves the bed.  Grace has never had much interest in toys, so we were quite surprised to see her making the bed, putting her dolls to bed, even trying to sleep in the bed herself.  She also helped me make all the bedding from the adorable vintage fabric that I found at a local fabric store. We just bought a little bundle of precut squares and sewed it all together - not perfect, but it was something that Grace and I could do together and appreciate.

I'm really enjoying my daughter being old enough to help and have an interest in crafts.  I hope you make this bed for your daughters for the Holidays.  But most of all, I hope you make the bed together - the memories and knowing what and how something is made is more valueable than the end result.  She'll outgrow the bed, but she will not forget the experience.

The main motivation for building this bed was from the frequent request from moms everywhere.  We all want the best for our children.  But also, the pile of scrap boards sitting on my saw stand just kept nagging at me . . . make me into a doll bed!

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It's gorgeous! My two girls

It's gorgeous! My two girls got American Girl Dolls last year for Christmas and they have been wanting beds for them. I can't wait to make these adorable beds for them for Christmas! Thanks so much for posting this.

posted by Julie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 04:11

Ahhhh, I'm so disapointed

Ahhhh, I'm so disapointed that it's a doll's bed because I LOVE that blanket! It actually reminds me of my baby blanket (which I still use)! The whole thing is stinking adorable! Do you have any idea who made the fabrics?

And thanks for the hit about laying out the boards!

posted by Lisa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 04:35

the fabric is anunt grace's

the fabric is anunt grace's 30's reprint fabric

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-09-28 12:44

Ana you read my mind!!!!

Ana you read my mind!!!! I've been trying to figure this out for weeks but I just couldn't get the dimensions small enough to make it look right. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I recently made a miniature quilt too (and was hoping to make the bed to go with it but I'm no furniture design genius like you) it's here on my blog. I'm off to the garage asap! You really are the best.
Jaime

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/11/t-is-for-trip.html

posted by Jaime (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 04:52

That is about the cutest

That is about the cutest thing I've ever seen and I am absolutely inspired to make a quilt for my own bed. That is fabulous. I think I'll have to find a friend with a kid in need of a doll bed.

posted by Amber (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 05:09

The way that thing is

The way that thing is constructed (2" screws and GLUE!) Grace will be handing it over to her grandkids.

I love the quilt, too.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 05:25

Super

Super cute!http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/11/time-capsule-ornament.html

posted by Tracie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 05:55

This is just too cute!!! I

This is just too cute!!! I love this! The bedding is perfect! Thank you for such a great post!

posted by Estela @ Weekly Bite (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:04

Gorgeous!! My girls are big

Gorgeous!! My girls are big into American Girl dolls so I'm very eager to see what else you have planned! :)

posted by dangitAnge (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:10

Ohh perfect. I am going to

Ohh perfect. I am going to make bunkbeds from this plan because we have two AG dolls. Can't wait.

posted by Lori (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:16

I love this! You are so

I love this! You are so talented. What a cute idea

posted by Jena @ Involving Color (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:34

The universe is playing a

The universe is playing a cruel joke on me! I love this site, but knew you had no doll beds. So, I have been searching the Internet for easy plans for a doll bed for my niece. I got frustrated & ended up purchasing a kit on E-bay. Yesterday. I'm soooo bummed!!

posted by Melanie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:36

Gorgeous! We're adopting a

Gorgeous! We're adopting a baby girl soon, I think this will be on her Christmas list next year!

posted by Lisa RoomByRoom (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:46
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Congratulations! :D

Congratulations! :D

posted by Bekah | on Tue, 2011-06-14 21:37

This is so cute! What did you

This is so cute! What did you use for the mattress? A piece of foam or something? Did you just lay a piece of fabric over the mattress? We want directions for the bedding too! lol

posted by Kristal (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:48

My 2-year-old has a hand me

My 2-year-old has a hand me down doll bed, which has worked just fine for the past few months, but after seeing this I don't think I can pass up such a beautiful project! Thank you SO MUCH for these plans!

posted by April McCoid (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 06:58

Ana, you have a spy in my

Ana, you have a spy in my house! I cannot believe how perfect your timing is, I have been searching for something to do with my scrap wood. And this comes hot on the heels of the easel, posted the very day my kids begged me for one. Actually, they said "make one Mommy, you're good at building". Thanks to you :-)

posted by Sophie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 07:20

My daughter would LOVE THIS!!

My daughter would LOVE THIS!! Thank you I think I have just found her Christmas present.

posted by Jamie M. (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 07:21

I LOVE THIS!!!! My daughter

I LOVE THIS!!!! My daughter is only 2 years old and I want to make it for her... I don't think I can wait a few years until she's old enough to help me! =)

posted by Jennifer E. (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 07:54

I don't even have kids and I

I don't even have kids and I want to build this!! This would be such a wonderful gift to give. It is sooo cute! I'd love a tutorial on the mattress and quilt too. Thanks Ana!

posted by Amanda J (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 07:54

Hmm...do I have time to make

Hmm...do I have time to make the easel, finish the quilt for the neighbors and build this bed?? If not, this will be my niece's b-day present next year.

posted by Jody (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:17

Thankyou I am so glad you

Thankyou I am so glad you posted this I tried to design one myself and it was a mess , just in time for christmas.

posted by elizabeth (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:19

My daughter was supposed to

My daughter was supposed to get an AG Bitty baby for Christmas (she got it early instead), any chance for a doll crib plans?

posted by Debbie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:21

Instead of building this bed

Instead of building this bed with my daughter, I'm going to build it with my son. He begs all the time to build something and I think this would be a great gift for him to give to his little sisters! And his 3 girl cousins! Thank you so much!

posted by Stacy (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:25

That is completely adorable!

That is completely adorable!

posted by Elankat (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:30

I actually want to cry about

I actually want to cry about this post. I have 4 daughters and I feel so bad that I never attempted to make a crib for my now almost 12 year old's dolls. We bought a little pac'n play second hand one Christmas but I never made anything. However.... she does have a Build a Bear from Disneyland that might go nicely in there. But Little sisters 3 and 4 would have to have one too. Thanks for the plans. I hope that I can maybe get these in by their birthdays. :)

posted by jeanne (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:33

If I can do this I will try

If I can do this I will try the twin farmhouse.... I'm excited.

posted by Libby (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:33

What did you use for a

What did you use for a mattress?? I can't wait to build this. I just pulled out some material I've had stored for months that will be perfect for a sheet and comforter. Can't wait!!

posted by Michelle (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:39

I love this, thank you!! I

I love this, thank you!! I can't wait to make it for my daughter! She's only 7 months so she won't be helping but maybe her big brother who is Grace's age can help. You are the most amazingly talented and giving person to create these plans and give them to us for free, you could make a killing selling these! I love that you understand your reader's desire to have great style on a DIY budget. Your blog is at the top of my favorites bar and I check it as often as I check my email!!! Love you and your blog!

posted by Kelly (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:45

This is just about the

This is just about the sweetest thing ever. I can't even imagine how many children will be thrilled to discover this under the tree Christmas morning. Ana, you're the best!

posted by All8 (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 09:13

I love this! What's the

I love this! What's the "mattress" made out of? It looks like the fabric you have on the "mattress" is above the 1/4" plywood for the frame. Another piece of wood? Some foam?

posted by Marie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 09:26

This would be a great bed for

This would be a great bed for a small dog or a cat.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 09:59

This is amazing, I was just

This is amazing, I was just trying to figure out how to make my own but this is SO SO much nicer. I think I'm going to make the legs a little taller so I can put a trundle underneath for her to have her doll friends sleep over. If I can do this maybe I'll try the Queen Farmhouse bed for me!!

posted by Robin (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 10:00

So adorable! After ordering

So adorable! After ordering $150 of American Girl doll clothing, I wasn't looking forward to shopping for beds for the little people! I will be making three of these for under our tree this year.

Thank you!

posted by Anna (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 10:00

My daughter will be getting

My daughter will be getting her first American Girl doll for her birthday (from Grandma) and this will be the perfect thing to go with it! Thanks!

posted by Vanessa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 10:49

Ana- This is SO cute! I love

Ana- This is SO cute! I love this, I also loved the readers comment about having my son help make it for his sisters, GREAT idea! I have a few questions, what did you use for the mattress? It looks like you made a sheet, did you make it like a pillow where you sewed three sides, added in the padding and sewed it closed, or did you sew it like an actual sheet that doesn't have a bottom? Would you mind adding measurements of the finished quilt and pad? I may have to start the quilt before I have the bed done to get it finished in time! Thanks for your site--it is AWESOME!!!

posted by rachael (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 10:58

i love being able to start

i love being able to start small...it's like a prototype. any chance we could get the twin storage beds with corner hutch in miniature?

posted by Gwenevere (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 11:19

I cant wait for my baby girl

I cant wait for my baby girl (3 1/2 months now) to be big enough to play dolls! I am saving this plan for 2 Christmases from now!

posted by Meg (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:00

It is amazing how expensive

It is amazing how expensive accessories for American Girl dolls are - I would love to see pictures of the three beds!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:20

Kristal (and Marie) I

Kristal (and Marie) I actually used a leftover chair cushion pad cut down to size. It worked perfect, and the chair pads are 17 1/2" x 15", so I just cut the one side down an inch or two. The cheapest place to buy chair pads is walmart - about $5 each. Of course, you could simply sew a box cushion and stuff with foam as well.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:24

Jody, this bed was a one hour

Jody, this bed was a one hour project. If you had a nailer handy, it would be even faster (I don't have a nailer right now). The bedding is what took all the time. You can do this!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:26

Debbie, I will be posting

Debbie, I will be posting plans shortly from some other amazing sites!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:26

Oh, I so need to work on

Oh, I so need to work on figuring out bunk beds of this, my daughter has 2 dolls and has been living with 1 bed for the two of them for a while and really wants them to be bunks. I am thinking just doing a headboard on each end should give enough clearance for bunks.

posted by Tami (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 13:47

My daughter is a senior in

My daughter is a senior in college and would still be thrilled to get this bed for Christmas! Her grandpa, my father, built her a trunk for her American Girl doll several years ago, which is the only furniture she has for her doll. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other things you are designing for those dolls. I may have Christmas presents for her covered for the next several years!

posted by Pam the Goatherd (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 13:59

Oh my gosh that is the cutest

Oh my gosh that is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I LOVE IT!!! What a superb idea!

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 15:52

WHAT!!! That is incredible!!!

WHAT!!! That is incredible!!! SO cute! I hope you have more doll furniture coming! :)

posted by Kelly (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 16:55

Ana , I think this is the

Ana , I think this is the best plan yet. Think of all the children that will get a wonderful new doll bed. My favorite treasure was a doll cabinet . It was a place to store my dolls and hang my doll clothes on hangers. I still remember how much I enjoyd it . I dont know what happened to it. Maybe I should make another.

posted by Theresa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 18:49

Ana, I just finished building

Ana, I just finished building this bed, it is too cute for words! I didn't see how far up (from the bottom) to attach the frame, so I rested it (the frame) on top of a couple of 2X4 scraps, and tacked it in place with 2" nails. I then predrilled and screwed hands free, yippee!

I used scraps I had lying around, so mine needs some wood filler and sanding before I paint, but will be posting pics soon. Thanks again for more FAB plans, you're helping me fill my home with amazing, GORGEOUS, handmade furniture!

PRETTY PLEASE share your sheet/mattress/pillow/quilt patterns with us, my daughter is DYING to get her hands on this bed!!

posted by Michelle (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 16:42

Wow, Ana, just... wow. You've

Wow, Ana, just... wow. You've outdone yourself with this plan (and that's saying a lot because all your plans are amazing)! This doll bed is SO cute! My two-year-old would go nuts having a bed this beautiful to tuck her "babies" into at night. I think I know what Santa will leave her under the tree this year... ;)

posted by Alissa (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 17:59

When I was a little girl, I

When I was a little girl, I wanted a dollhouse SO BAD. We couldn't afford one, so I made one out of cardboard boxes. I even remember my mom taking me to get samples of wallpaper from the home improvement store for the walls. I played with that thing until it fell apart! I hope to have a daughter someday and it makes me feel so happy to know I can make things for her like this! This is sooooo adorable! :) Thank you for sharing. And Oh, P.S. I ADORE the quilt. You did a great job lining the squares up - that's no easy task for anyone without experience sewing!! Lol, or for me, and I've been sewing regularly since last Christmas!

posted by Bethany (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 19:28

I totally jumped the gun! I

I totally jumped the gun! I built a farmhouse bed on Tuesday for my daughter's doll. I just made it up as I went and used some scrap bead board. Yours is way cuter though. I think I'll make it too, paint them both, and let my daughter decide which one she wants to keep and which one she wants to gift to her cousin.

posted by Leigh (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 20:14

This is very cute! I make

This is very cute! I make porcelain French dolls. I am looking for
Victorian era reproduction doll beds, cradles, etc to make and or buy. You did a wonderful job with this tutorial. I will ask Home Depot about cutting
my required pieces as I do not have a saw that does accurate cutting. I think the store would cut the pieces for me as I buy them. I do have a drill, however.

posted by Ronda (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 21:13

I like this bed very much!

I like this bed very much! I am a big fan of American Girl Dolls and have bought several for gifts, including one for myself. I want to make this for my Ruthie Doll!

posted by PinkGranny (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 21:18

I can't decide what I like

I can't decide what I like more, the bed or the bedding!!! I plan on making my daughter the twin farmhouse soon and she will definitely be getting one of these to go with it! Thank you:)

posted by Jody (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-18 21:34

thank you for sharing your

thank you for sharing your plan and construction. I am going to get some wood today and my daughter (6) and I will work on it together this week end, it will be different of the sewing and crafting we usually do together.
I think you bed will turn out a lot better than the bunk bed I made last year....better planning and directions!
I also enjoy your post with the other doll furniture, more interesting idea!

posted by Morgane @ Bear, Dolly and Moi (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-19 08:29

Just "finished" this, though

Just "finished" this, though it's not painted yet. Very happy with the design - Molly brought the pillow over for a makeshift mattress, and has been lounging ever since. http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VikfuS7uU9Jus5HUdDzD4VJD36mpn4zBEFkNiqzQZro?feat=directlink

I had to kick her out to take the picture.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xevdizw-8Xpn1qeHUxUvkVJD36mpn4zBEFk...

Yes, she has whiskers and a pink nose.

posted by Laura (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-19 15:34

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_sJHUuA1

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_sJHUuA1WqXI/TOb7IfMaYOI/AAAAAAAAF9g/iZRnuRcIVRc/s4...

posted by Laura (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-19 15:38

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_sJHUuA1

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_sJHUuA1WqXI/TOb6E7zj-7I/AAAAAAAAF9Q/yd7nxLdih1g/s4...

posted by Laura (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-19 15:39

Love it! This is just what I

Love it! This is just what I was looking for. I've looked for doll bed plans and didn't like any that I found. One of my daughters just walked by and gasped, "Mommy, who is that for?!"

I refuse to pay the prices for AG doll accessories, so I sew their clothes, and this year for Christmas we are building some doll furniture. You are awesome as always!

posted by Tiffany (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-19 17:41

I'm giving this to a friend

I'm giving this to a friend to custom finish for her daughter, so I'm done with it. It is super sturdy and cute, as I suspected. http://lh5.ggpht.com/_sJHUuA1WqXI/TOb6E7zj-7I/AAAAAAAAF9Q/yd7nxLdih1g/s800/P1040482.JPG

posted by isalu (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-20 07:10

Ok, I have to make this for

Ok, I have to make this for my daughter who is getting her first AG doll for Christmas......but I have never made anything like this before. FIrst question I have is, can I just nail and glue it together instead of screws and contersinking (which I cannot do, I bet!). And will Home depot cut all of these things for me? I just really don't even know when or where to start?! I would love some advice, thanks for the plans they are beautiful!

posted by Brooke (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-20 21:23

I swear I posted the other

I swear I posted the other day but I looked today to see if there was a reply and my comment is no where to be found. So, I'll post again! I was just saying I LOVE THIS BED!!! I am getting my daughter her first AG doll for Christmas and have to make this bed. I have never done anything like this before and don't have the saws or countersinking tools and so I was wondering if I could use nails and glue and would it work as well? Also, would Home Depot do all those cuts for me? Thanks in advance!

posted by Brooke (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-22 10:38

um wow! My girls have

um wow!
My girls have American Girl Dolls, and our oldest has her dolls bed. But the younger needs a bed for her doll, but I cannot get over the $118 pricetage. OUCH!
I think we are going to give this a go! Thanks so much for posting!!

posted by jennie (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-22 11:43

quick question. on the

quick question. on the "shopping list" for the farmhouse doll bed it says you need 2- 1x3s at 10' tall - which would be 120" each right? because when i add up the total 1x3s that you use I only got 116", so would you be ok only getting 1 @ 10'tall?? sorry for the random question. i want to make a few of these and don't want to go overboard buying wood.

posted by Shannon (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-22 13:47

I'm so excited about these

I'm so excited about these plans! My three year old will be getting two for her new dolls this Christmas! My Dad is going to make the beds and my Mom and I will be making the bedding. She's getting two of the Target version of the AG dolls since they are far above what I can pay for a doll.

Thank you so much!

posted by April (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-22 15:40

Shannon, I believe you are

Shannon, I believe you are correct. I would go for 2 - 8' 1x3 pine boards - should be about $1.50. That way you can cut any knots or cracks out and use the good parts. Ask away, I try really hard to answer as many questions as possible, but when I can't, there are so many good smart people that chime in too!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-23 01:34

I'm so excited to have found

I'm so excited to have found this! My daughter is getting a Farmhouse Bed for Christmas and an American Girl Doll. Looks like she's getting a matching doll bed! Thanks so much Ana! I will make sure to post some pics after Christmas!

posted by Randi (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-23 08:08

I did it, I made the bed this

I did it, I made the bed this week end! My daughter helped me a little, but I think she is more excited about painting it that building it. It still need some TLC: filling the holes, sanding, paint and bedding, but I am proud of my work.
Thank you so much for this bed, the explanations were great.
http://beardollyandmoi.blogspot.com/2010/11/not-so-perfect-doll-bed.html

posted by Morgane @ Bear, Dolly and Moi (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-23 08:20

I swear I posted the other

I swear I posted the other day but I looked today to see if there was a reply and my comment is no where to be found. So, I’ll post again! I was just saying I LOVE THIS BED!!! I am getting my daughter her first AG doll for Christmas and have to make this bed. I have never done anything like this before and don’t have the saws or countersinking tools and so I was wondering if I could use nails and glue and would it work as well? Also, would Home Depot do all those cuts for me? Thanks in advance!

posted by Brooke (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-23 14:55

Brooke, thanks for checking

Brooke, thanks for checking back, and I'm so sorry if your comment got spammed . . . we get thousands (4261 this month to be exact) of spam comments, and it's unfortunate that well meaning people like yourself get grouped in. One of the issues with using nails is the boards might split on you as you nail. If you choose an extra fine trim or finish nail and glue, the bed should hold together, but be very careful when nailing to avoid splitting boards. And depending on your local home improvement store, they may cut boards for you. I would call ahead and ask first. Make sure you read this post, Christine got all the lumber for under $6 and blogged the receipt!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-11-23 17:54

Thanks for sharing such

Thanks for sharing such information just have a look at chiniot furniture and you can found much more as we are only doing the local marketing but want to export some for like your company so please read this comment so we can have some more business

posted by Chiniot Furniture (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-24 01:17

Our little girl is getting

Our little girl is getting the Easy Loft Playhouse bed with Stairs for Christmas. I was just wondering if I could convince my hubby to make a matching mini for her doll after seeing this post. Then I saw your comment - love it!

posted by Courtney (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-24 09:26

OH MY GOSH! This is THE most

OH MY GOSH! This is THE most adorable thing ever. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! My granddaughter just got her very first American Girl Doll for her birthday two months ago so this I HOPE can be completed in time for Christmas.

posted by VickiT (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-24 16:37

I just made this bed and it

I just made this bed and it is VERY WIDE, more like a queen version. But I love still love it so I made another with one less slat (about 2 1/2" narrower), more like a twin version. You can see the difference here:

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/11/b-is-for-bed-1.html

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/11/b-is-for-bed-2.html

posted by Jaime (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-27 04:47

Hi. I am making this bed

Hi. I am making this bed right now. My changes are that I used 1/2" x 3 and I created a dado versus screwing all of the slats in. Am thrilled with the results.

posted by Pam Martin (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-11-27 14:13

What did you use for the

What did you use for the mattress?

posted by Erin (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-01 17:20

SOOO adorable! My daughter

SOOO adorable! My daughter is getting her long awaited American Girl doll for Christmas. I'm going to precut and prime the pieces and put them in a box with the directions and wrap it up as a present. It's a present AND a fun project we can do together - she loves making things! thanks so much!

posted by Liz (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-02 10:10

I think this may be my go-to

I think this may be my go-to gift for little girls from now!

posted by Chelle (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-05 17:06

Ana,Thanks, maybe I'll just

Ana,Thanks, maybe I'll just stick to the screws as intimidating as that is to me! Don't want to split the wood! Thanks again!

posted by Brooke (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-06 09:38

What a perfect gift idea for

What a perfect gift idea for any little girl! I made one (I couldn't help myself) and linked to your blog! Thanks for the awesome ideas; it is good to know that I will NEVER run out of projects on my "need to build" or "want to build" list. :)http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BYywtI43O8o/TP3QR6OxaTI/AAAAAAAABLE/o1hfJql6Gr8/s1600/DSC05230.JPG

posted by Kiama (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-07 08:23

Just wanted to thank you

Just wanted to thank you again.....my husband made this last night! I love it and can't wait to see my daughter's face on Christmas morning! I still have to sand and paint but it is beautiful already! Thank you!

posted by Brooke (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-08 13:07

I am no expert, but have

I am no expert, but have built a few things and since no one else has replied I will try to help since you're running out of time! Home Depot should cut those for you, especially if you find the right person and talk sweetly. Sometimes they charge but it will probably be worth it. As far as using nails and glue, screwing is much easier. You need a drill but you probably have one, if you have a husband or dad or brother or uncle. While you're at Home Depot ask them for a drill bit that will countersink screws. I would print your lists take them with you, when you get to Home Depot walk around a bit and find the person most likely to be the most helpful, hand them your print out and take as much help as they will give. Get an extra board or two to practice drilling a few holes and putting in screws. Then give it your best shot. You will also need sand paper and I've found it super helpful to sand before assembling, if you feel like investing in a hand sander they are also a lifesaver.

posted by Q (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-08 20:37

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your instructions! I made two beds for my two younger girls. One is pink and one is green. I also posted instructions for a mattress for the beds on my blog here: http://theprojectprincess.blogspot.com/2010/12/farmhouse-doll-beds-and-m... if anyone is interested.

I can't wait for the girls to unwrap these on Christmas morning! :)

posted by Amy Brown (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-10 13:40

My husband, son and my son's

My husband, son and my son's friend worked on making three of these today! My girlfriend had a teenage son so he was here helping to make one for his little sister and my husband and son were making them for my two younger daughters. My husband got them all together and is priming them tonight. I will likely paint them once tomorrow and again the next day. They are bigger than I pictured in my head but oh so cute! I plan on making sheets and pillows and a quilt for the beds for the girls too. I can't wait to see their faces Christmas morning! Thanks so much for doing this and sharing with the rest of us!

Did you happen to use 2" foam for the mattress? I am trying to figure out what I need for that. Thanks!

posted by Greta (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-12 20:44

jillandcharlieb.blogspot.com

jillandcharlieb.blogspot.com

i love this!! this was my very first project! thanks ana!!

posted by jill (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 12:01

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for sharing! My daughter has had an AG Doll for a few years and we have never bought a bed (too pricey) so this year for Christmas she wants one and we were going to make one up. I LOVE this one and thanks for sharing the plans :) That will make it so much easier and it is DARLING!!

posted by Natali (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 20:55

Ana, I adore this bed and

Ana,

I adore this bed and these plans! I built the toddler-sized bed for my little guy for Christmas and now built the doll-size for my daughter. Since she's getting an American Girl doll (18" tall) I made the bed longer (most AG beds are 22-24" long) and more narrow so it's "full" size dimensions by using 6 1x2s instead of 5 1x3s. Details and pics here: http://alwayscreatingsomething.blogspot.com/2010/12/saras-workshop.html

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WulIkezVIOw/TQwwmEzRKVI/AAAAAAAAB6U/09aKFILTVbw/s320/December+2010+028.JPG

Best of all, I used 100% scraps - lumber, paint, fabric, everything! For a few hours of my time and ZERO dollars, my daughter will be very happy on Christmas morning thanks to you!

posted by Sara (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-17 21:49

Ana, thank you so much! This

Ana, thank you so much! This was my first project, or should I say my first 3 projects. By the end I was starting to feel like a factory but I loved every minute of it. You are so inspiring. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Kr2y7qxULAc/TQ10gN_zCDI/AAAAAAAAAsU/Nemqtd2zgA0/s1600/DSCN2309.JPGundefined

posted by Amme (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-12-18 20:55

I made another bed - the

I made another bed - the 'twin' version again which is one slat less in width than Ana's plans here. These beds are fast and easy Definitely recommend.

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/12/b-is-for-bed-3.html

posted by Jaime (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 05:01

When my daughter (3) saw

When my daughter (3) saw these plans, she said "mommy you bid (build) it, I paint it!" How could I turn that down?!

It went together so easily, and I love the finished product. Thank you Ana!!

http://eightmuddyfeet.blogspot.com/2010/12/natalies-doll-bed.html

posted by Tasha (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-26 18:52

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