Doll Farmhouse Bed

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.


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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!

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

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Dimensions are shown above.
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: 


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

Step 2 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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

Step 4 Instructions: 


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 Instructions: 

Top of Panel

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

Step 6 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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

Step 8 Instructions: 


Now build the footboard just like the headboard.

Step 9 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 


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: 


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

Step 12: 


And just lay plywood on top.

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.
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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.

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!

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.

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.

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

I love the quilt, too.

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!!

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

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!

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 :-)

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! =)

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!

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!

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. :)

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!!

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!

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!

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?

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!!

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!

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!

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!!!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!

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... ;)

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!

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.

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.

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:)

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!

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.

I had to kick her out to take the picture.

Yes, she has whiskers and a pink nose.

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!

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!

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!

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!!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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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!

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.

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.

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!

Just wanted to thank you 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!

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.

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!

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!!


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:

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!