Doll Farmhouse Bed

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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

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
Dimensions: 
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: 

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 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: 

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 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: 

Footboard

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: 

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: 

Assembly

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

Step 12: 

Platform

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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Comments

I've just built this bed and it's gorgeous! Had to make a few adjustments because I couldn't buy the same size wood here (Australia) but it has turned out very cute. Thank You!

I used left over 2" foam from a head board I made for my kids. It was a little tight though. I glued it to the plywood and stapled the fabric around it.

A friend of mine asked me if I could make bunk beds for her daughter's American Girl dolls. I had just seen these plans and LOVED them so this is what I came up with. Thank you for these plans!

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I was so thrilled to come across your website when looking for plans to make a doll bed for my 6 year old. She received her first AG doll on her 6th birthday in October and wanted a bed for Lanie. When saw the prices for AG beds I was FLOORED! I have never done ANY wood working, but deided that the cost of those beds made it a necessity. The pans and instructions were so user friendly and made the process very enjoyable. The bed turned out AMAZING! have been asked by friends and famly to make beds for their girls. I am hooked. I am trying to decide which Ana White to do next!!!

Thank you so much for these plans!!! My father in law mentioned he was making a doll bed for my niece's American Girl doll for Christmas. I asked if he had any plans and he said no, he was just winging it. A day or two later, I came across this post in my Google Reader and immediately sent it to him. He called to say he LOVED it and had scrapped what he had already started in favor of this one. In fact, he had already gone out and bought the wood for it. He put it together and finished it in no time at all and it was just lovely when it was done. He even personalized it by signing and dating it on the bottom of the bed. My 8 year old niece was absolutely over the moon - thank you so much for posting this!!!

Hi Ana,
I have followed your blog for a very long time. I just completed my first project though. I'm thrilled with how it turned out! Thank you so much for the doll plans. I would love to outfit my whole doll house with your cute designs. <a href="Photobucket"><img src="Photobucket" width="100%" />Photobucket

I made this for my daughter for Christmas....but she has 2 dolls & I wasn't up for making 2 beds. I just separated the slats & extended some measurements, and was able to make a "kig size" bed for her AG dolls! The bedding was a valance that came with my daugters bedding (that I hated...but perfect for the comforter)...and the pillows are made out of scrap fabric from decor in her room!

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What would you use as a mattress that would be flat looking like you have? I have never made anything like this and am so excited to try! :)

Ali-I used a blue camping pad from Wal-mart because I was making 4 so needed to be very cost efficient. It is pretty thin, probably only a half inch or so. But, I got enough for 5 mattresses out of one camping pad for 5 bucks. You could also use a kitchen chair pad. Just cut them to fit and cover and you are set.

I just used 3/4" -1" batting. Sewed it on all three sides and then stuffed the batting inside. I made sure to cut the batting smaller, so there wouldn't be any bunching. I used a soft polar fleece for the material. If you wanted something more substantial you could use foam and than make a cover for it.

Love the furniture. Is it ok to make the different doll furniture pieces and then sell them online or at craft fairs?
thanks

Hi! My daugher-in-law just sent this to me for my husband to "look at" :-). I think it will be a project for him to make for his two granddaughters for Christmas. I was wondering if you had a pattern (or knew where I could get one) for the mattress, quilt, pillows, etc. I think that will become my project. :-) Thanks so much! Jan Bender

I was THRILLED to find this simple, yet beautiful pattern for a doll bed. The premade beds in the stores are expensive and flimsy. This will be sturdy and much cuter! Can't wait to get started on it! Thanks so much for posting it!!!

I am building this for my niece for Christmas and was wondering what I could use a "mattress" for the bed? Any ideas? Thanks.

I love american girls and I'm getting one for christmas! I just wish I was old enough to have the money and craftsmenship to build this great bed although I may get my dad to help and my grandma is teaching me to sew so maybe we can make bedding and a mattress.

I found your site today and first let me say I am amazed! You are very talented. My daughter wants a bed for her doll, so I'm going to give it a try. I must say, I am very nervous...I make a lot of crafts, but this would be taking it to the next level.

Don't be nervous gcbcmama. Like most that follow Ana's blog, I was a total beginner and have made several of these to sell. Her directions are broken down so they are really easy to follow. Welcome and happy building!

The bed turned out as cute as the picture. BUT the horizontal piece that hangs over the bed on the footboard needs to be moved back (away from the bed) so there is a little more room for the doll's feet. There are barely 18" for the doll so it's a tight fit.

This is sooooooo cool!!! I wanted to have a small dool bed for a very dear stuffed bear of mine since I could talk! Even though I'm a bit old for this I'm still going to try and make one, just incase I can let my future children have my dear stuffed bear. Thank you for posting this!!!

I saw somewhere that you used this same plan (or the regular farmhouse bed) and made a bunk bed for the dogs. Do you have this plan posted? I've been looking all over and am dying to make it for my two pups!

do not cut the two 14" 1x2's until the head & foot boards are completed. Not sure if anyone else had this problem, but after building the frame (step #10) i found the frame was a bit too big (by 3/8")-the frame extended past the head & foot boards. I cut 3/8" off of the 14" pieces & then completed the bed. Either my 1x3's or 2x2's were a bit wider, in any case i would leave the cutting of the 14" 1x2's til the end.
I finished the bed for my grandaughter (a christmas present!) and it is really beautiful. I used a nail gun so it was a very easy project; your directions are great--thank you.
George

ps-do you know where i can find plans for a tressel desk (something approx 24" by 48"

I am working on this doll bed . It is my second one and I love it and it helps me relax.
Keep up the good work

Big Al

Sorry if this has been asked and answered. But, I was wondering what size countersink bit was used. I believe I have a 1/2" but I've never used it because it kind of scares me. Also, did you countersink all screws that would be visible? I made one last night but because I didn't have wood filler I just skipped the countersinking, but obviously it would be sturdier and more professional looking with it. I'm just curious b/c I have to make a few more within the next 2 weeks and would love to know before I begin.

Thanks in advance!
Plans are awesome and my girls loved it even with my mistakes :)

It's all fun and games until someone loses their stitch count.

i just built this doll bed and had a lot of fun. and a few minor changes. Only problemis is trying to find sheets and comforter.lol Thanks for all your hard work. I will be trying some outside chairs.

This is my first ever wood working project. I can not get the legs on. I may have already ruined it and will have to start over at this point.

How do you hold the head and footboard straight and get the screw to go in straight?

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