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
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)
Line out your panel boards as shown above. Notice how I rested the panel boards on a piece of 3/8″ plywood?
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.
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.
And screw the bottom panel boards to the panel, as shown above. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.
Now attach the legs to the panel with 2″ screws and glue. Be careful to screw into the panel boards and the bottom.
Top of Panel
Now attach the top of the panel to the legs and each individual panel board.
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.
See the size compared to the glue? It’s so cute!
Now build the footboard just like the headboard.
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.
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.
Now simply predrill holes and screw the frame to the headboard and footboard.
And just lay plywood on top.
"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!