Make your own doll bed for American Girl Doll or other 18" Doll. This sturdy wood doll bed is quick and easy and inexpensive to make. Free step by step plans to DIY a doll bed for your American Girl.
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x1 @ 8 feet long (look for a square trim board that measures 3/4" x 3/4" or if you have a tablesaw, rip a 1x2 in half)
Scrap hardboard, 1/4" plywood or other sheet goods
Use either the pocket holes or regular screws:
10 - 1x2 @ 9 1/4"
4 - 1x2 @ 18"
6 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @ 14"
1 - 1x1 @ 18"
2 - 1x1 @ 5 3/4"
2 - 1x1 @ 19"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Now here is where the clamps are your good friend. Position, glue and clamp, then nail in place with 1 1/4" nails. You could also use 1 1/4" screws, but then you got to cover the screw holes, which is no big deal if you are painting it. But in our case, we wanted to gift the doll bed unfinished so the birthday girl could do the painting.