Canopy Doll Bed for American Girls 18" Dolls
I used the base of Ana's Farmhouse doll bed as a jumping-off point for my canopy doll bed. A free PDF pattern of the headboard/footboard is available on my blog here:
This was my first time using Sketch Up, and I just got a crash course this afternoon, so you might have to overlook the slightly messy-looking headboard in the design plan pics! :)
My daughter loves her doll bed (it's used for her Build-A-Bear), and I hope you find this helpful.
1x6 (19" total)
2x2 furring strip (72" total)
1x3 furring strip (36" total)
1x2 furring strip (85" total)
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!
2x2 - cut 4 pieces @ 18" each
1x6 - cut 2 pieces @ 9.5" each
1x3 - cut 2 pieces @ 18" each
1x2 - cut 2 pieces @ 9.5" each
2 pieces at 18" each,
and 2 or 3 (depending on how many slats you want on the bottom of the bed--I recommend 3) at 10" each
Cut out the headboard with your jig saw and the template from my site. Then use wood glue and your 2" wood screws to attach the headboard to two of your 18" 2x2's. Place the bottom of the headboard 5" up from the bottom of the posts (2x2's).
Repeat step 1 with your other 1x6 and two remaining 18" 2x2's, but this time place it up 3" from the bottom instead of 5". This will give the illusion of the headboard being larger without having to pay for a separate piece of wood.
Now follow Ana's Farmhouse Doll Bed plans Step 10:
But your 1x3's will be 18", and your 1x2's will be 10". I chose to add the center bar, and the cut list accounts for that.
Now attach the footboard to the base you just built. I made mine flush with the bottom of the footboard, so up 3" from the floor.
Now do the same with the headboard. Also up 3". You might see a gap, but your mattress will cover it.
And finally, add your top railings. I chose to center mine on each post. You could bring them in flush with the inside or to the outside if you wanted as well. It won't affect the functionality of it at all.
And the last step is to add the finials and decorative touches! I simply used Gorilla Glue to keep them on, and we haven't had any mishaps yet!