Camp Style Bunk Beds for American Girl or 18 Dolls
Free plans to make bunk beds for American Girl or 18" dolls.
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x1 @ 8 feet long (if you have a table saw, a 1x2 can be ripped in half)
21” x 20” - 1/4” plywood
2” trim screws or finish nails
Optional 1” or 1 1/4” pocket hole screws
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!
8 - 1x2 @ 9” long
22 - 1x1 @ 2 3/4” long
8 - 1x1 @ 4 3/4” long
4 - 1x2 @ 18” long
7 - 1x2 @ 20” long
1 - 1x2 @ 14 1/2” long
6 - 1x2 @ 10 1/2” long
2 - 1/4” plywood @ 10 1/2” x 20”
2 - 1x1 @ 11 1/2” long
3 - 1x1 @ 4” long
Glue and clamp the headboards and footboards together - you'll need to make two of each.
Then attach with glue to the legs. You'll need to make two of these - one for the top and bottom.
Now this is where your main weight is - for example, a child decides to sit on the bed .... so I suggest attaching with glue and screws here. A 3/4" PH underneath with 1 1/4" (try fine thread screws to prevent wood from splitting or 1" PH screws) will do the trick.
Build the top railing with glue and let dry. Then attach to legs with screws or nails.
Build front railing with glue and attach with screws or nails.
Now I know this is a doll bed, but I have kids in my house, and I know they are rough on little furniture. So I added these supports underneath for the mattress. Attach the footboard/headboard to the end ones for added support, and don't forget the glue!
Make the ladder with glue and let dry. Then attach to the bed with glue.
You can use scrap plywood or even heavy cardboard for the mattress bottom. I loved how Jaime made her mattresses by attaching foam and fabric to the plywood. You can go check out how she did that here.