18 Inch Doll Bed - Daybed with Trundle

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 11/05/2021 - 10:19
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Build your own doll bed for 18 inch dolls!  This is a super easy build, using off the shelf materials and simple joinery methods.  Free step by step plans by Ana-White.com

Built by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday 2021.

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18 Inch Doll Bed with Trundle

18 Inch Doll Furniture can be so expensive!  And all my toddlers have always "tested" doll furniture by sitting on or laying in ... so it has to be made well to hold up!  This year we wanted to include a sturdy, simple doll daybed with a trundle, that is easy to build.  If you are gifting an 18" doll this Christmas, a DIY dollbed is the perfect compliment to safely store the doll when not in active play.

18 inch doll bed with trundle

My children always seemed to be drawn to "real" furniture that does something.  So we added a trundle bed underneath - for sleepovers!

18 doll bed with trundle

This is a VERY simple build, designed for your success.  

You can customize with bedding, pillows, paint - or glue on wood carvings to make extra fancy.

For more photos and build steps, please take a second to check out Jaime Costiglio's build post:

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Dimensions
18 inch doll bed with trundle
Fits most 18 inch dolls

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 1x8 @ 3 feet long

1 - 1x3 @ 1x4 @ 20"

1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long

1/4" plywood @ 19-1/2" x 7-1/4"

1-5/8" long self tapping star bit screws (8)

1-1/4" and 5/8" long brad nails and wood glue

Cut List

Daybed

  • 2 - 1x8 @ 7-1/4" 
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 20"
  • 1 - 1x3 or 1x4 @ 20"

Trundle

  • 2 - 1x2 @ 19-1/2"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 5-3/4"
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 19-1/2" x 7-1/4"
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Drill
Jigsaw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

From the 1x8 pieces cut at 7-1/4" long, mark out the leg cut out and the top corner cut out and cut out with a jigsaw.

Step 2

Attach the 1x8 bottom to the two ends.  Screws are recommended (1-5/8" star bit or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws underneath).

The add the 1x3 or 1x4 back piece, using the same method of attachment.

Step 3

For the trundle, build the 1x2 frame first.

Then attach the 1/4" plywood to the bottom.

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