Dress Up Rail

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DIY Dress Up Rail made from stair spindles!  Plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Do your children love dress up?  Part of the fun is having storage just as beautiful as your dresses! 

Our DIY dress up rail is fit for a princess, but still a simple project made from stair spindles!

As part of a yearly series that Jaime Costiglio and I put on called Handbuilt Holiday, where we have shared dozens of free giftable plans over the years (check them all out here)

We are sharing the brand new plans for this Dress Up Rail with you for free below.  But before we get to the plans, do click over and visit JaimeCostiglio.com for the build post, with lots more photos, tips, and step by step build details.

Share if you build, we can't wait to see how your dress up rail turns out!

XO Ana






Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

2 - 41" stair spindles with block end at top and bottom

2 - curtain rod finials

1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long 

1 - 1x2 or rod pole @ 3 feet long

1 - 2x4 @ 4 feet long

fastener between 2-1/2" and 2-3/4" long for step 1

2" self tapping screws (try Spax or similar) for attach bottom shelf boards in last step

Common Materials
Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 17" - long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees, ends NOT parallel

4 - 2x4 @ 3-1/2" 

4 - 1x6 @ 5-1/2"

2 - 1x6 @ 36"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach 2x4 base pieces together.  Use a fastener between 2-1/2" and 2-3/4" long, if nailing make sure you also use glue.

Step 2

Drill 3/4" pocket hole screws to attach the stair spindle to the base, one on each side.  Attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Cut corbels from 1x6 pieces with jigsaw.  Attach with 3/4" pocket holes to the stair spindle and 2x4 base.

Drill out top for curtain rod finials and attach.

Step 4

Attach 1x6 shelf boards between corbels with screws to 2x4 base and corbels.

Measure distance between stair spindles at top and cut 1x2.  Attach with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.