Two Story 18" or American Girl Dollhouse

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 13:25
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Build your own two story dollhouse for 18" or American Girl dolls.  This is a more compact size that is easier to reach inside rooms.  

American Girl dollhouse plans free

Build your own American Girl dollhouse!  This two story option features a more compact design, so it fits in smaller spaces, and the rooms are not as deep - so she can reach inside easier.

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This dollhouse is 16" deep, so you can't use pine boards, you have to use plywood.

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American Girl or 18 Inch Dollhouse Plans

The free plans for this dollhouse are below.  Enjoy!

dimensions for American Girl Dollhouse
Dimensions shown in diagram. Note the rooms are not as deep. Deep rooms are hard to reach into for kids.


Shopping List
  • Shelf Help Carcass Kit for Two Story 18” Dollhouse or 3/4" plywood with front edges edge banded (see cut list for sizes)
  • 1 - 4’x4’ x ¼” thick plywood panel for back (or similar paneling material)
  • 6 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 50 - 1-¼” pocket hole screws and pocket hole jig
  • 1-¼” and ¾” brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Palm Sander
Cut List

Shelf Help Carcass Kit or 3/4" thick plywood pieces

  •     3  @ 15.25" x 49"   
  •     4  @ 15.25" x 22.875"

In addition to the plywood pieces, you'll also need:

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 22-⅞” - bay supports on top
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 22-⅞” - bay supports bottom
  • 6 - 1x3 @ 49-½” - main roof
  • 3 - 1x3 @ 9” - roof trim
  • 8 - 1x2 @ 12” - window trim
  • 8 - 1x2 @ 9-¾” - window trim
  • 1 - ¼” plywood @ 41” x 48”


Step 1

Mark all three of the longer pieces of plywood as shown in diagram and cut with circular saw.


Step 2

Cut out windows in panels by first drilling a hole in the center of the cutout with a large drill bit.  Then use the jigsaw to finish cutting out. Window cutouts can be customized, dimensions shown are same as shown in illustrations.


Step 3

Drill three ¾” pocket holes on each end of the floor pieces.

Attach with 1-¼” pocket hole screws to the walls as shown.


Step 4

Drill ¾” pocket holes on ends of bay supports.  Attach to the bottom and back.  Also use 1-¼’ nails to fasten the bottom floor to the top edge of the 1x2.


Step 5

Apply glue to the back edges of the dollhouse.

Attach back panel with ¾” brad nails and wood glue.

Step 6

Attach the roof pieces together first with ¾” pocket holes and 1-¼” pocket hole screws.  The center roof piece is centered on the longer roof piece.

Then attach completed roof pieces to top of dollhouse with 1-¼” brad nails and wood glue.

Step 7

Attach remaining roof pieces to back with glue and 1-¼” brad nails.  Start at the top and work downward.


Step 8

Attach window pieces together first with 1-¼” brad nails and glue.

Then slide in window openings and attach with glue and a couple of brad nails.


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Fri, 10/30/2020 - 11:38

Bad link. Leads to an error. Is there any way to get the right link? I would greatly appreciate it as my daughter really wants one.


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