Make your own doll bed for American Girl Doll or other 18" Doll. This sturdy wood doll bed is quick and easy and inexpensive to make. Free step by step plans to DIY a doll bed for your American Girl.
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x1 @ 8 feet long
(look for a square trim board that measures 3/4" x 3/4" or if you have a tablesaw, rip a 1x2 in half)
Scrap hardboard, 1/4" plywood or other sheet goods Use either the pocket holes or regular screws:
10 - 1x2 @ 9 1/4"
4 - 1x2 @ 18"
6 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @ 14"
1 - 1x1 @ 18"
2 - 1x1 @ 5 3/4"
4 - 1x1 @ 19"
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!
Build two of the ends as shown above. I used the Kreg Jig to hide all holes, but you could use countersunk 2" screws from the outsides. Use a piece of 1x material as a spacer.
Now join the two ends as shown above.
Followed by the guardrail on the ladder side.
Now here is where the clamps are your good friend. Position, glue and clamp, then nail in place with 1 1/4" nails. You could also use 1 1/4" screws, but then you got to cover the screw holes, which is no big deal if you are painting it. But in our case, we wanted to gift the doll bed unfinished so the birthday girl could do the painting.
I have a pretty good sized nailer and was able to get it in there. But if you are at all concerned, you could definitely add the cleats before step #2.
Really, anything works here. I had some scrap 1/4" PureBond Plywood (Formaldehyde Free, yay!) so I put that in there.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.