Doll Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 23:27
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A doll bed modeled after our Farmhouse Beds, suitable for 18" dolls. This bed is slightly wider than traditional doll beds, to look more like our Farmhouse Beds.

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The Ram called from work yesterday and the conversation went something like this:

"I can barely hear you." (Ram)

"Oh, I'm out in the garage." (Me)

"Are you building something?" (Ram)

"uh, yeah . . . me and Grace just built a Farmhouse Bed." (Me)

slight pause . . . "who is the bed for?" (Ram)

How we got to the point where building a bed is no longer a big deal, I'm not quite sure.  But the Ram was quite relieved when he came home and found out who the bed was for.

Grace's doll . . . that she might get for Christmas.

And then the Ram looked over my shoulder and chuckled . . . Hey!  That looks just like our bed!

But best of all, Grace (it's not a surprise when she helps build it) absolutely loves the bed.  Grace has never had much interest in toys, so we were quite surprised to see her making the bed, putting her dolls to bed, even trying to sleep in the bed herself.  She also helped me make all the bedding from the adorable vintage fabric that I found at a local fabric store. We just bought a little bundle of precut squares and sewed it all together - not perfect, but it was something that Grace and I could do together and appreciate.

I'm really enjoying my daughter being old enough to help and have an interest in crafts.  I hope you make this bed for your daughters for the Holidays.  But most of all, I hope you make the bed together - the memories and knowing what and how something is made is more valueable than the end result.  She'll outgrow the bed, but she will not forget the experience.

The main motivation for building this bed was from the frequent request from moms everywhere.  We all want the best for our children.  But also, the pile of scrap boards sitting on my saw stand just kept nagging at me . . . make me into a doll bed!

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

2×2 (3 feet total)
2 – 1x3s (10 feet total)
1 – 1×2 (8 feet total)
scrap 1/4″ plywood (you could even use sturdy cardboard here)
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue

Cut List

5 – 1×3 @ 6″ (Headboard Panel)
5 – 1×3 @ 3″ (Footboard Panel)
2 – 2×2 @ 4 1/4″ (Footboard Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 11″ (Headboard Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 1/2″ (Bottom of Panels)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Top of Panels)
2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Top of Headboard and Footboard)
2 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Bed Frame)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Panel

Line out your panel boards as shown above. Notice how I rested the panel boards on a piece of 3/8″ plywood?

Step 2

That’s so you can easily line up the panel bottom board on center. Mark and predrill holes with a countersink bit into the bottom panel boards.

Step 3

And screw the bottom panel boards to the panel, as shown above. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 4

Legs

Now attach the legs to the panel with 2″ screws and glue. Be careful to screw into the panel boards and the bottom.

Step 5

Step 6

Top of Headboard

Finally, screw the top of the headboard to the headboard, centering on the headboard. You only need 2 screws and glue here.

Step 7

See the size compared to the glue? It’s so cute!

Step 8

Footboard

Now build the footboard just like the headboard.

Step 9

Here is both my footboard and headboard. I used scraps, and that’s why you see some pink paint on the legs. I’m not a big fan of waste.

Step 10

Frame

Now screw the siderails to the frame as shown above. If you have a daughter anything like mine, a third support should be placed in the center. Place more supports if you are using flimsy material (ie cardboard) for the top.

Step 11

Assembly

Now simply predrill holes and screw the frame to the headboard and footboard.

Step 12

Platform

And just lay plywood on top.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I filled all my holes with wood filler and let dry. Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. Then I brushed on primer and two coats of Antique White by Valspar in Satin.

Comments

Julie (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 01:11

It's gorgeous! My two girls got American Girl Dolls last year for Christmas and they have been wanting beds for them. I can't wait to make these adorable beds for them for Christmas! Thanks so much for posting this.

Lisa (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 01:35

Ahhhh, I'm so disapointed that it's a doll's bed because I LOVE that blanket! It actually reminds me of my baby blanket (which I still use)! The whole thing is stinking adorable! Do you have any idea who made the fabrics?

And thanks for the hit about laying out the boards!

Jaime (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 01:52

Ana you read my mind!!!! I've been trying to figure this out for weeks but I just couldn't get the dimensions small enough to make it look right. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I recently made a miniature quilt too (and was hoping to make the bed to go with it but I'm no furniture design genius like you) it's here on my blog. I'm off to the garage asap! You really are the best.
Jaime

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/11/t-is-for-trip.html

Amber (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 02:09

That is about the cutest thing I've ever seen and I am absolutely inspired to make a quilt for my own bed. That is fabulous. I think I'll have to find a friend with a kid in need of a doll bed.

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 02:25

The way that thing is constructed (2" screws and GLUE!) Grace will be handing it over to her grandkids.

I love the quilt, too.

Lori (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 03:16

Ohh perfect. I am going to make bunkbeds from this plan because we have two AG dolls. Can't wait.