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.


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 are shown above.


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)

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


Step 1


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


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


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


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


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

Step 12


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.


Jenny (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 16:19

Built it! I love it, she loves it... My daughter is painting it tomorrow. Thank you so much...

Tasha (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:01

I just used 3/4" -1" batting. Sewed it on all three sides and then stuffed the batting inside. I made sure to cut the batting smaller, so there wouldn't be any bunching. I used a soft polar fleece for the material. If you wanted something more substantial you could use foam and than make a cover for it.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 16:50

Love the furniture. Is it ok to make the different doll furniture pieces and then sell them online or at craft fairs?

Jan (not verified)

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 05:28

Hi! My daugher-in-law just sent this to me for my husband to "look at" :-). I think it will be a project for him to make for his two granddaughters for Christmas. I was wondering if you had a pattern (or knew where I could get one) for the mattress, quilt, pillows, etc. I think that will become my project. :-) Thanks so much! Jan Bender

christy cibb (not verified)

Sat, 08/06/2011 - 06:53

I was THRILLED to find this simple, yet beautiful pattern for a doll bed. The premade beds in the stores are expensive and flimsy. This will be sturdy and much cuter! Can't wait to get started on it! Thanks so much for posting it!!!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 10/16/2011 - 07:53

i cant wait to make this bed for my grand daughter's peppa pig... it's so utterly gorgeous and looks so o o easy. thankyou so much Ana.

Christina Barbosa (not verified)

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 10:43

I am building this for my niece for Christmas and was wondering what I could use a "mattress" for the bed? Any ideas? Thanks.

In reply to by Christina Barbosa (not verified)


Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:01

Hi Christina. I made several for a craft show so I was all about being cost effective. I actually bought one of those foam egg crate mattress toppers and cut them down to size. Then I sewed removal covers in case it had to be washed. However, after I did that, Ana did post a wonderful plan:
Best wishes!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 09:09

I love american girls and I'm getting one for christmas! I just wish I was old enough to have the money and craftsmenship to build this great bed although I may get my dad to help and my grandma is teaching me to sew so maybe we can make bedding and a mattress.