Dollhouse Bookcase

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:30
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Build your own dollhouse bookshelf with our free woodworking plans.  Uses off the shelf 1x12s and basic joinery.

If you’ve got a good miter saw, you can make this bookcase in no time. I have always loved this simple design. Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping list and cut list.

dollhouse bookshelf diy plans
dollhouse bookshelf dimensions
51 1/2 " tall by 45" width by 12 1/4" deep


Shopping List
  • 4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet
  • 1/4″ plywood cut 45″ wide x 51 1/2″ high, cut in a house shape with the vertical ends at 38 1/2″ (measure for exact fit)
Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

Main Carcass

A) 2 – 1×12 @ 38 1/2″ (top edge cut off at 30 degree angle)

B) 2 – 1×12 @ 12″ (Bottom Vertical Dividers)

C) 3 – 1×12 @ 42″ (Shelves)

D) 1 – 1×12 @ 17 1/2″ (Top Vertical Divider, top edge mitered down at 30 degree angle)

E) 2 – 1×4 @ 1 1/2″ (Side Footer)

F) 1 – 1×4 @ 45″ (Front Footer)

G) 2 – 1×12 @ 27 1/2″ (Top Edge Mitered down at 30 degrees)


Trim for Windows and Doors

H) 6 – 1×2 @ 4″

I) 4 – 1×2 @ 4 3/4″

J) 4 – 1×2 @ 10 1/4″ Plywood 1/4″ plywood cut 45″ wide x 51 1/2″ high, cut in a house shape with the vertical ends at 38 1/2″ (measure for exact fit)

Cutting Instructions

Start by cutting all the boards as directed above. Review the diagrams to see how the angles are cut. Unless otherwise directed, use 2″ nails and glue on all joints.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Use the above diagram to help guide you. Please note that the measurements are close approximations and the miter saw will cut the exact angle for you.

Step 2

Windows and Doorways. From Boards A, cut the window holes out as shown above.

Step 3

Windows and Doors. First build the window and door frames as shown above, using 1 1/2″ nails. Then center the frames on the openings cut in step 2 and nail the frames into the openings. If you are painting the frames different colors, you may wish to paint and finish the bookshelf and the frames seperately, and then fasten the frames to the bookshelf.

Step 4

Once the sides, A, are complete, begin working on the center. First nail boards B and C together, as shown above. Then fasten D to the top shelf. Once B, C, and D are completed, nail the sides A on.

Step 5

Step 6

Footer. Now fasten the front footer, F, to the front of the bookshelf as shown above.

Step 7

Top. Fasten the top as shown above. Make sure you nail from each of the top pieces into the opposite top piece at the top of the gable end.

Step 8

Cut and add the plywood to the back, using glue and 1 1/2″ nails.

Step 9

Finishing. Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired.


Miss Muffin (not verified)

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:16

Oh no, I SO wish I would have found your blog before Christmas. My father in law build a dollhouse for my daughter and we were searching for a plan for ages ... I came across one of those bookcase-dollhouses to buy but never found a plan. I SO LOVE yours!!! It's so adorable!!! And it is so kind of you for sharing your plans! I wish I would be a carpenter. :-/

Caithlin (not verified)

Sun, 02/21/2010 - 15:35


I like these plans. Thanks for sharing with us.
What type of wood did you use?
Can you recommend someone's wood glue that you have found to work best?


Madame Samm (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 09:21

OHHHH my we are talking...I love this...a friend of mine sent this to me and gosh I am sewwwwwwwww glad she are a present ...
blessings madame samm

Nathan (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 08:15

I noticed the measurements for the side 1x4s are about an inch too long. Might want to correct that...

@Catihlin: Elmer's wood glue has never let me down.

Rachel (not verified)

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 07:32

Thank you for posting this!! My husband and I had a blast making this for our little ones playroom this past weekend. A couple tips we found was 1) that when painting/finishing we used caulk on the joints before painting, and it really looks better for it (forgot in one place and can tell :) and 2)when assembling the whole piece if you have it in the floor to piece together-use whatever side was on the floor as the front. Not all of our cuts were exact, but thanks to gravity all the pieces line up perfectly...Trying to decide on how to finish the roof and then we'll send some photos.

vwilliams624 (not verified)

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 15:11

How much paint so you think I might need? If anyone has painted theirs I'd love to know how much paint was needed!

Lexi's Mommy (not verified)

Thu, 05/13/2010 - 11:40

I love this!! It's so ridiculously cute! I am so glad I have a girl. I might have to talk my husband into making this for our daughter :)

Dee (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 04:51

Hi there,

Extremely helpful post. Really good job with all the designs. So easy to follow. Just a few questions:

1. What kind to material you have used? MDF? Plywood?

2. I have heard there are some issues with painting MDF. Can you share your exp please?



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