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.


Cassie (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 13:40

Thank you , Grandpa is going to build this for Christmas for my son and we our going to add a ramp for his trucks to park . My son has been using his sisters doll house to park his cars

AVZ (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 16:30

E) 2 – 1×4 @ 1 1/2″ (Side Footer)

Has anyone else thought that this measurement is wrong? I read 'one and a half inches' in length - that doesn't seem correct.

Anyone know what the correct measurement should be for the sides? Thanks in advance...

When did toys … (not verified)

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:56

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TheDancingLlama (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 12:53

@AVZ, The pictures show the side footer length at 12 1/4", does that seem more accurate?
Thanks for pointing that out, I'm going through the parts list in preparation for building this myself.

I noticed someone mentioned building this in MDF, but I can't find the right stuff at Home Depot. The person I talked to said they didnt have any boards wide enough in MDF.

I'm thinking about building this w/ pine instead. Any preferences either way? Is pine fairly easy to coat w/ paint?

Also, do you paint the wood before you nail / construct the dollhouse?

Ritchie (not verified)

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 12:12

I haven't built it yet but in cutting out the material and comparing them to the schetch I noticed the same thing. If you plan to butt joint the corners, I think the correct length should be 11 1/2" (eleven and one-half) (the the width of side panels "A"),. If you miter 45 degree angles you may want to add 2 more inches for a better fit then cut to proper length. Keep this in mind for the window dressing as well.

Melissa (not verified)

Wed, 12/08/2010 - 04:44

You have inspired me, I shall now go to Lowe's to check lumber prices before continuing ahead. I will post once I have completed the project. You rock!!!

Jen (not verified)

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 04:45

Hubby and I are working on this now. I believe the Side Footer should be cut to 11 1/2" rather than 1 1/2".