Farmhouse Bed for American Girl or 18" Dolls

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 11:27
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Build your own American Girl doll bed to match our Farmhouse Beds, suitable for 18" dolls. This bed is slightly wider than traditional doll beds, to look more like our Farmhouse Beds.  Free step by step plans from

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American Girl doll beds can be so expensive!  Have you thought about building your own?  For about $10 you can DIY your own doll bed, and paint or stain it any color you like!

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American Girl Doll Bed Tutorial

Farmhouse Doll Bed dimensions ana white plans
Dimensions are shown in diagram


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″ self tapping wood screws (SPAX brand or similar) OR brad nails (if you have a brad nailer)
  • 2″ self tapping wood screws (SPAX brand or similar) OR brad nails (if you have a brad nailer)
  • 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
Circular Saw
Power Sander


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

Attach top with the shorter screws or nails and glue.

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.


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.

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