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.


elizabeth (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:19

Thankyou I am so glad you posted this I tried to design one myself and it was a mess , just in time for christmas.

Debbie (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:21

My daughter was supposed to get an AG Bitty baby for Christmas (she got it early instead), any chance for a doll crib plans?

Stacy (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:25

Instead of building this bed with my daughter, I'm going to build it with my son. He begs all the time to build something and I think this would be a great gift for him to give to his little sisters! And his 3 girl cousins! Thank you so much!

jeanne (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:33

I actually want to cry about this post. I have 4 daughters and I feel so bad that I never attempted to make a crib for my now almost 12 year old's dolls. We bought a little pac'n play second hand one Christmas but I never made anything. However.... she does have a Build a Bear from Disneyland that might go nicely in there. But Little sisters 3 and 4 would have to have one too. Thanks for the plans. I hope that I can maybe get these in by their birthdays. :)

Michelle (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:39

What did you use for a mattress?? I can't wait to build this. I just pulled out some material I've had stored for months that will be perfect for a sheet and comforter. Can't wait!!

Kelly (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 05:45

I love this, thank you!! I can't wait to make it for my daughter! She's only 7 months so she won't be helping but maybe her big brother who is Grace's age can help. You are the most amazingly talented and giving person to create these plans and give them to us for free, you could make a killing selling these! I love that you understand your reader's desire to have great style on a DIY budget. Your blog is at the top of my favorites bar and I check it as often as I check my email!!! Love you and your blog!

All8 (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 06:13

This is just about the sweetest thing ever. I can't even imagine how many children will be thrilled to discover this under the tree Christmas morning. Ana, you're the best!

Marie (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 06:26

I love this! What's the "mattress" made out of? It looks like the fabric you have on the "mattress" is above the 1/4" plywood for the frame. Another piece of wood? Some foam?

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