DIY American Girl Doll Bed

Posted on Jun 2 2014 - 2:02am by Rudy

DIY American Girl Doll BedDIY American Girl Doll Bed

Every American Girl Doll has to have a bed.  I like the twin bed because it is small enough to fit into tight space and yet big enough for the doll to fit comfortably.

Things you will need:

Pencil
Tape Measure
Dust/Paint Mask
Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular saw
Sander
Optional:
1 1/4″ wood screws or buy a Kreg Jig
and use 1 1/4” Kreg Jig Screws.

Instead of using screws, You could use
an 18 Gauge Nailer with 1 1/4” Nails (*You need an air compressor also)

Shopping List:

2 – 1×2 @ 8 Feet
1 – 1/4” x 2′ x 4′ Plywood or MDF
Wood Glue
1 inch screws or Kreg Jig and 1 1/4 Kreg Jig Screws

 Cut List:

2 – 1×2@ 9 1/2” – Very TOP of Headboards
2 – 1×2@ 7 1/2” – Top of Headboards
4 – 1×2@ 3” – Front Slats
2 – 1×2@ 4 1/2” – Front Legs
8 – 1×2@ 6” – Bottom of Headboards, Slats on the Back, and support for mattress board
2 – 1×2@ 9” – Back Legs

Step 1: 

Attach bottom board to slats using glue and 1 1/4″ screws or nails.  Pre-drill each hole and countersink, then attach from bottom of headboard.  One screw or nail per slat.

American Girl Doll Bed step 1

American Girl Headboard  American Girl Doll Bed  American Girl Doll Bed

Step 2:

Attach legs by screwing through pre-drilled Kreg Jig holes.  The top of the legs need to be flush with slats.

American Girl Doll Bed step 2

Step 3:

Attach top of headboard with glue and screws. Put one screw in each leg and slat.

American Girl Doll Bed step 3

American Girl Doll Bed IMG_3247 Doll Bed

Step 4:

This is the base of the bed.  I put all four pieces together, then attached the whole unit to the headboard and footboard.

American Girl Doll Bed step 4

Step 5:

Put on the headboard’s top board. Follow the same steps to build the foot board.

American Girl Doll Bed step 5

Step 6:

Attach bed support to headboard and footboard.  Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

American Girl Doll Bed Step 6

Step 7:

Slide in the mattress support.  I did not glue or nail this piece on.

 American Girl Doll Bed step 7

DIY American Girl Doll Bed was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sahana November 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm -

    Hi Rudy! I love this craft, but I was really hoping you would make a Samantha bed or the bouquet bed from American Girl. Please tell me if you would be able to make this via email. I’m a huge fan of yours. I love your American Girl doll furniture. I also request that you try to make all the starbucks items without the puffy paint and expensive and hard to find items.

    Thank you!
    Sahana

  2. angelica January 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm -

    This is really cute! It doesn’t look too hard to make either.