American Girl Grace Thomas Bed

Posted on Dec 29 2014 - 6:50pm by Rudy

American Girl Bed

American Girl Grace Thomas Bed

There is a lot of excitement for Grace Thomas to make her grand appearance!  She will be here in a few short days and I wanted to make sure she felt welcomed in her new home.  From what we know about her, she will not have a specific bed.  So, the first thing to prepare for her was to make a unique bed.  I love that this bed has posts, but not too tall.  And the headboard and footboard have just the right amount of roundness!  It is simple, yet elegant.  I am still debating if I want to add little Eiffel towers on it.  I didn’t want to go overboard with them, so I will hold off for now until her entire room is decorated.  If you are planning a big welcome for Grace Thomas, her bed is the perfect start!

Shopping list:

1 – 1×2 @ 8’
1 – 1×8 @ 6’ (Leftovers)
1 – 1/4’’ @ 2’ x 4’
Wood Glue
3/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer
1 – 1 1/4” Kreg Jig Pocket Screws

Cut List:

2 – 1×2 @ 7’’ – Footboard Legs
2 – 1×2 @ 10’’ – Headboard Legs
2 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2’’ – Side Mattress Support
1 – 1/4’’ @ 19 1/4’’ x 6 1/2’’ – Mattress Support Board
4 – 1×2 @ 6 1/2’’ – Bottom of Headboard/Footboard & Support for Mattress Board
1 – 3/4’’ @ 6 1/2’’ x 6 1/4’’ – Headboard
1 – 3/4’’ @ 6 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ – Footboard

Tools:

Kreg Jig
18 Gauge Nailer
Tape Measure
Jig Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Hearing Protection
Safety Glasses
Pencil
Sanding Block

 

Step 1

Using the pocket holes, screw in the 6 1/2″ headboard mattress supports to the headboard legs on both sides.  Repeat this step for the footboard legs.  American Girl Grace Bed

Step 2

Attach the headboard legs and footboard legs by screwing in the 18 1/2″ side mattress supports

American Girl Grace Bed

 

Step 3

Add the remaining two 6 1/2″ mattress supports to the 18 1/2″ side mattress supports.

American Girl Grace Bed

 

Step 4

Insert the mattress support board.

American Girl Grace Bed

 

Step 5

The cut for the headboard is 3/4’’ wood @ 6 1/2’’ x 6 1/4’’.  6 1/4″ is the measurement for the top center of the headboard.  If you want the arch, you can draw a line from the top center to the right side.  Repeat for the left side.  Or, you can use something as a guide.  I used a bowl.  The headboard will not be screwed into place with a pocket hole, but nailed into place instead.

American Girl Grace Bed

 

Step 6

The cut for the footboard is 3/4’’ wood @ 6 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’.  The top center of the footboard is 3 1/2″.  If you want it rounded you can follow the instructions in step 5.

Grace Thomas Bed

 

Step 7

Spackle the nail holes.  Sand the entire bed.  Prime and paint the color of your choice.  Add cute Paris themed bedding!

Grace Thomas Bed

American Girl Grace Thomas Bed was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. Baylei January 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm -

    I want a bed now

  2. Baylei January 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm -

    I wanted a bed for grace Thomas

  3. Jan Dimmery April 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm -

    I have Grace and want bedding for her do you have a video?

  4. Cathy March 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm -

    I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby.

  5. Taylor January 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm -

    Her bedroom is so beautiful

  6. Alexys January 16, 2015 at 6:46 am -

    Love the Eiffel tower fabric!

  7. Susan January 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm -

    I love the Eiffel tower next to the bed. I also like all the other ones you have. Where did you get them? I love all your ideas!!

  8. Jacqueline January 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm -

    I love this idea. I will be trying to do the bed out of foam board. I love that eiffel tower fabric and the colors of the bed. Great job!

  9. Maggie January 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm -

    Where did you get that big Eiffel tower that is next to the bed?

  10. Michelle C January 4, 2015 at 7:47 am -

    This is just adorable!! I think we might have to make one for our Caroline doll!! Super cute!!

  11. rebecca December 31, 2014 at 7:08 am -

    I am so excited for Grace. As i will be purchasing her later in the new year, I will clear a space for her in the dolly bedroom.