American Girl Bed

Posted on Jun 9 2014 – 3:14am
by Rudy

American Girl Farmhouse Bed

American Girl Bed

Every American Girl Doll needs a place to lay her head at night!  This is an easy project and your American Girl Doll lover will be so excited.  This project will cost you around $5-$7 to make not including the bedding.  I’ll save the bedding for another post.

The idea for this bed originated from the Doll Farmhouse Bed on  My dimensions are a little different because I found as I built it, it needed to be tweaked a little bit.

To make this American Girl Doll Bed, make sure you have the following:

Shopping List:

2×2 (3 feet total)

1 – 1×2 (8 feet total)

2 – 1x3s (10 feet total)

scrap 1/4″ plywood

1 1/4″ Screws

Wood Glue


measuring tape



safety glasses

hearing protection


circular saw


 Cut List:

5 – 1×3 @ 6″ (Headboard Slats)

5 – 1×3 @ 3″ (Footboard Slats)

2 – 2×2 @ 4″ (Footboard Legs)

2 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Headboard Legs)

2 – 1×2 @ 12 1/2″ (Bottom of Slats – 1 1/4’’ Pocket hole on each end of the same side and stager them)

2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Top of Slats)

2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Top of Headboard and Footboard)

2 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Side-rails – 1 1/4’’ Pocket hole on each end of the same side, 1/2’’ from the bottom.

2 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Bed Frame – 1 1/4’’ Pocket hole on each end of the same side)

Step 1:

Attach slats so that they are centered like the picture shown.

Step 2:

Legs need to be flush with the top of the slats.  Then attach them using the pocket holes found on the bottom of the long slat board.

Step 3:

You are going to attach a long slat on the top of the smaller slats and legs.  Nail in place.

Step 4:

Place the top of the headboard on with glue and nails.


Step 5:

Attach bed supports to bed rails.  Pocket holes on bed rails need to be below the bed supports.

Step 6:

Attach the headboard and the footboard to the bed frame that you just made.  Use the pocket holes that you have already created on the side rails.

Step 7:

Slide in the piece of plywood that you have already cut to fit.  You are done!  Now it’s time to paint or stain this project and make some American Girl Doll very happy!

We would love to see your American Girl Bed! Comment below and feel free to leave a link with your American Girl Bed project!

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

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

  1. Keyla
    July 31, 2015 at 11:56 am –

    My dad and I made a tripple bunk bed with the plans. Got the wood from Home Depot and the bedding stuff from Walmart. All together it fits 6 dolls and only cost $40 a whole lot less than the one from AG

  2. StarDustSparkles
    July 26, 2015 at 2:00 am –

    this look just like my bed just paint it white it is a twin!!!!!!!!

    i love it

  3. Aimee
    January 8, 2015 at 8:31 am –

    I will have to give these instructions to my father. Grandpa told the girls he would make them doll beds!