DIY American Girl Doll Bed

Posted on Jun 2 2014 – 2:02am
by Rudy

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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:


Tape Measure

Dust/Paint Mask


Safety Glasses

Hearing Protection


Circular saw



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.



Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

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.

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

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

Step 7:

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


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!


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

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