How to Make Julie's Bed

Photo Credit: American Girl

How to Make Julie’s Bed

There is a lot of excitement in the air about Julie Albright right now.  Hummmm, it probably has something to do with the crazy Jill’s Steals and Deals that just happened.  Now, more people have Julie than before the sale that’s for sure.  With all the excitement about her I wanted to do a few special things.  I am bringing her into my home and the first thing I needed to do for her is prepare a place for her to sleep.  A bed of course!  And not just any bed, but a replica of the American Girl version.  This post is just the bed frame itself which is very simple.  You gotta love simple!  However, soon to follow this post is her bedding!  I already have it made, I’m just putting the instructions together so you can follow them easily.

The cost out of pocket for me was nothing since I already had scrap wood on hand.  If you start with nothing, the wood will be about $6.  That’s buying three 1″ x 2″ at 8 feet long.  Crazy!  Julie’s bed online is $125.  Of course that includes the bedding, so when I post my version of bedding I will update costs.

Shopping list:

3 – 1’’ x 2’’ @ 8’
Wood Glue
1 – 1 1/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer

Cut List:

4 – 3/4’’ x 3/4’’ @ 21 1/2’’ – Legs
2 – 1 1/2’’ x 3/4’’ @ 21 1/2’’ – Side Rails
2 – 1 1/2’’ x 3/4’’ @ 11 1/2’’ – Headboard & Footboard Rails
2 – 1 1/4’’ x 5/8’’ @ 11 1/2’’ – Mattress Supports
2 – 3/4’’ x 1/2’’ @ 23’’ – Side Canopy Supports – Cut ends 45 degrees off square
2 – 3/4’’ x 1/2’’ @ 13’’ – Top and Bottom Canopy Supports – Cut ends 45 degrees off square
1 – 1’’ x 1/2’’ @ 11 1/2’’ – Middle Canopy Support


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

Other Items for Julie’s Room:

Julie’s Table & Chairs

Julie’s Bedding

Julie’s Room Tour

Step 1:

Attach the side rails to the legs.  Be sure to use wood glue and nail into place.  See the diagram for each placement.

Step 2:

Attach the headboard and Footboard rails to the legs.  See the diagram for exact placement.

Step 3:

Your frame is now done, insert the mattress supports for added strength.

How to make Julie's Bed

Step 4:

Glue and nail the canopy supports to the top of the legs.

Step 5:

Add the middle canopy support.

How to make Julie's Bed

How to Make Julie’s Bed was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

    1. Peggy
      August 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm –

      I was wondering how to make the cloth topper. it isn’t included with the bedding instructions either.

    1. Alexis
      January 20, 2016 at 6:23 am –

      It looks JUST like the real thing.I like the way you make things from the american girl store and convert them into homemade for cheap! ?

    1. Tracy
      January 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm –

      How could you do this with the foam board?

    1. Diane
      August 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm –

      where did you get the beads for the bed? How did you attach them to the bed?

    1. Katie
      June 15, 2015 at 3:36 am –

      So amazing! I think you are a doll genius! Do you think you could e-mail me sometime and we can chat?

    1. judy
      March 17, 2015 at 9:11 am –

      Thanks for the bed. My granddaughter has isabelle and loves Julie’s bed. This would be an over the top gift for her. Thanks a bunch.

        • Rudy
          March 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm –

          You’re welcome! It’s such an easy build that I just had to share it! So many more people will be able to have this piece in their dollhouse now!

    1. Donna
      March 1, 2015 at 7:18 am –

      Nice job Rudy. I think you did an excellent job with the directions. If one can get the 45 degree angles right this bed will be a breeze to recreate. Thank you.

    1. Sophia
      February 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm –

      This is great I want the bed so bad so this is just…. AWESOME!

    1. Debbie
      February 22, 2015 at 9:10 am –

      LOVE IT!

    1. Rebecca
      February 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm –