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Doll Bunk Bed Woodworking Plans

Added/Modified on August 11, 2016
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Shopping List:

4 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×1 @ 8 feet long (if you have a table saw, a 1×2 can be ripped in half)
21” x 20” – 1/4” plywood
Wood glue
2” trim screws or finish nails
Optional 1” or 1 1/4” pocket hole screws


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
circular saw

Cut List:

8 – 1×2 @ 9” long
22 – 1×1 @ 2 3/4” long
8 – 1×1 @ 4 3/4” long
4 – 1×2 @ 18” long
7 – 1×2 @ 20” long
1 – 1×2 @ 14 1/2” long
6 – 1×2 @ 10 1/2” long
2 – 1/4” plywood @ 10 1/2” x 20”
2 – 1×1 @ 11 1/2” long
3 – 1×1 @ 4” long

General Instructions:

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

Glue and clamp the headboards and footboards together – you’ll need to make two of each.

Step 2

Then attach with glue to the legs. You’ll need to make two of these – one for the top and bottom.

Step 3

Now this is where your main weight is – for example, a child decides to sit on the bed …. so I suggest attaching with glue and screws here. A 3/4″ PH underneath with 1 1/4″ (try fine thread screws to prevent wood from splitting or 1″ PH screws) will do the trick.

Step 4

Build the top railing with glue and let dry. Then attach to legs with screws or nails.

Step 5

Build front railing with glue and attach with screws or nails.

Step 6

Now I know this is a doll bed, but I have kids in my house, and I know they are rough on little furniture. So I added these supports underneath for the mattress. Attach the footboard/headboard to the end ones for added support, and don’t forget the glue!

Step 7

Make the ladder with glue and let dry. Then attach to the bed with glue.

Step 8

You can use scrap plywood or even heavy cardboard for the mattress bottom.

Finishing Instructions

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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