Tuesday, January 1, 2013

DIY Doll Size Camp Bunk Beds

Build: camp bunk beds
(modified head and footboards)

Using plans from Ana White here I made two more sets of doll bunk beds except this time around I modified the head and footboards:

A friend requested these camp bunk beds above for her daughters to match the lifesize version from Pottery Barn kids:

My friend even supplied me with extra shams from the girls bedding (Pottery Barn Kids):

image from potterybarnkids.com

Which I cut up and used in the doll quilts:

And I even had enough scraps left over to make matching personalized sequined pouches for her girls:
(Pouch tutorial here, not same size but general instructions.)

Here's how to make the camp bunk beds with modifications:

1. Cut lumber as per Ana's plans EXCEPT:

- instead of 8 - 1x2 @ 9"use 1 3/8"wide lattice, cut 16 @9"
- instead of 22 - 1x1 @ 2 3/4" only cut 14
- OMIT 8 - 1x1 @ 4 3/4"

- 4 - 1/4" plywood @ 9" x 5 1/2" (top portion)
- 4 - 1/4" plywood @ 9" x 7 1/2" (bottom portion)
- 10 - 1/2"w flat lattice @ 2 3/4"
- 10 - 1/2"w flat lattice @ 4 3/4"

2. In Ana's Step 1 build the head and footboards with the solid 1/4" ply pieces and 4 lattice pieces:

Sandwich the 1/4" ply between the lattice, glue and use 3/4" finish nails:

3. Step 2 - secure the top and bottom portions as per Ana's layout using 2" finish nails through 1x2 leg pieces:

4. To add the decorative raised vertical slats cut 1/2" lattice as noted above in #1.

5. Adhere center piece first (measure to center) with wood glue then add two side pieces for a total of 5:

6. Apply Minwax pre-stain conditioner:

7. Stain with Minwax Jacobean and seal with Minwax wipe on poly satin.

8. To make mattress wrap 1/4"ply bunkie board with foam, batting, then cotton fabric:

Staple gun in place and trim excess:

9. Secure to underside of bunk, top bunk first:


  1. Jaime they are so cute!!!! Love the bunks! Happy New Year!

  2. I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

  3. Adorable! I'm sure these will be loved by some littler girls and their dolls. :)

    Visiting from Serenity Now.



  4. How sweet of you to make them for your friend. They look great! I love the bedding and extra things you were able to make as well.

  5. So darling! I love them! Thanks for linking up to my link party! :)

  6. Jaime both bunk beds are so cute!!!! Love the bunks!thanks for sharing click here for more