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Lydia Doll Bed: A How-To | Killer b. Designs

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Lydia Doll Bed: A How-To

I’ve seen Lydia doll bed props sell on Etsy for hundreds of dollars. But they’re easy to do for cheap if you have a lot of scraps lying around. The only thing I had to buy for this was one stick of trim and four mini spindles. It’s quick to build and is just the right size for American Girl or 18″ dolls so it makes a great gift. I’ve built one before, but this time I made note of my measurements and took process shots so I could provide a tutorial! Read on below to see the process:

Cut List:
2 – 2×2 @ 11″ (headboard legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 7″ (footboard legs)
3/4″ ply @ 13″ wide by 4 1/4″ tall (footboard)
3/4″ ply @ 13″ wide by 8 1/4″ tall (headboard)
2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (top of headboard and footboard)
2 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Bed Frame)
3/4″ ply – cut to fit bottom (I pieced together two 19″ x 6″ pieces splitting the gap on the sides)
3/4″ scrap ply or 1×6 or larger to cut decorative side pieces
one 8′ stick of decorative trim, no larger than 1/2″ wide. Cut 4 pieces to fit during step 14.
4 – mini finials

Step 1 – Attach your top 1×2 to your headboard section with glue and nails

Step 2 – Attach your top 1×2 to your footboard piece with glue and nails

Step 3 – Attach your headboard legs to your headboard with glue and nails. Line up the top of the 2×2 with the top of the headboard.

Step 4 – Repeat with footboard

Step 5 – Build the bed box.

Sandwich your two 14″ 1×2’s between the two 19″ 1×3’s and attach with screws if you are using this as a prop. If it’s a doll bed, you can use glue and nails. There will be a 3/4″ gap on the bottom (sorry I took the photo with the plywood already attached!)

Step 6 – Attach the plywood to the bottom of the box with screws

If you’re making a prop, use 3/4″ boards or plywood. You really want it to be sturdy. If it’s just a doll bed, you can use 1/4″ ply and nails.

Step 7 – Attach bed frame to footboard

I measured 2″ up from the bottom which lines up with the bottom of the headboard. I used screws to drill through the 1×2 into the 2×2 legs.

Step 8 – Attach frame to headboard

Use the same method to attach to your headboard. Check for level.

Step 9 – Draw your decorative shape

Make sure the height is no more than 2.5″ tall so it fits on the footboard.

Step 10 – Cut shapes with jigsaw

I cut one master shape and made sure it fit, then traced it for the next 3.

Step 11 – Use glue and finish nails to attach to bed frame

Step 12 – Sand and fill all holes

You’ll want to do this now because the trim and finials don’t need sanding and will just get in the way. I used a 100 grit followed by a 150.

Step 13 – Attach finials

Predrill holes in the center of your 2×2’s and hand screw in your finials.

Step 14 – Measure and attach trim

The trim measurement should be about 19″. You’ll need to cut 4. Attach with glue and finish nails. Finish as desired.
 
 




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  1. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove

    totally LOVE the bed! BUT, I simply cannot believe how big Charlie looks sitting on it! I know it’s a trick, but she really is growing up so fast!

  2. Michelle

    Very cute! And so is the bed. =)

  3. Lucy

    this is great! on step 3 how are the headboard legs attached to the headboard piece? you mentioned glue and nails but not sure where you are placing the nails?

  4. Amanda - Small Home Big Start

    Great idea! This would be so cute for newborn photo shoots. And I know a few little girls who are American Girl obsessed and would love a bed like this for their dolls

  5. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    How cute! I love newborn baby pics on a little bed like this =) Thanks for sharing!

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