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I was approached a little while back by my grand daughter with an image on her i-Pad of an American Girl bunk bed and told that it was only $49.95 (not including shipping, handling, tax, and graft). I got the hint, as subtle as it was. However, I bridled against paying that much for a plastic item - I could build it better and cheaper? I'm also thinking she new from the start where this was going. In any event, taking some measurements on the doll and copying the image she provided (2nd pic), I came up with this design, which she approved.

The unit measures ~33" (incl. closet) by 18" high, by 10" deep. The materials used were 1/4" and 1/2" Baltic birch ply, and 1×2 clear pine for the bed posts. The rails and head/foot boards were joined with mortise and tenon. I also cut out some cloths hangers using 1/8" press board. YiaYia made some mattresses using some foam packing material with pink cotton covers. The closet rod and curtain hangers were made from 1/4" doweling thru drilled on one side and hot glued in the stopped hole on the other side for ease of replacement if necessary. The whole unit was rattle can painted with semi gloss white. The next addition will be a lace closet curtain and bed clothing to be picked out by the ladies, but my job here is done.

Speaking of additions, I am wondering why grand daughter needs a bunk bed, she only has one doll. Sometimes I think grand daughter is several steps ahead of where she appears to be. Anyway, thanks for stopping in and taking a look. Have a safe and productive summer.

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With the numbers of dolls that my daughter owns, I need like ten of these. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I have made these, with only granddaughters why not.
 

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Nothing gives us so much pleasure as making toys for our little ones. Great looking toy. Not only it's cheaper,it's healthier than chineese plastic.
 

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You're a good Grandpaw. I know there's a very happy happy happy lil girl
 
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