SHOPPING LIST: (You may have some of these pieces on-hand as SCRAP)
2x2: 4 - 18" long (legs)
1x4: 2 - 24" long (top sides of "tray")
1x4: 2 - 10.25" long (top ends of "tray")
1x2: 2 - 24" long (sides of bottom "shelf")
1x2: 2 - 10.25" long (ends of bottom "shelf")
MDF: 2 - 12"wide x 24"long (top "tray" bottom and bottom "shelf")
12 - 2" wood screws
countersink bit for the screws
2" nails (nail gun)
1" nails (nail gun) - for tacking on the bottom MDF shelf
wood putty to fill holes and knots
Paint or stain to finish your piece
1. Mark your sizes on your wood and cut out your pieces. (I always mark the wood with sizes AND where it is to be used (leg, side) so that I can move faster when building.
2. Sand your pieces (on the ends to be joined, at least, if not completely). You don't want to deal with edges that won't join cleanly and snugly.
3. Pre-drill 2 holes in the TOP of each 2x2 leg, with 2 legs having the "holes" toward the left side (as pictured) and 2 legs having the "holes" toward the right side. This allows the legs to be mounted flush against the 1x4x24" side rails. (The 2x2 is pictured being pre-drilled, and the 1x4 is positioned vertically underneath it for "measuring". Thanks to my husband for doing this for me - his hands are bigger!)
Your 2x2 holes should look like this:
(these are the holes that are pre-drilled toward the right side....)
(this picture shows the holes oriented to the left for left side and to the right for the right side:)
4. After pre-drilling the 2x2's, screw them into the 1x4x24" side rails:
(Yes, this picture is of a later step, but I wanted you to see the side profile of 2x2's and side rail:)
5. You should now have a "pair" of side rails, one set for each side.
6. Next, nail your 1x4x10.25" ends between the pairs of side rails to complete the "tray". You will be using 2" nails to nail from inside the tray, through the 1x4x10.25" into the 2x2 legs. Nail 4-5 times, spacing as you go along.
(Once again, picture is of a later step...)
7. You should now have a "tray" on legs!
8. Turn the piece upside-down, so that it is resting on its tray top. Place one of the MDF 12x24 pieces between the legs, center it so that it is flush on the side and end rails, and nail down into the 1x4 rails using 1" nails every 2 inches. (You may use screws instead of nails for added stability.)
9. Now turn the piece on its side. You need to mark each 2x2 leg (on the inside) at 2" from the bottom of the 2x2 leg. This is so that the 1x2 side rails will have a line you can use to keep them square as you build. Position the 1x2x24" between the 2x2 legs, and square with the line on each leg (the line is positioned at the bottom of the 1x2, to give you a 2" clearance underneath the piece.)
11. Now nail on the short 1x2x10.25" ends. Nail down (as pictured) through the 1x2 into the 2x2 legs. Do this step for each end of piece.
12. Turn your piece right-side-up. It should now look like this:
13. Last, place the other piece of 12x24 MDF on top of the bottom shelf. Make sure edges are flush with the sides and ends of the 1x2's, and then nail or screw through the MDF into the 1x2's, spacing about 2" apart.
14. Fill all nail holes and knots in wood with wood putty.
15. Sand piece well.
16. Finish as desired with paint or stain.
(I have not filled my nail/screw holes or painted this piece yet....in an effort to get the plans out to you so that you may build this in time for Christmas! Please forgive the lack of "finish"!)
17. So this can be a changing table for your child's baby doll:
And when they outgrow baby dolls...it can easily be converted to a bunk bed for their 18" dolls:
You simply need to add a "mattress" to the top for a baby changing table, and another mattress to the bottom for a bunk bed! ****Instructions to make mattresses and pillows are located in my doll bed posting....please adjust the sizes according to the width and length of the piece here. Or, you could just shove a pillow into the top like I did for the photo shoot! :)
You can see the bunk bed as built by reader's here:
Please feel free to use these plans to build furniture, for sale or for pleasure, but please do not sell the PLANS as your "own". Please also give credit to me and link back here! I hope you enjoy them!!
***I am NOT LIABLE for any plans featured here. Please take every precaution and use your own discretion to make sure these toys are safe for children to play with them.