Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dollhouse Upholstered Bed Tutorial

Making a dollhouse bed is a great way to bring some really cozy feel to your dollhouse.  Today, I am going to show you how I make my beds with a relatively easy tutorial.

First, decide what size your bed needs to be. Measure length, width and height that will fit in your dollhouse bedroom.
I cut a piece of wood 1/8" thick x  3 5/8" x 6 3/4"for my bed base. This should be a hard material that won't bend easily. I used tempered hardboard. This is a particle board sometimes used in back of inexpensive furniture. It cuts very easily even with a box cutter. But it's pretty strong.
Next, I cut out the template for the headboard and footboard.You can pick any shape you want. The headboard should be taller than the footboard. My headboard is 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" tall. And the footboard is 3 1/2" x 1 5/8".
You'll need an interior template for the headboard and footboard. I made these 1/8" smaller. These are for the tufted upholstery. So I also cut a piece of 3mm foam sheet for each and a piece of cardboard.  Any cardboard will do even a cereal box.
For the posts/legs of the bed I used a strip of bass that are 3/16x3/16x24". The 2 headboard legs are 3 5/8" long. The 2 foot board legs are 2 5/8" long.
To top the posts I have 4 (1/4")furniture buttons. You can substitute with beads.

I cut the headboard and footboard out of 1/16"x4"x24" bass.
I used Aleen's all purpose glue to stick the headboard and footboard to the bed bottom. Let dry completely.
I cut the footboard and head board from 1/16x4x24" bass.
Glue posts onto footboard and headboard at 1" from the ground.  Glue your finials at the top of the posts. Sand rough edges.
Paint the bed desired color. I used white acrylics.
I chose to age my bed with brown ink pad from the stamp department of the craft store. You can use a paint brush to get into the corners and tight areas.
Next, we need to make the upholstered parts.
Take the cardboard, foam, and filler(like the kind you use to fill pillows) and your fabric. I cut the fabric 1/2" larger than your cardboard pieces.
The order will be cardboard, foam,filler, fabric.
You will cut little slits on the corners of your fabric and in the curved parts.  Use your carboard centered on the fabric to show you how far in to mark your cuts.
I used Aleen's all purpose glue. I glued the bottom and the 2 upper sides first.
Once both headboard and foot board are done, we can do the tufting.
I start in the middle of the footboard or headboard. Using embroidery floss insert needle from the front to the back and back through to the front. Tie off. I used a tripple knot. Continue until the whole footboard/headboard is done.
Glue these upholstered panels onto bed. I like to use cotton twine to fill the gap between the upholstered panel and the wood. It looks more finished.
I apply the all purpose glue to the wood with a paintbrush and stick the twine onto the wood.
The mattress is next.
I use a thick cardboard(like a shipping box) for the bottom of the mattress. I use pillow filler to fill the mattress. Choose the fabric of your choice. Cut the fabric about 1 1/2" bigger than the cardboard.

I use hot glue for the mattress. First I hot glue the filler to the cardboard so it won't move around too much. Then I hot glue the fabric to the back of the cardboard. flip over before you glue down to make sure the fabric is laying nicely on the filler.

Hot glue mattress to bed.
I use a piece of trim on both sides of the bed to hide the area between the mattress and the bed bottom. You can use hot glue or all purpose glue.

The sheet is next. You want to make sure your fabric extends almost to the floor on the sides of the bed. For length I usually like to do 2 times the length of the bed so I have plenty of fabric to make folds and lumps with. Like a bed ready to jump in!

Pin the sheet with the folds where you want them. Then either hot glue or use fabric glue to adhere in the position you want.

Next I sewed a comforter to put at the end of the bed. It's just a rectangle. And I sewed a couple of pillows. Fill your pillows and the comforter with candle sand. The weight of the sand will make it look more like  real 1:1 bedding.

That's it! You're done!


  1. Excellent. You make it all look so simple and easy. I have seen other tutorials that make the process too complicated. I need to practice more with the painting. I need to learn the tricks of using ink pads.

  2. Cute bed, i love the colors and materials.

    Best Regards: Lea

  3. Thank you so much for the great tutorial .
    I can use at the moment so I 'm working on a bedroom . Tips are for always good.

    Maybe you even have a stop by the time and inclination on our blog .
    Would be very happy


    LG Alexandra

  4. Wow Caroline, I don't know how you come up with this stuff but it looks incredible! What a fantastic idea to use candle sand, I'd never thought of that! It looks adorable and definitely ready to jump into:) Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  5. It is a lovely tutorial, thanks for sharing, you're very generous, Caroline!
    A big hugs :0)

  6. Qué sencillo parece al leer tus explicaciones! A ver hasta dónde soy capaz de llegar! :)
    Gracias por el tuto, es una cama preciosa! :)

  7. Hello Caroline
    A brilliant always make everything look so easy :) The bed is divine! Thank you.
    All the best

  8. Una estupenda explicación. Me ha gustado lo de la arena de velas.

  9. Fantastic tutorial Caroline...simply amazing to see how it all comes together. Loving the tufted headboard with string detail and the burlap comforter looks so comfy and snuggly.

  10. Your bed looks Very Comfortable Caroline and I especially like the way that you have made it look slept in. If I were a doll I would want to climb right in! :D


  11. Great tutorial, it is nice to see how you create your wonderful bedes.

  12. Thank you for your gorgeous tutorial, dear Caroline! Your bed is wonderful... Have a good week end!

  13. What a fantastic tutorial, Caroline, the bed looks wonderful, snuggly and comfy and your tips for making the bedding are great. Thanks for sharing, it's very generous of you!
    Hugs, Ilona

  14. Oooh, so pretty! Excellent tutorial! :D

  15. Thank you! Wonderful tutorial!

  16. Thank you Caroline for this superb tutorial> Your bed
    looks wonderful.
    Hugs, Drora

  17. Muchas gracias Caroline, es un tuto genial y el resultado precioso. Me encantan tus camas.
    Feliz fin de semana.

  18. Beautiful bed, I love your tutorials and that they are so easy using supplies most of us have in our stash.

  19. Geweldig om te zien hoe je het maakt Caroline en zo,n mooi resultaat prachtig lieve groetjes Danielle

  20. Thanks for the tutorial of this amazing bed.

  21. What an excellent tutorial! I learned tha candle sand behaves better than pillow fluff. I'm glad I took the time to read all your instructions. I truly adore all the special things you custom make with TLC. Charming! P.s. I liked your painted bikes so much I finally got around to painting one to match Brockshire cottage. And I just love that little bike. ; ) cheers luvvy!

  22. What a lovely bed! It looks very comfy. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  23. Thanks for this tutorial Caroline! I always admire your lovely beds. You have once again inspired me to get cracking and make more miniatures!

  24. candle sand mmmm not sure what that is so Im guessing I best get on and find out I love making beds so cuuutteeee!!! love those beds you make thank you so much for the tutorial

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  28. Looks like I am 2 years too late. I want to thank you for posting all these lovely tutorials. They are gems and I am excited to make the furniture and house.