Are you sick of seeing DIY doll furniture? If you’re a Mom to boys you might be – and I apologize – but buying doll furniture, especially for these 18″ dolls is crazy-insane-bonkers-expensive.

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I think we all want our kids to have everything they wish for at Christmas right? Santa always seems to come through in the end, but if there is a way to get them what they want at a fraction of the price, then I think Santa would appreciate the break.

These sofas are actually really simple to make – and if you were ever going to attempt a DIY project, this would be a good time. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

DIY Doll Furniture – Sofa/Couch

You will need:

  • 1 piece of 1×8 cut to 15 1/2″ long (39.3cm)
  • 1 piece of 1×8 cut to 13 3/4″ long (34.9cm)
  • 2 pieces of scrap wood cut to 7 1/4″ by 2 5/8″ (18.4 x 6.7cm)
  • 1 piece of 2″ foam cut to 13 3/4″ by 7 1/4″ (34.9 x 6.7cm)
  • 1 piece of 2″ foam cut to 13 3/4″ by 6″ (34.9 x 15.2cm)
  • square of loft batting – 26 x 26″ (66cm)
  • 1″ (2.5cm) tall knobs or scrap wood pieces for the feet
  • fabric of your choice (find a wide selection at
  • mitre saw
  • wood glue
  • wood screws
  • drill
  • sandpaper
  • kreg jig (optional)
  • staple gun and staples

Once you have your wood cut, you’ll want to take your back piece (13 3/4″ long (34.9cm)) and cut a 15 degree angle on one long edge. Set your mitre saw to 15 degrees and cut only one 13″ edge. This will provide a sloped back for your couch.

Using your Kreg Jig (or pre-drill and use wood screws), glue and screw the back of your sofa to the base – angled edge to the bottom. Leave space on either end for your arms to be attached afterwards.

DIY Doll Furniture - sofa / couch

You’ll see in the photo below that my arms have cracked – MDF is particularly particular in that if you don’t pre-drill your holes, it visually protests. UGH! Fortunately, my couch will be covered in batting and fabric, so I didn’t worry too much.

Pre-drill, then glue and screw your arm pieces onto either side of your sofa back.

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Give the entire piece a good sanding, you don’t want any slivers poking through and tearing your material or poking little hands.

I found these old knobs from a furniture makeover I’d done ages ago and they were the perfect height to be sofa feet. I drilled holes up through the bottom and attached. Note: you will be stapling fabric around your sofa, so don’t place your feet right at the edges of the base. You’ll want/need to inset them about 3/4″ from all edges.

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Next up, cut your 2″ batting to the specifications above – one for the base and one for the back. This batting was $17.99 at Michael’s, less a 40% off coupon, so $10.79 and it had very little leftover.

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Wrap the base of your sofa with the thinner loft batting and staple, at the seat height, to the backboard before wrapping around the back of the sofa. This will give you the indent and keep both the base and back flat when fabric is put on. You could repeat this where the seat foam reaches the arm rests as well. (I didn’t – but probably should have)

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Continue wrapping your sofa like a gift until all of the edges are covered. Use a few staples to hold it all in place.

Repeat this with the fabric cover – no fancy moves here – just wrap and staple in place to keep taught.

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I didn’t use any fancy techniques for wrapping the arms or backing either. I simply tucked the fabric into itself until I had a nice, straight folded edge that lined up with the back edge of the sofa. It’s easier to see than to explain I think:

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Continue to pull taught and staple the fabric to the bottom of the sofa – you’ll want to have staples almost side by side all the way around the bottom to keep your fabric smooth and in place.

That’s it!

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Scrap wood from your/a family member’s/ a neighbour’s garage, some knobs, a bit of foam cushioning, some loft batting and a small piece of fabric and you have a $20 couch instead of a $70 one.

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If you want to save even more, forget the batting and fabric and just paint your wood sofa for a mid-century look – cheap and chic!

Chloe saw this and went absolutely bonkers! Kit needed to have a tea party immediately to test out the new furniture. (I love those tea cups!)

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Cut the width of the back and base boards in half and you can make a couple of matching chairs as well!

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