Dress Up Center / Bookshelf


Dress Up Center - Free and Easy DIY Plans


So yes, I realize this plan has been a long time coming! Last Christmas I wanted to build something special for my cute little niece. My brother and sister-in-law said how much she enjoyed her dress up clothes so naturally she would need a place to store them. No ordinary closet would do, and the dress up centers for sale looked a little too childish or cheap. I not only wanted to build her something beautiful but something that would out last this short “dress up” stage. So I decided on a style that I liked and I included removable shelves and made the rod and supports easily removal as well. Making this is a timeless piece that could be used for a long time.

Dress Up Center - Free DIY Plans

Dress Up Center - Playing with brother


Dress Up Center - Picking out outfits

Picking out her next wardrobe!

Dress Up Center - Personalized

Don’t forget to add some personization!

Dress Up Center - Name

Dress Up Center - Shoes

She loves the shoe storage!

Dress Up Center - Outfits

Required Tools


Cut List

Dress Up Center - Cut List, Boards

Cut List, Boards

Dress Up Center - Cut List, Plywood

Plywood Cut List


Dress Up Center - Dimensions

Dress Up Center Plans

Dress Up Center - Step 1

Step 1: Assemble side frames

Dress Up Center - Step 2

Step 2: Assemble Sides

Dress Up Center - Step 3

Step 3: Assemble Base Frame

Dress Up Center - Step 4

Step 4: Add Back

Dress Up Center - Step 5

Step 5: Add lower shelf

Dress Up Center - Step 6

Step 6: Assemble Drawer Box

Dress Up Center - Step 7a

Step 7a: Install drawer slides and box

Dress Up Center - Step 7b

Step 7b: Install drawer face

Dress Up Center - Step 8

Step 8: Assemble Top

Dress Up Center - Step 9

Step 9: Attach Top

Dress Up Center - Step 10a

Step 10a: Cut supports as shown

Dress Up Center - Step 10b

Step 10b: Install supports and rod

Dress Up Center - Step 11

Step 11: Assemble shelves

Dress Up Center - Step 12

Step 12: Install removable shelves


For the finish we went with a dark walnut stain as the base coat. Then painted over it with a flat white and distressed it to allow the stain to show through.

My wife will be posting a tutorial on distressed finishing and when she does I will link up to it!


As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Rebecca

    Hi! I stumbled across your site – LOVE LOVE LOVE they oh so easy plans!!!!  I would like to build this dress up center but don’t see a link to the plans…can you please provide it?  Thank you!!!

    • The plans are now available. Enjoy! And be sure to post a pic in the comments when you’re done!

  • Thank your so much Rebecca for the compliments. I have received quite a few inquiries for these plans and yes I am a slacker. I have yet to get around to it but I promise its next on my list. Check back in the next couple weeks for the plans.

  • Rebecca

    Jamison Rantz Fantastic!  Thank you!  🙂

  • Tom

    Great design and thank you so much for publishing the plans! We’re just getting started (no finished product yet) but wanted to mention there appears to be an error in the cut-list diagram for the plywood sheets. In your diagram you list the sheets as: 1/2″ x 24″ x 96″; should those be: 1/2″ x 48″ x 96″?

    Again great work and thank you!

  • Tom

    Thank you again for the great design! Our daughter is going to love this and it was a fun project for my wife and I to put together.

    • Wow that turned out great Tom! I love the detail you added on the inside and on the door! Good work

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  • Jeff

    I can not wait to get started on this! Thank you for the great plans. Did you ever post the tutorial on distressed finishing? If so where? Thanks

  • Frank Jennings

    Made this for our 2 year old for Christmas. She loves it and picked the paint and drawer pulls.
    Thanks for the plans!

    • Excellent job Frank! Looks like she’s already putting it to good use as I’m sure she will for many years to come. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Michael

    Thanks for the plan. I modified it a bit, hope you don’t mind. Here’s a photo, if I can get it to upload.

    • I’d love to see how it turned out Michael. Looks like the photo didn’t show up though. This is usually due to file size. If it’s a large file, run it through tinypng.com to shrink the file size and try again.

      • Michael

        Thanks ! I sent a pic to you thru Messenger, but I’ll try it here again for your site.

        • Michael

          … And those are your Lawn Dice in the bk/ground.

        • That looks awesome Michael! London is a lucky girl. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it for many years to come.

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  • Aaron

    Built this for my 6-year old’s birthday. She loves it!

    Thanks for the plans!

    • Great job Aaron! This turned out great and it looks like she’s already putting it to good use! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Cathy Guignet

    I’m hoping that this will work for storage in my master bath. Now has a useless corner cabinet with lots of completely wasted space. We live in a Mobile home and they don’t build much that is good or sturdy so I’m going to fix that.