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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