On this page you’ll find complete step-by-step plans for a DIY dog bed that you can size up or down to fit the size of your furry friend.
- 1 – 2 x 4 piece of wood
- 1 – 2 x 6 pieces of wood
- 6 – copper elbows
- Copper pipe
- Wood glue
- Wood screws
#1: Cut the 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 pieces of wood
First you are going to start by cutting the pieces of wood to make the frame of the bed. Cut the 2 x 4 piece of wood into (2) 31 inch pieces. This will form the outside frame of the bed. From the same 2 x 4 piece of wood you will also cut (4) 21 inch pieces of wood. They will form the inner frame of the bed.
#2: Glue wood pieces together
Put a generous dab of wood glue on each area of the 31 inch pieces of wood where they connect with the 21 inch pieces as shown above.
#3: Reinforce with wood screws
Use an impact driver to drill in two wood screws at each connecting piece of wood that you had glued together in the previous step. This further helps to secure each section.
#4: Cut your 2 x 6 pieces of wood
You’re going to use the 2 x 6 piece of wood and cut it down into (2) 24 inch pieces and (2) 36 inch pieces. Theses pieces will be used to create another frame around your 2 x 4 frame.
#5: Secure your 2 x 6 pieces of wood
You’re going to follow the same process from steps 2. Use your wood glue to attach each 2 x 6 piece of wood to the 2 x 4 frame.
#6: Secure frame with screws and clamp
You are now going to follow the same process from step 3 and secure your 2 x 6 pieces of wood into the 2 x 4 frame with wood screws. You can use wood clamps to help hold the wood in place if the wood glue has not fully dried as yet.
This will serve two purposes. Aesthetically, it covers up the 2 x 4 frame and secondly it will now serve as a nook for the mattress of your dog bed to sit on.
#7: Measure for your posts
Measure in from the cut piece about an inch in and mark it with a pencil.
#8: Drill your posts
Using a 5/8 drill bit, drill at the areas marked from the previous step.
#9: Mark your drill bit
Once you have drilled down to your desired depth, use a piece of tape to mark on the drill so you know the depth to drill down for your other posts that you marked off. Please note that you are drilling on the sides of the bed and not on the front pieces.
#10: Cut your copper pieces
You will need to cut (6) 3-inch pieces of copper
#11: Glue copper pieces
Glue each one of the (6) copper pieces cut in the previous step into its own copper elbow.
#12: Fit your copper pieces together
Fit the copper piece into the copper elbow you glued in the previous step.
You should now have six attachments that look like the picture above which will be used to create the railing on three sides of the bed.
#13: Affix copper attachments to wood
Fit your copper attachments into the four holes you drilled in step (8). The elbows should be facing each other.
#14: Cut copper pipe for rail
To complete the rail, you need to hold a piece of copper pipe between the copper elbows and use a marker to draw a line on the pipe where it needs to be cut.
#15: Glue rail together
Glue the inside of each of the copper elbows.
#16: Affix your pipe for the rail
You can now go ahead and fit in your long piece of copper pipe to the two elbows to create the side rails. Your third rail which will go along the back of the bed will be longer than your side rails.
Once you have assembled all three rails, you will need to carefully take them out of the bed frame so you can finish working on the frame.
#17: Sand your frame down
To sand down the bed frame, you will need to start with an 80-Grit piece of sandpaper and work your way down to a 120-Grit and then finally a 220-Grit. You can sand by hand or use an orbital sander if you have one.
#18: Apply the finishing coat
Once your frame has been sanded down and is nice and smooth you can stain it, paint it, or cover it up with some chevron pieces of wood. In the video a clear polyurethane was applied.
#19: Creating a base for the mattress
For the base of the bed, you can use scrap pieces of wood you may have lying around and secure each piece with a nail gun. You don’t need to sand or finish these slats as the mattress is going to cover them.
#20: Glue your railings
Using a hot glue gun, put some glue into each of the (6) holes you drilled for your copper railings.
#21: Secure your railings
While the glue is still hot, you are going to put your railings into the holes and use a level to make sure the railing is straight and not on an angle. You may have to hold the railing in the level position for a second while the glue dries.
Repeat this step for each railing
#22: Add your mattress
Finally, you just need to add your desired mattress to the bed frame and then you are finished!
You can watch the step-by-step video instructions here…
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