One of my favorite activities is browsing DIY boards on Pinterest in my downtime – you may be able to relate to that one 😉 Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been eyeing several different DIY dog bed frames and have been wanting to create one for my pups Missy & Buzz.
Browsing Pinterest For DIY Dog Beds
Thanksgiving week was the perfect time to follow through with this project as I gave myself some time off from my pet sitting business.
Now, ideally I would have loved to find an extra large wooden crate of sorts that would just have needed an opening and a comfy doggie bed or pillow placed inside of it, and maybe a coat of paint.
Since our pack couldn’t, however, find a wooden crate that was large enough to accommodate both Missy & Buzz at once, we improvised and simply attached shiplap pine boards to a fiberboard base!
Supplies From Home Depot & Lowe’s
The shiplap boards we found at Home Depot were pre-finished in gray and perfect for that rustic look and feel I had seen so many times! We used two boards for our project and had a Home Depot Sales Associate cut them to size for us.
We purchased the majority of our supplies at Home Depot, except for the legs and the quick mount straight top plates – we found those at Lowe’s.
Our DIY Dog Bed Frame Supplies From Home Depot
Our DIY Dog Bed Frame Supplies From Home Depot & Lowe's
Sheet Metal Screws #6x1in, 4 Packages $4.72
Sheet Metal Screws #8×5/8″, 4 Packages $4.72
Metal Angle Brackets, 4 $2.32
4×2.5 in Waddell Ash Sofa Table Leg, 6 $47.88
Missy & Buzz Anticipating The Building Of Their New Dog Bed
Our project consisted of 3 steps that took about 90 minutes to complete once the supplies had been gathered. Here’s how we did it:
Step 1: Attach Legs To Base
We first attached the legs to the fiberboard base with the quick mount straight top plates. A knowledgeable Lowe’s sales associate had given us this tip and we were thankful for it!
Each straight top plate had to be drilled to the base using 4 screws. Once they were attached to the base, we just had to screw the individual legs into their respective plate using their pre-installed hanger bolts (the name for the screw you see looking out of the leg).
Attaching The Legs To The Base
Initial Base With 4 Legs (We Later Attached 2 More)
Side note: We started our project with 4 legs. Once the bed frame had been put together and the pups test-sat in it, we noticed that the base was sagging a little. We fixed this issue by adding 2 more legs – meaning another trip to Lowe’s right then & there because we wanted to get it done right that night!
Step 2: Attach Corner Brackets To Bed Frame
Once the legs had been installed, we put the base aside and focused on the shiplap frame. We put it together using 4 metal angle brackets. We secured each one with 4 screws and outlined each of the holes with a pen prior to screwing.
Attaching Corner Brackets To The Frame
Step 3: Attach Frame To Base
For this last step, we placed the shiplap frame on top of the fiberboard base and used a total of 13 screws to attach the two parts (5 screws in the back of the frame, 2 on each side, and a total of 4 in the front).
Attaching The Frame To The Base
All that was left to do at this point was to fill the bed frame with the pups’ bedding – and pawlà!
Missy & Buzz Snoozing In Their New Dog Bed
Our project was completed in a relatively short time span and included adults, kids, and dogs. Although not overly complicated, it still nurtured our creativity and sense of togetherness. The pups LOVE their new bed (frame), which by the way ended up being the perfect hangout area for them to enjoy their Thanksgiving KONGs!
Buzz Goofing Around With A Ball While His Bed Is Being Built
Missy Checking In On Her New Dog Bed
Missy & Buzz Enjoying Their Thanksgiving KONGs In Their New Dog Bed
Have you completed a DIY project for your pup(s)? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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