DIY Elevated Dog Bed: Step-by-Step Guide
How To Make Your Own Elevated Dog Bed!
As responsible dog owners, we always want the best for our furry friends. One way to do this is to provide comfort and support for our dogs by offering them a cozy and elevated dog bed. Elevated dog beds are beneficial for various reasons; including better airflow, reduced risk of pests, and enhanced joint support for dogs suffering from joint pain, arthritis or aching muscles.
One drawback to this are store-bought options which can be very expensive. Fortunately, a do-it-yourself (DIY) elevated dog bed is an affordable and customizable alternative that can save you lots of money while ensuring your furry friend gets the comfort they deserve.
In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of building your DIY elevated dog bed, highlighting the cost savings and benefits along the way.
Benefits of Elevated Dog Beds
Before we go diving into the DIY process, it’s essential to understand the advantages of an elevated dog bed:
- Improved Air Circulation: By elevating your dog’s bed this ensures that air can circulate freely underneath. This keeps your furry friend cool during those hot summer day and preventing the growth of mold or mildew. By allowing air circulation, this can be especially beneficial for dogs that suffer from arthritis or have other joint problems.
- Enhanced Joint Support: For senior dogs or those with joint issues, an elevated bed reduces pressure on their joints, providing them with a more comfortable resting place. A raised or elevated dog bed can also reduce joint pain by providing a supportive surface for your dog to rest on. This is good for dogs that have mobility issues.
- Pest Prevention: By raising your dog’s bed off the ground, you can reduce the risk of fleas, ticks, and other pests making their home in your pet’s bed. Fleas and other parasites often live in grass and soil, so elevating your dog can reduce this exposure.
- Easy To Clean: Elevated dog beds are typically made of washable materials, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. Most owners generally use the hose to clean the bed periodically. Also, a clean and well-maintained dog bed can improve hygiene by reducing the risk of bacterial and fungal infections. It can also make it easier to spot any health issues, such as skin irritations or wounds.
- Versatile Design: The do-it-yourself elevated dog beds allows you to tailor the bed design to suite your dog’s size and specific needs, which ensures a perfect fit. Also, this design can match any décor in the house too.
- Reduces Stress: Finally, a comfortable and cozy dog bed can also help to reduce stress and anxiety in your dog. Have a dedicated space to allow him to rest and relax can help your dog feel more secure and comfortable in their environment.
Making A Wooden Elevated Dog Bed
Creating a wooden elevated dog bed can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. Here are the general instructions on how to make one:
- Wood planks (such as pine, cedar, or redwood)
- Saw (circular saw or miter saw)
- Sandpaper or electric sander
- Screws or nails
- Measuring tape
- Wood stain or paint (optional)
- Varnish or sealant (optional)
- Drill and drill bits
- Screwdriver or power drill
- Fabric or mesh for the bed surface
- Staple gun or nails for attaching the fabric/mesh
- Foam cushion or dog bed mattress (optional)
- Measure and Plan: Decide on the dimensions of the dog bed based on your dog’s size. A common size is around 24 inches by 36 inches but adjust as needed. Plan the height of the legs, keeping in mind the comfort of your dog.
- Cut the Wood: Use a saw to cut the wood planks according to your measurements. You will need four pieces for the frame (two longer sides and two shorter sides), and additional planks for the legs.
- Sand the Wood: Sand all the cut edges and surfaces of the wood to smooth out any rough spots or splinters.
- Assemble the Frame: Lay out the wood pieces to form a rectangle for the frame. Attach the shorter sides to the longer sides using screws or nails, creating a basic rectangular frame.
- Attach the Legs: Attach the legs to the corners of the frame using screws or nails. Make sure they are securely attached and level. You can add additional support by attaching triangular braces between the legs and the frame.
- Stain or Paint (Optional): If you want to add some color or protection to the wood, apply wood stain or paint following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the stain or paint to dry completely.
- Apply Varnish or Sealant (Optional): To protect the wood and create a more finished look, you can apply a clear varnish or sealant. Allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
- Attach the Bed Surface: Cut the fabric or mesh to fit the dimensions of the frame. Leave some excess around the edges to fold over and staple or nail in place. Attach the fabric/mesh to the frame using a staple gun or nails, pulling it tight to create a taut sleeping surface.
- Add Foam Cushion or Dog Bed Mattress (Optional): For added comfort, you can place a foam cushion or a ready-made dog bed mattress on top of the fabric/mesh surface.
- Finishing Touches: Double-check all screws, nails, and connections to ensure the bed is stable and safe for your dog. Trim any excess fabric or mesh if needed.
- Introduce to Your Dog: Place the elevated dog bed in a comfortable spot and introduce it to your dog. Encourage your dog to use the bed by placing treats or toys on it.
Remember, the safety and comfort of your dog are the top priorities. Make sure all edges are smooth and secure and avoid using any toxic materials. Keep an eye on your dog’s behavior to ensure they are using the bed comfortably and safely.
Wood Cost Savings
The cost of a store-bought elevated dog bed can range from $50 to over $200, depending on the size and brand. However, by opting for the DIY approach, you can save a substantial amount of money. Below is the cost breakdown for the materials needed:
- Wooden frame (lumber): $20 – $40
- Varnish $10 – $15
- Fabric or canvas: $15 – $30
- Screws or nails: $5 – $10
- Cushioning material: $10 – $20
- Sandpaper, measuring tape, and other tools: $10 – $15
- Total Estimated Cost: $75 – $130
Comparing the cost savings of DIY versus store-bought wooden elevated dog beds, you could save anywhere from 25% to 60%. Moreover, building the bed yourself allows for customization based on your dog’s specific needs and preferences.
Making A PVC Elevated Bed
Creating a PVC elevated dog bed can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. Here are the general instructions on how to make one:
- PVC Pipes: PVC pipe at 1 ¼-inches round for length, width and height (legs) of bed to be built. Total PVC pipe needed: 148 inches for a 24″ x 36″ bed frame. Adjust accordingly for larger or smaller size frames.
- PVC connectors: 4 3-way PVC corner fittings.
- PVC pipe end caps: 4 flat PVC end caps to fit the open ends of the PVC pipes securely to prevent damaging the floor.
- PVC cement: To bond the PVC pipe and connectors securely.
- Fabric or canvas: Durable and breathable material to serve as the bed surface (measure according to the frame size).
- Zip ties, adhesive strips or lath screws: To secure the fabric to the PVC frame.
- Measuring tape, pencil, and ruler: For the precise measurements.
- Scissors or a utility knife: To cut the fabric to size.
Video – PVC Elevated Bed DIY Instructions
Below is a great DIY step-by-step instructions to build a PVC elevated dog bed.
Step 1: Measure and Cut the PBC Pipes. Determine the desired height for your dog’s bed (e.g., 4 – 7 inches) and cut 4 pieces the same size. Measure and cut the 2 PVC pipes to the appropriate length using a saw or PVC pipe cutter (e.g., 36 inches for medium size dog bed). Cut 2 width PVC pipes (e.g. 24 inches for medium size dog bed). Consult a dog bed guide for the proper length and width for the size of your dog for the PVC frame. Note: You will have 8 cut PVC pipes (4 at 4 – 7-inches, 2 at 36-inches, and 2 at 24-inches).
Step 2: Assemble the PVC Frame. Lay out the cut PVC pipes on a flat surface, along with the 4 3-way PVC corners. Assemble the PVC frame by connecting the pipes and corners together. Apply PVC cement to the joints for added strength and stability.
Step 3: Attach the PVC Caps. Insert the PVC caps onto the open ends of the PVC pipes to provide a smooth surface for the bed to rest on and to prevent any sharp edges.
Step 4: Use a rubber mallet. With the rubber mallet, tap each of the PVC ends and end caps lightly to secure all pieces fit tightly to frame.
Step 5: Secure the Fabric. Lay the fabric or canvas material over the PVC frame, ensuring it covers the entire surface. Allow for some excess fabric to wrap around the sides. Use zip ties, adhesive strips, or lath screws to secure the fabric to the PVC frame tightly. Note: If using lath screws, to attach the material, fold over a small lip of material (1-inch in width) for extra support and screw the screw on this lip to the PVC pipe.
Step 6: Create a Comfortable Surface. Add a layer of cushioning material, such as foam or an old mattress pad, over the fabric to provide additional comfort for your furry friend. This is optional, so you can skip this step.
Step 7: Final Touches. Trim any excess fabric and ensure it is securely fastened to the PVC frame. Check all connections to ensure they are firmly attached and that there are not sharp edges that could pose a risk to your pet.
PVC Cost Savings
The cost of a store-bought elevated dog bed can range from $50 to $200, depending on the size and brand. By opting for a DIY PVC pipe elevated dog bed can lead to substantial savings. Let’s look at the estimated cost breakdown for the materials needed:
- PVC piping and connectors: $15 – $30
- PVC caps and cement: $5 – $10
- Fabric or canvas: $15 – $30
- Zip ties, adhesive strips or lath screws: $5 – $10
- Cushioning material: $10 – $20
- Measuring tape, ruler, and other tools: $10 – $15
Total Estimated Cost: $60 – $115
Comparing the cost savings of DIY PVC pepe elevated dog beds to a store-bought alternative, you could save anywhere from 30% to 70%. Moreover, crafting the bed yourself allows for customization based on your dog’s specific requirements and preferences.
Creating a comfortable and elevated resting place for your beloved furry friend does not have to be expensive. A DIY PVC pipe or wooden elevated dog framed bed offers numerous advantages. Some of these are; improved air circulation, joint support, and saving your money in the process.
By following our step-by-step guide, you can build a personalized bed that perfectly suits your furry friend. The satisfaction of crafting something with your own hands combined with the joy your companion will experience from their new cozy bed makes this DIY project well worth the effort.
So, grab your PVC pipes or wooden materials and get started on providing your loyal companion with a comfortable, elevated retreat they’ll appreciate for years to come.
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