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Build a Dog Sofa

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My big boy, Danny, needed his own sofa because he's old and can't get up onto our living room furniture. So I built one for him to step onto.
To start, the ripped 2x4's and plywood constructed frame was based around the orthopedic dog pad that suits Danny's size. The bed pad is 30"x40".
  • build a dog sofa, pets, pets animals, reupholster
Then to add rolled arms, I padded the sides with foam. And, added orthopedic foam to the base and onto the backrest.
  • build a dog sofa, pets, pets animals, reupholster
To make upholstering with leather onto the base and around the arms easier, I kept the backrest to the side for attaching later. I used the heavier and thicker distressed Sable leather on the arms. (Where more wear could be possible.)
For the base of the sofa bed, I used a tooled leather look fabric. (This fabric is like vinyl, for cleaning purposes where dampness could occur from wet paws, drooling, and bathed fur.)
  • build a dog sofa, pets, pets animals, reupholster
"Done yet?"
"Nope. Hold your bones!"
  • build a dog sofa, pets, pets animals, reupholster
I finished the sofa backrest with the lighter, and softer Sable leather. It's my favorite color of leather.
To finish off the seams, I used pieces I cut off a long leather coat (thrift shop- and half price) in a color that matched the darker distressed leather. I secured the trim with upholstery nails. Where the upholstered back was padded thickly, I ended the trim with matching decorated belt ends.
I found the perfect set of wooden furniture feet at the thrift shop that suited the height of the sofa from the floor.
Finally, added some scrap pieces from the lighter Sable leather to the front of the arms to finish it off. The finished size of the sofa bed is 35" deep by 50" wide and 26" high.
Danny the DIY Dog approves.
  • build a dog sofa, pets, pets animals, reupholster

Materials I used for this project:

  • Lumber & Plywood   (Lowes)
  • Upholstery Nails   (Lowes)
  • Foam Padding and Cotton Filling   (Walmart)
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To see more: http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2016/08/how-to-diy-leather-dog-sofa-and-giveaway.html

  • Manette58
    Manette58 Warner Robins, GA

    He does realize he's canine? Lol Beautiful

  • Donna Lord

    Danny truly must think he is in dog heaven!! That is absolutely gorgeous and as a licensed vet tech, I can tell you you could sell these every day to pet lovers all over. Thank you for such an awesome DIY dog bed. I have 3 senior pets and getting up

    • Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
      Robin @ Redo It Yourself... Saratoga Springs, NY

      Thank you, Donna. I will consider making these as custom as possible. I think it's the best option for aging pets that are accustomed to furniture.

  • Michelle
    Michelle Pasadena, MD

    What a gorgeous dog and so kind and thoughtful of you to do. Dog beds are so overpriced many dogs dont have them. I have dog beds at home and at work and they are all ugly. The stores would charge $200 and up for a bed this nice. Great project

    • Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
      Robin @ Redo It Yourself... Saratoga Springs, NY

      I've priced some of the basic dog pads and beds and can't believe how expensive they are. Yet, the arthritic dogs have a hard time getting up or laying down. Raising it at a right height makes it easy to "step on and off" with less effort. It's been

  • Jan Shaw
    Jan Shaw Burkesville, KY

    Hi there, great job! It's hard to find big durable beds for larger elderly dogs. You did a very good job! Love it!

    • Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
      Robin @ Redo It Yourself... Saratoga Springs, NY

      My old guy is using it with complete ease. I have no regrets. In fact he is adorable, stepping on and stepping off without pain. Thank you for appreciating!

  • Nancy
    Nancy Austin, TX

    No question. Just wanted you to know "now, that's love!"
    An animal lover.

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