Jessica Hoffman
Jessica Hoffman
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  • Boynton Beach, FL

Dog Bed, Pallets and Scrap Wood!


I have seen lots of beautiful pet beds, made using pallets. I absolutely love them and wanted one of my own for my furry kiddos- the challenge... I couldn't find any with steps- we needed steps! My two miniature dachshunds had to be able to climb up (I loved the castors, as I wanted to be able to move it around and let's face it, pallets are heavy!) and the Castor's made it too high for them. With zero experience, I took the plunge! I figured.. "how hard can it be??" Well... within a couple of hours, it started coming together and I have to say, it's perfect!! They literally wait... each morning, for me to bring their mattress outside and place it in their "thrown" and they know it's a special place, just for them!



the base-
the base-



i cut the pallet down to fit their mattress. No measuring, just eyeballed it! I filled in using scrap wood. At this point I was still figuring out step and needed Castors.



Assembled- now have to get Bentley out!
Assembled- now have to get Bentley out!



added Castors and built step, using a part of cutoff pallet and securing on underside with pallet wood. Castors were purchased at harbor freight- very cheap and super cool!! They have locks so it doesn't move and they look like skate wheels! Still not finished, but didn't stop Bentley from trying it out!



I love the colors!
I love the colors!



i really loved the look of the different colors of the wood, so I layered some more. my scrap wood came from a guy on Craigslist, selling "fire wood". 30 pound box for 5.00, included mahogany, eucalyptus, oak... all small pieces but as you can see, this worked perfectly for my (their) bed! I wish I took more step by step photos, but this was my first project... live and learn! I never thought it would look so amazing, AND truly turn out to be so functional!



Painted- fabric from walmart, safety pins!
Painted- fabric from walmart, safety pins!



some gel stain, paint and whatever I had in the garage, literally used safety pins to attach CHEAP fabric I found at walmart, over the mattress... I love it because when I get tired of the pattern I can take it off easily, zero sewing and I can easily throw it in the wash!



Sadie refused to sign photo release! Lol
Sadie refused to sign photo release! Lol



They LOVE their new bed! It was simple and came out MUCH better than I ever imagined! The step is perfect, I can move it around on the castors and the total cost (because I had the mattress and the scraps) was approx 13.00!!!!


She agreed!
She agreed!


sadie ageeed to let me take a photo of her in the bed! She said not to get too excited. This doesn't mean she is willing to model for me regularly, but since I made this bed for her, she would be nice and pose this one time. :)
Got them both!!!
Got them both!!!
lol I couldn't resist!!

Suggested materials:

  • Pallet  (Behind car dealership)
  • Scrap wood  (Box on Craigslist for 5.00)
  • Castors  (Harbor freight)
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