DIY Large Wooden Dog Bed

4 Hours

I am working on building myself a new bedroom set. My dog can no longer make it up on my bed due to arthritis, so I built him his own bed to match the one I am build for myself. I bought the wood for this for less than $25!
This is a very large bed, so if you have a smaller dog, you may want to change the size.
Here are the steps I took to build this dog bed. More details can be viewed on my blog.
Step 1: Make your wood cuts.
Wood Cuts:
6 - 2" x 6" at 45" (base)
2 - 1" x 12" at 33" (sides)
1 - 1" x 12" at 46 1/2" (back)
1 - 1" x 4" at 45" (front)
2 - 1" x 2" at 11 1/4" (front trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 11 1/4" (side trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 29 3/4" (side trim)
Step 2: Build the base out of the 2"x6" boards.
Step 3: Attach the sides of the bed.
Step 4: Attach the back and the front of the bed.
Step 5: Using wood glue and finishing nails, attach the front and side trim.
Step 7: Stain or paint the dog bed. I primed and then painted this dog bed. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.
Step 8: Add the bedding and allow your dog to enjoy their new bed!

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Jaime LaPlant

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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3 of 13 questions
  • Cheryl
    on Nov 11, 2018

    I would love to make one that would be big enough for my 2 dogs to share. Any idea how big I would need to make it. And how much wood I would need?

    • Jaime LaPlant
      on Nov 11, 2018

      Hi Cheryl, It would all depend upon the size of your dogs and whether they snuggle together or prefer to spread out and not touch each other. If you have a current bed that they use together and know the dimensions of that, I would be happy to help you figure out the amount of wood to fit that.

  • Katie
    on Dec 15, 2019

    How did you attach the boards

    • Jaime LaPlant
      on Dec 15, 2019

      Hi Katie,

      I used pocket holes made with my Kreg jig for the majority of this project. I used wood glue and finishing nails for the trim.

  • Brach Jeppesen
    on May 6, 2020

    What kind of dog bed did you use?

    • Jaime LaPlant
      on May 6, 2020

      Hi Brach,

      I'm not sure what brand of dog bed it was, as this was 6 years ago. I know it was rectangular and I think it was memory foam for his joints. It was probably from Orvis, but I don't know that for a fact. I hope this helps.

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  • Jeremy Bauer
    on Jan 27, 2019

    Thank you for the idea and the information on building this. Like a good recipe I used the info as a solid base to start from and added for me own flavor.

    • Jaime LaPlant
      on Jan 27, 2019

      That's one of the great things that I like about Hometalk. You can find some great ideas and then tweak it to make it your own! Thank you!

  • Katie Glisson
    on May 13, 2020

    I'm hoping to have this built and would like to know what size pet bed to get for my girl! I may have overlooked where it was stated? What are the dimensions of the inside bed part? Thanks so much!

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