PVC Dog Cot Tutorial

Having two dogs with a disposition for hip displasia I wanted some kind of bed for them that would keep them off the hard floors. I made PVC frames and sewed washable slings to go on the frames. You can see the full tutorial at my blog link below. This tutorial is for cots for large dogs but there's a link at the bottom that goes to a post with measurements for smaller cots as well.
The frame consists of 3-way corners with caps on the ends of the legs and PVC cut to 32" and 26". I have found 6" legs keep large dogs off the floor. All of these materials should be available at your local big box home improvement store.
The only difficult part is getting that last corner together since you want the slings really tight -- otherwise the slings will sag with the weight of the dog and the dog will end up resting on the floor. Not what you want.
Below is the fully assembled PVC dog cot. I use cotton duck cloth because it's sturdy and washable. The cots are easy to pack for travel and maintenance.
Below is the very first cot I made for Nikki and Ellie. I was worried I'd spend the money and effort on making them and they wouldn't even set a foot on them. I was wrong. Aren't my girls cute?
Nikki always served as my QA department making sure the cots were up to her standards. She's keeping me company while I sew slings for someone else.
The cots are easy to make and easy to keep clean and I think every dog deserves a nice bed to keep them off the floor. The beds are cool for the dogs during the summer and when it cools off I put a quilt on each bed so they are snuggly warm for the winter. If you have any questions contact me through TheDIYGirl.com and I will be happy to help.

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

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  • Elizabeth Burger Elizabeth Burger on Jun 29, 2018

    Anyone have the link for measurements and materials?

  • Jennifer Morgan Jennifer Morgan on Jan 03, 2019

    Where do you get the cotton duck cloth? I've never heard of it. Though I'm kot very domesticated or crafty either LOL

  • Joan Joan on Feb 03, 2020

    Your dogs appear to be bigger dogs but is there a weight limit or does using two layers of material help compensate for that?? What about the PVC pipe - are their different sizes/thicknesses??


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  • Susan Beery Susan Beery on Oct 10, 2020

    Thank you for sharing this creation. I’ll be creating one for our dog to enjoy in Spring.

  • Margherita McCallum Margherita McCallum on Nov 28, 2021

    Oh my!! At first glance of your photo of your dogs laying down, (and not wearing my glasses) i thought to myself, wow, he's sure well endowed for a dog. silly me. It was his stuffed animal. My first laugh of the day!