DIY Large Wooden Dog Bed

Jaime LaPlant
by Jaime LaPlant
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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!
Jaime LaPlant
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 10, 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?

  • Katie Katie on Dec 15, 2019

    How did you attach the boards

  • Brach Jeppesen Brach Jeppesen on May 05, 2020

    What kind of dog bed did you use?

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  • Jeremy Bauer Jeremy Bauer on Jan 26, 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 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 Katie Glisson on May 12, 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!