Learn how to build your own dog bed with this simple DIY wooden dog bed tutorial. This project uses basic materials and is super cheap! Not only can it be modified for any size dog, but it can also slide under your bed during the day for easy storage!
When we did our master bedroom makeover this last month, I knew I wanted to find a way to give our large dog, Dahlia, a nice dog bed that was easy to store out of the way during the day.
We built a DIY large dog bed out of scrap wood (we literally didn’t spend any money on wood for this project), a basic crate cushion and some furniture sliders.
Overall cost? $40! AND, the best part is, it easily slides under our bed and out of the way during the day!
You can see in this photo how it pulls out on my side of the bed at night time and then just slides right back under in the morning.
I LOVE IT. And she seems to like it too. 😉
For today’s post, I am going to teach you how easy, cheap and functional it is to build your own DIY wooden dog bed that stores under YOUR bed!
I’m also teaming up again with my DIY blogger friends for our monthly DIY challenge – this month’s theme is scrap-wood projects! Be sure to check out their projects too using the links at the end of this post. 🙂
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How to Build a DIY Wooden Dog Bed
to Slide Under the Bed
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
How to Make a DIY Wooden Dog Bed
STEP 1: Cut the Base
Start by measuring the outside dimensions of your dog bed cushion. Ours was a basic, large crate cushion.
Then, use a table saw or skill saw (with a guide) to cut your plywood down to the same dimension as your cushion.
STEP 2: Build the Frame
Now, cut your 1×2 common boards to frame out the plywood.
You’ll want two pieces the same length as the width and two pieces the length of the depth plus 1.5″ to account for the 1×2’s on each end.
Then, glue and nail the 1×2 frame (on edge) around the plywood base.
STEP 3: Paint
Next, paint the entire wood base frame with the color of your choice. I recommend starting with the bottom and painting two coats on both sides.
We chose to use left over black paint to save on cost. Plus, our bed is black so I thought it would match nicely since we’re storing it underneath the bed.
STEP 4: Add Hardware
Once the paint is fully dry, install a simple handle on one side and furniture sliders on the bottom.
The handle makes it easier to slide in and out from under the bed and furniture sliders on the bottom keep it from sticking to the carpet. If you have hardwood under your bed, use felt feet instead.
Place your cushion in the frame and you’re done!
Isn’t it fun?!
And it’s so much nicer to have her bed stored away during the day when she’s not sleeping in our room.
Plus, it looks so much prettier than the old one we just threw away… 😉
So, what did you think of this tutorial for how to make a dog bed with sides? A pretty easy project to make with some of the left over wood from other projects, right?
If you want to be even more crafty, you can check out this tutorial for how to make your own cushion too!
I’m not much of a sewer (I only do it when I really need to) so I decided it was worth it to just buy one. If you’re that way too, here are a few cute and affordable ones to choose from:
I hope this tutorial inspired you to try making your own DIY large dog bed!
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Cut a piece of plywood at the same dimensions as your bed cushion.
- Cut a frame for that plywood out of your 1x2 boards.
- Glue and nail the frame around the plywood.
- Paint the entire wood frame.
- Install a handle on one long side and furniture sliders on the bottom.
- Set your cushion inside and enjoy!
This can be modified to fit around any size cushion.
Be sure to check out these other fun scrap-wood projects from my friends too!