How to Create an Elevated Wooden Dog Bed

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A cozy napping spot is a sure way to induce relaxation for you and your dog. Both young and senior canines appreciate an elevated wooden dog bed. Raised beds protect your pet from cold floors in the winter as well as the summer heat. No specific building skills are needed to create this desirable sleeping spot for your dog. A smaller scale model is suitable for those that have feline friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2-by-4-inch lumber
  • Circular saw
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric webbing strips, 1-inch wide
  • Heavy-duty staples
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Dog food
  • Blanket or cushion(optional)

Frame

  • Measure the distance around your dog while it is comfortably sleeping. Use the measurements to calculate how large of a rectangle space your dog needs to sleep.

  • Cut four pieces of 2-by-4-inch lumber to use for the rectangle part of the frame. The four pieces of lumber should form a rectangle that allows enough room for your dog to sleep. Screw the rectangle together with two wood screws at each corner.

  • Cut four legs measuring 8 inches long from 2-by-4 inch lumber. Attach the legs to the inside of the rectangle using two wood screws at each joint. This is the frame for the dog bed.

  • Cover the wood with wood stain.

Webbing

  • Place the frame of the dog bed up on the legs. Attach a piece of 1-inch webbing underneath and in the center of one of the boards forming the rectangle using a staple. Stretch the webbing out tightly across the frame. Staple the webbing underneath the board on the other side. Cut off any excess webbing.

  • Repeat Step 1 to add more webbing, parallel to the first strip of webbing. Leave a 1-inch gap between each strip of webbing.

  • Attach a piece of webbing on the center of a board, going the opposite direction to the first strips of webbing. Weave this strip over and under the other strips of webbing. Pull the webbing tight and staple in place on the other side.

  • Repeat Step 3 to weave a strip of webbing every 1-inch in that direction. When all of the webbing has been attached, the webbing strips should form a woven mesh pattern.

  • Place the bed in a location where your dog likes to sleep. Put some food or treats on top of the bed to encourage your dog to jump up on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a blanket or cushion to the dog bed to make it comfortable.
  • Predrill all screw holes to keep the wood from splitting.
  • Add an extra coat of stain to the frame for outdoor use.
  • Wear safety protection when operating power equipment.

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