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5 Unique Raised Dog Beds You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Raised and elevated dog beds are important for your dog’s comfort, but they can be overpriced for something you could build at home. If you’ve got some spare materials and the proper tools, you can find a raised dog bed plan that works for you and your dog. Thankfully, there are hundreds of DIY plans in a variety of styles and sizes so you can learn how to build a raised dog bed within a few hours. Here are 5 Raised Dog Bed Plans you can build today.

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5 DIY Raised Dog Bed Plans

1. DIY PVC Elevated Dog Bed Guide – PVC Fittings Online

  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Materials:  11½’ of 1¼” PVC Pipe (40 PVC pipe), (4) 1¼” 3-way PVC fittings (side outlet elbows), (4) 1¼” PVC flat caps, 32 – ½” round washer head screws, 42” x 32” piece of outdoor fabric, Power drill, PVC pipe cutting tool (cutter or saw), tape measure

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy DIY raised dog bed plan, this DIY PVC elevated dog bed is the perfect weekend project. Not only will it save you money compared to store-bought dog bed frames, but it’ll give your dog a more comfortable sleeping experience. Give this PVC bed lift a try for a low cost of materials.

2. Build a Dog Cot – Instructables

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Materials: 1” 40 PVC pipe, three-way corner pieces (1”) item # F100W3W (This needs to be ordered at a furniture store, not a warehouse), plastic mesh open weave marine upholstery, #8 X ½” Buildex Teks Lath Screws, cordless drill with variable clutch settings, screwdriver bit, screwdriver magnetizer (optional), rubber mallet, ratchet-type PVC cutters, safety glasses, Tailor’s chalk (for marking fabric), fine tip permanent black marker (for marking PVC), heavy-duty scissors, stiff ruler

This DIY Dog Cot is a great PVC dog bed lift that can be made within an hour once you have all of the parts. It’s a great project if you want your dog’s bed to be raised without spending hundreds on a premium elevated dog bed. It’s easier to do this project with an assistant, but it can be done alone.

3. Raised Dog Cot DIY – HGTV

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Materials: 1” schedule 40 PVC pipe (10-foot piece-dimensions listed below), 3-way PVC corner pieces (1 inch) (This is a furniture grade specialty item that cannot be found at big box home improvement stores, you’ll need to order online), 5” x 38.5” outdoor or upholstery grade fabric, lath screws #8 X 1/2″, drill and bits, rubber mallet, scissors, ruler

The popular TV network HGTV has the perfect DIY cot that looks sleek and modern. This cot is relatively easy to build and it helps relieve pressure points your dog has. It’s also another quick DIY project that should only take less than a few hours.

4. DIY Easy Dog Bed for Big Dogs – Wouldn’t It Be Lovely

  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Materials: (4) corner brackets with screw holes, (4) L corner brackets, (4) wooden legs, 2 x 4s with 45-degree cut ends, staples, upholstery tacks, nylon strapping, saw, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, staple gun

If you have a large breed of dogs like a Mastiff or Great Dane, this DIY Easy Dog Bed is the perfect solution to your gentle giant elevated dog bed woes. Instead of spending hundreds on a jumbo dog bed frame, you’ll save your money with this heavy-duty DIY raised dog bed.

5. DIY Pallet Dog Bed on Casters – Home Depot Blog

  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Materials: Drill, reciprocating saw, orbit sander, (1) pallet, 80-grit sandpaper, 120-grit sandpaper, (4) steel swivel caster, Gorilla Glue, wood screws, (4) corner braces
  • Optional Add-onsBlanket or dog mattress, baskets to go in the pallet slots for storage, paint, small paintbrush

Possibly the easiest elevated dog plan on this list, the DIY Pallet Dog Bed is a great weekend project to repurpose that old pallet you have kicking around. It’s relatively easy if you’re looking to learn how to make a raised dog bed and will look chic in any room of your house. It’s the perfect DIY project to spoil your dog with.

Featured Image Credit: everydoghasastory, Shutterstock

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