DIY XL Dog Platform Bed

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hi y'all! I hope you had a good and productive week so far. I've been working on a bunch of projects for our Etsy shop. You will be seeing much more about those soon.

I was also hard at work finishing this bad boy!





We have one giant dog (Great Dane) and one very large dog (German Shepherd) and one small dog (yorkie/chihuahua mix)...so we were in a need of a very hefty dog bed! Gage (my Dane) is a little over 10 years old and he has arthritis pretty bad some days so I've been trying to find him a bed that would get him up off the floor a bit and make it significantly easier for him to get up or lay down. Guys...dog beds this size are NOT cheap! They are not even close to being cheap...so I decided to DIY a bed for my boys.

This is 1 pre-cut 4'x4' sheet of plywood from Lowes (I had them cut it down to 3ft wide) so it's 3ft x 4ft. It is massive!

The legs are just 1 cedar 4" post that I cut down into 9 inches lengths, so all together he is about 11 inches off the ground.

I used some scrap wood we already had on hand to make a "frame" around the underside to make it strong. My boys are 96lbs and 115lbs roughly, so it needed to be sturdy!



Originally I thought cutting the post would be a problem because I figured I would have to use the circular saw and I am not too hot with that one yet but these were actually a piece of cake to cut with our chop saw. I LOVE that thing!


If you do any DIY building this thing is such an awesome piece to own! If I can cut it with the chop saw I will before going to any other type of saw.



I attached the feet with 3 screws each. There are 5 feet (1 in the middle that you can't see to help support the weight). This was kind of the "wing it" portion of the DIY because I didn't have a helper so I had to lay the plywood upside down on the dresser then hold the leg and try to use my "zippy" (electric screw driver) to screw from the bottom up into the wood.

There may have been a minor injury to my thumb during this process but it only bled a little...so it's all good.

Anyhoo...so that is what I ended up with and then I called in my boys in the "test" it for me!


 Thor had to try it out 1st. That is how he rolls.


Then I had Gage get up there too.

Yup! It'll hold! I also noticed while looking back at my pictures that it is WAY past time for my dogs to have their nails trimmed...geez!


It sat like that for a couple days and then I finished it this weekend by adding the stain. I left the legs original because they are cedar (I think) and they look pretty with a light reddish tint.



How pretty is this wood? I am usually not a fan of plywood but this turned out great!




A big boy requires a big bed and I think I pulled that off nicely! Here's the cost breakdown...


COST:
Plywood, 4x4 Post and screws from Lowes: $27.00
New dog bed (pillow) from Homegoods: $40.00 (this wasn't necessary because they already have beds, but they are spoiled)

GRAND TOTAL: $67.00....SIXTY SEVEN DOLLARS....do y'all see that? You can't even come close to something that cheap when you buy a dog bed this large, much less for the ginormous pillow too! Maybe for a small breed dog, but anyone who has XL dogs will feel my pain. Things for them are not cheap!

I call this a successful DIY. Have any of you guys DIY'd a project for your pets? I'd love to see them!


Linking up: Houseologie & Canary Street Crafts




26 comments:

  1. oh gawd what cuties you have. Our Newfoundland Bruce just died earlier this year of old age and I miss him!!! I love those big guys.....Super creative bed!!!! Christine from Little Brags

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    1. Thank you Christine! I'm sorry to hear about Bruce. :( I am a sucker for the big boys myself! My big boy is spoiled rotten and he loves his new bed. He doesn't even sleep in our room anymore now that we've built it. Traitor! lol - Kristine

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  2. Our great dane passed away last year, but how she would have loved this raised bed! It turned out really nice, and maybe would have kept her from trying to lay on my couch all the time! :)
    I'd love invite you to our Your Turn To Shine link party if you're interested http://canarystreetcrafts.com/turn-shine-6/. It opens every Thursday at 6am. -Amy

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    1. That was exactly my goal...to get him off the couch! Thanks for the invite, I will link up now and you have a new follower! :)

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    2. Yay, just saw your link up!! So glad you stopped by! I'm headed over to follow you social medias now. It's really nice to connect with you!! -Amy

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  3. Looks like it turned out great. I'm sure you'll have a lot of dog lovers interested in this.

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    1. Thank you! I've already had several people ask me if I will build them one! :)

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  4. I love that! I wish I could get my dog to sleep on a dog bed. She isn't happy unless she's sleeping cuddled up next to my feet!

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    1. He generally prefers the couch when we are not looking! Thank goodness he doesn't sleep cuddled up next to my feet...my hubbs would probably have a problem with that! :)

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  5. We don't have a furry friend, but I bet this would be easy to adapt for a stool, etc.

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  6. Those doggies are super cute! I love the dog bed. Very cute!

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    1. Aw, thank you! They are my babies and they deserve the best! :)

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  7. This is a great idea and your pups are so cute!

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  8. Great idea - I don't have a dog but it's a great idea for those who do!

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely a frugal option for those in need!

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  9. So creative and perfect for a living room! Definitely not an eyesore!

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    1. Thanks! That is what I thought as well...we have rustic-ish living room so it pretty much blends right in :)

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  10. What a great project! It looks like your pooches really enjoy it. :)

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    1. Thanks! They are a mess. Truthfully the cat spends the most time lounging on it! :)

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  11. This is so nice, really great idea! My dog could really use one of those.

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    1. Thanks Caroline! It was really much easier than I thought it would be! I will probably end up building one a bit smaller for the German Shepherd since they argue over it!

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  12. Very cool! You are very handy, I used to love building things as a kid, I should definitely start back up.

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    1. Thank you! I wouldn't consider myself that handy but I just kind of dove in without looking and figured it out as I went lol

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  13. This is so creative for any large size dog.

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  14. I love this project and love your pups! They love it! What a great project!

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