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!
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!
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.
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!
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