Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DIY Raised Dog Bed


This adorable little man chewed the last dog bed I bought him that cost me $30. After that I started trying to figure out a way to make a bed without the fuzz he enjoys to chew so much. Through my research I found a ton of different tutorials. I'm going to show you my modified version of all of them.

What you will need:
3-1 1/2 Inch PVC pipes
4-T Connector PVC fitting
4-Round PVC fitting
PVC Cement
Round Washer Head #8-18x1/2"
1 1/2 yards Outdoor Fabric
Washers to fit
Tape Measure
Saw
Marker
2 People

How to:
 1. Grab your first piece of PVC pipe and measure 25.5 inches, mark it and cut it with your saw.

2. Cut another piece the same size (25.5 inches)

3. Grab the rest of your PVC pipe. Measure 34.5 inches and cut with your saw. I personally had Chris do it because I'm too scared of cutting off my hand with the electric saw.


4. The piece left over should be 34.5 inches. Cool how that works out, isn't it?

5. Now we are going to cut the legs. Grab your second piece of PVC pipe. We need 4-4 inch pieces.

6. Now that we have all of our pieces cut. I laid everything out and put together the corners first.

I saw on some sites where they ordered a specialty T connector that has the round piece attached. I wasn't patient enough to order it and wait for it to come in. I went with this modified version because all these pieces were found at my local Home Depot. 
From the top
Sideways






7. Once I got the corners together, I connected the rest of the bed together.












8. I found it easy to then take the parts apart one piece at a time and use the PVC Cement in each connector. I saw some of the tutorials screw together each piece but I thought the PVC Cement would be easier. 









 9. Once you get the bed together and let the PVC Cement dry, your going to want to get the fabric screwed on. I laid out the fabric, then put the dog bed upside down on top of the fabric.

10. Then cut a small slit in the corner. (In the bottom left hand corner of the picture you can see where I started the slit)







11. Next we're going to get the Screws and the Washers. I bought #8 x 1/2". These worked really well with the 1 1/2 PVC Pipe.












12. We started in one corner and worked our way around.

 









Make sure as you go around that you are pulling the fabric tight. I trimmed the extra fabric around the corners once we were completely done. Also, we put about 4 to 5 screws in each side of the bed trying to get the screws more on the bottom than the side.







Now I'm sure your wanting to know how much this cost, right? It was cheaper than you think!


Breakdown:
3 yards of Outdoor Fabric ($6.00 per yard on sale) $18.00
3 PVC Pipes (3@$3.96) $11.88
PVC Fitting (8@$1.04) $8.32
PVC Corner (8@$1.72) $13.72
PVC Cement $3.91
Screws $3.92
Washers $0.98
Total = $60.82 for 2 Dog Beds

That leaves our total per bed = $30.41 and some blood and sweat!

Don't they look so happy?

I also bought some fleece because my dogs like to have a blanket to curl up with. I bought this for $4.99 a yard at Joann's.

We could not be happier with how these turned out. What do you think? Do you think you will try to make these beds for your dog?

9 comments:

Katie said...

What an awesome idea!!! Thanks for posting. My little princess/terror is chewing through her bed, and we need a more durable solution. :)

Rachel said...

llllllooooooooovvvvvveeeeee this!!! :) nice work! they look so happy and comfortable!

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Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

Very cool! Glad your puppies love their new beds!

Callie Callender said...

Might have to try that! Stevie is destroying everything we give him to lay on but the couch and our bed! :-p Oh, and for people looking or fleece for pets to curl up with, try the remnants bin at joanns, it's just the ends of fleece (and other fabrics) that people didn't buy the whole bolt... that's where I get all of the fleece Stevie plays/cuddles with!

alen mcmilan said...

I am really very impress on your work man your dog is really very lucky. you are very creative man, thanks for sharing very nice information about dog bad.
Dog Beds

Melanie Wassman said...

You guys are so crafty! I miss you and hope all is well out there in Ohio. Are you going to see the guys on this tour at all?

The Domestic Princess said...

Thanks Mel. Yes we see the boys in exactly 3 weeks. Chris and I are going to take a mini vacation and hang out in Cleveland for a few days. Josh Fiscal is coming to down that week too.

Liz Thompson said...

This is so awesome! I think your idea of using the PVC cement is really good. I saw that tutorial too... the one screwing together the pieces, but this a lot easier and practical. Good job!