Hello and Welcome back! I’ve got a fun little project for you today – our pups new dog bed! This was a quick and easy little build and it fits perfectly into our living room. In all honesty, I’m hoping this will keep them off the couches, but I’m telling them it’s for their birthdays! They are 3 years old this fall and I wonder if we will ever stop calling them “the puppies”?
I got the idea a while back when one of my favorite blogger teams, Rogue Engineer, posted the dog bed they designed.
It was so perfect, I actually only changed a few tiny things. It was the perfect size for two smaller dogs, and the cushion I already had would fit perfect and it was also the perfect size for the space! Score, score, score! Here’s how I did it.
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- Purebond Plywood
- Various sized lumber pieces and scraps (see HERE for full plan details)
- Pocket Hole Screws
- I used 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch depending on the pieces of wood I was connecting.
- Cushion/Dog Bed
- The one I had was x and fit perfectly with the plans
- Furniture Feet
- I used the 4 1/2″ Club Round Bun Foot
- Feet connector plates (4)
- Hanger bolts (4)
- Handle or Drawer Pull (optional)
- Decorative Pillows (optional)
Before I started building, I contacted my friends over at Osborne Wood Inc. to see about some furniture feet. They were happy to send my a set of beautiful feet that really take the dog bed to an all new, fancy dancy level. I picked the 4 1/2″ Club Round Bun Feet in soft maple because I knew they would fit in perfectly with the rest of the room – and they were very similar to our couch feet. Plus, you guys I NEEDED it tall enough the Roomba, aka Liz Lemon, would fit under there. I love these pups, but man, do they shed! Here are the beautiful wood feet they sent.
I also got those fun metal feet for the bathroom vanity, but more about that later!
So I pretty much followed Jamison’s plans, you can read all about his design HERE as well as get a link to the full plans on RYOBINation. I made sure and used PureBond plywood. Some of my blogging idols had told me about PureBond, but I wasn’t’ convinced on how much better plywood could be until I saw it at our conference in August. I used it because I didn’t want to have to worry about it bending, even when there are kids and dogs all over it, and it formaldehyde free!
Anyway, back to the build. I started by cutting out the bottom pieces, then building the sides.
This baby is a pocket hole lovers dream! I pretty much used pocket holes to connect every piece.
Like I said, I followed the plans but used my own feet. It is so easy to add feet to things. First, drill a hole in the foot and attach the hanger bolt in like a screw.
Then attach the top plates to the bottom of the base using 4 small screws that come with the plate.
Then, just screw in the foot. My son, for demonstration ;).
I couldn’t decide on paint colors, so I just ended up using the leftover colors that I had already used in this area. Make sure your cushion and everything fits before painting.
I spruced it up with some fun outdoor pillows I found on super clearance at Wal-Mart, because, let’s face it, they are probably going to get ruined. But, I liked the colors and thought they would be perfect.
I’m hoping their new dog bed will keep them off the couches and off Jade’s bed. She’s 16, she ain’t got time for the puppies taking over her bed.
Sorry for the blurry pic, but I couldn’t have a post dedicated to the dogs without at least one pic of the best dog ever.
I think they are holding hands.
And, like I said, the bed fits perfectly in the space. Click HERE to see how I made those easy Birch tree paintings.
So, what’ya think? Do you have any four legged babies that could use one of these new dog beds? Let me know if you have any questions, and as always, if you build one, I’d love to see it! Tag me on social media!
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