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How To Build A Dog Bed: Rustic DIY Charmer

How to build a dog bed, or: I finally checked that DIY project off my list of things to create!

I’ve been wanting to build a bed for my pups Missy & Buzz for quite some time now, and I finally did!

One of my favorite activities is browsing DIY boards on Pinterest in my downtime – you may be able to relate to that one.

Either way, over the course of the last few weeks I’ve been eyeing several different DIY dog bed frames.

Thanksgiving week was the perfect time to follow through with this project as I gave myself some time off.

Now, ideally I would have loved to find an extra large wooden crate of sorts. That way, it would just have needed an opening and a comfy doggie bed or pillow, along with a coat of paint.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that was large enough for both Missy & Buzz.

That’s why I had to improvise and simply attached shiplap pine boards to a fiberboard base!

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How To Build A Dog Bed: Our Supplies From Home Depot & Lowe’s

The shiplap boards we found at Home Depot were pre-finished in gray and perfect for that rustic look and feel I had seen so many times!

We used two boards for our project and had a Home Depot Sales Associate cut them to size for us. 

We purchased the majority of our supplies at Home Depot, except for the legs and the quick mount straight top plates – we found those at Lowe’s.

K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame - Gathering Our Supplies, Part 1
K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame - Gathering Our Supplies, Part 2
K9sOverCoffee | Missy & Buzz Anticipating The Building Of Their Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame
Missy & Buzz anticipating the building of their new bed!

How To Build A Dog Bed: 3 Easy Steps

Our project consisted of 3 steps that took about 90 minutes to complete once we bought the supplies.

Here’s how we did it:

Step 1: Attach Legs To Base

We first attached the legs to the fiberboard base with the quick mount straight top plates.

A knowledgeable Lowe’s sales associate gave us this tip and we were thankful for it! 

Each straight top plate had to be drilled to the base using 4 screws.

Once they were attached to the base, we just had to screw the individual legs into their respective plate using their pre-installed hanger bolts.

That’s the name for the screw you see looking out of the leg.

K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame, Step 1
Attaching the legs to the base
K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame - Legs Attached To Base
Initial base with 4 legs. We later attached 2 more.

Side note: We started our project with 4 legs.

Once the bed frame was put together and the pups test-sat in it, we noticed that the base was sagging a little.

We fixed this issue by adding 2 more legs – meaning another trip to Lowe’s right then & there because we wanted to get it done that night!

Step 2: Attach Corner Brackets To Bed Frame

Once the legs had been installed, we put the base aside and focused on the shiplap frame.

We put it together using 4 metal angle brackets.

We secured each one with 4 screws and outlined each of the holes with a pen prior to screwing.

K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame, Step 2
Attaching corner brackets to the frame

Step 3: Attach Frame To Base

For this last step, we placed the shiplap frame on top of the fiberboard base and used a total of 13 screws to attach the two parts.

5 screws in the back of the frame 2 on each side, and a total of 4 in the front.

K9sOverCoffee | How We Built A Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame, Step 3
Attaching the frame to the base

All that was left to do at this point was to fill the bed frame with the pups’ bedding – and pawlà! 

K9sOverCoffee | Missy & Buzz Snoozing In their Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame.jpeg
Missy & Buzz snoozing in their new bed

How To Build A Dog Bed: Bottom Line

Our project was completed in a relatively short time span and included adults, kids, and dogs.

Although not overly complicated, it still nurtured our creativity and sense of togetherness.

The pups LOVE their new bed (frame), which ended up being the perfect hangout area for them to enjoy their Thanksgiving KONGs!

K9sOverCoffee | Missy & Buzz Enjoying Their Thanksgiving KONGs In Their Rustic DIY Dog Bed Frame
Missy & Buzz enjoying their Christmas KONGs in their new bed

Have you completed a DIY project for your pup(s)? As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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3 responses to “How To Build A Dog Bed: Rustic DIY Charmer”

  1. DZ Dogs Avatar

    What a great bed frame!! I’ve always wanted to do something like this for the dogs, just never got to it.
    Maybe when our house is done we can do one too! Thanks for the steps!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thank you & my pleasure! I have too and I’m so glad the pups actually love it!! I wasn’t sure what they would think of it, but apparently we did good 😉 Now we need a few more to place strategically around the house, lol!

  2. Jose Luis Rivera Madera Avatar
    Jose Luis Rivera Madera

    OMG I love it! 🙂

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