How to Make an Elevated Dog Bed

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How to Make an Elevated Dog Bed
Beloved pets deserve a nice warm place to sleep. (les doudounes image by Francis Lempérière from

Dog owners protect and care for pets as they would their own children. For this reason, owners seek adequate shelter and sleeping arrangements for these extended family members. An elevated dog bed is ideal for dogs that may have to sleep on bare flooring, like cement and wood. You can make a reasonable elevated bed for your dog for no more than £7 to £9. Plans for this bed can accommodate a small, medium or large elevated bed. Now your doggy can rest in warmth and not on the cold floor.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Electric or battery screw driver
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Channel lock pliers
  • 10ft PVC pipe
  • 20ft PVC pipe
  • 3-way PVC connector system
  • Cordura cloth
  • Round Washer Heads (18 x ½")

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  1. 1

    Cut the PVC pipe in respective measurements for the bed size.

  2. 2

    Take one three-way connector (corners) and place one short PVC pipe and one long PVC pipe in two of the three holes. Repeat again until the frame is built.

  3. 3

    Hammer the corners with a hammer to enforce the frame.

  4. 4

    Insert the four leg pieces into the corners. Hammer the legs with a hammer to ensure a tight fit.

  5. 5

    Turn the frame with legs facing upward.

  6. 6

    Place a cloth on the flat part of the frame and centre the frame on the cloth.

  7. 7

    Fold the cloth corners under the frame.

  8. 8

    Take the long side of the cloth. Create two half-inch folds. The material should be at the centre of the PVC pipe on the bottom of the frame.

  9. 9

    Put one screw at the midpoint of the long side of the PVC and screw the cloth to the PVC. Ensure that the screw goes all the way through the folds of the cloth. Repeat this in the opposite side of the frame.

    Use channel lock pliers to tighten the frame. This will also tighten the cloth.

  10. 10

    Space screws evenly in each leg. For a small bed, use five screws for the short side of the bed and six screws for the long side. For a large bed, use six screws for the short side of the bed and eight screws for the long side. Repeat until all legs are screwed in.

  11. 11

    Place five screws at the top side of the cloth through the cloth and into the corners of the PVC on all four ends. This is an aid to prevent chewing and keeps the side frame pieces from turning.

Tips and warnings

  • Complete this as a two-man project.
  • PVC pipe comes in 10 foot sticks but can also be purchased in 20 foot sticks.
  • For a small bed, use one 10 foot PVC pipe or 112 inches (12 inches will be left over), two pieces at 18.5 inches, two at 25.5 inches and four at four inches (legs).
  • For a medium bed, use one complete 10 foot PVC pipe, two pieces at 24 inches, two at 28 inches and four at four inches (legs).
  • For a large bed, use one 10 foot PVC pipe and an additional 20 inches of PVC pipe for legs. It should two pieces at 25.5 inches, two at 34.5 inches and four pieces at about four inches each (legs).
  • Fabric for the bed may also be sewn.
  • Small bed cloth measures 36 inches by 29 inches.
  • Medium bed cloth measures 34.5 inches by 38.5 inches.
  • Large bed cloth measures 36 inches by 45 inches.
  • Corners are more likely to be chewed by your dog, so many screws at the corners are never too much.
  • Do not use channel lock pliers on the top of cloth, as it will tear.

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