Use PVC pipe to create a pet bunk bed that provides a strong and stable foundation. Once you have created the frame, you can place your pets' favourite beds on the frames and decorate it to your liking. These bunk beds can work well for small to medium-sized dogs and cats.
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Things you need
- 60 feet of 3/4-inch PVC pipe
- 16 3/4-inch PVC T-joints
- 8 3/4-inch 4-way PVC joints
- 2 3/4-inch 3-way PVC joints
- 2 3/4-inch PVC elbow joints
- PVC glue
- 2 pet beds
- Handsaw or mitre saw
- Rubber mallet
- Tape measure
- Spray paint
Draw a plan of the bunk beds before you start building. The bunk bed you are building will be stackable and 2 feet wide by 3 feet in length. There will be two feet of space vertically between the beds as well. Rails should be added on three sides of the top bed to ensure your pet's safety.
Measure and cut your PVC pipes. Using a handsaw or mitre saw, you will need to cut 18 pieces of pipe two feet long and 4 pieces that are three feet long. Cut another section that is four feet long.
Cut four of the 3-foot long pieces down further into five equal parts. You need to do this to be able to include the T-joints for the cross pieces. Each piece should measure 7.2 inches per section.
Take the five equal sections of PVC pipe you cut and line the pieces parallel to each other. Join the sections of each side using the T-joints. The free end of the T-joint should all face the same direction. This is the flat gridiron frame for your bottom bunk. Use four pieces of the 2-foot section to join the two sides of the bottom bunk by linking up the T-joints. Take two more pieces of the 2-foot lengths and use a 4-way joint at either end. Fasten all of the end pieces to the ends of both sides using a rubber mallet or PVC glue. You'll know if this was done correctly if there is a joint at all four sides facing the floor while one joint is facing up. The four joints facing the floor is the bottom of bunk.
Cut two 3-foot lengths into five equal pieces and join the pieces with T-joints. Connect the sides using 2-foot pieces to make a flat frame. Place a 2-foot piece into each of the four joints facing up. At the top of the four upright pieces, attach a 4-way joint. Connect the top frame to the 4-way joints directly above the bottom bunk. Finish off the top frame by adding two more 2-foot pieces at each end.
Cut any leftover PVC tubes into four 6-inch lengths and place each one into the four upward joints on the top bunk. This will make the rails for the bunk bed. Cut off any excess of the pipe so that it fits into the joints.
Spray paint the bed the desired colour you wish it to be. Set it aside till it dries. Once it has fully dried, place the pet beds into the frames to complete the bunk bed.
Tips and warnings
- If you have medium-sized dogs, glue the PVC pipes to hold everything together securely.
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