How to Build a Wooden Dog Bed

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have a dog that constantly crowds your bed at night, you know just how big of a change creating a wooden dog bed can be. You can build a wooden dog bed in a short amount of time to get your dog off the floor or your bed, and into its very own bed each and every day. With a few simple cuts and measurements, you can build a dog bed in less than a day.

Measure the length and width of your dog cushion. Cut one section of plywood 1½ inch longer and 1½ inch wider than the lengths measured. If your cushion measures 20 inches by 26 inches, then cut the section of plywood to 21½ inches by 27½ inches.

Cover the base of each table leg with wood glue and press one leg each onto each top corner on the plywood. Line up the outer edges of each leg with the outer edges of the plywood to create a consistent finish. Allow wood glue to dry completely, then flip over the plywood section and drive two nails through each leg to secure it to the plywood.

Measure the distance between each of the legs along each of the four sides. Cut one section of 1-by-4 inch poplar board to each measured length.

Press each section of poplar board into the area it is measured for. Drive one nail every 4 inches along the bottom edge. Drive the nails up through the plywood to join the poplar board securely.

Attach one corner brace to each interior side of the legs to secure the poplar board in place. Nail one end of the corner brace to the poplar board end and the opposite end of the corner brace to the interior of the leg. Attach the corner braces along the interior of the bed frame so they are not visible from the outside.

Flip the bed over and place one small bun foot at each corner, directly below the corresponding leg. Use a straight-top mounting plate to attach each bun foot. Turn bed over and place cushion inside.


Paint or stain the wood for a more finished appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Four table legs, 12 inches long
  • Poplar board, 1-inch by 4-inches by 4-foot long
  • Four straight-top mounting plates
  • 1-inch corner braces
  • Wood glue
  • 4D finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • Four bun feet
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Nicole Byerly has been writing since 2003. She has published multiple works that have appeared in "Campus Philly." Byerly is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity at Utica College.