DIY Modern Pet Bed
May 12, 2014
Today is the day we’re kicking off the Summer “Get It, Got It, Go” Blog Hop with projects completed with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies purchased at The Home Depot. I’m excited about this campaign, there will be three dozen bloggers contributing ideas and I’ll be sharing them throughout the summer!
I’m starting the event with this modern pet bed we built for our good friends, they have the cutest pair of dachshunds so we built a bed for them to lounge outdoors during the day, but the bed can also be used indoors too. I painted the base a bright orange and topped it off with a striped cushion in a durable outdoor fabric.
The bed is elevated with tapered metal legs for easy cleaning underneath and the bright color is so fun for summer! This little pup is waiting for his treat…
To recreate a similar version here’s what you’ll need!
Supplies from Home Depot: 5/8” plywood sheet cut to size of base; ¾” x 5.5” poplar planks for sides; 1½” x 4’ poplar hobby boards for decorative trim; ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, 1¼” wood screws, primer & exterior paint (if using outdoors).
This elevated pet bed is project you can build in an afternoon, it took us 2 hours from start to finish not including the painting process. I had the plywood base cut at Home Depot, then we attached the planks after we trimmed them to fit with our miter saw at home. The dimensions I worked with were 28” x 38” based on the pet bed cushion I picked up at Petco, here’s the basic box we built.
We attached the sides to the plywood base with a brad nailer to hold them in place then secured them with wood screws to make the bed solid. Make sure to drill pilot holes before using the wood screws so there is no splintering or splitting wood.
I found these metal tapered furniture feet on eBay for $2 each, they were the perfect modern touch to this elevated bed, and a great price too!
We attached them to the base of the pet bed with two 1¼” wood screws (darker, on the left) into the sides and two short ¾” screws into the plywood (on the right).
We made sure to secure the wood screws for the frame at the top and bottom where they’d be hidden by the decorative trim.
To hide the plywood edge and trim the edges we used 1½” x 4’ poplar hobby boards from Home Depot, trimmed to fit the top and bottom and secured with wood glue and a few brad nails.
Once the bed is put together, it looks like this. You can stain it at this point and add polyurethane after that or paint it any color you like. Sand any rough edges and fill any gaps with wood filler.
I chose a two tone painted finish, first priming with a water based primer for wood then painting the outside frame with two coats of white paint. I painted the interior of the bed bright orange for contrast, “Skyrocket Red” by Glidden in the exterior formula.
For the orange color between the decorative trim, I used the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector over the white paint, it gives you crisp lines but doesn’t peel up the paint underneath.
I color matched the paint to coordinate with the striped outdoor fabric I bought at Online Fabric Store. For the cushion, I stitched up a removable cover with this zipper pillow technique for easy washing when necessary.
The bed was built to fit two pups but Rufus was too excited to sit still for a photo!
Chip is a much better sport… and is already at home in his new bed.
For all of you pet owners, this project is a way to give your pup a stylish place to rest!
Bed frame cost: Wood from Home Depot $70 (less for a smaller bed); tape & paint $20; metal legs (with shipping) $15; total $105. The additional cost of the bed cushion and fabric varies by size and supplier.
Disclosure: I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.