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DIY Wood Dog Bed Frame

DIY Wood Dog Bed Frame

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How to make your dog a wood dog bed frame – Felix Style

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Step 1: Order your hairpin legs.


You guys, this is probably the most difficult part of this project: waiting for your fancy metal legs to arrive. I bought the 4″ metal hairpin legs that I used from Above and Beyond on Etsy. I love that they came with little rubber feet on them so if you have laminate or hardwood floors, they won’t slide around or scratch. I really think they make the beds look great and were absolutely worth the wait, but if they aren’t your style, you can find all sorts of styles of furniture legs at the hardware store, along with the hardware to install them.

Step 2: Determine what size your bed is.


Koly and Fe have these awesome luxury dog beds that they love from P.L.A.Y. It takes a pretty awesome dog bed to woo my dogs off the couch and their Greenery beds consistently get the job done. So, since they’re our fav, we’ve created shopping lists that have the measurements for each of their standard sizes.

However, just in case you have a much-loved dog bed that is made by another brand, we’ve got you covered:

Measure the length and add 1″, then Measure the width and add 2″.

This is the size you will cut your plywood.

Step 3: Grab your shopping list and head to the Home Depot.

You can totally choose a different hardware store, if you want, but I love the Home Depot because they will cut your lumber for you, which means you don’t need any fancy power tools to create these beds and there’s way less mess for you to clean up at home.

You can download the shopping list and print it to take with you, but here’s a rundown of what you’ll need:

  • 1/2″ or 3/4″ Plywood
  • 1×2 Framing Lumber
  • 4″ L Brackets/Corner Braces
  • 4″ Mending Plates
  • #10 x 1/2″ Tapping Screws
  • #10 Washers
  • Sandpaper
  • Interior Paint in your chosen accent colour (the tester size is more than enough)
  • Optional: Varathane Clear Coat

 Step 4: Prep the wood.

Pull of any splinters and use the sandpaper to smooth out the edges and surface of your plywood and framing lumber.

Step 5: Paint the edges and seal.

Paint the edges of the plywood in your chosen accent colour. This may take 2 or 3 coats depending on the colour of paint you choose.

If desired, cover the surface of the plywood and all of the framing lumber pieces with clear coat. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Screw on the Legs and L Brackets

Measure 1/2″ away from the edge of each corner and screw on the hairpin legs. Pay careful attention to the placement. You want your legs slanted toward the outside of the bed with the long side of the leg plates running on the short sides of your plywood. Make sure you use a washer, so that the screw doesn’t poke out the other side of your plywood…like mine did on the first try. (Ugh.)


Place the L bracket against the feet on either end of the length and screw into place. (Again, use those washers folks.) Repeat for the remaining L brackets.

placement 2

Step 7: Add the end bars

Line up the 1×2 with the short edge of your bed. Position the board so that the top of your L bracket is covering about an inch of the 1×2. (See the photo below for placement.) Screw in place. Repeat for all four L brackets.

Decide what end of the bed you want to have the double bar. Set a mending plate on top of the L Bracket making sure it sits flush. Screw in place. Repeat for both mending plates.

Line up the second 1×2 with the short edge of your bed. Screw in place.


Step Eight: Put your dog’s bed on the frame and add a couple cute accent pillows.

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So he likes his too. YAY!

 …and you’re done. I know. You thought there would be more steps, right?

I told you this was easy.


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Thursday 10th of September 2015

Nice post. A few days ago bought a nest of tables for the lounge and am a bit dissatisfied, may need to do a little modification!

Talent Hounds

Friday 21st of August 2015

These look so cool. Kilo sleeps in luxury in his crate then likes to be on the couch or bed right next to me so he doesn't actually have a bed. I would have loved them for my lab. Have a great weekend.

Lauren Miller (ZoePhee)

Friday 21st of August 2015

That is so cool! I would love to make something like that for the girls!


Monday 17th of August 2015

So very cute! Don't really have a spot for these because of where our beds are and the style, but we love them!

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