Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY: Easy Dog Bed

A while back I built a dog bed for our American Mastiff, Truman. It worked so well, that the one that we bought for our basement (a kuranda dog bed) was falling short in comparison, it just doesn't hold up against a 160lb monster. I decided it was time to build another bed for him. I made some changes in the design so that it would be quicker and easier. I did the whole thing in one day. The process is shown and described in detail below. As you can see, our puggle, Lincoln, refused to be left out of the process. 

Time: 1 day
Cost: About $80

Materials: all from Home Depot except for the nylon strapping

  1. 4 Corner brackets with screw holes
  2. 4 L corner brackets
  3. 4 wooden legs 
  4. 2x4s with 45 degree cut ends
  5. staples
  6. upholstery tacs
  7. nylon strapping (I found mine on I used 2in wide


  1. Saw
  2. scissors
  3. hammer
  4. screwdriver
  5. staple gun


  1. Cut 2x4s to length with 45 degree end cuts
  2. Line up wood in a frame and screw in corner brackets 
  3. Screw in L-brackets
  4. If you have any gapping in the corners, fill with wood filler and sand when dry.
  5. If you want to paint or stain them, do it now
  6. Cut strapping to length, I cut it about 10in longer that the width and length of the frame
  7. Staple strapping to frame, I alternated sides so that I could wrap it back on itself for extra durability, but since you can only do that on one end, I alternated the starting side with each one. I did all the horizontal straps first, attaching both sides.
  8. Weave in vertical straps, once they are woven all the way across, attach the ends to the frame
  9. I put at least two staples on each side
  10. Nail in upholstery tacs, these are really just decorative, but a little extra durability never hurt anyone.
  11. I wanted the legs to be a fun color, so I spray painted them blue.
  12. Screw in the legs to the corner brackets. I also got little rubber floor protectors and attached them to the feet so they wouldn't scratch the floor. 
  13. Flip it over, throw on a blanket or a dog bed, and you're all done!


  1. Hi there!

    I love this bed- what a great idea! Could you tell me how much of the nylon strapping you use? The local place I have that sells it, just goes by the yard. Do you know how many yards were in the package(s) you used?

    Thank you!

  2. Mhairi, I ordered my strapping here, and probably used about 50 or so of the 100 yards, hope that helps! Happy DIYing!

  3. The idea was genius! With the sturdy nylon strap interwoven with each other, it is sure to hold onto that giant baby's weight. And I'm pretty sure Truman loves his new bed; it's a stylish eye-candy, and is truly sturdy for him. Nice one, Caitlin!
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    1. Thanks Thelma! He really does love it! And the fact that I can sit on it with him without any trouble means it'll be just fine as he gets even bigger!

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  5. I have 3 great danes and LOVE this idea!!! thanks :)

    1. Thanks Denise! I'm sure your pups will love it!

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  7. Your Mastiff is GORGEOUS! I'm doing research on gentle giants because we are hoping to get an English Mastiff and Great Dane. We really like the kuranda beds but we like this DIY bed even more! Thanks for the tutorial. I've mentioned it in my blog post. Check it out, if you are interested!

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  12. Can you tell me what length you cut your 2x4s? We have a Newfie and the size you made should be about perfect.

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  24. Do you have to out a dog bed or blanket on it. Could you use it without or would their paws/nails get stuck in it?