DIY Handmade Elevated Dog Bed Without Sewing. This dog bed is very easy to make and there is absolutely no sewing involved.
There are three DIY PVC dog bed tutorials linked in this post. Two are no-sew projects that are basically the same and then one that is a sewing project.
The first 2 tutorials are NO-SEW projects that anyone can do. It does take a couple people to accomplish so it would also make a great family project. Maybe something you can talk your boyfriend/husband/wife/teen to help you with and before you know it… your bonding over making a doggy bed together. Projects you make together with your own hands have a funny way of doing that.
These would also make a great teamwork building exercise with your teenagers.
The video below is from Columbus Dog Connection and does a really good job of explaining and showing you how it’s done but for more detailed instructions and supply list make sure to check out their written instructions on their website.
An elevated dog bed keeps your dog off of the cold floor, and in warm the raised bed allows air to circulate under your pet. The elevated dog beds can be made to be water-resistant and not as welcoming to fleas as your traditional pillows or blanket type dog beds. Easy to care for and easy to clean and dogs LOVE them! The elevated design provides firm, even support which is beneficial to the orthopedic health of your pet. Easy to clean, these beds are a favorite in kennels and clinics.
(complete written instructions) by ColumbusDogConnection.com
Build an effective, durable cot for your dog for around $10
· PVC pipe 1-inch (inside diameter determines the size) schedule 40 (thick wall). Can be purchased at Home Depot for about $2.48 for a 10-foot stick.
· Three way corner pieces (1 inch) item # F100W3W.
Can be purchased at C & S Plastics 1550 5th. Street SW, Winter Haven, Florida 33880. Phone number 863-299-6639. Cost about .99 cents each if purchasing 240 count. This is a furniture grade specialty item that cannot be found at many places.
· Open weave plastic mesh marine upholstery fabric (similar to Phifertex) is the best choice to use. Awning fabric (similar to Sunbrella) can also be used, but it is not as easy to disinfect or dry.
If only doing a few beds ask your local boating upholstery shops for scrap pieces. If needing fabric in bulk search the Internet for best prices.
· Buildex Teks Lath Screws #8 X 1/2″ can be purchased at Home Depot for about $5.49 a box with 260 count.
If needing screws in bulk contact Fastenal located at 295 Lewis Street, Fort Walton Beach, Florida or call at 850-302-0285 can be purchased for about $1.53 per 100 count. Ask for part number 32142.
– Cordless drill with variable clutch settings
– Screwdriver Bit
– Screwdriver Magnetizer (optional but very helpful if doing this alone)
– Rubber mallet
– Ratchet type PVC cutters
– Safety Glasses
– Tailor’s chalk for marking fabric
– Fine Tip Sharpie for marking PVC
– Heavy Duty Scissors
– Stiff ruler
Center the frame on the cut fabric. Use a ruler to measure around the outside edges making sure the frame is centered on the fabric
Fold each corner and slip the folded corner under the edge of the frame without moving the frame out of center.
Add a total of about 7 to 9 screws (depending on the size of the cot you are making) on this one side to secure fabric to PVC.
On opposite side of cot stretch fabric by pulling tightly. Add first screw at midpoint, then add the final screws evenly spaced.
Attach one screw through the fabric at the mid point of the PVC making sure that the screw penetrates all layers of fabric.
WARNING: STOP DRILLING AS SOON AS THE SCREWS ARE FLUSH WITH THE FABRIC TO PREVENT STRIPPING THE PVC!
IMPORTANT: IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PLACE SCREW HEADS NEXT TO THE EDGE OF FABRIC.
HINT: A MAGNETIZED DRILL BIT HELPS WITH ONE MAN ASSEMBLY.
Add an additional screw on the back side to lock the corners to the rails as shown.
This prevents the frame rail from turning which will cause the fabric to bottom out like a hammock and drag the ground.
Set the cot frame upright. Follow this method to get corner piece screws evenly spaced.
(Step 1) Add the first corner screws dead center of each corner top.
(Step 2) Now turn cot on its’ side and place a screw on each side of the corner pieces.
(Step 3) Now add 1 more screw evenly spaced between the first top screw and the side screw. You should end up with a total of 5 screws holding the fabric to each corner piece. See illustration for 3-step process.
Pictures above are taken from another really great tutorial using the same NO-SEW concept, see full tutorial and photos here.. Build a Dog Cot for around $10 by Monkeyboy13
If you like to sew here is another tutorial video on “How to Make a PVC Pet Cot or Bed” (Sewing Project by Sailrite).
Hope you enjoy the videos and make sure to share pictures of your completed PVC dog beds and we’ll post them here for you!
One of our most popular post of all time (believe it or not) was a DIY project on How to make your own Puppy Pen out of PVC Pipes! so when I found these How-To make PVC dog bed projects online.. I thought our readers might really enjoy these as well.
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