Getting your dog off the floor keeps him warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and protects him from fleas and dust mites. Elevated beds provide more comfort for dogs who are achy or whose weight causes tender pressure points. Building an elevated bed is cheap and easy.
Frame Assembly for Medium Bed with Finished Dimensions of 27½ inches x 31½ inches
Use the circular saw to cut the PVC pipe into two 24-inch pieces, two 28-inch pieces and four 4-inch pieces.
Insert one 24-inch and one 28-inch PVC pipe into one corner piece so they are at a right angle to other. Repeat for another corner piece.
Place the L-shapes together to form a square and connect with remaining two corner pieces. This creates the frame. Use hammer to tap the corners snugly on the straight PVC pieces.
Insert each of the 4-inch leg pieces into the open corner piece holes. Use a hammer to tap the legs into the frame as far as they will go.
Lay the fabric out flat right side down and place the frame on top with the legs facing up. Fold the corners of the cloth under the corner of frame so that the fold is barely under the inside of the PVC corner piece.
Start on one of the short ends of the bed and make a ½-inch fold and fold it another ½-inch. This hides the raw edge of the fabric. Bring the fabric around the PVC to about halfway on the bottom of the frame.
Hold the fabric tight against the PVC at the middle of the pipe, while the other person uses the drill to screw the fabric to the PVC. Make certain the screw goes through the folds in the fabric to the PVC. Repeat using a total of five screws for the first side.
Drive a screw into the center of the opposite side of the frame. From the bottom side of the bed, the other person uses the tongue-and-groove pliers to rotate the PVC pipe toward the inside of the frame to tighten up the cloth. Don’t use the pliers on the topside of the cloth or you will tear it. Drive in the remaining screws when the fabric is tight. Use five screws for the short sides and six screws for the long sides.
Repeat for the remaining two sides of the bed.
Drive a screw on each side of the corner piece. This keeps the PVC pipes from rotating and loosening the fabric when your dog lies on the bed.
Flip the bed over so that it is right-side up. Use five screws close together around each corner to fasten down the fabric to the outside of the corner pieces. This way your dog won’t have loose fabric to chew on.
- If you can put the narrow end of a key through the cloth, it won’t withstand a dog’s nails, so use a dense fabric.
- Make the bed larger or smaller to customize it for your dog.
- Add four 1¼-inch rubber caps on the legs to keep the bed from sliding or marking up floors.
- Omit the heavy-duty fabric and reinforce the inside of the frame with ½-inch PVC pipe screwed every ½-inch and add a dog bed cushion on top to make it soft.
- Use safety glasses when cutting PVC pipes.
Based in Las Vegas, Sandy Vigil has been a writer and educator since 1980. She taught high school and middle school English and drama for 11 years. Vigil holds a Master of Science in teaching from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary English education from the University of Central Oklahoma.