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PVC Elevated Dog Bed

Our dog (Buddy) loved lounging on our mesh fabric patio chairs. Unfortunately the chairs broke and Buddy could no longer lounge on them. For about $10 I came up with this idea for his new bed instead of paying anywhere between $40 to $100 off the internet.

Sorry for not having a lot of detailed pictures.
 
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Step 1: Gather and cut pipe

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Here is all the pieces you will need.

Depending on the size or your pet, you may have to modify to a larger size or add an additional brace in the middle using a "T" joint.

3/4" pvc pipe - length will vary depending on the measurement you take for your pet. I just bought two full length pipes 6' long.

Cut two pieces 26 1/2" long
Cut two pieces 19 1/2" long

1/2" pvc pipe - 24" long

Cut 4 pieces 6" each.

4 - corner joints 3/4" with 1/2" threaded female
4 - 1/2" male threaded slip caps
4 - 1/2" slip end caps

I did not use any adhesive to join the pipe together since it was a very snug fit.

Step 2: Assemble

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Sorry for not having detailed pics for each step. :(

1 - I slid the 26 1/2" pipes through the sides of the mesh fabric from our broken patio chairs. You may also use fabric of your choice and sew side strips to allow pipe to slip through.
2 - Then assembled the corner pvc joints to the 19 1/2" pipes.
3 - Slid the 19 1/2" pipes with the corner pvc joints attached onto the 26 1/2" pipes.
4 - Screw male threaded caps to corner joints.
5 - Insert 6" 1/2" pipe for legs.

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BigMac964 years ago
I made one too... 37" x 22" x 8". I used an old king-sized pillow sham for the fabric. My dog still isn't crazy about... it bounces kind of like a trampoline :-P. I'm going to make an Instructable soon...
IGreat job! I bought something like this for 25 bucks! D'oh! I could've made one! My dogs love them, especially outside when it's hot! (Note: My dogs are indoor dogs, and only stay outside when I'm outside).
nousaw (author)  clay_modeling5 years ago
It gets hot here in the valley too (Calf). This was so simple and takes less than an hour to make...that is if you have the fabric. I also learned from a coo-worker that dogs skin (around the elbows of their legs) will dry up and turn grey from laying on the cement for extended periods. After hearing that, I am going to make another one for outside.
ChrysN5 years ago
Looks comfy, great idea.
crapflinger5 years ago
hehe doesn't look too happy about getting his picture taken i was going to do something similar but with copper pipe and make like a brass sleigh bed for the dogs with memory foam etc.....but i'm lazy...so i haven't yet...i might need to revisit the idea now
He is so cute! I love that he's using the foam as a pillow. My cat Marcello does the whole pillow thing too. :D This is a really great idea - I'm sure he likes it because it keeps him so cool. I might have to try it.