Inexpensive Doggie Ramp




Introduction: Inexpensive Doggie Ramp


Pet ramps are expensive! I looked at the cost of these things and thought that $100.00 to $180.00 was too much to pay so I thought that I'd design my own with common items found at Home Depot. My intention was to be able to use the ramp to get our Shar-Pei, Buster (otherwise known as "Boo") in and out of our pickup truck so that he could have some relief from his tennis elbow and not have to deal with the constant impact on his joints. My dog is a darned good tennis player BTW.

So my wife and I walked the aisles of Home Depot looking for parts and pieces that we could use to make a ramp for our dog, We found six foot closet shelves that went for ten bucks each and bought two of them to interlace, zip-tie and use as the ramp structure itself. We also purchased a six foot by two foot piece of outdoor carpet for the main anti-slip surfacing for the ramp assembly. By the way, if you want the carpeting to completely cover the assembly, then you will need to purchase a piece that's about two feet-eight inches wide.

Additionally, you can also make the ramp wider by about four inches by simply spreading the wire shelves apart and zip tying them at that wider point.

Step 1:

We also bought the rubber end covers for the exposed wire rod ends. These slip on covers serve to protect our hardwood floors and the fabrics of our pickup truck seats.

We simply used an awe and poked holes in the carpet at about every fourth spacing in the wire itself and zip-tied the carpet to the ramp wire rods. Eventually, the ramp was completely wrapped and all of the zip-ties were cut off and their edges rolled to be in positions so as to not be a cutting danger to anyone handling the ramp. Those zip ties can slice you open if you are not careful, so make sure you position those cut ends so as to be completely safe for you and your pet.

Step 2:

As you can see from the photos, Boo took right to the ramp quite easily. There was absolutely no training required. All totaled, this ramp cost us less that $32.00 including the carpet, the two closet shelves, the rubber shelf end plugs and the zip-ties. Overall, this project was simple and took about an hour to construct. So if you have a need for a car or a bed ramp for your dog, give this one a go and save yourself a ton of money!

Take note of the "Batman" logo on my dogs chest... that will give you a hint as to the nature of his night-time activities... no wonder he comes home sore after a night of fighting crime in the neighborhood.

Goo and Lou

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Question 7 weeks ago

my Chihuahua still slides going down and slips trying to go up. What can I do to help?

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would just one of these shelves work for smaller dogs weighing less than 15 lbs? I'm trying to make one for the stairs at our place and was going to latch them together by length not width. Im not sure if the width wise it would take up the whole stairs. The stair width is 34" wide and 14 ft long.

Can I use this for my dog to get in and out of bed?

Great idea! Made one so our dog Charlie can get into our new truck and camper. Cut the 6' pieces in half and hinged them so it folds into a 3 foot piece for storage in the truck.

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Fantastic; don’t forget to post a photo!

OK, this is genius. And Boo is adorable. I recently took in a dog who is so overweight that I will be building this while we get her to a better weight. Thank you for this Instructable, you have made it so easy!

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My dog is about 80lbs would this be sturdy enough to support him?

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Easily! My Shar Pei weighs 70 pounds without any problem. The ramp can support way more than what your dog weighs.

My golden lab is about 90 lbs and 12 years old. Can't get into the truck and I just had back surgery and can't lift him. I like your idea but need more information on how much your dog weighs? Does the ramp sag when he walks up it? Have any larger dogs used it? If so how big were they?

Great idea thanks for the input.


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This ramp can easily support 125 pounds. My Shar Pei weighs 70 pounds and he doesn’t affect it in the least. Try building one, you’ll see that your big dog can easily be accommodated onnit with no issues.

I have an almost 14 year old Siberian Husky. It's difficult watching him stumble on things he used to be able to bounce on. I am on disability, which means a very limited income. There's no way I could afford the dog ramps they sell. This invention of yours is amazing and literally means the world to me and my furbaby. I can't thank you enough for creating and sharing it, but I'll try. Thank you SO much. My boyfriend and I will be making one asap. Thank you again!

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I feel so blessed knowing so many people comfort in providing their dogs and cats with this alternative method of getting up on the couch, bed, or shortcutting a stair... freaking amazing!

Thank you for the reply, but I am heartbroken to have to announce that my London, at 14 years, 4 months, and 4 days old, passed away in the arms of my boyfriend and myself. Sadly, he passed before we could get his ramp built. I can't really say much more because I am still deep within the grieving process and talking about him makes me start crying all over again.

I'm very sure that your invention will continue to enhance the quality of life for other "mobility-challenged" dogs all over the world. You are truly a good human being.

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I'm sorry for the pain you are feeling. It's never easy and in all respects, it shouldn't be... my heartfelt condolences to you.

Take your time and make sure you take a lighter to the clipped off Zip Ties so they dont cut you later in down the road.

I'm glad it will help your dog. They tend to suffer and cant say so. Doing everything tou can is a good thing!


Thanks for the tips, Lou. Sadly, my London passed away this past January, before my boyfriend and I had a chance to build the ramp. The only comfort I can find, between the grief and sense of immense loss, is that I know, at least, he is not longer suffering.


Just wanted to complement you on great idea. My wife and I RV so we have always been looking for a simple design and you hit in on the head. Made a few mods to handle our situation (bracket on top to lean on RV steps and piece of kids pool noodle on bottom to keep the bottom end off ground. Saw some comments about cost being high, we got the shelving at habitat for humanity @ 1$ per foot and rug was a left over piece from Lowes.

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Oh man, you scored big time. I never thought about HforH as a source! Good job!