Create an inexpensive pet barrier for your vehicle. Having pets ping-pong around the inside of your vehicle while driving isn’t safe for them or you. If texting and driving is unsafe, having a 80lb Labrador Retriever trying to sit on your lap can’t be good either.
This pet barrier was created for a 2013 Ford Explorer. Your final cut sizes for the PVC pipe will be different but the overall designs should work for any vehicle.
I used an electric miter saw to cut the pipe. You could also use a hand miter saw, hack saw, or pipe cutter.
Step 1: Shopping List
• 2 - 10' X 3/4" PVC Pipe
• 1 - 3/4" PVC cross connector
• 2 - 3/4" PVC 90 degree connector
• 4 - 3/4" PVC T connector
• 4 - 3/4" PVC 45 degree connector
• 2 - Fastex buckles
• 2 foot webbing
• PVC Primer
• PVC glue
Step 2: Cutting the Pipe
• 4 - 3/4" X 26" PVC pipe (A)
• 2 - 3/4" X 22" PVC pipe (B)
• 3 - 3/4" X 6" PVC pipe (C)
• 2 - 3/4" X 3 - 3/4" PVC pipe (D)
• 1 - 3/4" X 4 - 1/2" PVC pipe (E)
• 2 - 3/4" X 1 - 1/2" PVC pipe (F)
Use a utility knife to clean up the ends of the PVC pipe before assembly.
Step 3: Dry Fit Assembly
I recommend dry-fitting the components first, putting them in your vehicle and trying it out for several days before gluing it up.
Bottom bar: 90 degree connector + A + T connector + A + 90 degree connector
Middle Bar: T connector + A + cross connector + A + T connector
Top Bar: 45 degree connector + F + 45 degree connector + B + T connector + B+ 45 degree connector + F + 45 degree connector
Join bottom and middle sections with C.
Join middle and top sections using D on the outsides and E in the middle.
Use straps to attach to back of rear headrests. Straps should to under the bottom and over the top sections.
Step 4: Glue Up & Finish
Disassemble the barrier, clean up connections, prime the connections, and then reassemble.
If you wish, I would recommend painting the pipe with a matte paint.
Step 5: Mount in Car
Using the fastex buckles and straps, mount the barrier to the rear seat headrests.
I would recommend over the headrest, over the middle bar, and under the bottom bar.