Sage turns 11 this year and is getting to old for the leap onto the bed. She needed stairs and I had scrap wood...
I am not a professional carpenter and I do not take any responsibility for anything bad happening as a result of you building this.
Step 1: Supplies
I had 2 - 2x6x8 boards and some scrap/ broken pallet. I found some finish nails and some drywall screws.
Step 2: 2x6s
My bed is 2ft high. So the first length to cut is 24", then 18", then 12" & finally 6".
Step 3: Again
Cut the second 2 x 6
Step 4: Width
Depends on the dog. Sages legs span 10" so I made mine 14" wide. Use some scrap to see what looks good for you.
Step 5: Side Braces
Flush with base of each step. Holds base boards together and makes steps stronger.
Step 6: Steps
Steps are 1 x 6 x 14. Step- faces are 1 x 6 x 14 also; except for the top where the step face is 6.75"
Step 7: Put It Together
Attach steps and step faces to base with finish nails.
Step 8: Sand
Sanding scrap wood is magical!
Step 9: Conclusion
You will still need to sand and trim and then finish. Cool note: the stairs are reversible; one way they are a little longer if your dog needs more help and the other way the side braces can hold up shelves inside the stairs creating a storage solution as well! Thanks for checking it out:)