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DIY Dog Bed Frame & Pillow for $50 or less!

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DIY Dog Bed Frame & Pillow!

So this was our latest home project. The size of this bed is 5′ x 3′. You can make this any size you want, really. I’m sure you’re wondering why we built such a huge bed. No, we don’t own a Great Dane, pig or small pony. We do have 4 Labradors and a small terrier who love to cuddle, though. I’m sure you can only imagine what 4 dogs trying to find space to cuddle looks like. Usually they can find space for 2…maybe 3. There is always a 4th one left out. Can’t picture it? Here let me illustrate that for you…

They will cuddle in the closet…

Or take over the couch…

And when they run out of space…even the laundry basket isn’t off limits.

But sometimes there is that coveted moment all to themselves…

Given this cuddle space issue, we thought that we would try to buy a large dog bed. Yeah…not so much. A large dog bed is ungodly expensive and it still leaves that “space for 4″ issue. The holidays are here now and family is coming to visit, which only makes that space for 4 dogs issue even harder. Don’t get me wrong though….I’d rather that some of these relatives sleep in the laundry basket…but I guess that doesn’t go along with the ‘holiday spirit’ theme, now does it?

So we ventured out to the Home Depot land and bought ourselves some lumber. We knew the sizes we needed so once we picked out the pine lumber the HD crew cut them to our specifications. We needed the following:

x3 – 5′ pieces (2″ x 6″ planks)

x4 – 3′ pieces (2″ x 6″ planks)

x4 – 15″ pieces (2″ x 2″ post)

1 quart of stain

1 brush

1 box of 1  5/8″ screws (you need about 30 screws)

That all costs about $25 depending on your choices. Bring it home and assemble from there! The front is one 5′ plank. The back is two 5′ planks. Each side is two 3′ planks. Make sure you pre-drill the holes before you drill in the screws for you newbies to working with wood this size. Once you assemble the bottom frame, screw in your posts so you can attach the top frame. That’s it! You can stain it from there!

The bed was a cinch as well. Buy 7 of the $2.50 pillows at Walmart (if you can stand going near there), needle, thread, a 36” zipper, and 4 yards of fabric. I bought $1/yard fabric for the bottom and splurged on the top at $5 a yard for that particular pattern. If you use two different fabrics you only need 2 yards of each. Otherwise just buy 4 yards of the same fabric. I cut the top and bottom panels down to 40 inches x 64 inches. Pin it and stitch the 3 edges. Do this with the fabric inside out so you can hide the stitching once it is right side in. The 4th edge is for the zipper. I would give you sewing lessons but it may be easier to Youtube a video or Google it.

As for the pillows…overlap them a little bit and stitch them together. Lay 4 out vertically and 3 horizontally across the top.  This website can walk you through that. I chose to do the zipper instead of the pocket method for no real reason other than wanting to learn how to attach a zipper. You can do this like a pillow sham as well if you like. That link will help you with that too. This person had a handy sewing machine. I hand stitched this entire thing…I am not ashamed! I must confess that I did feel and look a little like Betsy Ross.

Treat this like a recipe. Cut it in half to the size you want or double it. But if you have to double it consider purchasing a small barn…seriously.

So there you go. The whole thing cost us less than $50. I imagine it would normally cost hundred of dollars if you bought all of this already made. The end result? …

Four very happy pups…oh and room for the in-laws this holiday season!

dooogs

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Speaking of French, I am in my final two semesters of college. I already have a degree in Political Science, but I quickly realized that I have no interest in playing the political game of Law.  I’m also fairly lazy and hate dressing up, two qualities that aren’t really complementary with being an attorney. Here I am, 28 years old, not knowing what I want to do with my life. I say that’s A-OK.  What will I do with a French degree? I have no idea…but I FUCKING LOVE wine, bread and cheese.   Every time I’ve been, I’ve gained 20+ pounds. I seriously hope they have a Jenny Craig in Paris.

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