Pallet Dog bed - A dog bed made from recycled pallet wood

This beautiful dog-bed was made from recycled pallet wood. This can be adapted to any size and your pets will love it!

Dog bed made from recycled pallet wood

Before you begin, work out just how big you want the dog bed to be. You'll need the length, width, and height. The bed shown above is about 4 feet long (from left to right), 17 inches wide (front to back), and about 12 inches high (from the bed to the top). Add the size of the feet to the total height.

Start by preparing the base of the bed

When you have decided on the width of the bed cut your wood to size. Lay these planks on the floor and then screw two or three planks across these to act as the supports. At this stage the base is being made upside down.

Trim the supprts to the width of the bed

Trim the supports to the width of the base of the dog bed

These blocks can be used for the feet of the dog bed

When you dismantle your pallets you will be left with the wooden blocks. Use these for the feet of the dog bed.

 

 

Turn the base the right side up, position the blocks underneath, and screw in place

Simply turn the base the right side up, position the blocks underneath, and screw in place.

The back panel is made in much the same way as the base

The back panel is made in much the same way as the base. Cut the boards to the preferred width, lay them flat (and upside down) and then add strengthening boards across them. Screw these in place but add and extra three or four inches so that you can screw them to the feet of the base.

Screw the back to the base

Screw the back of the dog bed to the base - now it is really taking shape.

Now it's time for the side walls of the dog bed. Measure how long you need them and mark this using a set square.

The next step is to make the side walls of the dog-bed. Lay the wood flat, measure how wide you want it and mark this distance with a set square.

Once sawn, lay them together

Once the wood has been sawn to size, lay them flat ready for the next step.

Saw some strips to length to begin a supporting frame for the side walls.

Saw some strips to length to begin the frame for the side walls. This frame is not only decorative, but will also add some support.

Flip it over and screw the supports to the boards

Flip it over and screw the supports to the boards.

Do the same for the 'cross' supports, saw them to length, flip it over, and screw the supports to the sidewall

Do the same for the 'cross' supports, saw them to length, flip it over, and screw the supports to the side wall. You will need one for each end.

Screw the two side walls to the frame, and add a front panel

Screw the two side panels to the frame, and also add a front panel.

If you want to add name plates you can either just use a pice of chalk board or can burn the design using an appropriate wood-burning tool.

If you want to add a name plate you can either simply use a section of chalk board, or as I have done, invest in a wood-burning or pyrography tool and burn the name on to a separate piece of wood. For this project there were two dogs, so two nameplates were needed for the dog bed. Start by pencilling in your design.

Take it in stages - burn the outline first, then fill in the middle

Take it in stages. Use your pyrography tool to burn the outline first, then start shading in the middle.

You can personalise it even further by adding a paw print

You can personalise the name plate even further by adding a paw print. These were drawn on free-hand and burned using the pyrography tool.

 

Attach the name plates to the front panel

Then attach the name plates to the front panel. If you are happy with the rustic look, just give the recycled pallet dog-bed a quick sanding to remove any splinters...

or paint it to the colour of choice...

...or paint it to the colour of your choice...

and the pallet dog-bed is complete...

..and the pallet dog bed is complete...

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