How To Make Dog Bed Under Stairs

5 min read Jul 11, 2024
How To Make Dog Bed Under Stairs

Turn That Under-Stairs Space into a Cozy Dog Bed!

The space under your stairs is often wasted, but it can be transformed into a comfy and stylish dog bed with a little creativity and effort. This project is surprisingly easy, and you can personalize it to match your dog's size and your home's décor.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

  • Measurement tape: This is essential for accurate measurements of the space under your stairs.
  • Plywood: This will be the base of your dog bed. Select a thickness that can hold the weight of your dog.
  • Wood stain or paint: This is optional, but it can give your bed a more polished look.
  • Fabric: Choose a durable fabric that will withstand your dog's claws and slobber. Fleece, canvas, or even old blankets are good choices.
  • Staple gun and staples: This will secure the fabric to the plywood base.
  • Pillow or cushion: This will provide your dog with extra comfort.
  • Safety scissors: For cutting the fabric to size.
  • Optional: Non-slip mat, fabric glue, foam padding, decorative trim

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Plywood

  1. Measure the space under your stairs carefully. You want the bed to fit snugly without being too tight.
  2. Cut the plywood to the desired size using a saw.

Step 3: Stain or Paint (Optional)

  1. Sand the plywood to smooth out any rough edges.
  2. Apply your chosen stain or paint according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4: Cut and Secure the Fabric

  1. Lay the fabric flat and place the plywood on top.
  2. Cut the fabric, leaving at least 4 inches of extra fabric on all sides to wrap around the plywood.
  3. Using the staple gun, secure the fabric to the underside of the plywood. Work your way around all sides, making sure the fabric is smooth and taut.

Step 5: Add a Pillow or Cushion

  1. Choose a pillow or cushion that fits comfortably inside the bed.
  2. If you are using a pillow, you may want to secure it to the bed using fabric glue or by sewing it into a fabric pocket.

Step 6: Customize Your Dog Bed

  • Non-Slip Mat: Place a non-slip mat underneath the bed to prevent it from sliding on the floor.
  • Foam Padding: Add a layer of foam padding between the plywood and fabric for extra comfort.
  • Fabric Glue: Glue the fabric edges together to create a clean finish.
  • Decorative Trim: Add a decorative trim around the edges of the bed for a more polished look.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Now that you've created a cozy and stylish dog bed, watch your dog enjoy their new haven under the stairs.

Remember: To keep your dog's bed clean, wash the fabric cover regularly.

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