If your dog mistakes a fluffy dog bed for an oversize chew toy, an elevated PVC dog bed may be the answer. With a few easy steps, and the help of a friend, you will have a bed fit for your pooch.
Measure out the necessary lengths of PVC and mark with the marker. Regardless of bed size, you will need four equal pieces for the legs. For the average dog a 4-inch leg is average, but smaller or older dogs may do better with shorter legs. Determine the size of the dog bed you need. The average size for a small dog bed requires two 18 1/2-inch pieces and two 25 1/2-inch pieces. For a large dog bed, increase the pieces to two 25 1/2-inch and two 34 1/2-inch pieces. These measurements are not set in stone and you can adjust the length and width as desired. Cut the pieces of PVC with a saw.
Insert one end of the length piece into one opening of a corner piece. Insert a width piece into another opening to create a corner. Repeat with the other corner pieces and straight pieces, to form the basic frame. Using a hammer, pound each corner to ensure the PVC lengths are secure in the corners. Insert the four leg pieces into the corner openings and hammer to secure.
Lay your piece of canvas material flat on the floor. Place the bed frame on top of the fabric and cut to fit. Leave 4 inches around the perimeter to allow for fastening. Replace the frame in the center of the fabric.
Fold the first corner of the fabric underneath the frame so that the bend of the fold is even with the corner section of PVC and the point of the fabric is centered in the corner. Repeat with each corner. Starting with one long side, make two half-inch to 1-inch folds from the edge and pull the fabric fold over the PVC, so that the material hits the bottom side of the PVC. Place a screw in the middle of this length of fabric, at the folds. Drill the screw in, making sure it goes through the folds and into the PVC, securing the fabric. Repeat on the opposite side. Once one screw is in place on each side, use the channel lock to rotate the PVC and pull the cloth tight. Place additional screws, evenly spaced on both sides, to secure the fabric. Repeat the steps with the shorter sides.
Flip the bed to check that it sits flat on the floor. Twist and adjust the legs as needed to make it flat. Flip the bed over so the legs point upward. Screw one screw into each section of the corner pieces in order to secure the PVC lengths in place and stabilize the bed.
Flip the bed over so the top of the bed faces up. Place screws on each corner of the cloth, as close to the edge as possible, and secure to the PVC. The closer to the edge you get, the less material is exposed. Leaving too much material exposed is an invitation to chew.
You can make this bed on your own, but having a friend help hold the folds and fabric in place while you drill the screws will make it easier.
Items You Will Need
- Tape measure
- 1 1/4-inch PVC pipe (amount needed will depend on your dog’s size)
- 4 PVC corner pieces
- 30+ #8-18 x 1/2" round washer head screws
- Large piece of canvas material
- Channel locks
- You can make this bed on your own, but having a friend help hold the folds and fabric in place while you drill the screws will make it easier.