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This DIY Dog Bed Looks So Much More Expensive Than It Is—Here's How to Make It

House Beautiful logo House Beautiful 1/22/2020 Hadley Mendelsohn
a living room: Follow this step-by-step guide and video to learn how to make a dog bed that looks expensive and stylish all by yourself. © Provided by House Beautiful Follow this step-by-step guide and video to learn how to make a dog bed that looks expensive and stylish all by yourself.

Of all the things that can throw off a living room aesthetic, an unsightly dog bed takes the cake. But we're not suggesting investing in a super high-end, ridiculously expensive dog bed. As it turns out, building your own dog bed that's just as comfortable and stylish as any store-bought version is a lot easier than it may sound. We put it to the test by building our very own midcentury modern-inspired dog bed. Keep reading to learn what supplies you'll need and then follow the step-by-step directions to make your own. We promise it's a win-win-win situation for your pet, bank account, and living room feng-shui.

a close up of a device: how to make a dog bed © Hearst Owned how to make a dog bed

What you'll need:

  • A dog pillow
  • Plywood
  • Paint (we used Benjamin Moore's Hazy Blue in a matte finish)
  • Kilz Primer
  • Circular saw
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Brushes
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Screws
  • Drill
  • Hairpin Legs
a dog sitting on a bed: How to DIY a Dog Bed That Looks Expensive © Hearst Owned How to DIY a Dog Bed That Looks Expensive

Step-by-step directions:

  • First, measure the cushion so you can use those dimensions to guide your wood-cutting.
  • Purchase and cut plywood to size, accommodating for sides, back and lip of the dog bed frame. (In our case, we used an 18" x 23" pillow, so the base is 18" x 23", the back is 10" x 23", the sides are 18" x 10" and lip is 3" x 22".) Novice DIYers should use a hardware store that offers cut-to-cut wood and to purchase sealed plywood for easier painting.
  • Once you cut your wood, prime and paint it your color of choice.
  • Using your wood screws and drill, mount each side to the base. Then mount the back to the base.
  • Secure the hairpin legs to the base using shorter screws and the drill.
  • Next, mount the lip to the front of the base.
  • Once everything is secure, plaster over the screws to even out the surface, and then touch up all those areas with paint.
  • And finally, once the paint dries, add the dog cushion.

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