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DIY Large Dog Bed

With winter weather knocking on the door, my dogs think it’s too cold to lay on the tile by the back door so they needed a comfortable spot to keep warm! I built them this large DIY dog bed with slats of wood for a modern vibe! They love it and haven’t complained… yet,😁 well except that I made them model…as you can see they aren’t really cut out for modeling! Lol! They are however cut out for getting lots of treats! Oy!

DIY Large Modern Dog Bed - dog bed with plaid cushion and black and white dog sitting in it
Thor loves his new dog bed!

This dog bed is such a simple build but the mitered corners add that modern and sophisticated flair, perfect for your favorite pooch!

DIY Dog Bed - Freshly built dog bed with black and white plaid cushion

Y’all hurry and RUN, don’t walk to Walmart, this cushion is only $9.88!!! I am not sure if they are a holiday item or an all-the-time item, but it’s not worth risking it being sold out if it’s only for the holidays!

I have bought so many dog beds that they tear up and waste my 50-75 dollars that I swore to them they were never getting another one! That was until I came across this baby! I mean, if they waste my 10 bucks, we can still be friends! I cannot find it online so you will have to go in-store!

DIY Modern Dog Bed

I think it’s adorable! The only thing I can’t figure out is if I need to build another one because that is the exact same so they can have matching beds or build a slightly different one so that they have coordinating beds?! Hmmm… desicions, desicions!

I used fence pickets to build the dog bed so that I could keep the cost minimal! As I said, they like to tear stuff up so I was not about to spend tons on this dog bed! The total cost for the dog bed with current lumber prices was 26 bucks…plus the cushions brought me to a grand total of 36 dollars! I spend more than that on just the bed cushion normally, and I think this looks so much better, and bonus… it is way easier to clean around! 💃

For size reference here is my boy Thor laying down in the bed, he is around 60-70 lbs ( you know how the weight fluctuates with that winter ‘fluff’ we all put on.. LOL)! They consider the cushion a medium, but it is the same size as most large dog beds I have bought! He has plenty of room… he and Dexter were in it together for a while and both fit! Lol!

DIY Large Modern Dog Bed - black and white dog laying in the dog bed
DIY Dog Bed with dog laying down in the bed

Here’s the dog bed without the cushion! I just love the simplicity of the design!

DIY Dog bed without cushion

Alright, do you want to surprise your dog with a large modern dog bed for the cold winter season? I’ll show you how!

DIY Dog Bed with my dog Thor sitting in it!

Overall Dimensions – 35 1/8″ L x 28 1/8″ W x 12″ H

Download the FREE PLANS on how to build your own DIY Dog Bed here:

DIY Large Dog Bed

Need a dog bed that’s a little smaller, or want a little more farmhouse style? Check out the dog bed I made for my last pup! DIY Dog Bed – Pottery Barn Knockoff

Gathering the Supplies for the DIY Dog Bed

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Materials Needed for DIY Dog Bed:

Cut List for the Dog Bed:

  • 4 – 2×2 @ 12″ legs
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 31″ front and back rails
  • 3 – 2×2 @ 24″ side and middle rails
    • ***NOTE*** All 1 1/2″ boards below are fence pickets ripped down to 1 1/2″ you can use 1x2s instead if you don’t have a table saw to rip them down but note any outside measurement will be slighly larger since 1x2s are slightly thicker than fence pickets about an 1/8″ should be added to any outside measurements! Feel free to email me if you need any help with anything cara(dot)theinspiredworkshop(at)gmail(dot)com!
  • 6 – 1 1/2″ @ 34″ ends beveled at 45 degrees off square, not parallel, shortest side measurement – back boards and front bottom board
  • 10 – 1 1/2″ fence pickets @ 27″ ends beveled at 45 degrees off square, not parallel shortest side measurement (short side of the bevel will be 27″) – side boards
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ fence pickets @ 7″ front vertical boards
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ fence picket @ 10″ one end beveled at 45 degrees off square, longest end of the board – top boards on front
  • 6 – 1 1/2″ fence picket @ 8 1/2″ one end beveled at 45 degrees off square, longest end of the board – middle boards on front
  • 4 – fence pickets cut @ 34″ (these are the supports and are not ripped down, they are kept at full width)
  • 1 – 1 1/2″ fence picket @ 15″ bottom, front flat board

Building the DIY Dog Bed

First things first, in building this dog bed, we will need to build a basic frame for the slats to be attached to! The frame will be built using the 2x2s.

Step 1

Take two 2×2 @ 12″ legs and one 2×2 @ 31″ drill pocket holes at 1 1/2″ depth on the 31″ board. Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to attach. The 31″ board will be 2″ up from the bottom of the 12″ boards.

You will build 2 of the above pictured pieces to make the front and back of the dog bed.

Step 2

Then you will attach the front to the back with the 2x2s @ 24″. They will be attached the same way as the front and back, using pocket holes drilled at 1 1/2″ depth and using wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to attach! I used small blocks of wood to set it on to make sure it was 2″ up from the bottom! This will create the sides of the frame!

DIY Large Dog bed being built
DIY Large Dog Bed - showing how to build the frame of the dog bed

Step 3

Add the last 2×2 @ 24″ as a middle brace. Again, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes, use wood glue, and 2 1/2″ screws to attach! (Don’t mind that I had already added the back and side slats when I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of the support board. You didn’t miss any steps! Lol!)

DIY Dog Bed - building the dog bed and adding the center support

Step 4

Next, start adding the back mitered slats. I used 1 1/4″ brad nails along with wood glue to attach. To start the slats, line up the bottom slat with the bottom frame board. I then used a spare piece of fence picket to keep the spacing the same, plus it keeps it quick and easy to nail the slats!

Brad nailing the slats to the back of the dog bed
Building the diy dog bed, spacing the slats evenly

Also to keep the mitered corners lined up, I beveled a scrap piece of fence picket to 45 degrees off square to hold up against the board I was nailing!

DIY DOg bed - making the mitered corners

Step 5

Continue the slats around to the sides.

Building the dog bed - adding slats to the sides

Step 6

After the back and side slats are all in place, we are left with the front! First I attached the bottom 1 1/2″ fence picket slat. Then using the 1 1/2″ fence picket mitered on one end @ 10″ attach that one to the top. Then taking the 7″ fence picket board (that is not mitered on either end), you will need to drill 1/2″ pocket holes and use 1″ screws to attach it to the top and bottom slats.

DIY Dog Bed - building the front of the dog bed

I flipped the bed onto the front to have enough room to get the screws into the pocket holes.

DIY Dog Bed - building the front of the dog bed

Add the last three slats (8 1/2″ mitered on one end) to the front to complete one front side. You can pocket hole these if you would prefer, but you will need a right angle drill and a smaller square bit in order to fit it to get the screws in. I just brad nailed them from the outside of the vertical board!

DIY Dog Bed - brad nailing the slats to the front

Do the exact same thing to the other side, and boom, main build is done!

Building the DIY dog bed - showing you how to build one

Step 7

Add the support fence pickets across the bottom. I just brad nailed them to the 2x2s with some wood glue!

DIY Dog Bed - a look at the inside of the dog bed without the cushion

Boom Baby!! It’s DONE!!! Woohoo! Happy Dance time!

DIY Dog Bed Completed but without cushion

Add the cushion!

DIY Dog bed completed with the black and white cushion

Add the pooch of your choice!😜

Dog Bed for large dogs made with slats for a modern design

That’s my boy!!🤩

I just LOVE this dog bed, how will I make a better one than this?! We shall see if I can!

DIY Modern Dog Bed

If you are looking for any other dog projects, I have this DIY DOG HOUSE and this smaller DIY DOG BED! And I’ll have another dog bed coming soon for Thor’s brother Dexter!

Have any other dog projects you would like to see free plans for? Let me know below in the comments! Happy Building!

Cara - The Inspired Workshop

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