DIY Rustic Dog Bed

Hi Friends

Here’s a pretty easy project for your four-legged friend. I built this (with the help of my boyfriend) fairly soon after adopting my dog. I wanted a spot for her to sleep besides my bed (although she still sneaks up there often).


(Please excuse the lack of quality of my pictures. Cell phone pics!)

Built with mostly 1″ x 4″ Furring Strips, it’s not a very costly project.

I don’t have a cut list on this project, this project is very customizeable to fit your dog, so this post is to show you more of the general “how” it’s built with the idea that you can then build your Dog Bed to your size preference


Bottom Base- I used (6) 1″ x 4″ Furring Strips to make the Bottom. In retrospect, it’s a bit large for my 22 pound dog but she loves to stretch out, so it works well.
6 Boards gives a 21″ Depth. This is important because this is length your Side Walls need to be. Make sure to use the “Actual” width dimension when calculating the required depth dimension. (In this case, a 1″x 6″ board is actually 5.5″ wide. so 5.5″x 6 Boards= 21″).

I attached 1″ x 2″s along the edges and one down the side to hold all the pieces together. Make sure to use wood glue and (1) 1 1/4″ screw per board. Also Important to note- the 1″ x 2″s along the edges are not as long as the edge itself. I used 2″ x 4″s for feet so I placed them here (on the left side of the picture) as “Guides” so I cut my 1″x2″s to the correct length. I didn’t actually attach them yet though.


Side Walls- I used (3) 1″ x 4″ Furring Strips to build each Side Wall. Hold it all together by attaching 1″ x 2″s along both ends with wood glue and drilling one screw through each board. I used 1 1/4″ Pocket Screws actually, even though they’re not pocket holes. They’re decorative-looking (dark finish) and I like the way they look. When cutting the lengths of these boards, you need to make sure they are the same length as the Depth of the Bottom Base.


Attaching the Side Walls to the Bottom Base- I used (3) 1 5/8″ screws along the bottom of each Side Wall to attach it to the Bottom Base. Make sure the heads don’t protrude at all; Later we’ll cover them up with 1″ x 2″s


Attaching the Back- I attached one 1″ x4″ strip at a time with wood glue and one screw through each board on each side.


The back wall with all three boards attached, one screw through each board on each side.


Flip the bed over to attach the Front Side. I wanted the front to be shorter than the rest of the bed so I used a 1″ x 6″ Board, cut to the width of the entire bed. I used 1 1/4″ Pocket Screws (Again, just because I had them and liked the way they looked) to attach the Front to the bed.


Finishing the Sides- I finished framing the Sides by attaching 1″ x 2″s on the top and bottom of each side. I just used two screws on each of these boards.


Attaching the feet- It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but lastly I attached the 2″ x 4″ Feet to the bed with wood glue and 1 screw through each foot.


Putting in the Bedding- You could use all sorts of dog beds from the store but I decided to DIY this part too. I picked up 3 Standard Sized Pillows from Walmart (about $4/each) and they stuffed in there perfectly.


Bought some fabric and sewed up a giant pillowcase for the three pillows. I also sewed in a zipper so that I could easily take it off to wash. Kona always wants to be in the middle of the action.


I stained the bed, sanded it, and voila! With the pillow-bed and a couple blankets, Kona is all cozied up in there and loves sleeping in her bed!

EDIT: After I got my “Big Girl” Camera I decided to snap a few new higher-quality pictures!


Since building her bed, I’ve sewn another pillow case because she had chewed through the first one for unknown reasons.




Starting to get bored of being my model.


And, she’s out.


Happy Building!

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