Dog next to a dog house

Build a Discreet Dog Bed for Man's Best Friend

According to American Pet Products Association, pet industry spending exceeded $60 billion in 2015! Pets offer a source of security, companionship and even help lower heart rate and blood pressure so people can feel good about investing in their four-legged, furry friends' comfort and well-being.

Here are a few ideas for creating a cozy and discreet dog bed in your home:

Door Frame and Door Facing

  1. Glue four 1'x2' pieces of the door frame together. Spread glue on the ends of the top and bottom rails. Secure the rails between the stiles (vertical railing). Make sure that the ends are even. Drill pilot holes at an angle through outside edges of the sides and secure the pieces to the end of the top and bottom rails with 3-inch finish head screws.
  2. Cut four triangular corner blocks from ½ lumber. Glue the blocks in the corners of the door frame and nail. When dry, secure the grate to the corner blocks with 1-inch drywall screws.
  3. Assemble the face frame. On the inside of the face frame, apply glue and nail the cleats to the stiles and bottom rail. Arrange each cleat so that the long side is flush with the inside edge of the frame and the ends should be 3/4 inch from the top of the frame.

Note: Fill nail holes, sand and stain at each step along the project.

Windows, Grille and Flooring Support

  1. Use your tape measure and pencil to draw a horizontal line 1 1/8 inch from the top edge and another horizontal line 10 inches from the top edge on each side panel. Draw vertical horizontal lines 1 and 1/8 inch from the side of each wall to form a rectangle. On the back panel, mark the vertical line 1-3/8 inches from each side. Cut the window opening for each panel
  2. To support the grille, create a 3/8 inch overhang around the window's perimeter. Place a stile, vertically, in the middle of the window opening (on the exterior side.) The stile should be even with the top edge of the pane. Position four rails on each side of the center stile. Make sure that you have flush edges, and make the bottom rail even with the bottom of the wall. Lay the corner stiles along the rails, even with the wall's side edges.
  3. Position the stile on the back wall so that 1 3/4 inches of the material covers the wall and the rest of the stile protrudes beyond the wall's side. This element creates a place to attach the side panel to the back panel. Position the rails between the stiles. The top rail flush should be even with the top of the panel. Position the bottom edge of the middle stile 11 ¾ inches from the top, and make the bottom stile even with the bottom of the wall. Apply glue to stiles and set them in place. Do not put glue the corner stile just yet. After the glue dries, turn the panel to the other side and secure the trim.
  4. Cut the grille to fit the interior of each window. Fasten 3/8-inch square dowels to the edge of the panel opening to act as stops. Secure the grille in place. Place two ¾-inch cleats (11 3/8-inch-long) even with the bottom edge of the wall (to serve as support for the plywood floor), but leave a ¾ inch space between the two pieces.

Complete Side Walls and Floor

  1. Mark and pre-drill countersinks on the side walls (exterior face) where you will connect the corner stile trim pieces. Mark a line straight down 3/4 inch from the edge (on the side -- fasten to the face frame) and drill the pilot holes. Center the holes between the line and the edge of the line.
  2. Attach the side to the face. Draw a ½-inch line from the edge (side that will fasten to the edge of the back wall) and center your pilot holes between the line and the edge. Apply glue to the center ¾- inch support dowel and insert in the 3/4 gaps in the side panels. Put the floor in place.

Install Back Wall, Top, Trim, and Stain

  1. Spread glue on the side edges of the rear wall and place it between the back ends of the side walls. The floor should rest on the back wall floor support. Use clamps to hold the assembly together drive 1-inch screws through the pre-drilled pilot holes into the side edges of the back panel. Secure the remaining stiles on the side and back walls.
  2. Cut four, triangle corner blocks out of 1x3 lumber. Drill a countersink pilot hole in the center of each block. Glue a block in each corner of the assembly and make them flush with the top of edge of the crate. Secure the blocks to the adjoining surface with glue and nails. Apply glue on the top edge of the crate. Install the top, which should have an equal overhang on each side. Secure it to the assembly using 1-inch drywall screws driven through the corner blocks. Apply stain to the assembly. Finally, install the door hinge, latch and molding.

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