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Raised Dog Bed

Give your puppy or small dog a little creature comfort with this colorful dog bed featuring decorations that make it a fun addition to any room.

Dog bed with dog

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw, table saw, or circular saw
  • Jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade
  • Drill, bits, and countersink bit
  • Clamps
  • Carpenter's square
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler or putty
  • Sandpaper, 120- and 180-grit
  • Crafts or utility knife


  • 1 x 10 x 6 board, #972
  • 1 x 6 x 8 board, #951
  • 2 - 1 x 4 x 6 boards, #939
  • 2 x 3 x 96 stud, #1030
  • #8 x 2-in wood screws
  • #8 x 1-1/4-in wood screws
  • Valspar Signature satin paint, 1 quart, Mountain Botanical (#6010-9)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Cut the dog bed front (A), sides (B), back (C), and supports (D) to length. When cutting parts to equal lengths, fasten a stop block to your saw or stack boards for a single cut. Print out the Dog Bed Paw Pattern Cutout, fold where shown, and use it to trace the pattern on the bed front. Adjust the position as you like, but no closer than 1 inch from either end.

Good to Know

We designed this bed with an inside area of 24-15/16-in x 15-1/2-in. To resize this bed for a different cushion, adjust the part lengths accordingly. You may also need to increase the number of slats.

Step 2

Cut out the paw shapes with a jigsaw

Clamp the front (A) to a work surface with the pattern area hanging over one edge and use a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade to cut out the paw shapes. Sand the cut edges smooth and sand both faces of the front, back, and sides (but not the ends and edges).

Step 3

Glue and clamp dog bed front and back to sides

On a flat work surface, glue and clamp the front (A) and back (C) to the sides (B). Check that all four corners are square.

Step 4

Screw supports to the dog bed sides

Glue and clamp the supports (D) flush with the bottom edges of the sides. Drill countersunk 7/64-inch pilot holes from the inside and use 2-inch wood screws to fasten the supports in place.

Step 5

Measure the inside length of the bed between the sides and cut the four slats (E) 1/16 inch shorter than that length. At 3/4 inch from both ends of a slat, drill two countersunk pilot holes 1 inch from the edges. Repeat for the other three slats, using the first one as a guide.

Step 6

Screw first bottom slat to supports

Screw the first slat (E) to the supports with one edge against the back (C) using countersunk 1-1/4-in screws. Repeat for the opposite slat with one edge against the front (A).

Step 7

Add bottom slats

Space the remaining two slats evenly apart (about 1/2 inch) and screw them to the supports.

Step 8

Sand the outside of the frame and edges and soften any sharp edges and corners. Cover the slat screws with wood putty and sand smooth. Wipe clean and apply two coats of paint (shown in Valspar Signature Mountain Botanical). You can also add decorations, such as your dog's name (shown in Ultra White).

Step 9

Let the final coat to dry overnight and insert a pillow or cushion as bedding.