Creature Comforts

If you're going to let sleeping dogs lie, why not help them do it in style? Build this cozy bed to pamper your pet.
Comfy Couch

Let your dog relax on this
country-style pet bed.

Looking for a way to keep your pooch or pussycat off the sofa? Maybe -- just maybe -- providing your four-footed family friend with his or her very own comfy couch will do the trick. We gave our pet bed an off-white antiqued finish that should withstand gnawing. For a perfect-fitting mattress, sew a simple square pillow. It'll let Rover roll over in comfort.

Note: Be sure to print out and study all instructions as well as the plans displayed on the last page of this article.

You'll need intermediate woodworking skills and a few power tools to get the job done. Construction should take a day or so, plus several evenings for filling nail holes, sanding, and applying a finish. Cost: approximately $50.

What You Need:

  • Table, radial-arm, or portable circular saw
  • Router
  • Tape measure
  • Chisel
  • Framing square
  • Combination square
  • Bar or pipe clamps
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • 80-, 100-, and 120-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Four 16-inch pieces of 2 x 2 lumber for the uprights (A)
  • Four 21-inch pieces of 2 x 2 lumber for the cross members (B)
  • Two 8-1/2 x 21-1/2-inch pieces of 3/8-inch plywood beaded-board paneling for the end panels (C)
  • Two 27-3/4-inch pieces of 1 x 6 lumber for the side rails (D)
  • One 22-1/4 x 27-inch piece of 3/8-inch plywood beaded-board paneling for the bottom (E)
  • Four 3 x 3-inch pieces of 1/2-inch lumber for the caps (F)
  • Four 2-inch-diameter wood ball finials (G)
  • Woodworker's glue, finishing nails
  • Wood filler
  • Primer and paint, or stain and clear finish
  • Pillow sized to fit the bed (approx. 22 x 28 inches)

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