How To Make An Elevated Dog Bed: It’s Simple Than You Think

Are you a DIY kind of person and wants to make a bed for your dog? If you are, then you come to the right place. In this article, I’ll teach you how to make an elevated dog bed using some PVC pipes, cloth, and other easy to find materials.

There are actually many DIY projects about elevated dog beds available online, but what I’m going to share would be the simplest of them all. This is because you don’t need to sew anything. To get you started, check the complete materials you’ll need and the steps below.

Why It’s A Good Idea To Make An Elevated Dog Bed

Dogs are just like family so we want to make sure that we give only the best. Since your dog is lifted off the floor, air can circulate under the bed giving more ventilation as he sleeps.


An elevated bed also offers a firm, even support. This is especially essential for dogs suffering from joint problems, like hip dysplasia and arthritis. As compared to a bean-bag chair, an elevated bed puts no pressure on your dog’s shoulders, elbows, and hips.

Portability is another great benefit of elevated dog beds. As compared to fluffy beds which can be heavy and bulky, most elevated beds are lightweight because they’re made of PVC pipes and a light cloth.

What You’ll Need

  • PVC Pipe
  • Corner Pieces
  • Round Washer Head Screws
  • Cloth
  • Hammer
  • Power Drill
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Channel Locks
  • An Extra Hand

The tighter the cover, the better it’s going to hold. To make the cloth cover real tight, you’ll need to turn the pipe after the first screw. You can’t do the turning by mere force so having a channel lock is really helpful.


Step-By-Step Instructions

Now that you have gathered all the materials and equipment mentioned above, it’s time to build the elevated dog bed. Here are the steps.


Decide The Size Of Bed You Want

In building an elevated dog bed, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to decide what size you want: small, medium, or large. The size of the bed may depend on the weight of your dog. If your dog weighs less than 45 pounds, then a small size bed (22” x 29”) is ideal.


For a dog that weighs 46-80 pounds, a medium size bed ( 27.5” x 31.5”) would be nice. A huge dog that weighs more than 80 pounds may need a large size of bed ( 29” x 38”). Here are the dimensions of PVC and cloth for each size:

Size Of Bed

Cloth Dimensions

PVC Pipes


36” x 29”

2 pieces of 18.5-inch pipes

2 pieces of 25.5-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes


34.5” x 38.5”

2 pieces of 24-inch pipes

2 pieces of 28-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes


36” x 45”

2 pieces of 25.5-inch pipes

2 pieces of 34.5-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes


Measure And Mark The Dimensions

Now that you have determined which size of bed you want for your dog, get your PVC pipe and cloth. If you’re making a small or medium bed, you’ll only need one 10-feet stick. You’ll need to buy another 20” stick to make a whole large bed.


Using the tape measure, measure the dimensions required as shown in step 1. Mark the measurement with a fine tip sharpie for the PVC and a tailor’s chalk for the fabric.


Cut The Right Measurements Of Cloth And PVC

Cut each piece of PVC using a hand saw. To do this, simply hold the pipe over the edge of the work table and run the saw on the spot where you place the mark. Run the saw in a back and forth motion until you have cut through the pipe all the way.

For the cloth, use a pair of scissors on the mark where you want to cut. Make sure that you run the scissors in a straight line.


Assemble The Bed Frame

At this point, you should have 8 pieces of PVC pipes: four pieces for the square frame and another four shorter pieces for the legs. Remember your assistant, you can let him help you with the assembly to make the project quick and easy.


Like a puzzle, attach the pipes to the corner pieces. Make sure that all open corner holes are facing up. Once you’ve made a rectangular frame, use a hammer to give a quick tap to each side. Don’t be afraid to hit the PVC with the hammer because this will make the bed frame even tighter.

Now attach the legs to each open corner hole. It’s important that it’s not torque because it will make the base of the bed unstable. To square it up, drop the frame on the hard ground. If you notice that the legs are not attached well, use a hammer to tap the top of the frame so they can be as tight as they can be.


Fold The Cloth Into The Frame

Lay the cloth on the table and center the frame with the legs up. Fold the corners of the cloth under. You want your cloth right inside the tip of the corner. Your assistant should be on the opposite end making sure that the other side is equidistant.

Next, take one side of the cloth and fold it in small folds. Wrap it until it hits the center of the PVC on the bottom side of the frame.


Fold The Cloth Into The Frame

Now use your drill to place one screw to the cloth and PVC. It’s actually easier to start in the middle and work your way out.

The drilling needs special attention. You don’t want to over screw because it will strip the PVC and make a loose screw attachment. What you need is to screw through the folds of the cloth and stop when the screw is flush with the cloth.

Once done, work on the opposite side. Again fold the cloth around the pipe and drill the screw in the middle. Your assistant should be wrenching the cloth real tight.

Use the channel locks to turn the pipe by a quarter and tighten the frame. You want the screws to be under the bed frame. Now put the rest of the screws. The more screws, the better it’s going to hold.

Follow the same process for the last two sides. The cloth cover should be taut and snap like a drum. To prevent the legs from giving, drill two screws on the bottom of two opposite corners. Also, place five screws into the corner of the PVC corner piece to prevent your dog from chewing the fabric.

Watch how to make an elevated dog bed in this video.

Pro Tips

    • When cutting the PVC pipes with a hand saw you may be left with burrs on the pipe’s end. If this happens, run a butter knife along the end of the pipe to smooth the rough edges.

    • Use only the channel locks on the pipe not on the cloth because it will tear it.

    • If the frame is shaky on the ground, place the frame on its side and twist the legs slightly.

    • To clean the dog bed, simply hose it off.

Final Thought

Are you inspired to make a bed for your canine friend after learning the steps on how to make an elevated dog bed? Thanks to this DIY project, I have learned new skills and talent. While I enjoyed making this project, I was able to save money in buying a new bed for my dog.


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