This initially was turning into a DIY fail. After assembling the pet bed frame, we first stained it with a dark walnut Danish oil. Yeah… for some reason the wood said no to that, and it came out a splotchy mess. We sanded it back down and tried our go-to stain (Minwax Early American). Again, nope. After sanding it back down again, we said screw it and dug out our favorite Pantone paint and moved on to plan C. In the end, while not what we first envisioned, we ended up loving the bright pop of retro color!
We started with a pre-made little dog pillow pad thing (not the scientific term) from Ross (or maybe Home Goods? It was $10. You’ll see it further down the post). We based our measurements for the bed frame size on that. If you can’t find a dog bed, you could also use foam from a craft store, or even a standard pillow.
Wood. We got an $18 sheet of pine plywood + one extra board to cut down into the base, back, and sides. You can do this yourself or have someone at the home store do it. Basically you are making a little box.
The little box. Now just screw it together. We did ours like this (below), but you can probably make it a little prettier. Since it’s the underside/back we weren’t too worried about it. For extra sturdiness, you could also put a bit of wood glue up the seams before you screw everything together.
For the brackets, you can get either flat (so the legs go straight up and down), or angled (so they angle off a bit). We went angled – I know, we’re rebels. As you can see, this is after we painted everything.
What do you think? We are big fans of the mid century modern box style sofa, which was the inspiration for this little pet bed.
Here it is with the pillow pad thing in it, as a cushion. And also a little dog in it.
It was definitely missing that touch of geek home decor that we love so much, so we pulled out some Star Trek fabric that we recently bought, to use on the cushion (remember our post on Awesomely Nerdy Fabric? It was there).
NOW it feels more like us!
Sewing isn’t really a strong point for either of us, so we cheated here. If you can sew, this is where you would stitch together a nice removable cushion cover, with a zipper in the back. I’m jealous of you. Instead of doing that, we just wrapped the fabric around the cushion (like wrapping a present), and used fabric-friendly tape to hold the fabric in place. The cushion fits so tightly in the dog bed, that it helps keep the fabric nice and snug. Plus we can still take it off and wash it, or change it out for other fabric.
Even our big guy tried to get in on the action:
What do you think of the mid century style pet bed? We’re thinking of making a couple more, as DIY gifts for our pet-loving friends who like MCM design.