How to Make a Four-Poster Bed for Dogsby Deborah Lundin
If the dog beds at your local pet store just don’t seem to fit in with your home decor and you want something a little more upscale, a four-poster bed may be just what you are looking for. While creating one from scratch is an option, recycling an old end or coffee table allows you to make this bed in a just a few easy steps.
Choose an old wooden end or coffee table that has straight legs and a trim section around the top that, when flipped over, creates an open boxlike area. Flip the table so that it is upside down, with the legs facing upward.
Attach a wooden finial to each table leg with wood glue to create an upscale look. Allow the glue to dry before proceeding.
Measure the distance between the two legs on one of the shorter sides. Cut a piece of the wood trim to this measurement. Place the wood trim between the two legs and secure with screws to create a headboard. Repeat at the other end for a footboard, if desired.
Flip the table over and attach a wooden block to each corner with screws to create legs.
Paint and decorate the bed as desired. Once the paint has dried, place a pillow or cushion inside the "box" area as the bed mattress. You may also choose to make your own cushion to match the bed.
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- Old wooden end or coffee table with straight legs
- Four wooden finials (available at home improvement stores)
- Tape measure
- Scrap piece of wood trim
- Four 2-inch wood blocks
- Wood glue
- Paint and paintbrush
- Pillow or cushion
- For dogs who like sleeping in a den environment, consider adding a top canopy to the bed. Cut a large piece of material and drape it over the table legs. Cut small holes in the material at the top of each leg. Use finials with screws and screw into each leg, securing the fabric. Trim the fabric so that it hangs from the four legs. Cut an opening in one side and, using pieces of yarn, tie a section of the fabric back to create a curtain opening for your dog to climb in through. The other three sides will be enclosed.
- If the table is old or in rough shape, sand it down first to remove any sharp pieces that could injure your dog.