Pallet Wood Dog Bed

If you've got some pallet wood - make this easy dog bed with galvanised pipe fittings.

Why pay a fortune for a dog bed when you can make your own using pallet wood and galvanised pipe and fittings. Make a colourful custom cushion using fabric and filling that can easily be washed.


Pallet wood for frame (size according to what you have on hand)

Plywood or chipboard cut to size for base

Woodoc Gel Stain and/or tinted or clear interior sealer

Tools to distress wood

120-grit sandpaper

Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Spade bit (same diameter as pipe)

4 x 40mm cut screws [12]

Steel corner braces [4] and 16mm screws

Galvanised pipe for legs [4] 70mm length - (

Flanges for legs [8] and 16mm screws

Rubber mallet

Tape measure and pencil


For advice on working with reclaimed wood or timber pallets, click here. If your pallet wood is still reasonably new, find tips on aging and distressing here.

1. Sand and stain the wood sections before assembly.

2. Cut 45-degree mitres on all the corners.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you don't have a mitre saw, join the corners with standard butt joints.

3. Drill 3mm countersunk pilot holes through the sides and secure with 4 x 40mm screws (not the ones shown above).

4. Also add steel corners braces to the frame for added support and strength. Place the supports as close to the bottom as possible. These will also support the bed base.

5. Assemble the legs using a 70mm length of pipe fitted into a flange. Screw the flanges onto the frame.

6. Top off with a flange fitted onto the pipe. You can cover the flanges with a felt pad - glued in place - if you need to protect your flooring from scratches.

7. Assemble the side rails using a long length of pipe, [2] elbows and a short length of pipe.

8. Drill a hole in the sides with a spade bit for the side rails.

9. Use a rubber mallet to tape the side rails in place.

10. To finish, cut a piece of plywood or chipboard for the base and pop into the frame.