Modern Dog Bed DIY

This modern dog bed was fun to design and is perfect for that pampered pup in your life! In this diy post we have the instructions to make one for your home.

modern dog bed

The Design – 

I was initially looking to purchase a new dog bed for Darby to take her naps on. It had to be chic and cozy and raised off the floor to clean under easily with my Swiffer. I came across one on a blog but it was no longer available so I got my sketchpad out and designed a dupe of sorts! This DIY is for the bed frame itself and you can customize it with any color and style dog bed that you prefer.

Let’s get into the tutorial and I would say that this project is for a more advanced diy-er to build. It took us (mostly my husband with my help) somewhere between 2-3 hours in total. Materials were inexpensive, which is why most of us do DIY projects!

Darby in the modern dog bed diy

This is a paid post in behalf of Spectrum Brands but the work and opinions expressed here are my own. As always, use the proper care and safety equipment when working with power tools.

How To Make A Modern Dog Bed




  • Chop saw (or circular saw)
  • Nail gun
  • Screw gun
  • Staple gun
  • Measuring tape


STEP 1 – 

Cut the board to 22” x 21” using a circular saw.

cutting birch plywood

STEP 2 – 

Cut ten legs to measure 10” long using the 1 x 2 material with either a chop saw or circular saw.

cutting dog bed legs

STEP 3 –

Attach eight National Hardware Corner Braces to to the legs that you’ve just cut from the 1 x 2’s.

attaching National Hardware corner braces

STEP 4 –

Cut the pieces for the back of bed out of the 1 x 2. Cut one piece to 25” and one piece to 22″ for the back of the bed.

cutting 1 x 2

STEP 5 – 

Screw the 25″ piece using two of the National Hardware corner braces with one on each leg.

modern dog bed diy in progress

STEP 6 – 

Cut one 22″ bottom brace and attach it between the legs using 1 5/8″ drywall screws placing it 2″ from the bottom of the legs.

modern dog bed diy

STEP 7 – 

Now cut the pieces for the sides of the bed out of the 1 x 2. Cut two pieces to measure 22″ and two pieces to measure 20 1/2″ in length. Next screw the 22″ pieces to the 10″ legs (four) using one corner brace for each leg.

attaching corner brace for each leg

STEP 8 –

Using the 20 1/2″ pieces of the 1 x 2, screw between the legs measuring 2″ from the bottom.

attaching bottom brace

STEP 9 –

Screw the two corners together.

modern dog bed diy

STEP 10 –

Take two leg pieces and screw a corner brace on each. Now attach them to the front of the bed frame.

attaching leg pieces to frame for dog bed

STEP 11 –

Cut two 6″ pieces of 1 x 2 for the top frame. Attach to the legs using 1 5/8″ drywall screws.

leg pieces attachment

STEP 12 –

Using the two remaining leg pieces, attach them to the 6″ piece and the bottom support using 1 5/8″ drywall screws. This completes the frame structure.

completed frame structure

STEP 13 –

Attach the platform that will be the bottom of the bed on top of the 1 x 2’s using a nail gun.

modern dog bed tutorial in progress

STEP 14 –

Cut wood for back to measure 23 1/2” x 8 1/2” and attach.

attaching base of diy modern dog bed

STEP 15 –

Measure and cut rattan pieces to fit the frames on the sides and front of the bed. Staple gun to sides.

staple gun rattan to the sides of the dog bed

STEP 16 –

Frame out the sides and the front with 1 x 2 to cover the rattan and attach with nail gun. The frames on the sides to cover the rattan measures 25 3/4” x 22 1/2” each. The frames on the front measure 6″ on the top and 4″ on the bottom with 5 1/2″ uprights.

modern dog bed diy

The Finished Modern Dog Bed DIY –

And my darling sweet fur baby Darby in the modern dog bed diy finished project. Isn’t she the cutest?! She’s quite comfy in this bed and it pairs well with any style decor from French country to modern to coastal style!

Cavalier King Charles Blenheim Spaniel

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  1. Darby looks so happy in her new bed, and no wonder it’s a beauty, Janet. I’ll be saving the plans to make one for our oldest fur baby. Her back can’t handle jumping on the bed, so this will be perfect.

    1. This is perfect then Michelle, no jumping required!

  2. So cute! I will have to put this on the list for my handy husband! I love the cane accents!! Your sweet pup looks so content and cozy 🙂

    1. Glad you’re considering this project Maureen…it really looks lovely and can be used in any style of decor!

  3. Darby looks comfy in the new bed. A talented man your husband is! You created something we could use for our Cavalier Charlie but he wants to be where Augie is so I would need to make this a bit bigger…for 2.

    1. I have 2 dogs as well Lori and it’s funny but our 16 year old Toby prefers to sleep alone, lol!

  4. Great project and tutorial. Legs to accomodate the Swiffer was good planning!

    1. Thanks Kathy and I really am a stickler about keeping my home neat, tidy and clean!