Farmhouse Dog Bed

Submitted by StacieM on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:26

So I finally finished the dog bed I've been working on for over a month now (I've been trying to avoid the 100+ Texas heat but it just wouldn't go away!) It was based on dmanar33's farmhouse dog bed (linked below) and I just made it larger for our greyhound, Daisy. It's far from perfect but it's been another good learning project for me while practicing before I start our desperately needed King bed.

The bed was made using 2x8 for the internal structure (with one 2x4 center "slat"), 1x6 and 1x8 boards for the surround, with 1x2 as trim and 3/4" plywood for the cushion base. It is rather heavy but can easily be moved with two people. This was my first project using my finish nailer ($16 at Harbor Freight) and it was worth every penny! I can't believe I never picked one up before.

For the cushion I tried to find a cheap, thin 3" futon mattress on Craigslist to cut up (as I've done before), but after 2 days of looking online I ended up settling for a $12 full size foam mattress topper from wally world. I folded it in half and wrapped with some thick batting I had laying around so the cushion ended up ~2" thick. And for the cover I used Ana's doll mattress tutorial with some wally world Chino Cotton curtains for $16 as fabric (thick, durable, cotton and cheaper than anything I could find at the fabric store) and it worked out great! I left one end open to put a zipper into once I pick one up, so right now it is like a large pillow case, but it works just fine.

I'm very happy with the total project and I love that Daisy (~75lbs) won't be breaking it anytime soon. She has plenty of room to stretch out and it looks much nicer than the old lumpy "giant pillow" style dog bed on the floor we had before.

Estimated Cost
~$30 for the wood and ~$30 for the cushion
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
1x6, 1x8 whitewood boards, 2x8 structure, 1x2 trim, plywood cushion base
Finish Used
One coat Sherwin Williams bright white flat (leftover ceiling paint) and one coat Rustoleum gloss white spray paint.
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:47

This is so fantastic!! But what I love even that sweet greyhound! We are a greyhound family as well and I think our Breezy girl needs one of these.


Sat, 11/12/2011 - 08:35

You did an amazing job on this and thanks so much for giving detailed info about what you used! I've been toying with the idea of making a bed like this for my Pit Bull but I've been hesitant without knowing what materials would make it structurally sound for a large dog to lay on. Thanks for showing me how to give my big dog some of the pampering that the little dogs get all the time!


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 07:55

I saw the original blog about this bed, but it was quite smaller. I have a great dane that I want to make this bed for, so it's good to see how it looks bigger! I have a baby mattress that I'm going to use, so it'll be pretty big!! Awesome job!!