Here’s how ours turned out.
- Cut your PVC to length. We wanted a 2’2″ x 3′ rectangle (because that would fit best with the fabric size we had), so we cut two of each sized piece using a hacksaw,We also cut four 6″ legs out of some 3/4″ PVC.
- Assemble the PVC components into a rectangle. You may have to tap it with a rubber mallet to get all the pieces to seat all the way into each other. You might also have to tweak it a little to get it to sit squarely on the floor. When you have all the pieces assembled, it should look like this.
- Turn your frame upside down on the canvas. You should have about four inches extending on all sides of the frame. We bought two colors of duck canvas for our dog beds, one for each girl. We choose canvas because we thought it would be more durable (since these beds will be living outside. The colors match some other outdoor projects we have going on at the moment (which I’ll be posting on later this week). Fievel, for one, really digs the turquoise and green.
- Fold the corners of the fabric up under the frame and fold each side over twice (this is much more clear in the video).
- Roll the fabric over the PVC and secure with the lathe screw. Be very careful with this part. It’s best to have a second person help you at this point as it’s very difficult to hold the canvas tight and use the drill. Even then, fingers may get smashed and solid oak original hardwood floors could get dented. Ok, fingers did get smasheded and our floor did get dented (*tear*), but we learned our lesson, moved to the rug, and kept fingers way out of the way.
- When all sides of the fabric have been attached, roll each PVC pipe in towards the center of the bed to tighten the fabric (again, this is shown better on the video. It will need to be fairly taught to support the weight of your puppies (especially if they’re 85-lb chunka-monkas like ours).
Finally, add a dog and let them enjoy! We love these elevated dog beds because they keep our girls off the dusty, hot ground, they can be hosed off, and won’t stay wet long after a rain or good scrubbing like a traditional dog bed would (please ignore the blurry picture below… we were laughing at Indy).
Plus, the colors are going to look pretty darn good in our new back yard (once we get it finished)