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8 DIY Pallet Beds For Dogs

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on April 2, 2015

Dog beds can get pretty expensive and more and more owners are coming up with creative ways to make their own. While there are plenty of good ideas, one of the most common DIY dog beds is made from pallets! It makes total sense, because you make the bed look however you want and it will be sturdy, comfortable and long-lasting. Check out these awesome, homemade dog beds we found around the internet that you can make yourself!

Remember to sand and finish the wood to avoid splinters, and wear safety goggles when working with tools!

#1 – Easy to Make, Easy to Move DIY Dog Bed

This super-cute DIY pallet bed doesn’t require much from you if you’re not very handy. It includes space for short baskets and comes on casters – though, you can skip them, which we recommend if you have the kind of pup who might go nuts when he sees his new bed and is eager to get a running jump into it! You’ll need a few power tools, but you can rent them from stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s if you don’t have any of your own. Get the full instructions at

#2 – The Super Simple Bed

Do power tools make you nervous? The only power tool this bed requires is a sewing machine! You may want to consider adding some more support between the slats, but the handsome Dalmatians in this short and sweet DIY video don’t seem to have any trouble playing on their new bed. This may be a good choice to maximize the space you get out of your pallet, or if you’re not too comfortable with saws and drills.

Related: 12 Best Dog Beds

#3 – Extra Stylish DIY Pallet Bed

There’s nothing wrong with being “extra” where your dog is concerned – in fact, we praise it! If you love treating your pup like royalty (and wearing full makeup and pretty dresses while using a jigsaw) you’ll love this DIY pallet bed from Suzelle DIY. She decorates Bakkies’ new bed with twinkle lights and a sign, but you could add a canopy or step for little legs. Watch the instructional video on YouTube.

#4 – A Bed That Sits At The Foot Of Your Own Bed

This handy man built a custom bed for an out-of-state client who wanted a bed that would sit at the foot of their own bed, and fit both their pets. This beautiful bed was made with only a drill and circular saw, and in the client’s driveway – so be encouraged if you don’t have a workshop to build out of, you don’t need it! Also – we might be cheating a little with this one. Though it wasn’t made from a pallet, you could still repurpose one to make something similar for your own pups.

Related: The 8 Best Dog Beds for Old Dogs

#5 – A Mini-Bed For Your Mini-Pup

The person who came up with this DIY pallet bed was making a headboard for their own bed and had wood leftover. Why not use it for their dog’s comfort? Bigger breeds won’t fit, but your small dog will be cozy all snuggled up in their tiny bed! Best yet? There’s only 8 steps! Get the instructions at

#6 – Low-To-The-Ground

This cute DIY project has a lot to love! The color! The little paw prints on the frame! But what we love most is that it’s low to the ground with an opening! Senior dogs may wake up stiff, and lifting their legs over a high frame or stepping down can make them achy or uncomfortable. By keeping the bed low to the ground, you make it easier for you elderly pet to get in and out of bed. Not to mention those with little legs! 

Related: The 9 Best Beds for Senior Dogs

#7 – The Bunk-Pet-Bed

SavedByLoveCreations.comFor the record – we DON’T recommend putting your dog in a place where they cannot get down safely on their own. But we do like the upper level of this bed for toys, leashes, treats – anything that isn’t going to try to hop down and maybe hurt themselves.

This may not look like a pallet at all – but it was one! Saved By Love Creations even includes instructions on how to disassemble a shipping pallet to help you get it done as easily as possible. This one may take more time and skill, but the end result looks to be worth it! See more at!

#8 – The Minimalist Pallet Bed

Sleek. Stylish. Simple. And a great choice for large senior dogs! This bed sits right on the floor, so there’s no stepping up, down, or over a frame. The only thing you may need to worry about is your dog rolling out of it! See the full how-to and supply list at YouTube.


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