Reclaimed Pallet Wood Dog Bed
In an effort to keep the dogs off of the new furniture, the Mr. + I decided to make Duke + Dutch an upgraded dog bed from the giant lumpy pillow they've been sleeping on for the past few years + have started to reject as more appealing options have presented themselves. We knew we wanted their new bed to blend seamlessly with our furniture + decor, to stand off the ground + be cost effective, so utilizing a wood pallet deemed the perfect solution.
We visited Reclaimed Wood San Diego to purchase their advertised $1 per board pallet wood. Though there was more than enough to choose from, a pile of beautiful poplar wood had our name on it. Fifteen dollars later + we were out the door! For the feet I ordered a set of mid century modern steel hairpin legs from an Etsy shop called Across And Beyond for $25. Other supplies included a baby crib mattress, waterproof cover + a crib sheet from Amazon for a total of $36.
Now, I know it seems crazy to order a human-grade mattress + sheets for dogs, but if you think about it, is there any easier solution? All I have to do when the sheet gets dirty or if dog grime penetrates through onto the waterproof cover is slip them off + throw them in the washing machine. In my opinion that's a lot simpler than dissembling an awkwardly shaped, over sized dog bed that's likely also an eye sore in your home. Plus, there's the inconvenience of leaving it to lie in your way for a few days while it air dries only to go another month before it starts reeking of dog odor + you have to go through the whole dreadful washing process again. See my point? Well, if you have two filthy mutts like us then I'm sure you can understand.
Now that I've veered slightly off subject, allow me to get back...
Other supplies we had on hand to build our reclaimed pallet wood dog bed were screws, wood glue + a sealant purchased at a home improvement store for $10. It was as simple as creating a frame to fit the mattress, adding the side rails, screwing on the feet + painting a few coats of sealant onto the wood. This project literally took about two hours total, including dry time since we used a quick-dry sealant. I consider it a major success since the dogs seem to like it just as much as we do. Plus, it's hard to beat the expense of $86 for a custom made dog bed. Doesn't it look lovely? Duke + Dutch seem to think so!