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Make a Mobile Dog Bed From Shipping Pallets

Give your four-footed family member a stylish place to sit with a one-of-a-kind shipping pallet pet bed mobilized with casters.

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Materials Needed:

  • discarded wooden shipping pallet
  • measuring tape
  • pencil or marker
  • hand saw
  • drill or screw gun
  • wood screws
  • orbital sander
  • sanding pads
  • casters
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • paint or stain
  • stain pad or paint roller handle
  • roller sleeves
  • paint pan
  • sealer
  • painter's rags
  • stencil
  • spray paint
  • pillow-style dog bed

Choose the Proper Shipping Pallet

A shipping pallet is a flat transport structure, typically made of wood, used to support heavy freight. In order for this project to work, it’s important to choose a pallet with intact wood planks and structurally sound support boards. Search local markets, salvage yards and other businesses that routinely send or receive large goods. Though they'll typically be grateful for help in freeing up storage space, ask a staff member for permission before walking away with a pallet.

Measure and Mark

Tailor the bed to complement the size of your dog. Small dogs are best fit for beds with 12” of depth and 18” of length. Medium-sized dogs fit well into beds with 16” of depth and 24” of length. And for large dogs, it’s best to stick with 24” of depth and 36” of width. Once dimensions are determined, measure and mark a line along the top and bottom pallet planks using measuring tape and pencil or marker.

Tip: If using a pre-sewn pillow-style dog bed for the cushion, refer to its dimensions before formulating the design plan.

Cut Planks to Size

Referring to mark made with pencil or marker, cut top planks to size using saw. Turn over and repeat with bottom planks.

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