for our beds: Dogs on wet floors.
Notice the dog in the white container above?
You Tube Video
of how to build our bed
Columbus Dog Connection was
moved to create a low cost elevated dog bed.
A few Doggedly Dedicated Dogmanity Do'ers, pulled their creative talents and
up with an easy & inexpensive way for anyone to build an elevated
Below, you will see simple, inexpensive plans to help dogs in shelters
who must sleep
on wet concrete kennel floors. Your cost to build the
bed will vary depending on
how much of the materials you are able to get donated.
of the Columbus Dog Connection Design
Bed Building Days
Our beds built by groups
across the US
Option to cover arms to protect from chewing
Option to build Dog Couch
Professionally Made Beds for Purchase
Animal Rescue Aid-An inexpensive alternative Berker's
-dogs will chew any of these beds, best to remove beds from dogs who are chewers
As of January 2013, Columbus Dog
Connection has donated 913 to shelters in OH,
Indiana, W Virginia & Kentucky.
Orange signifies donated beds.
Mercer Co OH Meigs Co, OH Paulding Co OH
Harlan Co KY
Putnam Co, OH
Highland Co, OH
Preble Co, OH
Morgan Co, OH
Marion Co WV
Henry Co OH
Holmes Co OH
Auglaize Co OH
Clay Co Indiana
Fayette Co, OH
Jackson Co, OH
Monroe Co, OH
Seneca Co, OH
4 Materials Needed
1 1/4 inch
Big Box stores usually do not
carry these corners in the stores. Some carry on line, see below.
Where to Buy:
C & S Plastics (Don,
"The Bomb" owns this company, mention you reached him via our web site for possible discount)
Home Depot, online only sales
IPP Industrial Plastics Products
located in Columbus OH)
1 1/4 inch, schedule
pvc comes in sticks, 10', can be purchased at any hardware store, about $4.38 from big box stores
can also buy 20' sticks from plumbing supplies
Head #8 x 1/2 "
NOTE Our YouTube video
shows our screws being 8 x 3/4 inch. You can use either size, we
have had the longer ones donated for a recent bed build.
--Home Depot, $5.60 for 250 screws
--Fastenal.com carries boxes of 1500 and 3000 for much less
Fastenal Part # (SKU) 32014
-the best option for covering the beds is 40oz or even 50oz solid vinyl, it's
easiest to clean while being most durable
-contact awning or boat companies
for scraps or shorts
durable cloth may be used, to test if it is strong enough, try to gouge
a key through it ...if it can hold up to that....likely it
can hold up to dogs scratching at it
is a screen like cloth that allows moisture to pass through look under
resistant, durable, low cost cloth to use
-order 1000 denier cloth, usually ordered in 50 yard lengths, check for for shorts, ends or drops
-Trucking Companies make covers
for semi trailers, this vinyl holds up to just about anything, can be
sterilized w/out damaging it, try for
18 or 22 ounce vinyl
section under Nylon for seconds, only sells full rolls, only good for making a
large number of dog beds-Send email to this company for newsletters on seconds
in Hilliard OH
-Cleaning of beds
or cloth like Sunbrella like material
Cutting the PVC
If making numerous beds for a shelter, we
recommend building the medium sized beds and add a few large ones. The
beds will accommodate most dogs.
As an option for the medium sized
beds, you can added 3 inches to the long side and subtracted
3 inches from the short side (or any amount you need) to better
narrow kennels. Be sure to make appropriate cloth sizes if you
change the frame size.
--Best to mark plastic of frame to alert shelter staff not to throw
away frame as it can be recovered with new cloth.
-Saw (to cut PVC)
-Channel Locks (to turn pvc after cloth is applied to tighten)
36” x 29”
1 10 ft stick or 112”
-2 pieces at 18.5 inches each
-2 pieces at 25.5 inches each
-4 pieces at 4 inches each
Final Dimensions 22"
Cloth size 34.5" x 38.5"
1 10ft stick will make one complete bed including legs,
-2 at 24"
-2 at 28"
-4 pieces at 4 inches each (legs)
Final Dimension 27.5" x 31.5"
Abbey is a 70lb dog
36” x 45” 144” needed
You will need 1-10 ft stick of PVC and an additional 20" to make
one complete large bed
-2 pieces at 25.5 inches each
-2 pieces at 34.5 inches each
-4 pieces at 4 inches each
Final Dimensions 29"
Peppy the Dalmatian is a 76lb dog
Building Instructions for Elevated Dog Bed
-not everyone is use to using a drill, tell everyone to stop drilling
when the screw is flush with the cloth
-you will make a better bed if you have 2 people working together, one
to fold and hold, one to drill,
-It is critical to get the corners neat and tight or the dogs will chew on anything they
In the shelters, this pvc and cloth are the most chewable thing, and
they will try to chew it.
PVC Mass Production of beds
Mass production spreadsheet
Use the Beds tab if you know how many beds you want to make, but need to
know how much PVC to get
Use the Sticks tab if you have PVC pipe and want to see how many beds
you can make
If you're only making small beds, you need 1 stick for each bed
1 stick = a 10 foot piece of PVC (120
1 stick = 1 small bed with legs
1 stick = 1 large bed & no legs
1 stick = 20 legs, enough for 5 beds
5 sticks = 4 small beds & 1 large bed
6 sticks = 5 large beds
11 sticks = 4 small & 6 large beds
Using a corner piece, put one short and one long pipe into 2 of the
2 Once the frame is built, use a hammer to on each corner to firmly hit
each side to force the legs into the corner pieces,
don't worry about hitting too hard, the pvc is strong
3 Insert 4 legs into holes, turn bed over and hit the
top of each corner 1-2 times to be sure legs are in as far/tight as
they can be --no picture for this
the cloth on a flat surface and lay the frame on top, with legs
pointing up, center frame on cloth
5 Fold cloth
corners under frame, be sure to keep frame centered on cloth when
(note: fold of cloth, 2nd picture, should
be centered just inside of corner piece)
6 Take one long side of cloth
and make 2 one-half inch-ish folds, material
should hit the center of the pvc on the bottom side of frame
one screw in the mid point of the PVC & screw the cloth to the PVC. Be sure screw goes thru folds of the cloth
8 Place screws
evenly spaced on the frame.
(5 screws, short side of small bed, 6 screws for
(6 screws for short side of large bed, 8 screws for
long side of bed)
9 Screw one screw to opposite side of frame, use channel locks to tighten plastic frame which will tighten
important: do not use channel locks on top of cloth, it
will tear it, tighten so cloth is taught, screw in rest of screws
Important Note (July 3, 2008)
Be sure to place 2 screws on the bottom of 2 opposite corners so they
hold the legs and stop them from turning under the weight of the dog
on the bed.
We didn't do this on earlier beds and the weight of the dogs makes
the legs turn which causes puckering of cloth, which is an
invitation to CHEW !
These screws should be the last thing you
putting screws for opposite leg,
steps for other sides of bed
If the frame doesn't sit square on the floor, put the frame on its side, legs facing you and twist the
legs a bit
11 On the top
side of the bed, place 5 screws thru the cloth and into the corner
of the pvc corner piece, this serves 2 purposes
1 keeps the cloth from being chewed
2 keeps the side frame pieces from turning
Be sure the end screws are near the end of the corner piece
so they also pierce the side frame pieces and keep them from
turning,if these screws do not pierce the side frame pieces, the
weight of the dog will eventually turn the pvc and the cloth will
pucker, which leads to chewing, or they will laying in a
hammock like bed that will touch the ground
You can't use too
many screws on the corners. The corners are the point most
likely chewed so extra reinforcement is best.
Picture 2 is best
as the screws will be a deterrent to start chewing. Picture 3
shows screws inserted too far from the edge.
Be sure to have
volunteers place screws as close to edge of the cloth as they can..
How the beds make a difference
We are so grateful for your generous donation of the 50 elevated dog
beds....It is AMAZING, the immediate effect the beds have!
As we made our rounds with installing the beds, the combined echoed dog
barks and shelter tone quieted with each dog getting on their beds,
checking them out and then
balling up on top of them to rest- it was
The same thing happens now each day- the folks go in to clean, take the
beds out for the day for scrubbing/drying, etc...the dogs bark and
squeal with the days events and as SOON
as the beds are put back in,
there is this crazy silence with them hunkering down for the night on
the elevated beds. (until something gets them barking again, but they
faster when the beds are in the kennels)
Fascinating to see this time and again, the calming effect of the beds.
With constant use and cleaning our dogs are tearing through the canvas
pretty good at this point, so we are saving the frames and have
contacted Kuranda for new material to re-cover
the beds you sent us. The
are sending enough to cover all the beds you wonderful ColumbusDogConnection.com folks gave us for the shelter dogs! ( bright
red 50 ounce vinyl)
With your kindness, we have gotten the dogs off the concrete and we are
extremely grateful for that! THANK YOU!
Melissa, Marion Co WV Oct 2011
January 17, 2013 new cloth option with semi truck covers
July 6, 2012
new cloth option with Phifer.com
May 4, 2012
New Sewing Instructions
July 26, 2010
changed legs from 6" to 4" easier for dogs to get on
beds, see new spreadsheet for mass production numbers,
Nov 23, 2009
New size added, medium which is good for mass production for shelters
Dec 2, 2008 Info regarding screws on corners
Sept 13, 2008 Addition: calculations for bulk building
Nov 13, 2006
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2761 Johnstown Rd Columbus