Upgrade your dog’s status with an easy to build wooden dog bed that you can personalize to suit your home.
We offer easy to follow, detailed, plans with step by step instructions. There’s a full material list and tool list. The tools needed are minimal; drill/driver, screws, tape measure, square, and a saw. This is a great beginners level project. The materials will cost you less than $50 in most regions.
Watch the Video First – Build a Wooden Dog Bed
All of our woodworking plans are made in conjunction with a full build video on Youtube to make it easy to follow along as you build yours. This also gives you the opportunity to see if this is a project that you feel equipped to tackle yourself.
We sized this wooden dog bed around my lab’s pillow top dog bed. Additional sizes are not available but you should be able to customize this dog bed to fit your dog’s size.
You’ll need one 2ft x 4ft sheet of 3/4 Plywood, three 1×6 tongue and groove pine board that are 8ft long, a box of nails/screws and some wood glue. All these materials are readily available at your local home center.
We just finished up this Murphy Bed for a client in College Station. Right now in Aggieland, we are all about College Football. Every few weekends, Bryan and College Station are overrun with people coming into town for college game day. With a seating capacity of over 102,000, Kyle Field at Texas A&M is the biggest football stadium in Texas (including pro football stadiums). That’s a lot of extra friends and family coming to town. Wallbeds are great for adding additional beds for gameday guests.
Guest rooms are great for people who have friends and family stay with them regularly. But, at the same time, an extra queen size bed takes up a lot of floor space in a room that mostly sits empty. That’s the same issue that Stacy was facing. She needed a place for guest, but also wanted her craft-room. So she got both. We built and installed this awesome queen size Murphy bed in an average size room. When folded up the bed only takes up 17″ of floor space. We also flanked the bed with two 2 foot wide book cases with fully adjustable shelving.
Starting with the Best Materials and Hardware
We’ve recently switched to Purebond Plywood for all of our cabinetry builds. It’s a fantastic, environmentally friendly product that I loved using on this build. Learn more about it here.
The hardware we use is simply the best. I’ve actually been criticized by fellow online woodworkers for spending $299 on a hardware kit, because they “can make the kit themselves for $50.” No. No, you cant. I can spend days searching and finding the hardware the kit contains, figuring out how to make it all work safely and consistently, or I can purchase a high-quality hardware kit with a lifetime warranty that allows almost anyone to operate a 150lb folding queen size bed easily, with one hand. I gladly guarantee my work because I’ve carefully chosen the parts that go into my products and builds.
For the finish on this bed, we used Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints. The color was custom matched to the existing trim and cabinetry throughout the house. If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area, I highly recommend Hill Country Paints. In fact, they are my exclusive paint and finishing product supplier because of their superior products and amazing customer service.
Matching the Existing Cabinetry
A fun challenge for this bed was to match the style to the existing cabinetry in the house. Honestly, this was a lot more work than I expected. I ended up getting a new 70-piece router bit set just to match all the profiles (darn, more tools to buy…noooo!)
The cabinet door facing we applied is actually a four piece build up. Starting from the outside we used pre-primed radiata pine. This is a very stable and easy to mill material that is a great value on paint grade projects. We set up a combination of table saw jigs and router bits to match the the outside profile. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come across in the pictures well. The second piece is a stepped cove that we have sitting about 1/8 of an inch below the white frame. The third piece is the faux raised panel that starts at about 3/16″ thick and goes up to 5/8″ thick before meeting the final piece. The fourth and final piece of this build up was the trickiest. It’s an Ogee paired with a round over. To create this, we started with a 1×3 and routed it on edge to create the Ogee, then flipped on it’s side to route the round over. The final step was ripping the finished and fragile trim off with the table saw. The recessed field is the plywood foundation of the bed.
Flanking the Murphy Bed with Book Cases
Adding two bookcases to the sides of the bed really sets it off and helps balance the bed in a room. It’s completely optional of course.
We built these book cases with the same material that we build all of our paint grade cabinetry with. Since the book case was over 7ft tall, we needed a fixed center shelf to keep the cabinet from bowing out over time. The rest of the shelving is completely adjustable thanks to 1/4″ shelf pins.
Murphy Bed Installation
It’s important to have everything out of the room where your Murphy Bed will be installed on installation day. Installation, adding trim, and any touch up painting typically takes only one day. We bring the pre-finished bed pieces and build parts and assemble it in place.
After installation, we paint the trim, perform any touch ups, then thoroughly clean the work area. If you already have the mattress, we are happy to install it for you as well.
If you’d like an extra game-day bed, extra room in your spare room, or just love the concept of a Murphy Bed installed in your home, check out our Murphy Bed page to start the process.
My client supplied the whiskey barrels for this project and thanks to pictures knew exactly what he wanted me to do. We took two whiskey barrels and made two matching tables for him and his brother. We went with an Oak top stained with English Chestnut and finished with a semi-gloss clear coat.
Oak gives the strength and stability needed for this type of table. We initially make a top out of pine with disappointing results.
Cutting a perfect circle in wood is a little tricky. There are a few methods of doing this. I chose to make a compass jig for my router. You can buy these but making one is very simple. Using shallow passes made multiple cuts until I bottomed out my plunge router. I then used a jigsaw to cut away the rest and cleaned that up with a flush trim router bit.
To mount the top we used some very simple 2×4 bracing. Our youtube video shows you how we did it better than we can tell you.
Pinterest is a fun place for ideas and projects. I’ve done a folding workbench a client found on Pinterest and a few other projects. If you have an odd build request use the Pinterest Challenge contact form are we will work on bringing your ideas to reality.
If you have a project in mind Contact Us, we can build what you want and have nationwide shipping available for furniture projects.
Did you know that you’re existing built-in cabinets can be modified? Many people assume that built-in cabinetry has to be completely removed and new cabinets made if they ever want to make changes. What a waste of time, money, and materials!
Cabinet Modification, also commonly called cabinet refacing, allows existing cabinets and built-ins to be changed, modified, and updated to change their function and style.
This entertainment center was built in the days of big heavy CRT televisions. Thank goodness for new technology and better TVs.
We recently had the opportunity to build this Murphy Bed for a lovely family in the Woodlands, Texas. This is a queen size bed that we installed in this family’s playroom. That is the great thing about a Wall Bed, when this bed is folded up it only takes up 16″ of floor space, allowing for a truly useful multipurpose room in your house.
Only the Best Hardware
Create-a-bed Murphy Bed Hardware is the only hardware we use for our Murphy Beds. It is high quality, well-designed hardware specifically tailored for safe, easy to use Murphy Beds. I always cringe when I see Youtube Videos or Pinterest Posts touting “DIY Murphy Bed Hardware” or “I built a Murphy Bed for $400.” The first statement worries me about safety and ease of use. The second is a flat lie, there is more than that in lumber alone.
With Hardware from Create-a-Bed, you get a smooth operation that anyone can operate with one hand, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. The Create-a-bed hardware also has a great set of plans to build your own Murphy Bed if you’re a DIY’er.
High-Quality lumber and materials lead to a high quality finished product. Our paint grade beds are built with Radiata Pine Plywood and Lumber. This material provides a very stable and smooth surface that paints exceptionally well. All of our paint grade cabinetry is built with this material.
To finish the bed we primed with a quality sandable primer. This fills the pores of the wood allowing us to sand to a very smooth finish. A good paint job is all in the prep. My new favorite cabinet paint is Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints. Durapoxy creates a very hard finish that is easy to clean and exceptionally durable to high use items, such as cabinetry, doors, and trim. Using my Titan 440 airless paint sprayer (I’ve set it up specifically for cabinet painting) I apply two finish coats of paint. Spraying with an Airless sprayer gives a flawless, glass smooth finish. The color used for this bed is Semi-Gloss Dover White, it’s almost identical to the Antique White we use on our Dog Kennels.
Extended Service Area
The great thing about our Murphy Beds is you don’t have to live in Bryan or College Station, Texas to get one installed in your home. We build your bed to your specifications in our shop and come install it in your home. Typically in one day. This allows us to offer installation to an expanded area including; Huntsville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Brenham, Bastrop, North Houston, Waco, Temple-Killeen, and Austin.
Contact us to get a free quote for an Awesome Murphy Bed
Easy to follow plans to to build your own wooden Dog Crate.
The first time I was asked to build a dog kennel, I almost said no. We were getting ready to move and finalizing the adoption of our Son. It was a busy time. It sounded like a fun project so I took it on and did a video for my youtube channel. It has snowballed into one of my most popular videos and launched a whole new area of my business.
The added work I get from these Doggie Dens really helps the family. We now have three kids 3 and under. Being able to work in my shop and have the flexibility to run inside to help my wife, have the three year old with me in the shop while I’m working, etc. has been a blessing, and I owe it to your constant pestering!
You see, when I built that first kennel I never planned on making another one. Then came the requests for me to build one, then for plans. Then I made promises to make plans and y’all held me to my promises. These Dog Crates can be easily tailored and customized to match your furniture.
I’m planning on really ramping up the products and plans I offer in 2018. I’m currently designing a Tack Trunk/Hope Chest for my Son and Daughters for Christmas. I’m working on making a set of plans and Youtube video to go with it. I recently did a video on how to make your own Barn Doors. I’m not sure about making plans for those. They are so easy the video may be enough. I was also contracted to build a fold down workbench in a garage in the near future. Is that something you might want plans for?
Alex did this before I had plans available. He said he watched my video A LOT.
White with stained wood is classic and goes with any decor.
I would love to see your finished DIY Dog Kennel too. Please send me a few pictures that I can share. Do you use your Dog Kennel as a entry table, a sofa table, an end table, or entertainment center?
What would you like to see plans for the most? I can make plans for a Single Wooden Dog Kennel. I can design plans for the Large Wooden Double Dog Kennel. Down the road, I want to do a full bedroom suite. I’m also going to be making new cabinets for my kitchen. I could make plans for a few of the basic cabinets so you could build your own cabinet for a remodel? Let me know your ideas; that’s how this all got started in the first place. Dog Crate end tables and sofa tables…who knew.
Thank you for all your support; without it, Dailey Woodworks would not be where it is today.
I love building custom furniture. However, it’s rare that I get orders for custom builds. These bunk beds were built for Peach Creek Ranch, a wedding an event venue serving the area.
It’s no secret that I post videos to Youtube, but Youtube is also where I go to learn new skills and gather inspiration. Jay Bates is one of the Youtube Woodworkers I really enjoy following. His projects are well thought out, not overly complicated, and he uses materials that everyone reasonably has access to. I used his plans for my bunkbeds.
I modified his EXCELLENT plans to squeeze a double “L” shaped bunk bed into the space available. I was downright scarred about halfway through thinking that it wasn’t going to fit. (I forgot to allow for the posts, and the thickness of the baseboards, but with a few modifications it all fit). Dimensional lumber is cheap and easy to get. I spent an hour at Home Depot digging through the pile to find the best boards. Furniture built with 2x lumber seems “blocky” to me so I planed it all down to 1 1/4″ thick and ripped it a little narrower. 2×4’s and 2×6’s can be quite beautiful after 3 passes through a thickness planner. This made six bags full of shavings.
I tried to use my shop vac but ended up rigging a box and drop cloth up to catch all the shavings.
The ladder was very easy to make. I used my miter saw to cut some dados and then glued and screwed the rungs to the rails. It’s very strong.
This project was a lot of fun. And the couple I worked for are some great people. If you live in the Brazos Valley and would like custom furniture or built-ins made contact me.
I made this display shelf for a repeat customer who has purchase several of my projects. I used reclaimed southern yellow pine and used a vinegar/steel wool solution to age the wood.
For this project I purchased and used for the first time the KREG Shelf Pin Jig. It is a straight-forward and simple jig for small projects. If you drill shelf pins for a living then you’ll want something different. If you’re a DIY’er or a small-scale shop like me this is a great tool to have for occasional use.
The dimensions for this project are 4ft from the base to the top shelf. I staggered the sides 2-4 inches above that. It is 3ft wide and 12in deep. The center section is 18″ wide the two sides are around 8″ wide. I forget the exact measurements.
My son has become very active recently. He’s now crawling, pulling up on things, and pulling the dog’s tail. He is also kicking the wipe-warmer off of his changing table. I’m sure it would break if I didn’t do something about it quick.
My wife requested (for a few weeks) that I build a simple shelf to hold the wipe warmer out of his reach.