The little improvements have continued into Mike and I's bedroom!
But unlike our backyard, our bedroom is cozy. Our bed is an especially big piece and occupies most of the room. For awhile, even with limited floor space, we kept dog beds out on either side of our bed. The dog beds seemed necessary because Pierogi and Gilly enjoy them, but the inconvenient space that they occupied seemed very unnecessary. So, this DIY Rolling Dog Bed Platform was my solution. In a nutshell, the rolling platform consists of a thicker piece of wood and low profile casters (wheels) -- which allows us to neatly store the dog beds underneath our people bed. Now, we easily roll the beds out around bedtime, or randomly throughout any given day, and then rooooll the beds back at any time.
The rolling platform could also be ideal in other compact spaces, like underneath a couch. And as with all of our DIYs, we try to keep the steps simple and the straightforward. So, if you're familiar with a power drill or hand screwdriver, you're in great shape for this DIY!
Here's what you'll need:
- Flat, pillow-style dog bed (here are 9 chic options)
- Sheet of wood cut to a size slightly less than the size of the dog bed (subtract about 1 inch from both the length and width of the dog bed). You should also consider the thickness of the wood -- select a thicker sheet to support more weight. We used wood sheets with a width of about 1/2" thick.
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Set of "roller ball casters" (Note that these casters have a load capacity of only 33 pounds)
- 8-10 screws that are shorter than the thickness of the wood sheet that you choose (We used 3/8" screws)
- Measuring tape
Here's a closeup of a roller ball caster that we used. I love these casters because they're small (they're less than an inch tall) and stable (they roll well, but won't roll away like a possessed shopping cart).
Before assembling the platform, confirm that your all of your layers (dog bed plus wood sheet plus casters) will clear the area that you'll be rolling it under. We only had a maximum clearance of 6 inches to work with, so double check those measurements! To assemble the platform, begin by sanding each surface of the wood sheet. Don't forget to smooth the corners. Then, choose a side of the wood sheet and use a measuring tape to identically position and then screw in a caster in each corner. Optionally, if you have a fifth caster, screw it to the center of the wood sheet.
Place the dog bed on top of the platform and that's it! I love the space that the platforms can free up and Pierogi and Gilly can barely tell a difference when laying on them.
For extra credit, you could also stain or paint the wood (although the wood is barely noticeable).
What little projects have you been working on lately?
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