How to Do-It-Yourself Kuranda Style Dog Beds~Great Family Project!
What better way to spend a Saturday than with a good old-fashioned family project? And this is the perfect one!
Animal shelters far and wide consider Kuranda Dog Beds the Holy Grail of donations. These beds allow shelter dogs to live a little more comfortably while waiting for you to show up and adopt! While the company is shelter-friendly in offering customers the chance to donate one, these are a little pricey for the average Joe to consider as a donation. A WONDERFUL animal non-profit has figured out a reasonable facsimile and offers the instructions on online and in print. Many thanks go out to Columbus Dog Connection for being so generous with their knowledge and their lives to saving animals.
With a few supplies, a little elbow grease and some enthusiastic kids, you’ll have these beds cranked out in no-time. You’ll even have time to personally deliver them and take a tour of the shelter. So, let’s get started and keep in mind that two people are needed for each bed.
Printable Instructions or watch the video below!
- -PVC Pipe, 1 ¼ inch, schedule 40
PVC comes in sticks, 10', can be purchased at any hardware store, runs about $4.38 from big box stores for 10' stick 20' sections are least expensive, purchased from suppliers rather than big box stores
- Corner PVC pieces (only a few companies in the entire country make these pieces, ordering directly from them will be least expensive) 1 ¼ inch not carried by hardware stores, can be ordered on line
- Screws- Round Washer Head #8 x 11/2”
- Cloth- Sail Cloth or heavy duty canvas that cannot be penetrated with a screwdriver. This means it will withstand a dog’s toe nails.
- Electric/Battery Screwdriver
- Saw (to cut PVC)
- Tape measure
- Channel Locks (to turn PVC after cloth is applied to tighten)
The amount of supplies needed is determined by the size beds you are making. Dimensions and supply list are on their website to make small, medium and large beds and also include a mass production spreadsheet.
DP’s Bargain Basement has a great deal on the PVC three way fittings. Also, check eBay for the screws. Many sellers offer this type of screw in bulk quantity with a great deal on shipping. The PVC is best to be purchased at the big box stores or through a local supplier. So, the cost of each really depends on what deals you find. However, a general idea is $12.00 for each medium sized bed. What a small cost for a priceless donation!
So, stop reading this article and start building memories…..and a dog bed or two!