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How to Do-It-Yourself Kuranda Style Dog Beds~Great Family Project!

Updated on October 2, 2013
Finished DIY Dog Bed
Finished DIY Dog Bed | Source

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!

Supplies Needed:

  • -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.


Tools Needed:

  • Hammer
  • 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!

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      SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

      My Gosh! This is awesome! I am going to do this for my Collie! Thank you so much for this. I've been looking for an above ground bed for him that will be sturdy and comfy. Perfect!

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      Pages-By-Patty 3 years ago from Midwest

      Hi SavannahEve,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope your Collie baby enjoys his new bed and I hope you have fun during the process!

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      SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

      And now my daughter has decided we will make 2 more for the rescue org. where we got the Collie! Wow. Okay!

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      Pages-By-Patty 3 years ago from Midwest

      Bless her heart! Sounds like you have a future rescuer in the making. I just love hearing about kids with compassion for animals. Great job of instilling that always needed quality in her!

      I'll keep an eye out for your how-to hub and video on making dog beds! :)

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      SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

      She was born with that quality! It's in the dna I think. Keep an eye out for my "how hilariously warped looking can the beds end up if I'm the one making them" video! Wish me luck! :)

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      Deb 3 years ago

      Where are the instructions?

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      Pages-By-Patty 3 years ago from Midwest

      The instructions are located within the Dog Connection link or by watching the video.

      Here is the link to the Printable Instructions for you.

      http://www.columbusdogconnection.com/Documents/Pri...

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      Smith 3 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for sharing this post. I would like to share one more company that offers pets accessories visit www.petcot.com

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      stephaniephillips 3 years ago

      I want to thank you all on behalf of the wonderful dogs you help. I am now looking into buying bulk everything. You mentioned canvas from companies... know of anything else? My local shelter is asking for these beds and i feel its my responsibly to provide and protect the animals but as a low income family that task is not easy. As a shelter operator, is there any items that is in demand? I.e blankets if so what kind? Baby blankets? Thank you again. You guys are amazing!

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      Pages-By-Patty 3 years ago from Midwest

      Hi stephaniephillips! Thank you so much for your comment and, most importantly, doing something for homeless animals!

      The cloth for these beds can be outdoor fabric also. If you have a fabric store nearby (Joann's, Hancock or even a WalMart with a fabric dept) you may find some large remnant pieces which should be discounted. Or ask the manager if he/she would donate them for this project.

      I'm merely a volunteer and not a shelter director but do know that shelters are always grateful for used linens (sheets, towels) and baby blankets are usually used for the smaller cages. Shelters operate just like a normal household...only with 100 animals! They have rent & utilities to pay, a washer & dryer that go non stop, a fridge full of medicines and use a ton of paper towels!

      I'm also on a very tight budget so I completely understand that task of trying to help with limited ability but, honestly, if more people just gave one dollar, one item or one hour...that would make such a huge difference to the lives of shelter animals and their staff.

      Do you mind telling me which shelter is wanting these? Just thought I could help post the plea for you!

      Thanks again,

      Patty

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      Emmett the Great Pyr 3 years ago

      You don't need those corner pieces. You can use elbows for the corners of the frame and T connectors to bring down the legs to the floor. It's just that the legs will be in a bit from the corners. Not a big deal.

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      Nance 2 years ago

      What is the fabric dimension used for this project. Thanks

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      Michelle 2 years ago

      Do you think that recycled umbrella fabric would work for this project? Like the heavy-duty patio umbrellas.

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      Reggie 22 months ago

      we got all of our shelters 3-way corner prices from pvcbuilder.com. They were cheaper than the others. So there is another resource.

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      Randy 15 months ago

      I would like to build some of these beds for the local Friends Fur Life Rescue. I don't see dimensions of materials or a printable directions available. Please help.

      Thanks for the great work!

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      Pages-By-Patty 15 months ago from Midwest

      Hi Randy!

      It looks as though the link for the printable instructions has been removed by Hubpages for some reason. Columbus Dog Connection is the great organization that made the video. Here is the link on their website that gives a link for printable instructions. http://www.columbusdogconnection.com/elevated-dog-...

      I'm so happy to hear that you're making these for your favorite rescue. And also it gives me another one to follow on Facebook!

      Thank you so much for your volunteerism, I'm certain it's very much appreciated.

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      Randy 15 months ago

      Exactly what I need to do the job. Thanks so much!

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      Adrienne stambaugh 7 months ago

      In the pic it says CHEW PROOF idea. Someone built a lot of these beds for our shelter but the dogs chewed the fabric off of them

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