Make Fido feel like a prince with this elegant dog bed.
Quick project guide
Hard labour 3/10
Skill level 3/10
Time needed about 2 hours
Finished size 600 x 600mm
Do it yourself for under R500
• The size of the particle board, fabric and trim will be determined by the size of your dog – our bed was made for a small dog.
• The number of buttons will vary, depending on the size of the bed.
• particle board cut into a circle with a diameter of 600mm
• 4 legs of your choice
• High-density foam, cut to the same size as the particle board
• 1m fabric of your choice for the upholstery
• 1m cheaper fabric for the base
• 6 buttons, covered in the same fabric as the upholstery
• 2m braid or tasselled cord for trim
• chipboard screws
• upholstery needle and thread
• staple gun
• paint and brush
• glue gun
1 Paint the legs in the colour of your choice and allow them to dry.
2 Mark the position of each leg on the particle board, along with the positions of the buttons. Drill the guide holes needed for the leg screws and then drill holes in the particle board to fix the buttons.
3 Screw the legs into the particle board.
4 Staple the foam onto the particle board.
TIP Cover the foam with a piece of leftover fabric and staple it to the bottom of the base – this helps prevent the upholstery from sticking to the foam and simplifies the process of drawing in pleats underneath the buttons.
5 Drape the upholstery fabric over the stool and staple it down on one side of the base, so that it cannot slip off but can still move. Thread the upholstery needle and stick it through the bottom of the base straight up through the foam. String the button onto your thread and thread the needle back through the same hole. Knot the thread, depending on how deep you want the buttons to be, then staple it to the base.
6 Now firmly stretch the fabric over the side, spacing the pleats evenly, and staple it to the bottom of the base.
7 Place the trim in position and stick it to the edge of the base with the glue gun.