Introduction

woman lying with her dog on a couch with a completed pet ramp pulled up against it
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Your companion follows you everywhere—on walks to the park, down the driveway to get the mail, and even to bed at night. But when one hop doesn't quite cut it anymore, or arthritis makes the trip to bed too difficult, the addition of a handy ramp that collapses for storage and hides away pet bedding feels like a custom fit. In fact, if your pup is part of the 20 percent of adult dogs experts say suffer from osteoarthritis; the gentle incline could even help avoid injury.

As This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows here, angled sides, fold down legs and a flip open top come together to make a functional bedroom accessory that'll get your companion where he wants to be—closer to you.

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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Speed square
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • Natural Bristle Brush
      Paint brush
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get one 6-foot board.

    2. 1x5 Get two 8-foot boards.

    3. 1 5/8-inch trim head screws

    4. 3/8-inch 2½-inch bolts to attach the legs to the box. Get two.

    5. 3/8-inch washers Get ten.

    6. 3/8 inch locking nuts Get two.

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Piano hinge Get one that's 30 inches long. 10. Folding door hinge

    11. Toy box lid supports

    12. Drawer pull

    13. Nonskid rubber strips or pads

    14. Round skid feet

    15. Latex primer

    16. Latex semi-gloss paint

    17. Contact cement

    18. Non-skid/sisal rug

    19. Coffee can