Introduction

Photo: Kolin Smith
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Your dog may be as cute as a button, but the typical dog bed—bulky, obtrusive, matted with fur—not so much. Instead of banishing his sleeping spot to the basement, leave it front and center and build a pint-size Murphy bed that stows a sleeping pad inside a handsome built-in cabinet. The flat top offers a convenient spot for your dog's treats and toys, and when guests are due to arrive you can tuck the bed out of the way with little fuss.

Before you dash off to buy materials, size up your pooch and the room he'll sleep in to make sure you've got enough space. (A Murphy bed for a Great Dane will be a mighty big piece of furniture.) The easiest way to size the bed is to make it large enough to hold a pad or mattress that your dog is comfortable sleeping on; check product labels for the size that suits your breed. If you're not using a mattress, get the bed's dimensions by measuring your dog's length and width while he's noozing, then adding at least 6 inches to each number. Whether he sleeps on a mattress or a favorite old blankie, your dog will be glad to have a bed of his own—one that's tidy enough to put in any room.

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nailer
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    1x8 Get an 8-foot length to make the cabinet box top and sides.

    1x4 Get three 8-foot boards make the header, the bedframe, and all the crosspieces.

    ¼-inch plywood Get half of a 4x8 sheet.

    1¼-inch trim-head screws

    Wood glue

    1¼-inch finishing nails

    2½-inch baseboard Get at least 4 feet.

    Shoe molding Get at least 5 feet.

    Cabinet doors Get two.

    Cabinet drawer front Get one.

    ¼ inch shims

    1-inch screws to attach the bed frame to the doors.

    Toy-box hinge Get three.

    Hardware for the doors and drawer

    Magnetic catches to hold the deck upright when the bed is not in use.

    ¾-inch finishing nails to attach the plywood back to the cabinet box.

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer

    Semi-Gloss Paint

    Knob and 2-inch threaded pin to make the locking pin