How To Make Dog Steps To Bed From Plywood
Dog steps to bed are a short series of steps, normally with the top stair level with top of the seating area of bed. The idea is the dog uses the steps in order to climb onto the bed, or whatever other place he or she is trying to get on. The dog steps come in a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, and metal. The actual stairs are covered in a soft material making it soft under the dog’s foot. The stairs made of plastic are relatively light weight, while the wood and metal are much heavier to move about.
Before you start make dog steps to bed, consider the following: How big and how heavy is your dog? How often will you need to move the ramp? How wide do you want your ramp to be? Is there a chance that humans will use the ramp too? How many ramps will you need? For a dog or humans over 100 lbs, you may need 3/8 or 1/2 inch plywood; otherwise you can use 1/4 inch plywood. If the ramp is to be moved frequently, you will most likely want as light a ramp as possible. The recommended width is between 16 and 24 inches.
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Materials needed to make dog steps to bed: Plywood (for length see Instructions below), Indoor-outdoor carpeting to cover one side of the plywood. Next, 4 strip of wooden lathe, each piece as long as the ramp’s width, wood or drywall screws. Instructions to make dog steps to bed, measure the distance from the top of the stairs to the bottom. Next add 4 inches; this will determine the length of the plywood and carpeting. Cut the plywood. Staple or glue the carpeting to the top side of the plywood.
Next steps to make dog steps to bed Starting from the bottom, screw the lathe crosswise over the carpeting at regular intervals, for example every 10 or 12 inches. Place the ramp over the steps and let your dog try it. If the dog step is too steep, add another two feet of plywood and try again (screw a piece of board underneath the two sections to join them). Once your dog can use the dog steps to bed, move it to where you want it, and then anchor the top end to the stairs with screws or nails. Make sure nothing pokes out to hurt your dog’s paws.