How to Build a Pet Ramp for Your Dog
As your dog ages, she will probably have hard time jumping onto the bed or couch with this simple DIY project you can help your dog get where he's going safely.
Kristina N. Lotz CPDT-KA |
Posted: November 4, 2014, 2 p.m. PST
Pet ramps can be a nice way to allow your dog continued access to their favorite places, without fear of injury. They also work great for dogs with hip dysplasia or any number of problems that make jumping difficult.
However, most pet ramps are not only ugly, but expensive. Here is an easy way to make your own pet ramp that will only cost you around $20. This style also fold up easily for storage under the bed or in the closet.
- 1- 2x2”, roughly 10’ long (total amount needed will depend on high of bed, see step 1)
- 1 - 16x1” board, roughly 4’ long (length is determined in step 2 below)
- 1 – 1x1 board, 7’ long
- 2 - Cabinet hinges
- I package wood screws 1-1/4”
- Circular saw - If you don't have a saw, you can often get wood cut for you at the hardware store for free or a small cutting fee.
TIP: You can also further stabilize your pet ramp for more weight and support by adding a floor stabilizer. Do this by connecting the top and bottom feet with 2x2 support beams. (if you connect the legs, the ramp will no longer fold).
- Measure the height of your bed from the top of the mattress to the floor. For the example, ours was 24”.
- Take a tape measure and measure at an angle from the top of the mattress to the floor. This angle/length will create the steepness of your ramp. So, keep in mind the size of your dog and how much of an incline then can handle when doing this step. Ours was 40”.
- Take the 2x2 and cut with circular saw with a 45 degree angle on one end to create 2 legs 23” long.
- Cut your 16”x1” board with circular saw at a 45 degree angle to the length you measured in step 2. Make sure to cut both ends of your 16”x1” at 45 degrees so the ends lay flat on the floor and provide a nice lip for the bed.
- Screw the hinges to the 2x2 on the 45 degree angle end.
- Line up the cut 2x2‘s with the hinges 1” from the side of the 16x1 and flush with the end. Screw the other side of the hinges onto the 16x1.
- From the left over 2x2, cut a 11.25” piece to be screwed in between the legs on bottom side of the 16x1 plank (the side that touches the floor) to create more stability.
- Cut 1x1 into 5, 16” boards and screw them into the 16x1 every 8” so your pet can get better grip climbing the ramp.
Cover with upholstery fabric, paint with textured paint, or apply rubber for added grip and style.
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