Do you have a big dog who likes to curl up in a small space? If so, you may be wondering how to build a dog house understairs. This can be a great way to provide your furry friend with some extra room and keep them warm during the winter months. In this blog post, we will show you how to build a dog house under stairs using simple materials and tools. Let’s get started!
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Dog House Under Stairs Design
Dog Room With Double Doors Under Stairs Design
In most cases, you’ll need to start by cutting a hole under the staircase that’s between two studs so the structure stays nice and sturdy. Those who have a storage room under the stairs will be able to repurpose this without needing to cut anything.
Regardless of how you get the room started, you’ll then need to prep the area like home renovations specialist Anh Mian does:
You’ll need a rip saw, a carpentry pencil, nails, screws, adhesive, sandpaper, a hammer, and possibly a screw gun or drill to finish the work. While you may want to use a stud finder, you can also normally find studs by knocking on the outside with your fist.
Make sure that any doorways you cut or repurpose are large enough for your dog and then do the following:
- Layer an exterior using pine or another suitable wood – more than likely, you’ll want to use tongue-and-groove boards or some other material you can easily get from a hardware store and proves easy to work with it
- Make a mat out of cardboard based on your dog’s size so you know how big to make the entryway
- Clean the inside of your dog’s future kennel out – there’s probably quite a bit of dust under there
- If the inside is unfinished, then you’ll need to place some kind of material (be it lumber, finishing board, etc.) that will protect your dog from debris
- Fasten any interior structure to the studs and make sure it’s sturdy
- Sand down any rough spots to make the interior safe for your dog
- Attach the exterior with glue, nails and screws to prevent your dog from coming into contact with anything sharp on the outside
- Place shims or a frame along the outside with framing nails
- Clean the area again before you introduce your dog to it
- Finally show your animal that he or she has a new place to hang out
Those who have a purpose-built storage room under their stairs can cut out most of these steps and simply remove the existing door and replace it with an opening to let your dog travel to and from freely.
Dog Kennel Under Stairs Using Pallets
Since pallets are commonly given away after they’re used to ship merchandise, they make a great source of spare lumber for dog kennel construction projects. See if you can get a few for free from either your work or a local warehousing or retail operation.
You might want to use them as a front gate in the way that the pros from pallet.tv did:
Since pallets are normally just made from softwood, they can be nailed into the size of the walls around your stairs, which can make for an easy way to close off your kennel. If you use them in this way, then you’ll want to sand and paint them before you let your dog go near them.
Since pallets tend to fall apart when they’re not taken care of by the shippers who use them, you’ll want to keep a few pointers in mind when you try a project like this:
- Check the pallets for any loose boards
- Use fasteners like nails or screws to attach the
- Remove any splinters hanging off part of the pallets
- Ensure that no nails are sticking out of boards
There’s no reason that you just have to use pallets for the front of a dog kennel either. You can build the interior of an under the stairs installation using boards from one if you take it apart with a tool like a cat’s paw or a denailer.
You might even want to save a little of the wood in question for an outdoor kennel project because pallets are truly that flexible when you’re building dog kennels.
Luxury Under Stair Dog Home Design
If you’re looking for a unique and stylish way to provide your dog with their own space, consider designing a luxury under stair dog home. These homes are perfect for dogs who like to have their own space, and they can be customized to fit your dog’s personality and size. Plus, they add a touch of luxury to your home décor!
Dog Den Under Stairs on a Budget
Do you want a dog room under your stairs but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! You can create a great space for your furry friend on a budget. Just follow these simple steps shown in the video below.
Dog Crate and Bed Under Stairs (No Building Method)
If you’re looking for an easy way to create some extra space in your home, a dog crate understairs is a perfect solution! You don’t need to build any extra walls or spend hours trying to figure out the best way to configure everything – just add a dog crate with a bed under your stairs and you’ll be good to go.
Plus, your dog will love having their little den where they can curl up and relax.