How to Make a DIY Dog House

Your dog will love it. And so will you.

Time

A full day

Complexity

Intermediate

Cost

$101–250

Introduction

Here is a simply-designed, low-cost dog house you can build in an afternoon

Tools Required

  • Bar clamps
  • Circular saw and cutting guide (or table saw)
  • Drill bits
  • Drill/driver
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • Measuring tape
  • Metal straightedge

Materials Required

  • 1-1/2-in deck screws
  • 1-1/4-in finish screws
  • 2-in screws or nails
  • 2x4-ft 1/2-in PVC (2)
  • 3-in. deck screws
  • 4x8-ft 3/4-in plywood (1)
  • 8-ft 2x2 (3)
  • 8-ft 2x4 (2)
  • Silicone caulk

Project step-by-step (14)

Step 1

Cut Floor Material

  • Cut two 2x4s at 34-1/2-in.
  • Cut three 2x4s at 19-1/4-in.
  • To make it easier to manage the large 4×8 sheet of plywood, first cut 22-1/4-inches from one end of the sheet, using a table saw or circular saw.
  • Cut the 22-1/4-in piece to 34-1/2 inches.

Step 2

Assemble the Floor

  • Set the 2x4s on edge and create a box frame with the three shorter boards evenly spaced between the two longer boards, as shown.
  • Attach the boards using three-inch deck screws.
  • Place the 22-1/4-in. x 34-1/2-in. plywood floor on the frame, keeping it flush with the edges.
  • Attach the floor using 1-1/2-in deck screws.