Construction of Dog and Cat beds

Below are several videos that show the construction of the Dog & Cat beds.

There is a saying read and look at everything before doing anything, Also measure twice – cut once this is very good advice.

This is a shelter dog who had leg surgery resting comfortably on one of our beds.


 

1). Tools used in construction


 

2). Patterns used for Dog & Cat Beds


 

3). Marking & Cutting


 

4). Sewing


 

5). Assembly


 

6). Notching corners


 

7). Set up saw


 

We will be placing one more video in this spot.  It will show an alternate method of  construction.  Marking methods without patterns will also be shown.  The fabric will go over the outside of the pipes eliminating the need for an inside pipe.  Sizing will be posted and method of assembly will be the same.  One detail we may have missed that will also be shown is how the last corner is snapped into place – this will be shown also.

Thanks to Bob Allen, our webmaster, for all he has done to make this site and the videos a reality – we hope that they have been helpful.
Our only goal is animal welfare.


Supplemental Info:

Construction Details. All Patterns are made out of cardboard for beds & cat towers. Fabric is awning material or Cordura 500d or higher.Fabric can be cut with a rotary cutter or I use a battery operated electric scissor obtainable on the internet.Fabric can be sewn on a home sewing machine – recommend #69 thread and use of size 18 needles.  Machine should be an older model Singer 300 – 500 series.  Stitch should be 10 or lower. Tension Tight  Plastic corners are 3 way 1 ¼”  & 1”  Furniture grade fittings for beds.  4 way, 1 inch”  fittings are used on the bunk beds and cat towers. Outside pipes are slit in the middle leaving about 1 ¼” unslit shown on video.Inside pipes are ½” for small beds 1” pipe used on outside of frame.  ¾” is used on medium and large with 1 ¼ “ used on outside. When assembling beds place all pipes in the pipe pockets then start placing outside pipes into fabric.  If you find difficulty starting the pipe into the fabric cut a small diagonal piece out of the leading edge of the slit pipe.  As shown on above video.

Start installing with any pipe through any piece of fabric.  Make sure you rotate bed as you are placing fabric through pipes.  When all outside pipes are placed through the fabric start installing corners.  Start at one corner and place 1 length into 1 width MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SEATED ALL THE WAY – if you need use a rubber mallet to seat pipes.  When you come to the last corner make sure that the width is in the corner first and then rotate the width corner into the length with a pipe inserted into the leg for leverage.  Also make sure that the slit is in the width pipe and you are rotating into an unslit end in the length.  SHOWN ON VIDEO

 

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Bed Sizing;

Small                    Cover     29 X 36                                PIPES  Outer  19 7/8 X 27 1/4    (1 “)                                                                                            Finished                                                                                                      Inner pipes 19 7/8 x 27 1/4    ½ “                                                                                          10 ½” corner 2″ wide slot not all the way to edges

Medium –            Cover    35 X  39                               Pipes      Outer 26 x 30  (1-1/4″)                                                         Finished                                                                                                         Inner Pipes  26 x 30             ¾ “                                                                                         11” corner 2″ wide slot not all the way to edges

Large      –            Cover    34 x 43                               Pipes     Outer 24 3/4 x 33 ¾    (1-1/4)                                                              Finished                                                                                                    Inner Pipes  24 ¾ x 33 3/4        ¾ “                                                                                         11” corner 2″ wide slot not all the way to edges


ODDBALL SIZES CAN BE MADE BY USING ABOVE MEASUREMENTS AS GUIDELINES.   Pipes are usually 9” less than outside dimension of cover

 Notes:

  1. Mark corner  11” for large  & Medium, 10 ½ for small from each end to form triangle at corners or make pattern piece.
  2. Sew corner at chalk mark then cut off excess or cut excess before.
  3. For INSIDE PIPE  insert mark a line 5 ½ inches from all ends or make and use pattern.
  4. Sew the pipe foldover twice, if you think it is necessary, once from bottom and once from top.  Note we only sew it one time from the bottom up
  5. Install all fabric on pipe and secure, pop rivet in middle or staple,before assembling frame if you feel necessary.
  6. Alternate slit end and solid end when assembling.  Making sure to leave last corner length unslit for final closure of frame.
  7. Do not slit pipe all the way leave 1 ¼” inch on end unslit for 1 ¼” pipe – 1 “ for 1 “ pipe.
  8. Measure ½ the od of pipe to set slit from saw fence and set blade to just saw the thickness of the pipe, stop the cut when 1” to 1 ¼” inch from end of pipe.

 

Pattern is cut from cardboard 29 x 36 square for small,  39” x  35” square for medium, 34” x 43” for large.  Corners are diagonals 10 1/2” for small and 11” for medium & large.  1” from this diagonal mark cut a slot in this cardboard for marking the piece to be cut off. This is marked opposite the foldover mark.  Slot is same for all 5 ½” inches from edge to 6 ½ “  THIS IS THE SAME FOR ALL.  Slot will be used for marking the foldover for the insert pipe.  Fabric will be folded over to this mark and sewn 3/4” from this mark on bottom – THIS WILL FORM A POCKET FOR THE PIPE.  This may have to adjusted as per the way that the sewer sews – it is only to form a pocket for the pipe.

Where to get material.  Conduit or Pipe can be obtained at Lowes, Home Depot also you could try obtaining donations of it from Electrical Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, local hardware stores the more resourceful you are the more beds you will be able to make.  Fabric is obtainable on ebay, Magnum Fabric (internet)and you can try awning contractors in your area as sometimes they have remnants they will donate.  Corners are obtainable on the internet and  I receive great service from C and S plastics in Florida.  Remember PVC conduit is less expensive than Schedule 40 pvc pipe.  If you use pvc conduit you could use the end that cements into another for legs.  The inside pipes do not have to be schedule 40 it could be the least expensive grade.

We hope you have found this useful. If you have any questions please send them to us.  We will try to answer and help all this is our goal to further this cause.

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NEW ITEM

Found a way to make cat towers that hardly cost nothing except a couple of staples.  Enclosed pictures that show how.
The reels are from a local cable company.
The carpet is from the junk bins at local carpet dealers
I usually start by cutting all the carpet that is needed depending on how many tiers you will need:
Each tier needs a peice to cover core – measure circumference and height cut and install before carpeting floors.
Top of each tower needs 1 peice with no hole in center make two inches bigger to allow for foldover.
Each tier needs apeice to cover surface – cut hole in middle and slit to allow it to be slipped over.
Construction:
it helps to have cardboard templates of carpet peices needed
Carpet can be cut with utility knive or sharp scissors
Depending on how many tiers just screw them together be careful screws are not longer than needed
Use Maximum 1/2″ staples
Cover cores first Just staple seams on both sides.
Cover top and staple & fold over.
Cover tiers staple along seam and where it meets core(s) and fold over & staple
Depending on how neat you want the foldover to be you can use as many staples as you want – KEEP PRESSURE ON GUN WHEN STAPLING AND USE ABOUT 90lbs of air pressure.
GOOD LUCK and email me if you have any questions