How to Build Dog House

Doghouses can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean your pet has to make do without one. You can build a doghouse yourself easily.

Required Tools and Materials

Wood glue
4-inch nails
8-foot long two-by-fours, 4
Miter saw
Carpenter’s square
Tape measure
3/4-inch-thick plywood, 2 sheets

Step 1

Set the doghouse dimensions first. Get your dog’s length. Add 18 inches; this is how long the doghouse is going to be. You can get the doghouse width by adding 12 inches to your dog’s width. For height, add 9 inches from your dog’s height. This doghouse will be 42 inches long, 36 inches wide and two feet high.

Step 2

Saw the plywood sheets into 5 parts: the front, top, back and the two sides. The back and front should be 36 inches wide and 24 inches high. The two sides should be 42 inches long and 24 inches high. The top piece dimensions should be 45 x 39 inches.

Step 3

Now you have to build a doghouse frame. Saw four 2 x 4s measuring 22 inches long. Cut eight more pieces. Four should be 32 inches long and the other four 34 inches long.

Step 4

Put down two of the 22 inch boards so they are parallel. Make sure their 4 inch sides are against the flooring. Nail a couple of 34 in boards between the other two boards.

You will end up with a rectangle that has angles of 90 degrees. Repeat the procedure with the other 34 and 22 inch boards.

Step 5

Position the rectangular frames so they face one another. Ask your helpers to hold the frame. Connect the other 32 inch 2 x 4s on each frame’s corners. Nail the final piece on the frame.

Step 6

Join the top, rear and sides on the 2 x 4 frames. Stick out a couple of inches over the frame’s top. Cut two inches to form a sloping roof. Make a slope at the sides from the high front panel to the shorter one.

Step 7

Put the last plywood on the doghouse roof. Glue to the sides, back and front. Create a hole at the doghouse’s front. Make it big enough for your dog.

The final step to build a doghouse is to paint or stain it. Allow each paint coat to dry before adding another layer. You can also add some shingles and other roofing material to the structure. Tip: you can use this procedure to make small doghouses too.

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