Upon first glance, there is something quite funny about Bailey chairs. Afterall, it is rare to see a dog, propped up on its hindlegs, dining at its own little table like, well, a human. To the uninformed observer it just seems like the next crazy step after dressing your dog up in human clothes.
In reality, Bailey chairs have a medical purpose.
For dogs with canine megaesophagus, Bailey chairs are a godsend. Canine megaesophagus is when a dog’s esophagus becomes enlarged, leading to a decreased, or even absent motility of food to their stomach. To ensure that food travels to dog’s stomachs, since they are lacking bodily motility, owners have to rely on gravity. This requires them to feed their dogs when they are propped up in a Bailey chair.
If you are looking to make a bailey chair for your own dog, or perhaps another dog in need, consult the 5 free DIY plans below!
1. Comfy and Fun Bailey Chair from lazyguydiy.com
This Comfy and Fun Baily Chair has great touches like colorful, patterned cushions and dark wood paneling. The instructions are easy to follow and include photos and easy to understand diagrams. The Lazy Guy makes sure to include all of the specific instructions you need AND some hilarious quips along the way.
2. Adjustable Bailey Chair from Cuteness.com
Every dog is different, different personalities, different species and different sizes. This Adjustable Bailey Chair plan takes that into account, offering easy-to-follow and adjust instructions on how to make a Bailey Chair that can be used no matter your dog’s size.
3. Cute and Simple Bailey Chair for Dogs from Ashleygrenon.com
This Cute and Simple Bailey Chair plan is easy and elegant with detailed instructions and clear images to guide you. It even includes the option for a personalized nameplate on the front, and a metal bowl holder!
4. Quick, Easy Bailey Chair Plan from Issuu.com
This Quick, Easy Bailey Chair plan features two instructional images, and flexible instructions on how to make the chair that take into account the varying sizes of dogs. The instructions are fairly simplified, so they are great for intermediate or advanced woodworkers, while beginners may need some more hand-holding.
5. Bailey Chair Plan with Peg Board and Zip Ties from Keith Kalfas
This Bailey Chair with Peg Board and Zip Ties plan is perfect for any woodworking beginners who have not yet acquired a lot of woodworking tools. Not only is it an easy plan, the supplies are also cheap!
Featured Image Credit: Ashleygrenon.com
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