10 DIY Dog Ramps for Cars & Trucks

diy dog ramps

Let’s face it — your dog’s going to ride in your car sooner or later.

Whether you’re like us and take your pooch with you on every trip to the supermarket or your pet’s travels are limited to vet visits, you’ll eventually need a convenient way to get Fido in the vehicle. This is especially true if he’s injured or getting on in years, and jumping right in is out of the question.

Learning how to build a dog ramp like the ones below, are fast and easy to make, and they make getting in even the tallest cab painless for both you and your dog.

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1. Dog Ramp by Pet Life Academy

This highly-portable ramp from Pet Life Academy doesn’t fold, so you’ll need to leave plenty of room in the trunk or pickup bed for it.

However, it’s extremely stable and durable, so your pooch shouldn’t have any misgivings about scurrying on up.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate – basic woodworking & craft skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Outdoor carpet
  • Metal strip
  • Screws
  • Metal snap
  • Eye hook
  • Carpet glue
Tools
  • Measuring tape
  • Power or hand saw
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Staple gun

2. Best Net Review’s Dog Ramp Idea

This plan from Best Net Review results in a ramp that’s adjustable, stable, and easy to customize, so you don’t have to look at an ugly old plank every time you go for a drive.

It takes a little more work than slapping down a basic board, of course, but the results are well worth it.

Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced – intermediate woodworking skills

Materials
  • Wood/plywood
  • Staples
  • Scrap carpet
Tools
  • Staple gun
  • Measuring tape

3. Dog Ramp by This Old House

If you care more about functionality than flair, this option from This Old House is quick and easy to make.

The fold-down legs make it easy to store as well, so you can take it with you everywhere.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Wood
  • Carpet
Tools
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Putty knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Paintbrush

4. Instructables’ Dog Ramp Idea

Despite being incredibly easy to build, this ramp from Instructables is also incredibly versatile and can help your dog get on the bed just as well as it helps him climb in the car.

If the thought of getting out a saw and working with wood fills you with dread, this is the design for you.

Skill level: Beginner – basic assembly skills

Materials
  • Closet shelves
  • Zip ties
  • Carpet
  • Rubber end covers
Tools
  • Awl

5. A Dog Ramp by My Repurposed Life

While nominally an indoor ramp, this creation from My Repurposed Life works just as well for getting Fido in and out of the car, due to the long plank at the top that makes scrambling onto the seat a breeze.

You’ll simply need to modify the instructions to make the ramp taller, but that’s not much of a hassle at all.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Piano hinge
  • Duct tape
  • Carpet
  • Paint stick
Tools
  • Drill
  • Staple gun
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors

6. Dog Ramp Project by Irresistible Pets

Like the one from My Repurposed Life, this ramp from Irresistible Pets is intended for indoor use, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s perfect for helping a pooch into a pickup.

Regardless of where you use it, it’s so elegant that no one will believe you didn’t spend big bucks on it.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • Carpet tape
Tools
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Paintbrushes

7. Salt of America’s DIY Dog Ramp

This Salt of America ramp is incredibly stable, so injured pets will feel confident scurrying up and down on it.

It’s a little longer than some other models shown here, but that just prevents your pup from having to climb up at a steep angle.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Hinges
Tools
  • Ruler
  • Chop saw
  • Drill
  • Pencil

8. Dogsaholic’s Dog Ramp Idea

Dogsaholic has several ideas for ramps, but this one is specifically intended for getting in and out of vehicles.

We especially like the addition of an eye hook at the top to prevent it from slipping and sliding.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Metal strip
  • Rubber strip
  • Snap-in hook
  • Metal snap
Tools
  • Screws
  • Drill

9. Dog Ramp by Sarah Leamy

Sarah Leamy offers up this no-frills option, which has plenty of footholds for your pup, not to mention an incredibly stable base.

This model requires very little woodworking skill, but you’d never know it from the finished product.

Skill level: Beginner – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • Glue
Tools
  • Drill

10. Dog Ramp Project by Make and Build Dog Stuff

You’ll have to buy the instructions for this ramp from Make and Build Dog Stuff, but the cost is well worth it, as the plans are more detailed and easier to follow than some other options.

In addition to step-by-step instructions, you’ll also get colored 3D drawings showing you how everything should look during the assembly process.

Skill level: Beginner – basic woodworking skills

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Carpet
  • Screws
  • Glue
Tools
  • Drill

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Ramp It Up

Don’t let any squeamishness about your woodworking skills stop you from making a ramp for your furbaby, as most of the options above are remarkably easy to make — and your dog will thank you for them.

After all, what’s easier: taking an hour or two to learn how to build a dog ramp, or spending weeks in physical therapy after you throw your back out lifting Fido into the truck?


Featured Image Credit: Russell Harrison Photography, Flickr