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10 DIY Dog Tents You Can Build at Home

There’s a reason why they call them “pup tents” — while they offer plenty of room for you, they feel like spacious mansions to your dog.

If you feel like spoiling your pooch with some digs of his own, the following ideas are fun, easy to assemble, and make beautiful second homes for your furbabies. The only thing that’s missing is a way to call room service — but then again, that’s what barks are for. Below we have 10 plans that teach you how to build a dog tent of your very own.

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1. Woodshop Diaries Dog Tent

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be handy with a chop saw to make this adorable tent from Woodshop Diaries. All it takes are a few dowel rods, some fabric, and a sewing machine.

The end result is a little teepee that your pooch will feel safe and secure in — and more importantly, one that will make for some cute photos to upload to Instagram.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate – basic sewing skills

Materials
  • 2 yards of tent teepee fabric
  • 1 yard of pillow fabric (optional)
  • Thin pillow or bedding
  • (4) ¾″ dowel rods (32″ length)

Tools
  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread
  • Pins
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2. Dog Tent by The Sewing Rabbit

This little lean-to from The Sewing Rabbit is perfect for outdoor use, as it gives your pup some shade on hot days while protecting him from the wind and rain when the weather turns ugly.

Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to build, and should only take a few hours — but you can tell your friends you slaved over it all day long.

  • Skill Level: Beginner – basic sewing and drilling skills

Project Details
  • Fabric
  • Dowel rods
  • Wood molding
Tools
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3. The Sorry Girls Dog Tent Idea

This tiny little treasure comes courtesy of The Sorry Girls, and it’s perfect for a pug, bulldog, or Chihuahua.

It’s a great way to give your dog his own space inside the house without having to sacrifice too much space of your own.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate – basic sewing skills

Project Details
  • Fabric
  • Dowel rods
  • Twine
Tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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4. Better Homes & Gardens Dog Tent

While there might not be enough room for a Great Dane inside this tent from Better Homes & Gardens, toy breeds will love it, as will cats.

The flap can even be closed behind your pet when he wants some privacy (and let’s face it — the cat will always want the flap closed).

  • Difficulty Level: Advanced – sewing knowledge and skills

Project Details
  • Various types of fabric
  • Dowel rods
  • Cable ties
  • Yarn
  • Cotton cording
Tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
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5. Tent Idea from Ultimate Pet Nutrition

Ultimate Pet Nutrition suggests this teepee, which is perfect for putting over a comfy pillow or bed. It can even be used to cover up a litter box, if you also have cats in your home.

Best of all, the plans are easy to modify for larger dogs, so this one isn’t just for the Pomeranian lovers in the house.

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner – basic sewing skills

Project Details
  • Dowel rods
  • Twine
  • Canvas

Tools
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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6. DIY Tent by Mad Pup Life

If the thought of using the sewing machine makes you cringe (and guard your fingertips), this option from Mad Pup Life requires no sewing at all.

It uses iron-on hem tape instead of stitches, so it’s quick, easy, and nearly as durable as the real thing.

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner – basic crafts skills

Project Details
  • Iron-on hem tape
  • Dowel rods
  • Fabric
  • Twine

Tools
  • Tape measure
  • Clothes iron
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7. DIY Idea by Cuteness

Another no-sew option, this teepee from Cuteness is made using hot glue instead. It’s incredibly cheap, as you can likely buy all the materials for $20 or less.

It’s also easy to modify depending on the size of your pets, making it suitable for just about any breed.

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner – basic crafts skills

Project Details
  • Fabric
  • Dowel rods
  • Twine

Tools
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
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8. HGTV Dog Tent Idea

This model from HGTV is collapsible, so you can choose to only bust it out on particularly hot summer days if you like.

It’s perfect for putting over a bed, and you can even stash a water bowl and chew bone under it if you really want to give your pooch 5-star service.

  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate – basic woodworking

Project Details
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Dowel rods

Tools
  • Drill with a spade bit
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Rubber mallet

9. Top Dog Tips Tent

This model from Top Dog Tips is much sturdier than most of the other options on this list, and it’s also less attractive.

That won’t matter to your dog, though. All he’ll care about is having a space of his own — and one that provides remarkable protection from the elements at that.

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner – basic crafts skills

Project Details
  • Large plastic bin
  • Zip ties
  • Rubber mat

Tools
  • Box cutter
  • Marker
  • Tent stakes
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10. The Whoot’s Dog Tent

This Pipi Tent from The Whoot offers a great vantage point for your toy dog to hide out and watch the world go by. It’s plush, comfortable, and best of all, easy to make.

In fact, it looks so comfortable that you may just be tempted to crawl in yourself.

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner – basic crafts skills

Project Details
  • Wood
  • Dowel rods
  • Twine
  • Fabric
Tools
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

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Go Camping in Your Own Living Room

Learning how to build a dog tent should only take an afternoon, if that, and they’ll give your pup an incredibly comfy spot to hang out (when he’s not bothering you for a cookie or a walk, that is).

While they may not be hardy enough to survive a camping trip, they’re perfect for camping out and watching TV in your living room — and let’s face it, isn’t that the more civilized way to live?

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