If you are the type of person who likes to build things, either as a way to save money or just because it is fun, then you will love learning about five DIY dog ramps that you can begin building today. Though you may not have all the supplies on hand, you can easily find everything at your local hardware store.
As our dogs age, they need more assistive devices to help them get into bed or up the stairs. Two of the ramps on the list are for dogs who also enjoy swimming and boating and need the extra boost to get out of the water safely.
1. DIY HGTV Dog Bed Ramp With Storage
This bed dog ramp by HGTV would be a fun weekend project that the whole family can participate in. It uses crates, a 1×10 board, and a small rug for traction. The crates work well for storing folded blankets or baskets, and this stylish ramp looks like it belongs at the end of your bed.
Skill level: Intermediate because you need to use power tools.
Supplies and materials needed: Crates, wood glue, nails, 1×10 board, door hinge with hardware, small rug, carpet tape, and a pencil
Tools: Hammer, miter saw, power drill with bits, and measuring tape
- Powerful 15 amp, 3, 800 RPM motor delivers extended power and durability
- Exclusive back fence design cuts up to 2x16 dimensional lumber at 90 degree and 2x12 at 45 degree
2. DIY Boat Ramp for Dogs, From Halifax Dogventures
The boat ramp by Halifax Dogventures is perfect for those who love to take their dogs on boating excursions. The base is a large rubber mat with pieces of swimming noodles attached to the bottom that keeps it afloat. It is simple to put together with zip ties, and you hook it to your boat with carabiners.
Skill level: Beginner
Supplies and materials needed: Five pool noodles, two rubber anti-fatigue floor mats, 42 zip ties, two large carabines, and 6 feet of rope
Tools: Heavy-duty scissors and utility knife
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3. DIY Outdoor Dog Ramp, From Faeries & Fauna
If you have a dog who has trouble getting up and down the stairs, this outdoor dog ramp from Faeries & Fauna will solve the problem. You don’t have to modify your stairs because it is built to lay against the existing stairs. There are upright legs at the top end of the ramp that hold it in place to prevent it from sliding.
Skill level: Moderate carpentry skills
Supplies and materials needed: An array of lumber, 3-inch screws, 1.5-inch nails, wood glue, paint, and carpet
Tools: Hammer, drill, screwdriver, and miter saw or skill saw
- Powerful 15-amp motor delivers 5,300-RPM for greater speed and faster cuts
- 7-1/4-in carbide-tipped blade included. Spindle lock for easy blade changes.
4. DIY Pool Dog Ramp, From Make & Build Dog Stuff
The Make & Build Dog Stuff website offers a cool way to make a pool dog ramp. This ramp can be put together in a short amount of time with just a few materials. The ramp is a modified beach chair with added gripping materials.
Skill level: Beginner
Supplies and materials needed: Beach chair, white perforated plastic tile, and plastic wire
Tools: Utility knife
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5. This Old House DIY Dog Bed Ramp
This Old House offers easy step-by-step directions to making this dog bed ramp. It even has the ability to fold flat so you can store it under the bed when not in use. They list this as a beginner skill level, but it may be a little more difficult for someone who doesn’t have strong carpentry skills. Nevertheless, their instructions are easy to understand, and before you know it, you will have a useful ramp made by your own hands.
Skill level: Beginner to moderate
Supplies and materials needed: Multitude of lumber, including plywood
Tools: Jigsaw, drill and bits, paintbrush, putty knife, screwdriver, and adjustable wrench
- Durable chrome vanadium construction
- ProTouch grips provide extra comfort and reduce hand fatigue
We hope that these plans for DIY dog ramps have inspired you to help your dog can go up stairs and confront other obstacles with ease.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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