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We love both our cat, Bear, and dog, CiCi, and love that they love each other so much. However, sometimes the togetherness can be a bit much. Exhibit A: Bear has taken a liking to going to sleep in CiCi’s bed. CiCi tends to stay on the couch with the humans until bedtime, and then, when she goes to her bed, it’s already occupied. This leads to her either looking sad and pouting, or squashing in next to her sister.
To remedy this issue but still allow them maximum togetherness, we decided to build cat & dog bunk beds – AKA love bunks. This might seem a bit crazy, but Bear really loves being up high and this was a great way to give her a raised bed in our master bedroom.
Here’s how we made it.
Sean picked up the wood at Lowe’s (see breakdown on lengths below). While we are DIYers to that max, Lowe’s will cut your wood for you for free to your exact specifications, so if you’re just doing simple straight cuts to make boards a certain length, sometimes it’s just much easier and quicker to have the pros do it for you. Sean had made a sketch of his vision for the love bunks and knew exactly what lengths they needed to be cut to, so that was easy.
Once at home, he used our electric sander to smooth out all the surfaces. The pine boards were already pretty smooth, but it’s good to give any wood at least a quick sand, especially if you’re going to stain it.
Then, Sean simply followed his design, using 2 1/2″ wood screws to put together the edges of each bunk, and then securing the edges to the base of the bunk.
Then, he used 3 1/2″ wood screws to screw in the posts to the bottom bunk, going through the bottom, and then to the top bunk, going through the top.
Then all we had to do was stain and seal it!
I decided to make a simple cushion to line each bunk. I cut squares of a foam mattress pad (left over from reupholstering this bench) about 1 inch smaller length and width than the size of each bunk. I cut grey fleece (left over from these narwhal pet costumes) with 2 inches overhang around the square of foam (so add 4 inches to each length and width, 2 identical pieces for each cushion). I copied the “no sew fleece blanket” method I learned in Girl Scouts 2 decades ago and cut slits around the sides and tied simple square knots. It took about an hour to make both but was free since I used leftover materials that I had on hand.
The love bunks live in our bedroom now and perfectly fit in a small nook. Bear loves the chance to be up high, and CiCi is okay with it too – though she loves it the most when she has her bed under there as well.
- Two 1″x3″x72″ pine boards- $6.87 each
- 2″x2″x8′ furring strip- $1.95
- 23″x48″ pine particle board – $11.08
- Stain – had on hand, $10.07 (used less than 1/8 can)
- Screws – had on hand, $6.63 (used 28)
- Foam pad – had on hand, $22 (used less than half)
- Fleece – had on hand, $5 (used under 1 yard)
Total cost to us: $26.77
Total cost with nothing on hand: $70.47
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