How to Build a Doghouse


May, 2017


At some point during the day, most dogs spend some time outdoors. Why not give your furry friend a place to take a leisurely nap? Or escape a little stint of bad weather? We’re here to help guide you through the process of building a doghouse. If you consider yourself a handyman, and like making things yourself read on!

First, you’ll want to make sure that the plans for your doghouse are for the right size. For instance, a smaller dog doesn’t necessarily want or need a large house. Most animals get a sense of comfort and security from smaller spaces. With this in mind, the right size doghouse can actually keep your pet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are many doghouse plans on the internet, simply use google to find the right one for you. Or, you can use these plans that are good for a dog up to 50 pounds.

Getting Started

Before you actually start building the doghouse, make sure you have all necessary tools on hand. Otherwise, you’ll need to make a trip to your local home improvement store. Buy good quality plywood that won’t splinter to ensure it is safe for your dog. With the plans that you chose, measure and mark each piece of plywood to the correct dimensions. Make sure that when you’re marking no pieces touch or the saw blade can alter your dimensions.

Get to Cutting

Now comes the fun part, using the drill! When cutting plywood, make sure you clamp the pieces down to keep them in place. Also, use a criss-cross blade that is sharp to prevent splintering of the wood. You’ll need to decide whether you’re going to cut on the inside or the outside of the lines that you drew. Make sure that once you decide, all the cuts are on the same side of the lines. Since one of the purposes of a doghouse is to keep your animal cool, consider drilling a few ventilation holes near the top. Once everything is cut out, sand down the edges.

Build the Foundation

A great doghouse is one that sits a few inches off the ground. Make a base that is elevated so that the floor of your doghouse is not directly on the ground. That space helps insulate the floor in addition to keeping it nice and dry.

Build the Rest

Now that you’ve got the base, you can start attaching the sides and the front and back of the doghouse. Take each of the side pieces and fasten a framing member to both sides, ensuring that they’re flush. Now, secure the side panels onto the base followed by the front and back panels. Almost there! The last part of building the doghouse is the roof.

Finishing Touches

After your doghouse is fully built, now you can add some extras. For starters, you can shingle the roof which helps deflect any bad weather and keeps the inside dry. Use a heavy duty stapler to attach roof paper and a knife to trim around the edges. Now you can add rows of shingles until the whole roof is covered. In addition, pick a fun color to paint the doghouse and be sure to let the house dry for a couple of days before use.

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