How to Build a Pet Murphy Bed

This pet murphy bed is easy to stow away after using, all it takes is one lift!
This pet murphy bed is easy to stow away after use, all it takes is one lift!

I love my pets. I have a goldfish, a gorgeous macaw, and a beagle. I love all of them equally, of course. But one day, my youngest son told me I was playing favorites and that I don’t like the dog at all. My son was close to crying and so I asked why. He said that the dog has no place of its own to sleep in. The fish has the bowl, the bird has the cage, and the dog sleeps on the floor. My bad.

And so my husband and I went to work. The first thing that we did was look up DIY dog bed projects online. Good thing we came across this beautiful pet murphy bed. Right then and there, we decided we’ll make one. And that we did.

Your pet will love this - it's a guarantee!
Your pet will love this – it’s a guarantee!

We love that it’s so easy to store away – one lift and it’s out of sight. It’s functional and doesn’t take up space when not in use. Our pet beagle loves it so much he’s been sleeping soundly!


  • Wood (cut to size)
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Trim-head screws
  • Toy-box hinge
  • Magnetic catches
  • Wood filler
  • Primer
  • Semi-gloss paint
  • Locking pin


  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Pneumatic nailer
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Paint brush

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Thanks to This Old House for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…



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