Old Style Rope Bed for Olive

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Project by rainman posted 02-11-2011 08:36 PM 7365 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter and son-in-law are expecting thier first child this summer and space on the family bed will be at a premium. Olive, the beloved family pet, was so used to sleeping in comfort with mom and dad that I thought she should have her own bed that was almost as comfortable! After some research I found out dog beds are expensive (2to3 hundred dollars),and have no suspension. So I came up with this simple solution. Its a throwback to my free spirited days of the early 70’s when I built a rope bed for our old 67 VW micro bus! Its made from an 8ft 4×4, a 14ft 2×6 ,a 4ft leftover piece of 2×12 and a 10 dollar lenght of rope. So for about 40 bucks and a lot of fun for me , sweet Olive has her own bed. They tell me she really likes it. It’s up off the floor and has a little spring in it, just like she’s used to! Sleep tight Olive! I should add that I put a heavy carpet remnant on the rope and then placed her stuffed bed within the 2×6 frame.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 08:45 PM

I love it and I know my dog would too! Great idea thanks for sharing.

-- Nathan

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 08:46 PM

This is AWESOME! Lucky grand-doggie. My nine year old Golden (“Kelly”) is starting to slow down and I was thinking of making her a nice bed. As you point out, most designs have no suspension. Great concept. Since Kelly is a rope fanatic (as a play and tug-of-war toy), it would be prudent of me to conceal the rope edges. Thanks for sharing!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 10:19 PM

Cool bed. Looks almost people sized in this picture. Maybe your son-in-law could use it when he is in the “Dog House”. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 10:28 PM

I like it! Nice design.


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#5 posted 02-12-2011 12:22 AM

Great idea, I wish I had thought of it for my dog. One of my cats would use a bed like this. You make me miss the 70’s, too – lol.

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 12:25 AM

well good for olive…right now my 6 month old lab /shepherd mix is sleeping on memory foam with mom and dad…us……i need something like this for her…when she wakes up in the early morning and does her doggie business…scratch…shake…everything a dog does…there is no sleep for me… did a great job and it looks comfy…just needs that mattress…....which i read you have on it now…good job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 12:30 AM

My poor old Billy (Lab) is almost 15 and having trouble getting up and down and is lays on the hard floor more now then ever, this just might make his remaining years a lot better! Thanks for posting love the idea

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 12:40 AM

Great, that is so neat and hygenic.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 01:18 AM

My dogs will love one of this

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 02-12-2011 02:59 AM

Wow a awesome job on olives bed. It looks very nice. I been wanting to make my cocker spaniel a bed, However i do not have the room to put it when shes not sleeping. I will come up with something. Superb craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 03:41 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#12 posted 02-12-2011 03:50 AM

I slept on a full size one of these at camp one summer and it was one of the most comfortable beds I ever had.

These would sell well with the doggy set!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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