DIY Pallet Dog House


My husband wanted to try his creative hand at building with pallets after we made the garden. He set out to build a dog house. I’m not sure how he did it or what tools he needed. Here is my non-educated dissertation, which by the way, is the exact type of pallet DIY instructions you can find on Pinterest or anywhere else on the internet. None of the instruction article or websites I’ve been able to find have all the details, so I guess my instructions here will fit in nicely!

I do know he began by creating a foundation of sorts by using blocks and a piece of plywood. He built some kind of “footer” thing and a “band board” thing and the pallets sat on top of that. Then, using 3 pallets propped together to create a boxed in frame. The pallets were secured together with screws.  Anyway, he cut up 2 pallets for the front entrance part. I can’t describe it…just look at the pictures below. He purchased some 2×4 boards and fashioned roof trusses. After those were screwed together on the house, he put the roof decking on (plywood) and then he enclosed the roof triangle thingy in front and back. He even shingled the little roof and used cap.

So, this is not the best DIY instructions for building a dog house out of pallets, but if you are a dude, maybe you can figure out what I am talking about! My role in all this was very little. I think I held a board or two during the process and I broke down 4 pallets for him to use as “siding”.

Here you can see how the pallets were put together in a box fashion and 2x4s were cut to create roof trusses.
Here you can see how the pallets were put together in a box fashion and 2x4s were cut to create roof trusses.
Here you can see the front. 2 pallets were cut into pieces to make the front & allow for a door. Also notice the plywood (roof decking) has been added to one side.
Here you can see the front. 2 pallets were cut into pieces to make the front & allow for a door. Also notice the plywood (roof decking) has been added to one side at this point.
Here you can see how "siding" was fashioned out of pallet boards after taking several pallets apart.
Here you can see how “siding” was fashioned out of pallet boards after taking several pallets apart.
Here you can see the mostly completed pallet dog house - including dog.
Here you can see the mostly completed pallet dog house – including dog.

My husband says it’s not “finished” yet, but the dog LOVES it! And because I wasn’t involved in the building of this project – no one was accidentally harmed in this creation! 🙂  It was a win-win!!

4 comments

  1. Love this. We don’t have a dog but just this morning I was thinking about a structure to hide the (shh!) trash cans. This is the right idea. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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