Screw one screw to the opposite side of the frame then use channel locks to tighten plastic frame, which will tighten cloth important: do not use channel locks on top of cloth, it will tear it, tighten so cloth is taught, screw in rest of screws Important Note (July 3, 2008) Be sure to place 2 screws on the bottom of 2 opposite corners so they hold the legs and stop them from turning under the weight of the dog on the bed.We didn't do this on earlier beds and the weight of the dogs makes the legs turn which causes puckering of cloth, which is an invitation to CHEW ! These screws should be the last thing you do.10 Finish putting in screws for opposite leg, repeat steps for other sides of bed If the frame doesn't sit square on the floor, put the frame on its side, legs facing you and twist the legs a bit
11 On the top side of the bed, place 5 screws thru the cloth and into the corner of the pvc corner piece, this serves 2 purposes 1 keeps the cloth from being chewed 2 keeps the side frame pieces from turning Be sure the end screws are near the end of the corner piece so they also pierce the side frame pieces and keep them from turning, if these screws do not pierce the side frame pieces, the weight of the dog will eventually turn the pvc and the cloth will pucker, which leads to chewing, or they will laying in a hammock like bed that will touch the ground 1 2 3 You can't use too many screws on the corners. The corners are the point most likely chewed so extra reinforcement is best. Picture 2 is best as the screws will be a deterrent to start chewing. Picture 3 shows screws inserted too far from the edge. Be sure to have volunteers place screws as close to edge of the cloth as they can..
(If you would rather purchase a bed look at our outdoor dog beds.)
Here are instructions on making a dog bed from parts that you can pickup at just about any hardware store. You will need the following items.
For Dogs from 35 to 85 pounds:
Total so far: about $33.50
Cut the following peaces