Owning a pet and trying to create a great looking decor to your homes interior are often contradictory -- where most dog beds seem to 'ugly up the place'. How can you have an amazing looking home with top of the line imported furniture, granite floors, marble counter tops, luxurious Indian carpet, and then have a stinking dog bed sitting in the center of it all? One item that can compliment your home’s interior incredibly well whilst be beneficial to your pet is a wine barrel dog bed.
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This an awesome way of upcycling. A bed made of an old wine cask looks great and will make your pet very comfortable. Your cats will also like them. Wine keg beds for pets are a weekend project for those who are more DIY orientated but you can buy some beautiful, professionally made ones as well. Oftentimes it is actually cheaper to order one premade because the cost will be about the same as if you ordered a wine barrel and paid the shipping fees, then the time and effort spent to actually build it.
That being said, if you do have access to a free or low-cost wine barrel in your community then feel free to go ahead and make your own. Also it is a fun project to do and is not very complicated given the awesome array of online materials (where you can use wine barrels to build anything from wooden chandeliers to coffee tables). If you do not have access to an old oak barrel then you can order one already cut and premade into a dog’s bed.
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There are a lot of different types of dog beds you can buy that are made out of barrels, depending on the barrel (given no two wine casks are the same) and size of the dog. The 2 most common types are ones that use the base of the barrel and are cut lower in front so the dog can have easy access. The other type basically cuts a barrel in half length-wise and then they create a bed out of it. Both types look great. The type you order may be dependent on how large of a dog you have.
If your dog is less than 25 pounds then a traditional wine barrel dog bed may be the best choice. This is where the wine barrel is cut width-wise and then an elongated entrance is cut down to allow access to the bed for the dog. These can be made at any height.
However, if you have a dog larger than 25 pounds then you may prefer to get a dog bed made with an oak barrel cut in half. It has a drastically looking different appearance from the traditional variety but it can be designed to allow for larger dogs to sleep more comfortably.
Building Your Own Oak Barrel Pet Bed
Credit: Amazon.com/True FabricationsYou might fancy having a go at building your own wine barrel dog bed and don’t have access to an old barrel then you can easily order one online. In order to save money on shipping you can opt to buy a planter barrel instead of a full-sized barrel. A planter barrel is usually about 27 inches tall so they work great for making dog beds with very little cutting. A planter barrel also ways less so it will be cheaper to order than a full-sized barrel.
A wine cask dog bed is very beautiful and will fit into any décor in your home, but most importantly it will provide a comfortable, sturdy and safe place for your to dog to relax and sleep. These beds help to keep your favorite dog off the floor and this keeps the dog warmer in the wintertime and cooler in the hotter summers. Unlike many dog beds that can be found on the market, a dog bed made from an old wine barrel is easy to access. Even if your dog is old and has hip problems he will still be able to easily access the bed and be comfortable in it. These beds are both beautiful and very functional.