For the full set of pictures and a description of how she made them CLICK HERE
Goals for dog (or cat) stairs:
- Easy to build
- Not hard so as to prevent stubbed foot.
- Looks okay in bedroom
- Insulation wall foam (required)
- Self-adhesive rubber feet (or) non-slip shelf covering (optional)
- adhesive for foam products (Liquid Nails)
- Serrated knife
- Material for covering the steps such as cloth etc.
How to Make Your Dog (cat) Steps
- Determine the dimensions of your steps. We used 2 inch thick foam insulation and made the step heights in multiples of two, but you can modify this based on the wall foam insulation you use. Keep a 12 inch depth (front to back) on the step at least so there's plenty of room - even with a smaller dog so your dog is comfortable going up and down the steps. Don't get too caught up in a certain size - the most important thing is to make it tall enough and wide enough to give the stairs stability and make it easy for your pet to use.
- With your sheet of insulation wall foam, mark your lines for where you're going to cut to create the "bricks" of insulation.
- Using the serrated knife, saw your bricks out of the insulation board.
- Once you have all of the bricks, put them all in place to be sure they all fit together nicely, using carpenter's triangle marks to then mark the bricks together.
- Glue the steps together. You should let these dry for about 8 hours or so before using.
- To prevent skidding on a hardwood floor you can use one of the following (not required if using steps on carpet):
- Add non-skid feet
- Attach shelf covering to the bottom of the steps.
- Take silicon caulk and spread it out on the bottom. The caulk dries with a rubbery, tacky surface.
Here's a few more pictures of the final product. It was pretty easy to make and we have (okay Skywalker has - not us) been using it every since.