How To Make a Wine Barrel Dog Bed

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

Wine barrel, whiskey barrel, you get my drift. They’re adorable. And the perfect size for any dog under 50 pounds-ish. You may have seen them on Pinterest or elsewhere, but once I saw these wine barrel dog beds I knew I had to have one.

That is until I saw the $150-300 price tag. That’s not going to happen. We’ve got a house to buy. New mission: find a wine or whiskey barrel and make my own dog bed.

The first struggle was finding a whiskey or wine barrel that wasn’t $100 itself. I eventually found a full size half-whiskey barrel at The Home Depot for $39 – not bad (although when I went back to buy another they were sold out).

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

To turn this into a dog bed was fairly simple. Here’s how:

Remove the top metal band (this one was held in by a few screws) and we had to use a wedge and hammer to push it down.

This barrel was fairly tall so we decided to take 3″ off the top so we used a marker to measure 3″ down around the diameter where we would make our cut.

From there we drew our line with a Sharpie marking where the opening cut would be made. To get a smooth curve we used a very thin, long piece of wood and bend it to form a “U” shape. My dad held it while I drew the mark on the barrel.

We then turned the barrel on its side and used an electric saw to cut our opening.

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

After the cuts were made it was smooth sailing! We grabbed a couple pieces of coarse sandpaper and smoothed the edges so that no pups were left with wood splinters.

Finally, we used a pair of garden shears to cut the metal band at an angle to follow the curve of the opening and secured it to the side of the barrel with two screws on each side.

Top it off with a $10 bed that you can find at TJ Maxx and you’re ready to go!

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

If you’re spoiled, you’ll even get your name burned in the wood…

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

Life is good!

DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed |

Until your brother steals your bed.


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  1. July 8, 2015 at 12:41 am — Reply

    That is so neat! I’m going to have to show this to my husband! He’d love to do this project!

  2. July 8, 2015 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I want to do this; it’s so stylish!

    • July 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm — Reply

      Aren’t they adorable? Thanks for stopping by. 😉

  3. July 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    I love this idea!!

  4. nick
    August 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    hands down coolest, most unique idea I’ve seen for a dog bed. Awesome!!!

  5. August 22, 2015 at 10:40 am — Reply

    This turned out really well!

  6. Taryn P Greendeer
    December 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Lovely and functional!

  7. May 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    Coo, look at him!:D He is satisfied with his current life. I hope I will learn much from you.

  8. May 24, 2017 at 3:32 am — Reply

    Love this idea! I wish I could find a barrel somewhere to try making this bed. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. September 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm — Reply

    It looks really nice but there is one thing that bothers me and that is, I have had half whisky barrel and they are brunt out on the inside. Black nasty sute. So, how do I get rid of that?

  12. Abi
    November 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Don’t have a barrel but totally gonna try to make one of these! Our pitty mix seems to have a thing for curling up in tight spaces and against walls, so she will love it!

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