Some animals spent part or all of their time outdoors, surviving through extreme weather conditions. Many pets enjoy having a place to call home even if it is outdoors. A pet shed provides much more room than a typical animal cage. Shed size and design are determined by the size of the animal and where the shed will be located. Your pet will appreciate the spacious and comfortable shelter on both hot and cold days.
You will need:
• 2×4 lumber
• Door latch or handle
• 2 Door hinges
• Saber saw
• Screw gun
• Long and short screws
• Water-resistant varnish or paint
• Tape measure
• Duct tape
• Carpenter pencil
Step 1: Use the tape measure to determine the length, height, and width of your pet. If building a dog shed, make it at least 11 to 17 inches longer, 6 to 9 inches taller, and 11 to 17 inches wider than the dog. Use the ruler, pencil, and paper to draw a scaled version of the shed. Make the accommodations large enough so the pet can move around comfortably but not so large that the animal does not feel safe.
Step 2: Create a base for the shed with the 2×4 lumber, cutting it to the correct lengths with the saber saw.
Step 3: Cut a piece of plywood to fit on top of this base. Use the long screws and screw gun to attach the plywood to the 2×4 lumber frame.
Step 4: Cut plywood to the correct dimensions for the back and two sides of the shed. Prop these on the base and temporarily secure them with duct tape. Reinforce these walls by cutting pieces of 2×4 lumber and screwing these into the corners of the walls with the long screws.
Step 5: Cut a piece of plywood for the front wall, cutting out a door that is 3 to 5 inches larger than the animal. Use the long screws to secure the plywood in place on the base.
Step 6: The door area can be left open or a door can be built from plywood. If a door is desired, use the piece of plywood cut out from the front wall during Step 5. Cut off ½ inch from each side of this. Use short screws to attach the two door hinges to one side of the plywood and screw the other side of the hinges into one side of the front wall. Attach the door handle or door latch so you can easily open and close the door.
Step 7: Cut a piece of plywood to form the roof of the shed, allowing some wood to hang over each end. Screw the roof into the top of each wall with the long screws, ensuring that the screws go into the wall so the roof is attached.
Step 8: Cover the roof with shingles, using short screws to prevent the tips from touching the pet.
Step 9: If desired, cover the wood with water-resistant varnish or paint for added durability.