Building Pet Stairs for Your Dog
Pet stairs make it much easier for small animals to access certain places that are too high for them to jump up to. If you have a small or sick dog that cannot jump onto a bed or sofa, make life easier for her by building a set of pet stairs. Here are the tools and materials and the steps you will need to follow to build your own pet stairs.
Step 1 -- Making the Base Step
Get one piece of Styrofoam block and put it on the floor in front of you. Get another piece of the same dimensions and set the lengths of the blocks together. This will give the blocks a total larger surface area on top. Spray glue on the sides that you joined together and stick them together. Let the two blocks of your pet stairs dry for about 15 to 30 minutes. Make sure that the glue is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2 -- Fitting the Carpet
Cut a large rectangular portion of carpet that would be enough to cover the top and sides of the two blocks that have been joined together. Place it on top of the blocks and fold it down the sides. If the carpet is too much and goes past the sides down to the floor, simply cut the excess portion. Cut slits in the corners of the carpet so you can fold them properly over the sides and cut any excess at the corners as well. As much as possible, choose a carpet that is quite fine and not too shaggy so your pet's claws do not snag the carpet fibers. This could lead to the dog's getting injured or damaging the pet stairs.
Step 3 -- Attaching the Carpet
Remove the carpet and spray an even layer of glue on the surface and sides of the two joined blocks. Place the carpet back over the blocks and cover the surface and sides. Press the carpet gently to make sure that all the portions have stuck to the Styrofoam blocks. Let the carpet dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 4 -- Placing the Next Step
Get another Styrofoam block with the same dimensions as each of the first two and spray some glue at the bottom. Place the block on top of the carpeted surface of the base of the pet stairs. Place the third block directly on top of one of the two blocks that you joined together. Let it dry once again for 20 to 30 minutes or so. You will now have an L-shaped structure.
Step 5 -- Finishing
Cover the top block with carpet, making the appropriate measurements and covering it accordingly, repeating Steps 2 and 3. Let the whole thing dry for another hour to make sure that all of the glue has bonded all the materials together. Let your pet try her new pet stairs and have her go up the stairs on her own.