If you have a larger breed dog and are in the market for a dog ramp, you’ll find that most ramps aren’t cheap at retail outlets. However, if you have a knack for building things and have a few fairly common tools in your shed, you might want to consider making one at home out of materials you can get at your local hardware store. Not only can you save a lot of money, but you can also build a ramp that’s tailor fit to your dog and home.
Step 1 - Measurements and Carpeting
Measure the length of the plywood before you begin to ensure that your dog will be able to go up and down the ramp with ease. Once you have chosen the dimensions of your ramp and cut the plywood to size, staple the carpet to one side of the plywood. This is done in the beginning because it is easier to place on the ramp before you assemble, rather then after.
Step 2 - Placement
Start at the bottom of the plywood. Cut to size and attach the wooden trim cross wise over the carpeting on the plywood, nailing them in place. Make sure it leaves a one inch difference on either side. You will want to place the trim up the ramp at places where your dog can easily use them as steps. Place the ramp where you would like it. You can then overlap the top of the ramp to the top of the step by a few inches. This will ensure that the ramp is stable. Add trim as needed to keep them four inches apart going down the length of the carpeted plywood.
Step 3 - Secure the Ramp
Screw the ramp in place on the top step of your stairs or desired location. Test to make sure it is sturdy enough to walk on. You should use one inch wood screws, and place them down the ramp in a zig zag pattern, making sure they are screwed into the original set of stairs as you go down. If the top step is made of concrete instead wood, you may want to try to fasten the ramp with another method instead of wood screws, such as concrete anchors or concrete nails. You will then want to walk up, and down in a few times, and maybe even run or jiggle your weight on it a bit to make sure it is secure. If it does move, then you will want to reattach it to the steps, or add a few extra screws. Once you have made the changes, repeat the process.
An extra wide dog ramp is not just for larger dogs. An older dog will appreciate the extra room regardless of their size.