If you have any senior pets at home, you know how difficult even the simplest of movements can be for them at times, and their access to the bed or sofa can become severely restricted. Pet ramps or stairs can help solve this problem, and they are ideal for enabling an older cat or dog access to elevated parts of your home, such as the bed, sofa, or car. There are pre-made pet stairs and ramps available, but they tend to be fairly expensive, unsteady, and uniformly sized — it can be tricky to find the exact height and design that you need.
So, why not build your own? Building your own pet stairs and ramps is inexpensive and can be built to your exact specifications and made the perfect height and size for your pet. In this article, we’ll look at simple and quick DIY pet stair and ramp projects that even a novice DIY enthusiast can construct in a weekend or less. Let’s get started!
1. DIY Pet Steps by Build Basic
These beautiful DIY pet steps from build-basic.com are easy to build and have a wood finish that we love. The detailed plans and building instructions are easy to follow, and the build should only take you 3 or 4 hours. Depending on your pet, you can then line the steps with grippy material or simply leave the beautiful wood finish.
2. Three Step Ottoman by Fursatile
These Ottomanbystyle pet steps are easy to build but may take a bit more time than some of the other plans on this list. This is because you need to build three separate parts. It’s definitely worth the extra effort, though, as you’ll have three different steps to use in different places, a comfy perch for your pet to nap on, and functional steps. Also, we love that the steps all slide into one another for easy storage.
3. Upcycled Storage Crate steps by Hometalk
Using just two wooden crates, you can build a functional set of steps in under an hour. Simply glue a smaller crate on top of a larger one — or three small crates, if it’s better for your pet — and then paint them the color of your choice. These steps are basically free to build, customizable, and lightweight, making them one of our favorite DIY designs.
4. Scrap Wood Stairs by Instructables
Pallet furniture has become popular in the last few years, as pallets can be found for free or for little cost. Instead of using the entire pallet, you can easily take it apart and use the scraps to make a set of surprisingly attractive pet stairs. The best part about this plan is that the stairs are reversible, meaning you can use the taller side for pets that really need help or use it upright and have the braces be extra storage shelves!
5. Simple Two-Step Design by Live Laugh Rowe
This cute two-step design is easy to build, the materials cost next to nothing, and it looks great! According to the instructions, these steps are a cinch to build even for the novice DIY enthusiast and will only take a few hours to complete. A drill, a power saw, screws, and a few 2x4s are all that’s needed!
6. Foldable Pet Ramp by The Owner Builder Network
Ramps are a great idea for some pets, as they may be easier for them to use. This simple ramp idea is a breeze to build, consisting of a simple wooden base that is carpeted for grip, with a small hinged stand. It’s solid and easy to move, and best of all, it folds flat and can easily slide under the bed for storage.
7. Wall Steps by Etsy
These wall step plans are a great way to save space. They are easy to build — it will take a couple of hours or less — and can easily be attached to the wall next to your bed. They are sturdy and safe, and we love the wraparound rope grip on the steps!
8. Easy Pet Stairs by Mild Mile
If you are looking for a simple and quick option that requires no wood, screws, or power tools, this simple design is ideal. It’s also a good test run for building wood steps! We all have cardboard boxes lying around the home, and with a pair of scissors and some glue, you can create a perfectly safe set of pet stairs in less than an hour. For cats and small dogs, these steps are great.
9. Quick and Simple Pet Ramp by Kol’s Notes
This pet ramp design is about as simple as it gets! A large ½ plank of wood and a smaller one for the stand, along with some carpeting and a hinge (even tough rope or chain will suffice), are all that’s needed to make this functional and stable pet ramp.
10. Pet Ramp with Storage by HGTV
We all need extra storage space around the home, and this design gives you that and a simple pet ramp, rolled into one! The shelving under the ramp can be used for books, blankets, or even as a little nap pad for a cat or small dog, and it can be customized any way you like. It may take a bit more time and materials than some other designs, but the extra space is well worth it!
11. Inexpensive Pet Ramp by Instructables
Pet ramps can easily sell for over $100, but with this design that uses parts that can be found cheaply at Home Depot, you can build a stable, solid, and safe pet ramp for a fraction of the cost. With simple closet shelves, carpeting, and zip ties, you can build this simple pet ramp in less than an hour.
12. Pet Ramp and Perch by 100 Things 2 Do
This simple pet ramp design has a handy perch at the top, which is perfect for cats and useful even as a standalone perch. It has a simple four-legged table design with a ramp attached, and you can cover the ramp with your choice of carpeting or fabric. It’s also lightweight and easy to move, and your feline will love being above the action!
13. Super Simple Pet Ramp by Fox & Brie
This simple pet ramp will take you 30 minutes or less to complete and can be built for little to no cost. All you’ll need is two 12-inch planks, six strips of wood beam, and screws and carpeting, and you have a simple and functional pet ramp. We like this ramp because it is large and can be incorporated for a wide variety of uses.
14. Beside Bunk Steps by Oddity Mall
Have your pet sleeping comfortably beside you with this combination bed/step design. You can use it as a standalone raised bed or as steps for an older pet to gain access to high spots. A big plus is the extra space underneath the bed that can be used for storage or as a second bunk for another pet!
15. Collapsible Pet Stairs by Yourself Furniture
If you need a set of pet stairs but storage is an issue, this DIY collapsible design is ideal. The stairs have a hinge on the base stand, allowing the steps to simply be folded flat and stored under the bed or upright in a closet. This design may be slightly complicated to build, but we think that the result is certainly worth it!
Pet ramps and steps can be expensive, and there is no need to pay so much when you can build a stable, attractive ramp for a fraction of the cost and to your own specifications. From simple cardboard steps to complicated storage ramps, there are designs for everyone, many of which will take you no more than an hour to build.
Featured Image Credit: Ljutikov-713, Shutterstock
- 1. DIY Pet Steps by Build Basic
- 2. Three Step Ottoman by Fursatile
- 3. Upcycled Storage Crate steps by Hometalk
- 4. Scrap Wood Stairs by Instructables
- 5. Simple Two-Step Design by Live Laugh Rowe
- 6. Foldable Pet Ramp by The Owner Builder Network
- 7. Wall Steps by Etsy
- 8. Easy Pet Stairs by Mild Mile
- 9. Quick and Simple Pet Ramp by Kol’s Notes
- 10. Pet Ramp with Storage by HGTV
- 11. Inexpensive Pet Ramp by Instructables
- 12. Pet Ramp and Perch by 100 Things 2 Do
- 13. Super Simple Pet Ramp by Fox & Brie
- 14. Beside Bunk Steps by Oddity Mall
- 15. Collapsible Pet Stairs by Yourself Furniture
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