Brainstorming ideas for pet stairs with built-in storage

Brainstorming ideas for pet stairs with built-in storage

Our poor dog, Milou, woke up yesterday morning with a sore back. I figured it out when he hopped onto our bed and gave the saddest cry I've ever heard.

We're making sure he gets the right medical care, but in the meantime, the vet said it wouldn't hurt to give him a set of pet stairs for getting onto our bed.

Blog PhotoRob and I started brainstorming last night, trying to figure out a way to make a set of stairs work for us.

Space is always a challenge when we're thinking about adding a new piece of furniture, but I realized that a set of stairs would fit perfectly in the spot my bedside table now occupies.

If Rob could build a set of stairs with either drawers or a door and shelves inside, I could store all my bedside-table stuff inside.

Then, I'm thinking we could add a sconce to either the wall above our bed, or on our headboard itself, to give the dog an obstacle-free stairway.

Pinterest is loaded with ideas for these things, so here are some photos I found inspirational. Obviously, any photos showing full-size stairs would be recreated on a much smaller scale. I'll keep you posted on what Rob ends up making.

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DenaS wrote on April 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

Another way to do it that might be pretty easy?

Step 1: Get a small bureau/chest of drawers where all the drawers are the same size.

Step 2: Cut one of the drawers in half (depth-wise).

Step 3: Cut the back off another drawer.

Step 4: Reassemble so you have a half-depth drawer with a back, the regular drawer, and a depth-and-a-half drawer.

Step 5: Make steps to hold the drawers. Put the "top" of each step on; use the drawer as the "front" of the step.

That way you can pull the drawers straight forward (rather than out to the side) and can take advantage of already-built drawers (which are the fidgety bit to put together out of wood light enough to make mobile).

Wish I knew where to find a picture of what I'm thinking of...

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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Interesting idea! I'll pass it on.