7 DIY Dog Houses to Shelter Your Furry Friends

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Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, so they certainly deserve a nice place of their own. Give your pooch a nice place to sleep (that isn’t your bed) with one of these DIY dog houses.

Dodecahedron Dog House


This 12-sided dog house, which, as commenters on Reddit pointed out, could also be known as a “dogdecahedron,” or “dodogahedron.” The dog, as pictured above, looks quite happy inside his little home! You can find more info on the build on it’s imgur set.

[via Reddit]

Pete Nelson’s Ultimate Doghouse

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Although it’s hard to know what qualifies as an “ultimate” dog house, this build by Pete Nelso, along with friends Aaron and Bill, turned out quite nicely. He notes that one should use pressure treated wood, and suggests using star drive screws for assembly. Things start to come together around 3:40 in the video above.

Jimmy DiResta’s Old School Dog House

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If you want a rustic-looking doghouse, DiResta’s build for his two small dogs should fit the bill. Besides a nice weathered look, it features a bell that the dogs ring by entering the “building.” You can see it dog-tested around 11:30. One seems to enjoy being inside the house, while the other appears content to hang out beside it.

Dog House With a Deck on Top


Dogs generally sleep inside of their houses (or in your house), but what if they want to get some fresh air and an elevated view? This build should keep  your pooch happily elevated when the weather is nice, and sheltered when things are more dreary.

[via PetsDIY]

Another Geometric Dog House

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The fist build on this list featured a geometric dog house build; here’s a slightly different take on that technique. The joints used look like they might be uncomfortable, but the dog inside it at around 2:00 looks happy enough to sit inside on a towel.

[via Homemade-Modern]

Ferrocement Doghouse


According to this build’s instructables article, “Ferrocement is incredibly strong yet inexpensive and easy to build with.” In addition to being strong, it looks reminiscent of the Lars Homestead from Star wars; maybe something like this could be the basis for a cosplay dog house.

Plastic Dog House

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For another inexpensive dog house idea, this build uses two sheets of plastic for a shelter big enough to house a German Shepard. The materials cost is under $30 according to the video. Plans for this as well as a few other interesting inventions are available here for purchase.


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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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