Underbed Doggy Den

Hank, our dog, loves to hang out under our bed at home, but when we’re in our travel trailer, he had nothing like that cozy, dark den. I fixed that by creating a box in the storage space under the RV’s bed.

I measured the height of our bed at home and cut an access hole the same height through the 1⁄8-inch-thick paneling that lines the storage space of the RV’s bed platform. I rimmed the rough edge of the paneling with black tubing that I split and forced over the cut edge. The tubing fits so tightly that it didn’t need adhesive.

I built the box with ¼-inch white pegboard and 1x2s, then secured it to the inside walls of the storage space with glue and screws. The pegboard allows the box to breathe.

Then I cut a piece of carpet for the floor of the new hidey hole. Although Hank likes the carpet, the space is big enough to fit a small dog bed or pad for cold nights. Of course, those cold nights will most likely find him up in the big bed with us.

Steven Smith | Palm Desert, California



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