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20 Brilliant DIY Dog Houses to Shelter Your Furry Friends

15 Brilliant DIY Dog Houses With Free Plans For Your Furry Companion - Really cute projects with guaranteed free plans!!

For any pet lover, there’s always a special connection between you and your dog, and while toys and walks are a nice way to treat him, building a dog house is the ultimate long-term solution to showing your love for your pet!

Even better, not every dog house has to cost ‘an arm and a leg’. In fact, we’ve come up with 20 DIY designs for dog houses that are both practical and affordable. A dog house should last for many years to come, be weatherproofed as much as possible, and really spark Sparky’s interest when it comes to personality and design!

Below you’ll find 20 unique and popular DIY Dog House designs, and hope you’ll find one to be a perfect match for you and your canine!

A Simple Yet Fun Farm House Design

A Simple Yet Fun Farm House Design

This ‘farmhouse’ design is simple enough to build in just a day or two with the right effort, supplies, and paint. And, with easy to understand instructions, most happy dog owners were able to create this DIY dog house in just one day or less. The steps are also relatively easy to follow for beginners – so this is definitely one worth trying out!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – RemoveAndReplace

A Log Cabin Adventure

A Log Cabin Adventure Doghouse

This Doggy Log Cabin is a pretty awesome design, and sure to add personality to your back yard and doggy day adventures! This DIY dog house is the perfect solution for making your pup happy, and having camping trips or adventures right in your own back yard with your lovable pet!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYNetwork

Puppy Dog Palace w/ Deck

Puppy Dog Palace w/ Deck

This DIY dog house is a real palace, and with a simple to build ladder and patio, will really make it so your dog can take in the fresh air, and go to sleep comfortably away from the sun when he wants. What better doghouse than one that lets your pup feel like the king or guard of your back yard? It’s also an easier DIY dog house that can be completed in less than one day for most.

This dog house design is pretty decent for small to medium sized dogs, and for those warm and breezy days, is perfect whether your furry friend wants to hangout outside on the upper-deck, or sleep away to doggy-land from the inside. A great dog house and shelter design, the build is relatively easy to understand and accomplish with a bit of effort and patience.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheHomeDepot

A Doggy House of Geometry

A Doggy House of Geometry

Definitely an interesting and dynamic style, this modern geometric dog house is pretty cool for smaller dogs – although a larger version can be made with the included tutorial. This is also one of the cheaper dog house solutions, and can be used both indoors or in your own back yard!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HomeMadeModern

Leaning House of Dreams

Leaning House of Dreams

With a Dr. Seuss-like design, this ‘leaning’ dog house is a fantastic way to make your pet dog happy, and give him just the right amount of space to sleep, play, and feel like he has a place he can call his own – right in your own back yard!

While no doubt it will require a bit of work, this DIY dog house is definitely worth the effort and challenge – and the tutorial below will walk you step-by-step in how to build it from the ground up!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Whitney’sWorkshop and AnaWhite

A Puppy Dog Ranch

A Puppy Dog Ranch

Using just three simple sheets of plywood, this is the perfect DIY back yard dog house for larger dogs and smaller pups alike. You can also remove the floor, which is handy for when cleaning or remodeling might be necessary – and will save your back the work of having to crawl inside!

Add a little extra comfort with some doggy pillows or blankets, and your pups favorite chew toy for the ultimate doggy play house adventure!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sunset

A-Frame Doggy House

A-Frame Doggy House

If you have a small to medium-sized dog that likes to play, nap, or even sleep outside, then this A-Frame dog-house is the ultimate solution! It also includes an insulated design for those colder or wet days, yet is simple enough to build within just a day or two from the ground up. The A-Frame design is unique and original, so it’s sure to be a conversation piece as well!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables

Puppy Dog Tree House

Puppy Dog Tree House

Adding a ramp to your DIY dog house gives your mut extra exercise, fun, and a sense of adventure each time he decides to enter or exit his dog house! This elevated design will also keep your dog safe from outdoor elements, and give him the upper-paw on his surroundings!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYNetwork

Traditional Dog House

Traditional Dog house

This “traditional” dog house is a very simple, yet elegant design and is made with the necessary height to make sure your dog is both comfortable and snug. This is a great way and place for your doggy to hide from the sun, or take a nap. And, for just $150 and about two days of work, you and your doggy will have something to really wag about to friends!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AllAboutDogHouses

A Customized Doggy House

A Customized Doggy House

If you have a larger dog, or one that is still growing then this “simple” design is great for making a dog house that will contour to his current or future size. The partition in the middle also provides added comfort and warmth from outdoor elements, such as cold, wind, or rain.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – RonHazelton

A Breezy Yet Fun Doggy Shelter

A Breezy Yet Fun Doggy Shelter

If you and your pup live in a hotter environment, and don’t experience much cold then this “open air” DIY doggy house is the perfect design! And, thanks to the many spaces of ventilation your pup can stay cool, while still having fun and feeling like he has a place to call his own!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables

A Rustic Puppy Get-Away

A Rustic Puppy Get-Away

This “rustic” puppy dog house setup is a very classic, yet sturdy and stylish design for your canine partner. The added iron roof is meaningful, and easy to adjust or attach and remove as necessary for regular cleaning and maintenance.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BetterHomesAndGarden

Under-the-stairs Dog House

Under-the-stairs Dog House

For indoor dogs, or simply those that like to spend more time inside, this is a great way to make use of your under-the-stairs area in your home, and won’t involve too much construction or anything irreversible to the integrity of your house.

The outside trim design will also add personality and authenticity to it, and your dog is sure to appreciate the added privacy and comfort!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Imgur (Reddit)

The Puppy Tent

The Puppy Tent

If you’re looking for a REALLY unique design, then this puppy dog tent is pretty awesome, and sure to be both fun and comfortable for your pet. It also includes an open-plan design which will allow for a nice cool breeze, and make your dog as comfortable as possible whenever he wants to lounge inside – or on the outdoor patio.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYNetwork

The Classic Classy Dog House

The Classic Classy Dog House

With a simple, yet effective design this classic dog house is still a popular favorite among dog owners. It’s also easy enough to build in just a day or two for those new to building DIY dog houses – and won’t be very costly in comparison to other designs. Happy Building! Woof Woof!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYNetwork

Comfortable Dog Fort

Comfortable Dog Fort

The small dog fort shown above has been a popular hit among dog lovers, including on Reddit, and has been called the “caninehedron” or “puppyhedron” among other cute spin-off nicknames. This is a great, simple, yet effective puppy dog fort for your little guy to rest or sleep inside your home – or out!

[via Reddit]

The Ultimate Peter Nelson Dog House

This Pete Nelson dog house is pretty incredible all around, and as explained in the video was built by him and best friends Bill and Aaron. It comes together quite well, and is a rather sophisticated DIY dog house that’s sure to last years to come.

We’ve also included a helpful video above explaining how it’s built, simply using pressure treated wood, and star drive screws for putting it together. At approximately 3:40 in the video you can really see how all the pieces go together. Have fun!

Rustic Old School Dog House

This rustic “old school” doghouse is a pretty awesome creation, and as explained in the video by Diresta will be big enough to fit two small dogs – which is nice for both companionship and comfort for your pups. There’s even a “bell” for when your pups enter or leave the doghouse, and you can find that part explained at around 11:30 in the video. Dogs will enjoy both hanging inside, and outside of the dog house as seen in the video.

Star Wars Puppy Shelter

Star Wars Puppy Shelter

Quite understandably unique, this is a pretty cool yet strong, and relatively inexpensive dog hose that should be relatively easy to build. Most importantly, dogs love it – and if you’re a Star Wars fan then we’re sure you’ll love it too!

Large Plastic Shelter

This DIY large plastic doggy shelter is very easy to build, budget-friendly, and apparently dogs as big as German Shepards love it! So, if you’re looking for a cheap to build DIY dog house for under $30, then this one’s definitely for you.

Finally, we always love to here from our visitors, so if you have any DIY dog house creations not mentioned here, or would like to share your experiences in building one of the creations above, please feel free to comment and let us know about it!

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