So we figured out that a pool noodle can be more than just a floating device, it also makes an awesome headrest. And by we, I mean the “royal we” aka Lulu Belle, my daughter’s little sausage dog cross.
How can anyone say no to those eyes? Well this little princess needed a new bed because our other puppy Zia ate her old one 🙁 so we made her one using some knotty pine Shiplap cladding, brackets and a pool noodle.
What you need to make a pool noodle bed
- Shiplap cladding enough to cut:
- 6 pieces 50 cm (19 6/8″) long
- 6 pieces 38 cm (14 7/8″) long
- 5 pieces 40 cm (15 7/8″) long
- 18 corner brackets
- saw, drill and screws
- Spray paint
- 1 Pool noodle cut in half
For the bed frame we cut the Shiplap cladding according to the sizes above and joined three 50 cm pieces together to form the long sides and three 38 cm to form the shorter sides of the bed. Shiplap is so easy to work with. It has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue on the other edge. To join one board to the other all you do is slide the tongue into the groove. Seriously!!
Once the sides were done we used brackets to attach the sides together to form a crate and then added the 40 cm pieces to the bottom, leaving gaps between the cladding to make it easier to clean.
We sprayed the bed frame a yummy blue, added some test using a silver Sharpie and made a big, puffy patch work pillow to fit.
Lulu seems to like the bed 🙂 But we weren’t done yet.
To make sure everyone knows this is a bed is meant for royalty we transferred a beautiful crown graphic from the Graphics Fairy to the sides and for added comfort we made a small slit lengthwise in the pool noodle and squished them onto the shorter sides. Now our only problem is that someone else in the family thinks they’re a princess.
Merlin has taken over the bed he ain’t going nowhere.
Oh well, it was one of the easiest projects we’ve made so I guess we’ll just have to make Lulu another one 😎
50 x 38