Building The Platform
This page is the second part of our instructions build one of our free standing dog ramps or indoor dog bed ramps. The first part outlines the items needed and directions for making the sloped runway of this fixed or portable dog ramp for indoors.
Platforms are an optional feature for free standing dog ramps but they do add stability to the design.
Platforms may also serve as a base from which dogs can jump onto higher surfaces.
Note that you may be able to create a platform from an existing end table, which will save you some of the steps below. However, make sure it is strong enough to hold your dog and that it contains cross braces.
Free Standing Dog Ramp:
Parts and Materials
You will need the following:
- A square piece of plywood, at least 3/8-inch (10 mm) thick, the same width as the sloped part of the ramp.
- Four 2x2s to serve as vertical supports under the platform. Remember to subtract the thickness of the platform so that your vertical supports will not put the platform higher than the top of the ramp.
- Two cross braces to attach to the vertical supports (1x2s, 1x3s or 1x4s) that are about 2 inches (50mm) less than the width of the platform.
- Two cross braces that are about 1.5 inches (38 mm) shorter than the above braces to fit in between them (see the photo below).
- A box of 1-1/4 inch drywall screws.
Building the Platform
PART ONE – THE FRAME
- Put one vertical support down on the ground. Take one of the shorter cross brace pieces and line it up flush with the top and one side of this support. Screw it in place.
- Take the other end of the brace and attach it in a similar manner to another vertical support.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other shorter brace and the remaining two vertical supports.
- Now take the first of the longer cross braces and fasten it at both ends over the shorter brace and vertical support assembly. This should create a 90-degree angle with corners that are flush.
- Complete the frame by doing the same with the other, longer brace.
PART TWO – ADD THE TOP
- Place the square piece of plywood on top of the frame.
- Make sure to center it before screwing it to the frame.
PART THREE – ATTACH THE FRAME TO THE RAMP
- Turn the platform and the ramp upside down.
- Line up the brace pieces from each section.
- Put in a couple of screws but do not sink them all the way.
- Turn the assembly over to see if the platform and ramp are in good alignment as to width and height.
- If you are satisfied, screw the platform and ramp braces together in a zigzag pattern.
PART FOUR – ADDING PAINT OR A COVER
- You can now paint the ramp if you choose – adding sand to the paint may create a good non-slip surface. There are also products you can buy that have a non-slip ingredient in them.
- Alternatively, add carpeting or a thick fabric such as upholstery cloth by stapling it along the edges. Some types will provide good traction, while others will need strips of lathe or rubber put across the carpet. Make sure to hammer the staples down so nothing is poking out to hurt anyone.