interior of living room pup tent

DIY Living Room Pup Tents: Part Two

Assembling the Frame

Mitre the Posts

In order for the tent to sit flat on the ground, mitre the post feet at 22.5°. The original tents I’m working from mitred the top of the posts for aesthetics, but I’m applying the same technique to the base for a little more stability. To get the cut perfect, I’m using scrap PVC and a clamp to align the posts while making the cut (Fig. 1). You could make this cut prior to staining, but I found it was easier to work with the boards with both ends square.

image of posts on mitre saw
Fig. 1: Mitre the ends of the posts at 22.5° to allow the tent to sit flat.

5 thoughts on “DIY Living Room Pup Tents: Part Two

  1. I was reading the comments from the “inspiration post” and found the link to your tutorial. Just what I was looking for! I like the sturdier boards and the chain. My husband is picking up the wood I need today. Excited for a birthday gift for my little girl!

  2. Wow, this was really nice and detailed from the original version posted. I don’t have any babies yet, but when I do I’d really like to have some great ideas and I need all the help I can get in the building department I can get since hubby isn’t super handy! Thank you for taking the time to further explain this!

  3. Thank you, thank you, for addressing the “falling flat on the kids” risk – I thought I was alone in that worry. Great chain idea – I used chains to stop my DIY play kitchen oven door from opening 90 degrees and pinching fingers. : )

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