DIY scrap wood patio doggy door

2014-12-15 14.08.27I should have posted this a long time ago but I did not figure it looked good enough. Then I realized that I started blogging to give tips, advice, and inspiration to others and it was not about pretty photos or blog tours. I started blogging because I like to write, create, inspire, and garden.

With this in mind, I will post my ugly scrap wood and upholstery fabric patio doggy door. It is not the prettiest door but it served its purpose for over a year! Yep maybe closer to a year and a half because my husband put it together late last spring or early summer when I was away. He knew how tired I was letting our 2 dogs and 3 cats in and out all day and even into the night. Until last week this door was in place allowing our Australian Shepherd, Jack/Fox terrier mix, and 3 housebroken cats to wandering in and out all day and night. The only problem came when the wind blew just right or the rain came down in buckets. Otherwise during the summer the flap stayed in place and did not really let out any more heat than my 28 year old windows.

patio doggy door, DIY doggy door

I could not find the pictures of the door in place so I had to improvise.

Now we broke down a few weeks ago and ordered the aluminum patio door online at Home Depot for around $150 which has worked out great. I will do another blog about the door and how we had to customize the door to fit our animals (the directions for some reason did not explain this). Anyhow, for now if you do not have the extra $150 then our DIY patio door may just be the answer. We also have a doggy/cat door in the garage (which is workshop) for the cats to go in and out in the dead of winter to use the kitty litter box. January and February are the coldest months and the cats stay in and sleep a lot in the cold and do not venture out much.

You can adapt the measurements to fit your animals by making the hole/flap smaller. I believe most dogs up to a medium sized and maybe even larger dogs. We measured the height of our Aussie (up to neck or her back) and that worked out perfect. Even if you had to buy the wood, It would still cost you under $20 to make (at Home Depot is where I know you can get the 1/4″ brown pressed board for less than $10 a sheet and they can cut it to your specific size for free). You could even paint the door too but I never got around to it because it was temporary! LOL

If you live in the frigid areas of the country, winter may not be the best time to have it in unless you come up with a better flap idea. I wanted (but this was all the scrap we had from another project) to buy a plastic doggy door from Home Depot or EBay and put it in the piece of plywood that would  go from the top to the bottom of the door. Like I said this is not the prettiest doggy door but it was functional. I hope this may even give you ideas on how to create your own doggy door if buying one is not an option.

Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!

We have a standard patio door so the wood measurement of 37 1/2" was from the top of door down to the top of the lock mechanism for the patio door on the inside of the jamb

We have a standard patio door so the wood measurement of 37 1/2″ was from the top of door down to the top of the lock mechanism for the patio door on the inside of the jamb. The 1×2’s are used to keep the door in place in the jamb and add some stability to the board

This is the size of scrap we had from a previous project so this is what we used. the 1/4" thick brown hardboard was sturdy enough.

This is the size of scrap we had from a previous project so this is what we used. the 1/4″ thick brown hardboard was sturdy enough. WE had a scrap 7″ piece so that is what went across the top (10″ would go all the way). WE used duct tape to secure the fabric after we tried to get staples to hold it. We doubled the upholstery fabric and it is heavy so it stayed closed except when the wind blew towards the door. The flap was also folded to fit inside after we put in the patio door to figure out how it would hang

DIY Doggy door

The wood trim pieces we had fit perfectly in the door jamb and the notch you see is where the lock mechanism is on the patio door which actually holds it in place snugly. You could have a piece go down to the bottom of door jamb and frame the wood to hold a store bought doggy or cat door.

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