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July 14, 2014

DIY Raised Dog Bowl Stand With Mod 1960s Shape + Hairpin Legs

DIY Raised Dog Bowl Stand on Hair Pin Legs

Szuka, our Komondor pup, is a tall gal - which you might have gleaned from this leggy Instagram shot of her.  After watching her strain to reach her ground-level dog bowls like a brontosaurus, Hubs and I decided she could use a raised dog bowl stand.  I decided that it should be mid-century modern inspired.  And turquoise.  With hairpin legs.  Drool.  These retro-inspired raised dog feeders were clearly the inspiration but they're unavailable, plus we wanted to customize the height, so we whipped up our own version of a retro, DIY raised dog bowl stand.  Ours is so wonky it can hardly even be called a knock-off, but the three of us love it equally so we'll call it a success!

How to Build a Raised Dog Bowl Stand

The first step was figuring out the height, so we created a cardboard cutout and put treats on it for Szuka to munch on while we held it up at different heights.  We made sure to factor in that the food would actually be lower once the bowls were in place.  She thought it was the most. fun. game. ever. (free liver, just for standing here?!?).

Making a Raised Pet Feeder - template 
Next we rustled up the supplies for our DIY dog bowl stand - including some gorgeous hairpin legs.


We ordered our hairpin legs from Hairpin Legs for Less because of their great selection.  Even though I ended up choosing the gloss clear powder coat, I still enjoyed being tempted by white, turquoise and even brushed gold.  The quality is excellent, they were shipped with care, and I was able to customize the height.

Colorful Hairpin Legs
To assemble our DIY raised dog feeder, first we used our cardboard cut out to trace the design onto a piece of plywood.  (We really should have blown up the image of the bowl stand we liked and traced it, but that felt too much like copying).  We marked where the legs and bowls would go and then the bowl holes were traced and cut with a jigsaw before we cut out the whole shape.  We made the bowl holes smaller than the bowl edges, so the edge would catch and hold them in place.

How to Make a Plywood Raised Pet Feeder
DIY Wooden Pet Bowl Stand
How to Make a Wood Raised Pet Bowl Stand
Make a Raised Pet Feeder

Once it was cut out, the entire piece was wrapped in edge tape (see this post about our DIY kitchen pantry, or this post about our floating credenza top to see how we do that).  Then I primed and painted it.  I mixed together the creamy white from the kitchen pantry and shelves, plus the turquoise of the cabinetry and the mintier office closet colour - all in semi-gloss - for a paler hue.  See?  There's lots of colour variation in the lakehouse: there's lighter turquoise, darker turquoise, greener turquoise, bluer turquoise...


And here is Szuka's brand new, 1960s-inspired DIY raised dog bowl stand - complete with hairpin legs.

DIY Aqua Raised Dog Bowl Stand

Once the paint was dry, we attached the legs and dropped in the stainless steel bowls (from Petsmart). Szuka took to it right away.  I photographed it in the dining room because the laundry room - her spot to chow down - is windowless and difficult to photograph.  You'll have to trust that it fits perfectly in the corner and looks cute with the turquoise curtains and her matching quilt.

Turquoise Dog Bowl Stand
How to Make a Raised Dog Feeder

With raised feeding stations, there is some controversy as to whether this can cause bloat in dogs.  Some studies say higher bowls contribute to bloat while others say they prevent it and relieve digestive discomfort.  I didn't want to put Szuka's health in the hands of random internet sources so I consulted with our Vet who said the raised bowl is in no way a risk, especially given that Szuka is a pokey eater.  But if you're thinking of making your pup an elevated dog bowl - high or low - chat with your Vet about what's healthiest because, after all, I'm just a random person on the internet too.

DIY Modern Raised Dog Bowl Stand Tutorial

Thanks to Hairpin Legs for Less for providing the hairpin legs for this project!  


  1. This is so cute! I love how it fits in with your style and seems pretty easy to make if you have the right tools.

    1. An easier shape, like a rectangle, could even be cut at the store and with four legs instead of two it could work so nicely.

  2. I love this! May have to copy for my little long-legged pooch.

  3. so cute, I love the shape and those legs are awesome! we bought a raised one for our dog but it's awful gray speckled plastic... I absolutely need to build and stain something instead. especially because it's in our bedroom.

    1. I don't know why there aren't cuter stands for dog bowls - most folks keeps the food bowls in a prominent spot. I'm excited that you're going to build something to suit your decor!

  4. This is so sweet Tanya! I love it (and every other project you do :) You are one very talented lady.

    1. Thanks Meghan! You're making me blush :) I have to give credit to my Handy Hubby for doing all of these projects with me.

  5. It's like a tv tray for you cute!

    1. Haha, it is! Also, this could double as a side table, it's so tall!

  6. LOVE THIS! I was actually going to buy something but this is WAY cooler. Thanks!!!

  7. Such a great idea! I bet Szuka loved being your QA dog :-D

  8. I also have a tall dog. What height were the legs you used in making this? It's so cute! And so is your dog.

    1. Good question! The legs are 16". But we tried a few different heights out, mocking up a cardboard table, for her to try. A chat with your bet might be a good idea too, to determine an ideal height for digestion (some dogs do better with lower bowls).


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