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15 DIY Pet Stairs, Ramps, & Steps You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

Pet ramps or stairs are a great way to allow an older pet easier access to different parts of your home. Some pets struggle to climb onto the bed or sofa or into the car, and ramps and steps are the best way to help them avoid pain or even injury. Pre-made pet stairs and ramps tend to be expensive and fairly unsteady, and it can be difficult to find just the right size for your needs.

Building your own pet stairs and ramps can easily solve these problems because this is inexpensive, they can be built to your exact specifications, and it’s a fun and easy weekend project. We scoured the internet to find the best pet stair, ramp, and step ideas for you to try out.

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1. Quick and simple pet stairs

This design is as simple and inexpensive (free!) as it gets. You probably have varying sizes of boxes lying around the house, but if you don’t, they are easy to obtain. Simply taping a few of them together is a perfect temporary measure while you are building a permanent solution. It will only take a few minutes and cost you nothing. Plus, you’ll be surprised how long this “temporary measure” can last!


2. Milk carton steps

In keeping with the inexpensive box theme, this idea is not completely free but costs very little. Simply collect a few milk or juice cartons, and stack them into steps using tape or glue. Use a few other cardboard boxes to cover the steps with, and decorate or paint them however you like!


3. Simple wood steps

If you are woodworking inclined, these steps are a great permanent option. In fact, the design is so simple to make, even woodworking novices can build these steps without much trouble at all! A few 2x4s, a dozen screws, and sandpaper are all you need to make a great-looking set of steps for your pooch!


4. Carpeted pet ramp

If you are looking for something quick and simple to make but still want something sturdy and permanent, this carpeted pet ramp is ideal. It is simple to make, consisting of a ramp of carpeted wood and a wooden base with a hinged stand in-between. We love this design because it is slim, foldable, and easy to store away!


5. Crate pet steps

If you have any wood or plastic crates lying around, they can easily be repurposed into functional pet steps. Simply stacking a few together and adding cushioning makes a great set of steps and provides valuable storage space. Plus, you’ll finally have a use for those crates that have been laying around!


6. Collapsible dog ramp

Most pet stairs and ramps have the added problem of storage: They are typically bulky, oddly shaped, and difficult to stow away. This collapsible dog ramp solves that issue by collapsing to a flat item, making it easy to stow away under the bed. It may involve slightly more involved carpentry with the hinges, but the reward is worth it!


7. Dog stairs with a kennel!

We love designs that have more than one use, and these dog stairs double as an adorable dog kennel underneath for your pooch to get privacy. While this may be slightly more complicated to build, having a stair and kennel combination is a great addition for any indoor pooch.


8. Quick and easy dog ramp

This simple dog ramp can be built quickly and easily with items that are most likely already laying around the home. Two simple pieces of flat wood, a chain or string to act as a hinge, and grippy carpeting are all that’s needed. Plus, the ramp folds flat for easy storage.


9. Compact kennel steps

Another step-and-kennel combination design, these pet steps are easy to build. The kennel is located directly underneath the steps to provide more space and make the steps far easier to build.


10. Step/ bed combination

If you don’t want your pet sleeping on the bed with you, this pet stair and bed combination is ideal. Your beloved pet can sleep right next to you on their own bed, and there is storage underneath. The steps are also removable, so you can easily use them in other locations around the home!


11. Multi-level ramp

One of the big problems with pet ramps is not being able to adjust their height for different uses. This carpeted multi-level pet ramp largely solves that issue with two separate levels that can be used together for higher places, like the bed, or separated and used for lower spots, like the sofa.


12. Wall-mounted pet ladder

For a more permanent solution, this wall-mounted ladder is a great idea. It is simple to build and can be customized to whatever height or angle you prefer. The ladder is then simply mounted via a few screws to the wall and doesn’t take much space. It’s also easy and inexpensive to make yourself!


13. DIY storage ramp

Need extra storage space along with a ramp for your pet? This project is a great idea, as it combines various sizes of storage and shelving with a carpeted ramp for your pet. The ramp is easy and inexpensive to build and is the perfect way to reduce clutter while allowing your beloved pet access to a cozy bed! The storage space can also double as an extra kennel space for your pet to snooze.


14. Vintage suitcase step

We love the idea of repurposing old, unused items and breathing new life into them to create something functional. This simple pet step doubles as a step and bed and is made from a vintage suitcase — these are easy to find and inexpensive. The bed looks great, and with the suitcase handle, it is easy to move and take with you on trips!


15. Simple carpeted pet ramp

If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive, and simple pet ramp, this carpeted DIY ramp is just the ticket. It is easy to build, even for a novice woodworker, and requires few materials. Sheets of plywood, a few screws, and a bit of carpeting are all that’s needed to create a pet ramp in a few hours or less.

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Final thoughts

Building your own stairs, ramp, and steps for your beloved pet does not need to be expensive or complicated, and there are ideas to suit every level of DIY expertise. From simple cardboard box steps to complicated storage ramps, any of the above ideas will allow your pet access to the bed, sofa, or car, and you can add extra storage space!


Featured Image Credit: Masarik, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.