Pet Furniture 5-Dog-Eating

Published on December 7th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


how to raise the dining standards for your dog

i am sure mark’s dog is barking its approval of this dog bowl stand.


mark writes, “i have always heard that it is important to raise the food and water bowls up higher off the ground for dog breeds that are medium to large in size. my wife and i looked around at quite a few places and almost everything we found either looks like it’s from a hospital or is entirely too expensive. the most important thing for us is that it had to be inexpensive and look good in our mostly contemporary styled house.

here are all the tools that i needed as well as a description to go with it.

starting piece:



  • power scroll saw. (i bought mine for $20.00 at lowes. it isn’t something i use much so i didn’t buy an extremely nice one.)
  • wood blades for the saw above.
  • 18″- 24″ level or straight edge.
  • measuring tape (unless the above straight edge is a ruler)
  • pencil to mark lines for cuts.
  • “C” clamps or quick clamps to hold guide in place.
  • 5″ random orbital palm sander. (i splurged and bought the top of the line Craftsman Professional version because i use a sander quite a bit around the house)

how to:
1. to start with, i measured the top of the stool to make sure that it could hold the dog bowls comfortably. i found that the top was perfect in width, but too deep front to back. i noted the measurement and proceeded to the next step.

2. i then watched the dog eat with the bowls on the ground and estimated a good height to raise the bowls. i noted the measurement and proceeded to the next step.

3. i then took the straight edge and drew lines up the side of the stool on either side of the cut out that was already on the side of the stool. that set the front to back depth of the new stand. those lines transferred to the top surface, and created my cut lines for the top.

4. i then measured the distance, on my saw, between the blade and the outside of the guard that surrounded the blade. this is important because i clamped the straight edge to the stool to help give me straight cuts. if the straight edge was to be clamped directly on the lines drawn above, the saw would cut a certain distance inside of that line creating too small of a product.

an original benjamin stool with the dog bowl stand cut from it

5. once everything was clamped, i began to cut out the final shape. the clamps and straight edge had to be moved several times to help cut different portions of the product.

6. once it was all cut out, i went around the edges with the palm sander to clean the edges and to help smooth out the corners. i started with 60 grit paper, and eventually went up to 220 grit.

7. after the sanding was finished, i wiped off the entire product with a damp towel to get rid of residual saw dust.

8. the final step was to put rubber feet on the bottom, to help prevent the unit from sliding and damaging our wooden floors.

2-Rubber-Feet 4-Finished-Product

as you can see in the pictures, the dog loves the final result. it only took me about an hour and a half to do, however i had been thinking about how to approach it for a while. also, the bowls are ceramic dinner bowls and are from target.”


chloe’s version (updated jan 30, 2008)

she says, “i wanted to raise my dogs’ bowls off the ground, both for their digestion and so that i’d stopped kicking them! and i also really wanted a windowsill for my plants as none of my windows have them, so we put this together.

DSCN2292_1 DSCN2293_1

it’s just your basic ivar (12″ x 49″ sides, 33″ x 12″ shelf) shelving with three holes cut in the bottom shelf, two food, one water bowl. we then stuck vinyl floor tiles (left over from another project) onto the shelves for waterproofing and just because we thought they looked good. we had to cut the shelving unit down to the right height for our windows and sneak in a couple of ‘L’ brackets at the back for some extra strength. it works really well, the dogs don’t chase their bowls around the kitchen any more and i am gradually getting some plants going.”

Designer’s version (update 1 Jan 2009)

Ikea Items Used:
1 – Benjamin Stool
Other Items Used:
1 – 8″ stainless steal doggie dish *$5
1 – package adhesive backed EPDM rubber weather seal *$3 to keep the dish from ‘clanking’ against the stool (attached under the rim of the dish where it meets the stool)
Hack tools:
1 – empty pizza box
1 – staedtler compass
1 – rotozip with hole zip attachment and wood cutting bit
1 – drill with drill bit

He says, “I have read that it is better for dogs to eat with their heads up instead of down. Seeing as how I have a large breed dog i needed something to bring his food dish up quite a bit. There are lots of products on the market for this but they are all ugly or cost way too much for what they are. So my solution is this $28 (cost of stool, stainless dish, and rubber seal) Ikea Benjamin stool with a hole cut out for the doggie dish. It’s stylish, functional, easy to clean, and very simple to make/hack. A quick template, some measuring (always double check), and cutting/sanding and you got yourself a dog dish stand that will fit into any modern or contemporary home!”

Related doggie hacks:
- Elevated dog bowl feeder
- Tasteful dog crate
- Kitchen bench and dog bed

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

15 Responses to how to raise the dining standards for your dog

  1. platform beds says:

    Feeding dogs is so hard because they always leave their eating area so messy. But I think if I am going to have those amazing stuff. Everything is going to be so well.

  2. vibratory says:

    I just read this blog this is really good idea to see. i also recommended my friends to bowls feeders usages in various ways

  3. Anonymous says:

    You guys are kiding me right this must be some kind of joke. I am a veterinarian in training studying Gastric dilation volvulus in large breed animals and one of the biggest causes of this is from having an elevated food bowl. I really do not recommend this at all! Talk to your veterinarian if you have a deep chested dog and want to have its food bowl raised for any reason and im sure they will not encourage it.

  4. Liz says:

    I second Julia’s comment. A raised eating stand is a really good thing if you have large dogs.

  5. Julia says:

    Actually raising the bowl is more healthy for large breed dogs. I breed Great Danes, so I know first hand. Raising the bowl actually helps decrease the chance for gastric dilation volvulus (GDV), or bloating.

  6. Mark & Elisha says:

    We elected to not cut a hole to secure the bowls because we may not always have the same bowls.

    Our eager eater has not found a way to push the bowls off of the stand, and trust us, she is not gentle when she is hungry.

    The bowls are ceramic, and weigh quite a bit so that might be part of the reason they do not move.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I just found out about this blog and it’s great but the first thing I see is a raised dog bowl thingy. It’s my understanding that this raises a dog’s chances of bloating. That breed is already high on the list of potential bloaters. Please reconcider feeding him that way.

  8. Chen says:

    What a lovely boxer (aren’t they all?).

    This is ours:
    His name is Yoghurt (because he’s white).

  9. barbara says:

    Fantastic idea! You could take it one step further and cut out holes so that the bowl could sit down a little bit into the holes and would stay in place.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lucky Dog!

  11. miran says:

    I have two cats and they would immediately knock both bowls right over unless they are very secured to the stand. Please tell me the bowls don’t move.

  12. Splash says:

    That is a great design, thanks for sharing it!

    I think my eager eaters would just knock the bowl off the stand though. My stand has a cutout for the bowls to fit into. They still push the stand around, but at least the bowls don’t go flying.

  13. Anonymous says:

    should get the clear, non-slip rubber mats from ikea and place it under the bowls to prevent them sliding off what looks to be a very smooth surface.

    looks great and i’m sure your pooch gave it two paws up!!!


  14. Sandy says:

    Looks very nice, but what holds the bowls on the stand? It seems like they would fall off very easily.

  15. Julia says:

    Great job! Much better than those overpriced designer bowls.

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