Published on March 11th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dog Diner

Dog Diner

Materials: Lack side table, Dremel, Dog bowls

Description: We first purchased the Lack side table for $7, but really didn’t have a spot for it. It was just a great deal! I then realized it’s purpose.

Dog Diner

My husband used a dremel to cut the properly sized holes in which to place our dog’s food and water bowls. That’s it!

~ Ashley Stroud, Somerset, KY

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18 Responses to Dog Diner

  1. Amy Amy says:

    I was considering doing this but wasn’t sure how high up the bowls would be. I have mastiffs. I measured my dogs bowls and they are 13″ so I didn’t want to use the shelves at IKEA because they are only 11″. This is a great idea. Super cute.
    Elevated bowls are fine. There really isn’t a link between elevated bowls and bloat. Trust me. I’m in rescue (I rescue giant breed dogs who are the most prone to bloat). Some dogs are genetically prone to it, some aren’t. ALL my mastiffs eat from elevated bowls. Only ONE has ever bloated and it was 8 hours after he ate. My vet recommends elevated bowls.

  2. Anonymous says:

    PERFECT! We have 3 goldens who eat from elevated dishes and it definitely slows their pace down eating as goldens are big pigs! The only issue I have is their dishes take up so much space! This is PERFECT. I love that the water dish is central. I will definitely be using this idea:) Thank you!

  3. HAHA! My wife and I live in China and have this table in red. Love the unique way you’re using it!

  4. Liz says:

    Elevated food bowls do not CAUSE bloat. And the breeds/mixes I am seeing here, are not prone to bloat.

    Anyway, this is a FANTASTIC idea!! I have been searching and searching for an elevated diner, and they are SO expensive.

    This one, however, is much too tall for these dogs. Though the legs can be easily cut shorter. Not great for water, as particle board does tend to warp/bubble when it comes in contact with liquid. You can easily fix that by sealing it.

    Besides that, it’s a brilliant idea! I’m thinking of doing this myself! You could even sell these! I would buy one, as I’m not handy with the tools.

  5. wow perfect idea, it looks very modern and functional at the same time, well done

  6. Christina says:

    Super cute! Really like that the bowls are inset. I was going to do something similar, but went with a different IKEA product.

  7. Emy Buzz says:

    High level of cuteness here!

  8. I agree; we need to file the legs down a couple of inches. I’ve been wanting an elevated dog feeder for a while, and yes, they are very expensive, especially a 3 bowl diner. At least, with this hack, if the table gets destroyed in a year, it’s only $7 out of my pocket. =) My white dog is a shepherd mix, therefore he is prone to joint issues. I wanted to take as much stress off of him as possible when eating. The other dog had a lot of bloat issues with floor bowls.. she would regurgitate food quite a lot before getting the elevated bowls. I highly recommend it for a tall dog.
    Thanks Susanne, costero and Stacey! It was really my husband’s idea ;)

  9. Anonymous says:

    You could make it shorter though. it does look high for those dogs on the picture.

  10. costero says:

    The jury is really out as to whether there’s a relationship between elevated bowls and bloat. Many people say the Purdue study, cited in that link Anonymous gave, was severely flawed. Personally, I think elevated dishes reduce the risk, because the dog doesn’t gulp in as much air. Plus, it’s better for their necks, backs, and joints. (I’ve been using elevated dishes for my dogs for 20+ years without incident.) Far more common causes of bloat are letting the dog exercise too soon after eating, and feeding the dog one huge helping per day, rather than splitting it up into 2 or 3 meals.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I feed my old Border Collie from an elevated dish because of a shoulder injury and have had no bloat issues. I like the 3 dish idea here. The only thing that I would offer is to make the table a couple of inches lower so that the dogs’ necks don’t have to curve and so their backs are level when they have their faces in the dishes. It’s a nice looking hack and it even provides a place to stow the dog food storage container (under the back corner). Good job.

  12. Stacey says:

    I love this! I have been looking for an attractive elevated dog bowl for our large lab, and they are all either too expensive or hideous. This is perfect!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey Susan, I think what you guys did was really cute! The only thing is that the position seems a bit uncomfortable for the dogs since they had to bend their hind legs. No matter which way is healthier. I would love to have my dogs comfortable.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Whilst this is a great idea please speak to your vet about elevated dog bowls and them getting bloat. I would hate to think that your dogs may get ill from elevated dog bowls.

    • Susanne says:

      Here you misunderstood something- elevated bowls are exactly to prevent this- the dog will not gulp so much air while eating and additionally its good for their back because large dogs don’t have to bend down so much.
      (my dogs also have elevated bowls)
      No need to worry… ;)

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, elevated dog bowls are considered one of the leading causes of bloat. See to learn more about bloat.

    • Susanne says:

      So today it is considered as one cause- and tomorrow it is contrariwise.
      Personally I gained the experience that my dogs eat slower and don’t swallow so much air when they have elevated bowls. And for big dogs it is much better for their back when they are young or have problems with their back like mine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Same here. It’s been explained to me that lower bowls cause the problems.

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