5 DIY Puppy Pen Plans (Free & Easy to Build)

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If you’ve decided to make your own puppy pen, then you will need plans to get you started. You most likely have an idea of what you want, so these five plans in this article are here to help you get started. They range in skill level from beginner to advanced, so you can find the one that will hold up to exuberant puppies but will also keep them safe and secure.

1. Instructables Living Custom Dog Pen

Instructables Living Custom Dog Pen
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Instructables Living has plans for a large puppy pen with vinyl flooring. It is a great project for the beginner carpenter and can be an easy weekend project. It has a chicken wire fence surrounding the floor and looks like a professionally made pen when finished. The pen size is 4×8 feet with two walls (you use the interior walls of your house for the other two), but it is easily customizable if you want four walls or a larger or smaller pen.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Plywood, screws, staples, lumber, chicken wire, and linoleum

Tools: Chop saw, circular saw, cordless drill, staple gun, box cutter, and other miscellaneous small hand tools

2. Making It Work PVC Puppy Pen

Making It Work PVC Puppy Pen
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Making It Work put together a YouTube video on how to build a customizable puppy pen for your home. The materials are listed in the description of the video, and it’s a project that is fine for beginners and could be accomplished in one day. The video is concise, and they make it look easy to build the playpen. They also place links for the materials that were bought, but you can find many of them at your local hardware store.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: PVC tees and elbows, PVC pipe, PVC couplings, vinyl, lumber, drywall screws, galvanized brackets, and PVC pipe clamps

Tools: Saw for PVC, hand saw, PVC primer and glue, utility knife, straightedge knife, and screwdriver

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3. DIY Temporary Dog Pen, by Rottiepawz

Rottiepawz shows you how to put together a basic pen using wire storage cubes and cable ties. It is a very basic pen that works well as a temporary structure. Once your puppy gets bigger, this may not keep them confined, since it is not high quality nor heavy duty. But you can put one together very fast, and the materials are easy to find.

Skill level: Beginner

Supplies: Wire storage cubes and cable ties

Tools: Scissors

4. PVC Pipe Dog Pen by Dreamydoodles

PVC Pipe Dog Pen by Dreamydoodles
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Dreamydoodles has instructions on how to make an inexpensive pen that is durable enough to hold up to enthusiastic puppies. This pen doesn’t have a floor, and it’s recommended that you place a heavy-duty plastic tarp on the floor and secure it to the pen with tape. This pen can be a weekend project, and it is well suited for those who don’t have a great deal of experience building things.

Skill level: Beginner

Supplies: PVC pipe; PVC corners, crosses, caps ,and T’s; PVC glue; plastic tarp; and duct/masking tape

Tools: PVC pipe cutters, tape measure, and rubber mallet

5. Dogsaholic Play Pen Area

Dogsaholic Play Pen Area
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If you want a wooden pen that will last for many years, the plan offered by Dogsaholic is a great choice. You can customize this pen to the size you need, as well as the height of the sides. It is a pen to be placed outside because you bury the corner poles in the dirt and secure them with cement. It could be modified if you want to have an indoor pen.

Skill level: Advanced

Supplies: Chain link fence, chicken wire, wood stakes, wooden posts, cement, door hinges, gate, and hinge assembly

Tools: Wire cutters, screw gun, wood screws, shovel, and tape measure


You will find that there are many options to buy dog pens online, but not so many on how to build them. We hope that these five plans will give inspiration about how to build your own. All these pens can be customized and adjusted to fit your needs so you can build the perfect pen for your puppy.

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