DIY Dog Food Station with Storage


Happy Friday everyone!  For those of you who don’t know, this is Dakota.  She’s our sweet, loving, super spoiled furbaby.  So spoiled, in fact, that we’re pretty certain she thinks she’s human.  Just yesterday morning, I rolled over in bed to find her 6″ from my face, asleep on the pillow next to me.  Hubby is sleeping on the other side of me in a recliner due to his shoulder surgery, so she apparently decided to take advantage of the extra bed space.  For as much as I love her, she has a few quirks that drive me insane!  Aside from having a 42″ vertical jump to get on the kitchen island, she also loves to spill what’s left of her water bowl everywhere.  It’s her way of announcing that she’d like a refill.  Such an endearing quality, right?

diy-dog-food-standI decided it was time to build her something that would prevent these messes and also store her dog food.  I sketched up some plans and came up with this DIY dog food stand with storage underneath.  It keeps her water and food dishes from being tossed around, and I can store a whole bag of dog food in it.  I built it to fit a 10 gallon storage tub, so this is definitely a project for big dogs.  Be sure to download the printable plans for the materials and cut list.

build-box-for-dog-feederI built the box using 3/4″ plywood.  It makes for a pretty sturdy box, but I build a lot of projects using 3/4″ plywood so I’ll be able to use the leftovers much faster than I would with 1/2″ plywood.

add-trim-to-box trim-on-dog-feederI used 1×3 pine for the trim on the box.  Make sure to measure the exact dimensions of your box before you cut your pieces to ensure that all of your corners meet up without gaps.  I glued and nailed the trim on using 1 1/4″ brad nails.


The metal dog dishes that Dakota has are about 8 1/2″ diameter at the lip, so I cut these to be around 7 3/4″ wide so the bowls would set right in.  I made my circles and cut them out with a jigsaw.

Dog Food Stand - TopI forgot to photograph the part where I added the 3/4″ square dowel trim to the lid, so this sketch will have to make up for that.  Again, measure and cut to size.  Attach with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.


Once the box and lid were built, I filled all of my nail holes and any seams with wood filler, then sanded everything down.

painting-dog-food-standI wanted this to have a two-tone look, so I painted the box white and then stained the lid.  


I originally wanted to buy the fancy coffee table hinges that would lift the lid up and out of the way, but at $50 it was a little expensive for a dog food stand.  Instead, I bought these narrow utility hinges for the back and then the lid support hinges to keep the lid from slamming down if the kids were filling the dog bowl.  I was originally going to use two of the lid support hinges, but you’ll notice that both of these hinges say “left.”  Not something I paid attention to when I was standing in Home Depot.edited-0331To help the lid sit flat against the box, I grabbed my 3/4″ chisel and mortised the hinges.  Since I couldn’t mortise the lid, I went deep enough on the box for the whole hinge to sit flush with the rim.  Don’t let this step intimidate you.  It’s super easy to do on a project like this.


I added only one of the lid support hinges.  Partly because, you know, I bought two left hinges, and also because this lid is pretty light and two would have just been overkill.  


The tote fits perfectly into the box and flip open lid makes it easy to access the food when Dakota needs to be fed.

edited-1771 edited-1770Dakota lives under this crazy pretense that everything must be for her, so she wasted no time helping herself to lunch while I was trying to take pictures of the finished dog food stand.  I’ll admit that this is a pretty big size, but the height is perfect for her and she has no problem reaching her food and water.  The dishes are easy to remove when they need to be filled and I love that it looks so much nicer than having her big bag of food out on display.

DIY Dog Food Station with Storage

Again, you can download the step by step printable plans for this project so you can build your own!  If you do happen to build it, I’d love for you to tag me on social media and also use the hashtag #addicted2diy.  It is a huge thrill when I see my readers build one of my projects and your project could be featured on Instagram and Facebook!  Happy building!









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    Love this! Might have to make one for my pup! Did you use any sort of poly to coat it? My dog makes a mess when he drinks water, so I’m worried it might damage the wood.

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    Adrienne says

    This is awesome. I am definitely going to make this. Also looking for a dog bed that can also be used as a side table next to a couch for a small living room with a big dog!! Would love that too if you have a lot plans like that! Thanks!!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Thanks so much, Adrienne! I don’t have plans for one, but I’m pretty certain you can find the plans for exactly what you’re looking for on

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    Phil says

    Great design! What did you use as paint tent or booth? I definitely need something like that for my projects. Thanks.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      It’s the new spray shelter from HomeRight. Stay tuned, because later this week I’ll be starting a giveaway for one:)

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    Connor says

    How big is your dog? Im trying to decide if this will be the right size for a black lab thats weighs 60lbs and is medium height.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      She’s about 75 pounds and 2′ tall at the top of her shoulders. You could definitely make this slightly shorter if you are concerned about height. I just stuck my hand under one of the bowls and have a few inches between the bottom of the bowl and the lid. Maybe 3″.

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    Mike says

    I’m doing this, this weekend! I changed the plans just a bit to include a drawer instead of a piano hinge lid so i don’t have to remove the dog bowls before filling them, and also added a 3rd bowl since I have two pups to feed. Thanks!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Thank you! Yes, it’s been really nice having her food put away and she seems to enjoy her new dog food station:)

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    Shelby says

    I’m pretty sure we have the same breed of dog (black mouth cur?), and mine does the same thing with his water bowl and in bed!!

    I might just have to beg my husband to build this with me!!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Lol! It is definitely handy! We just got a new puppy, so I’m sure I’ll be designing plans for a bigger one when she’s old enough:)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      She’s about 2′ tall at the shoulders. Basically made it the height of her legs. Hopefully that makes sense:)

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        Stephanie says

        I would love for my hubby to be able to make this for our dog but every time I click on the link for the printable design it is just a blank grey screen. Is there a way you could email them to me or help me please. Thank you!

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    Cyndi says

    We used to use an elevated wooden thing (? sorry, brain NOT engaged this a.m.) that contained both the food & water bowls. Alas, it would get so gross from food slobber and the water would run off of it and get under the lip of the water bowl… Therefore, as a friendly warning – I would ensure that the dog food is contained with its own lid so that if water does drip down it doesn’t get into the food… (ewwww!) and you may want to either use polyurethane over your wood, veneer it with something waterPROOF, and/or use a laminate or acrylic lid/top – for easier cleaning.

    But then again, it may be that Boxers are oh so much messier than others… ‘bless their hearts’. LOL

    Best wishes to all and I am loving your site!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Yep! My dog drips water everywhere. The dog food inside is contained in a Rubbermaid tub, so it stays fresh and dry:) We have insanely hard water here, so there are some water spots, but I did seal the top and it’s held up great to the moisture:)

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    Marche M. says

    This is a great idea! I want to make this. Has anyone tried adjusting the plans to make this for 3 bowls? We have 2 dogs, so would need space for 2 food bowls and 1 water bowl. I am a novice at this kind of DIY, so any advice on adjusting the dimensions would be appreciated :)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Marche,

      I have had readers adjust this to hold two dog bowls and a water bowl in the middle. Basically, it is just made to be longer. I actually now have two dogs and our puppy is big enough now that it’s time to build a new one. I’ll be sure to post the plans when I do!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Colleen, you can click the link for the plans in the post and it will take you to Gumroad where you can purchase them:)


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