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When my 16-1/2 year old miniature schnauzer could no longer jump up on the sofa due to arthritis, I made some custom upholstered steps to help him. Unlike your typical set of pet steps, they look more like furniture than something from a medical supply store.

At a party at my house, a guest saw the steps I made for my schnauzer to get up on the bed, and he encouraged me to make steps for sale and said he would be one of my first customers - he wanted a four step version for his dachshund to get up on the bed. (See the four step version in brown plaid - that's his.)

I started selling them on etsy in January. Most people want to pick out their own fabric, so all but two of my sales have been custom orders, (besides asking for certain type of fabric, customers have suggested three steps instead of two, unfinished wood, all natural batting…

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  • Born on August 12
  • Joined January 15, 2011

Favorite materials

wood, fabric, paint

About

When my 16-1/2 year old miniature schnauzer could no longer jump up on the sofa due to arthritis, I made some custom upholstered steps to help him. Unlike your typical set of pet steps, they look more like furniture than something from a medical supply store.

At a party at my house, a guest saw the steps I made for my schnauzer to get up on the bed, and he encouraged me to make steps for sale and said he would be one of my first customers - he wanted a four step version for his dachshund to get up on the bed. (See the four step version in brown plaid - that's his.)

I started selling them on etsy in January. Most people want to pick out their own fabric, so all but two of my sales have been custom orders, (besides asking for certain type of fabric, customers have suggested three steps instead of two, unfinished wood, all natural batting instead of the usual urethane foam, and the extra wide version for a dog who seemed skittish when descending the first set I made for him). So consider the items for sale samples and feel free to send me your ideas and ask me for something different. I had the first design idea; my customers have helped me design the others.

I'm a handyman, woodworker, furniture refinisher, artist, and upholsterer.

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