Homemade Pet Beds

Buying a pet bed can be expensive and sometimes frustrating when looking for a specific size or type. This is a guide about homemade pet beds.
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February 10, 2012 Flag
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If you're tired of having to replace your large dog's bed and spending a lot of money, I suggest you buy a baby crib mattress and a plastic zippered mattress cover. Put a crib sheet over it and you're set, clean up is a breeze and you'll never need another dog bed.
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By Gloria Z from Hoffman Estates, IL

February 12, 20120 found this helpful

I've done that for years and it truly is a great idea. I see them all the time on freecycle.com for free. I also put comforters on them as well during the winter.

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January 27, 20130 found this helpful

March 31, 2011 Flag
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Give your missing socks a new purpose. Make a dog or cat bed.

Approximate Time: 4 hours

Supplies:

Instructions:

We have a medium size dog so I used 14 socks and 6 tee shirts ripped up to make strips. I made a 2 layer ring of the socks, to create the sides.

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  1. Start by cutting the toes of the socks.

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  2. Next start stitching socks together, when stitching one goes inside the other, (the outside sock is right side-out, the inside sock should be wrong side-out and shoved inside carefully to match the edges)

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  3. Then, pull out the inside sock. I stitched ankle to ankle, and toe to toe.

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  4. After every 2 socks or so, begin stuffing the socks with socks or cut off strips of tee shirts, or whatever your stuffing choice is.

    It may become very hard if you stuff more than 6 at a time. I had to put them on the end of a broom handle and slowly shove them in.

  5. Take 10 strips of tee shirts (I cut around the waistline to make a circle and then I made 1 cut to make a long strip.) Tie the 2 layers together (I knotted several times, dogs love to chew!) to form 1 ring.

  6. Lay the ring of socks out on a piece of paper and trace around the outside and add a couple inches and cut circle out of felt or fleece.

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  7. Hand stitch the circle of fabric to the bottom of the ring

    Note: I had some felt laying around, you could use an old tee shirt, old sheets, etc.

Good luck and have fun.

By Lisa from Auburn Hills, MI

April 1, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks everyone, and yes they a Jack Russell pups a week old in that picture.

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

September 24, 2010 Flag

We have two large dogs - 90 and 120 lbs. that sleep in our bedroom. After going though several dog beds (starting at $40 each times two), because of their size (they literally flattened the beds), I finally convinced my husband to buy a twin mattress.

What a difference! Not only is it holding up better, but it's easier to care for. I just put a mattress pad on it and use twin sheets as a cover. With my two I usually change sheets twice a week. Have you ever had to take the cover off a regular dog bed and wash it? I even made sheet covers for their other beds, but they still didn't protect as well as the mattress pad.

I periodically spray air freshener on the mattress and wash the mattress pad. As an added bonus, because my bed sets high off the ground, I can slid the dogs' bed underneath when needed.

By pdg from Davie, FL

September 27, 20100 found this helpful

A friend of mine buys crib mattresses at garage sales for her big dogs. Their covering is washable since they need to be waterproof. But a twin for two big dogs to share is a great idea too.

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November 3, 2015 Flag
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I buy used outdoor patio cushions for my dogs from our local Goodwill stores. They come in all sizes and colors and provide a lot of comfort and usually cost $1 to $2 each.

crate with orange cushion

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December 17, 2010 Flag
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Recycle your old bed pillows to make your pet a bed. Put the old bed pillows through the washer and dryer to clean and fluff them up. Then use the pillow fill to make a custom bed for your pet.

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April 5, 2010 Flag
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I had to throw out the mattress to our dog's bed. So I used packing peanuts with a freshly laundered cover to replace it with. Works fine!

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December 11, 2008 Flag
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How do you make a dog bed?

Julie from Indianapolis, IN

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful
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Go to thrift store buy child's sleeping bag sew up end that you would slip into . stuff with old pillows also from thrift store and zip up . When it's time to wash it just zip it off hang to dry out side on line. I have purchased 2 so I always have one between washes. My dog is a very big boy and it fits him perfectly. His bed is along side of mine and keeps him from trying to jump on mine.

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June 24, 2009 Flag

This has an inside pillow filled with fiberfill and a removable cover for washing, with a pocket so my dog thinks he is sleeping "under the blankets".

Dog in bed pocket.

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April 13, 2013 Flag
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My older dog started having bladder issues. She was having accidents in the house, on dog beds and on our bed!

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August 30, 2012 Flag

My dogs follow me all day long and I was constantly falling over them in my home office. I removed the closet doors and layed down 2 old couch cushions and covered them with comforters that I bought at a Thrift Store. It sleeps 2 dogs very comfortably and I have a lot more room to move around.

Lab lying on dog bed in closet.

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August 18, 2011 Flag
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If you have ever purchased a pet bed, you will know from experience that the bedding often becomes stinky and needs cleaning. I always look for beds with zippers so that you can wash the cover.

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February 6, 2008 Flag

Our cat loves to sleep on something that we use or have used. We had a bunch of odd socks and holey socks from years gone by. Originally I was going to make sock puppets but had a better idea.

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June 12, 2012 Flag
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I have 6 dogs and 2 require replacing their beds as they have an air conditioned part of my carport and go outside on their own. I simply find old couches that are put out for the trash and if they are clean and don't have wool covers I pick them up and voila! new beds.

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November 22, 2004 Flag
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My dogs are very destructive and manage to tear blanket, cushions, and conventional dog beds by 'digging' to make themselves more comfortable. They have also destroyed 2 lounges, (sofas/settees), and 3 single mattresses I gave them as beds.

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July 31, 2012 Flag

We recently got a new sofa, and found out the old sofa cushions fit perfectly in the XL doggie crate we have for our Lab/St Bernard. So we kept them, and will use them as a nice, sofa-like bed for Barli. He likes his new bed, because it is his old bed, and we get our new sofa to boot!

By Jacketbacker from Greer, SC

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January 25, 2011 Flag
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I made a bed for my Basset Hound from a memory foam mattress topper that I didn't need anymore. I cut it into a rectangle, then I cut an old sheet to fit and sewed the sheet around three sides leaving one side open.

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