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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

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

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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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March 31, 2011 Flag

Give your missing socks a new purpose. Make a dog or cat bed.

Approximate Time: 4 hours

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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

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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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September 24, 2010

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.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

Recycled End Table Canopy Pet Bed

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This page contains instructions to make a cute pet canopy bed from a recycled end table. This is a guide about recycled end table canopy pet bed.

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December 17, 2010

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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November 3, 2015

crate with orange cushion

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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.

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April 5, 2010

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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June 24, 2009

Dog in bed pocket.

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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".

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August 30, 2012

Lab lying on dog bed in closet.

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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.

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April 13, 2013

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 18, 2011

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

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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November 22, 20045 found this helpful

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

Reuse Sofa Cushions As A Pet Bed

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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.

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May 22, 2011

I make pet beds for rescues and an easy way to make some is to collect 'shaggy' rugs like bathroom rugs, cut a piece of sturdy fabric the same size and zig-zag stitch it to the back of the rug.

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June 12, 2012

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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January 25, 2011

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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October 30, 20041 found this helpful

Doggie beds can be made out of used fleece robes found at thrift stores. You can usually pick them up for very little and cut them apart to make a nice bed for your little pet.

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April 19, 2012

Take the crib bumpers and fold and layer them to the size bed you want to make or cut a mattress topper to the size of the pet bed you want to make. I had an old memory foam topper that was cut to make quite a few pet beds.

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December 21, 20040 found this helpful

Turn a cardboard box (the kind that reams of copy paper come in) into a bed for a small pet by cutting an entrance and lining it with a blanket.

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December 11, 2008 Flag

How do you make a dog bed?

Julie from Indianapolis, IN

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December 15, 20080 found this helpful
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My mom uses a pillow with a blanket on top for her dogs to snuggle in. I don't think dogs want anything fancy, only comfy!

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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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May 15, 2006 Flag

Does anyone have a pattern for a simple and fast doggie bed?

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Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

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May 10, 20080 found this helpful

If you go to www.simplicity.com you can order design 3960 which is for no-sew dog beds. HTH!

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I actually made a larger dog bed for my 70 pound shepherd/greyhound mix. I just bought 2 yards of fabric, folded it in half, sewed and stuffed it up with a lot of poly-fill. It works great, and wasn't that expensive. I think I ended up using like three or four bags of poly fill, so that was the expensive part. The dogs like that it is not overstuffed, so they can push the stuffing around and it molds to them a bit. I also just toss it in the washing machine when it needs a cleaning. Fills up the washing machine, but its a good size for the dogs.

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January 26, 2012 Flag

Could I have a few suggestions on how to make homemade dog beds that are durable for a large breed of dog?

By Homeysue

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January 27, 20120 found this helpful

I made one by using an old down comforter and an old sheet. I sewed the sheet to make a giant pillowcase, stuffed the comforter in it and sewed the sheet closed. My dog seems to love it - the down comforter makes it flexible enough for him to 'paw' at it to make his bed.

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January 27, 20120 found this helpful

I got a used baby crib mattress and slipped it inside a sleeping bag. You could also used fitted crib sheets on it.

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May 12, 2014 Flag

Any suggestion on making a cooling bed for a 60lb dog?

By Susan S.

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May 28, 2013 Flag

How would I make a dog bed from an old kitchen chair cushion and old sheets? Do you think it would be comfy if I used a new pool noodle as the sides?
P.S. Please tell me your opinions.

By Jeannie

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