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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
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Use a Crib Mattress As Dog BedIf 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.

By Gloria Z from Hoffman Estates, IL

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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 a thrift store and buy a fom rubber mattress pad. Cut out a size a little larger than your dog when he is reclined. If he is the right size, a good pillow cover or sham will do for a cover. Velcro the end closed. You can wash the cover, and the foam rubber won't flatten out. This is what I use for my dogs, and it makes a good orthopaedic bed for them.

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March 31, 2011 Flag
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Puppies sleeping in a dog bed made from old socks.Give your missing socks a new purpose. Make a dog or cat bed.

Approximate Time: 4 hours

Supplies:

  • mismatched socks
  • old stained up tee shirts
  • thread
  • scissors
  • felt

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

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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

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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. Save your old sheets and stained table cloths for projects like this - they can be used to make the ticking. Make a cover for the bed using a zipper or pocket closure so you can remove the cover to clean. The best part is you can custom fit the bed to your pet and space. And, if you recycle all your materials, this project might only cost you an afternoon.

    By Tubbygirl from Pompano Beach, FL

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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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    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.

    Approximate Time: 3 hours.

    Supplies:

    • fabric for outside
    • fabric for inside
    • tape measure
    • scissors
    • fiberfill
    • thread
    • sewing machine
    • pins
    • paper for measurements
    Supplies.

    Instructions:

    1. Measure the floor of the dog crate and write it down. Keep handy. Collect supplies.
    2. Cut 2 pieces of the fabric to be used for the inside pillow 1 inch bigger on each side.
    3. Cut enough 3 inch strips of fabric to go all around the perimeter of the pillow. This will form the gusset. It makes the inside pillow thicker.
    4. Cut the same pieces from the fabric for the outside cover. Mine were 18x24 inches so I cut them 19x25 inches.
    5. Sew the 3 inch strips to one of the pieces for the inside pillow all around. Clipping the seam allowance at the corners.
    6. Now sew the second side of the gusset to the other piece of the inside pillow all around. Clip seam allowances. Leave an opening in order to stuff it. Turn right sides out.
    7. Add the fiberfill and hand sew opening closed.
    8. Adding polyfil. Sewing stuffing opening closed.

    9. From the fabric for the cover cut another piece that is wider then the top. Mine was about 6 inches wider. It should be about 3/4 as long as the cover piece. Fold down the top and sew a wide hem in it. This is where the dog will slip in the pocket. He will be able to push it up with his nose.
    10. Pocket open

    11. Lay it on top of the top piece and make several folds or pleats across the bottom and pin each one to hold in place while you sew. After pinning the pleats this piece should then be exactly the same size as the top and bottom piece of your cover.
    12. Put right sides together and sew one side of the gusset to the top all around. Then sew the other side of the gusset to the bottom all around but leaving an opening to turn your work right side out.
    13. Turn right sides out and hand stitch or machine sew the opening closed.

    My dog liked it because it was warm inside when I came home from work today so I know he was in there. But he didn't want to hold still to get his picture taken. Enjoy!

    By Little Suzy from OH

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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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    May 15, 2006 Flag
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    Does anyone have a pattern for a simple and fast doggie bed?

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    Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

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    November 8, 20080 found this helpful

    For small to medium dogs, take an old sweatshirt, pull the sleeves to the inside of the sweatshirt, then pull sweatshirt over cheap bed pillow. It's all washable and no sewing. Takes a whole 2 minutes to make.

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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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    January 26, 2012 Flag
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    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 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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    July 31, 2012 Flag

    Reuse Sofa Cushions As A Pet BedWe 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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    May 22, 2011 Flag
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    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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    April 19, 2012 Flag
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    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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    October 30, 2004 Flag
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    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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    December 21, 2004 Flag
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    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
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