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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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. I was looking for a sturdy dog bed and was quoted $102 (Australian) for a hammock type bed on a tubular steel frame.
Instead I collected 3 medium, (2' x 3'), wooden pallets, (the type that goods are delivered on to warehouses), from the local rubbish dump. I priced some made to measure foam pads - $40 each! I also found some old carpet pieces at the dump and substituted some foam cushions from the two previously destroyed lounges for the bought foam.
I placed the carpet face down on the ground, placed the foam cushions on top, and then the pallet. I cut the carpet to size with a Stanley knife - the area of the pallet plus the depth of the sides, taking a square from each corner so the carpet could be folded up and tacked to the base of the wooden pallet with no bulk at the corners. Once turned over I had a neat padded bed which, despite much scratching, is unmarked. They are insulated from the cold ground with a layer of air and my old arthritic dog finds them very comfortable. I'm very pleased with them for just the cost of a couple of packets of tacks! Regards.
By Jo Bodey
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.
By CaroleeRose from Madison, AL
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!
By dlginlove from Saint Peters, MO
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
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. Then I took an old sheet and made a cover for the bed.
I sewed the cover on all sides. This was a way to protect the pads or topper. Lastly I made a fleece pillowcase to fit over the sheet covered pet bed. I put a large snap and the end of the case. The pillowcase cover can easily be removed for cleaning, and the sheet cover protects it as well.
By Cynthia from Chicago, IL
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. I put the rectangular piece of foam into the sheet and sewed it shut. Then, I took a couple of his dog blankets and made them into a pillow case large enough to fit the foam. He loved his bed, and it was so easy to clean, just take off the case and wash it. I cut more pieces and made beds for my other dogs. He passed away a few years ago, and my other dogs now use it as their extra bed. I think it is especially comforting to dogs with spine and joint problems like my Basset Hound, Pete.
By Cynthia from IL
Give your missing socks a new purpose. Make a dog or cat bed.
Approximate Time: 4 hours
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.
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.
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
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. I usually stitch it crosswise and lengthwise to hold it together when washing. You could even put some batting inside if you want it thicker.
By Pat from Phoenix, AZ
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
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.
By Gloria Z from Hoffman Estates, IL
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.
By gbk from GA
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
My older dog started having bladder issues. She was having accidents in the house, on dog beds and on our bed! She would rather die than have an accident in the house, plus all the laundry to wash everything and countless dog beds that could not be saved. I decided to make a blanket to toss over the beds to protect them. I used a soft fleece for one side, a thicker, fluffy lamb's wool looking fabric for the other, and a baby crib waterproof protector sheet for the middle. Match up the fabrics, sew them together and viola!
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. Just cut 2 round pieces the size you want plus the seam allowance, stuff with fluffy batting and you are done.
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Here are questions related to Homemade Pet Beds.
Could I have a few suggestions on how to make homemade dog beds that are durable for a large breed of dog?
I got a used baby crib mattress and slipped it inside a sleeping bag. You could also used fitted crib sheets on it.
How do you make a dog bed?
Julie from Indianapolis, IN
I found great pet beds fashionable well priced and she says she can custom make any sized needed vist www.bedsandbows.blogspot.com
Does anyone have a pattern for a simple and fast doggie bed?
Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
By Janelle (Guest Post)11/08/2008
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.
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?
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I'm looking for EASY ideas for a homemade dog bed. Our dog has outgrown the small sized store-bought dog bed that we purchased when we brought her home from the animal shelter. My kids want to buy one of those they see in the stores that run about $30.00! No way! I'd like to make it a little family project for us to make together.
SkyeBlue from Mena, AR
By Anna from Maine
By Lynn Beth
For a small bed, purchase 1 5/8yds of 45" fabric, medium: 3 yds of 45". Check the remnant bin for reduced fabrics. You might want to consider using old pillows to use for stuffing. You can use a style similar to a pillow case or a case itself. This would be easy for the kids to sew, teaching them how to use the sewing machine.Ideas: fabric paint, doggie paw prints, and you can use different decorative trims that you can glue on, using a glue gun or hemming tape that glues on when using an iron. Put dogs name on fabric (use paint or iron-on letters). (09/06/2008)