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Homemade Pet Beds

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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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By 13 found this helpful
February 10, 2012

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

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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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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 Pam Griffis from Davie, FL

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By 8 found this helpful
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. Save your old sheets and stained table cloths for projects like this - they can be used to make the ticking.

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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 Tubby from Pompano Beach, FL

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By 6 found this helpful
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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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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By 4 found this helpful
August 30, 2012

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.

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It sleeps 2 dogs very comfortably and I have a lot more room to move around.

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By 4 found this helpful
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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By 2 found this helpful
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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By 2 found this helpful
November 3, 2015

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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July 31, 2012

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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By 2 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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!

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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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May 14, 20170 found this helpful

Make your dog this cozy dog bed with a built in pocket for extra snuggly warmth. This is a guide about making a DIY pocket dog bed.

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

Recycled polypropylene bags can be stuffed with recycled newspaper or other materials and made into an inexpensive dog bed. This is a guide about using a polypropylene bag as a dog mattress.

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

Dog beds can be made from many recycled materials, including old bedding. This is a guide about using a foam mattress pad as a pet bed.

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May 14, 20170 found this helpful

Old worn out socks and clothing can find new purpose when making a bed for you dog or cat. This is a guide about recycled clothing pet bed.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
December 11, 2008

How do you make a dog bed?

Julie from Indianapolis, IN

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December 13, 20080 found this helpful
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I would add some cedar chips to the stuffing. It is a natural way to repel fleas, and it smells good.

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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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By sandy (Guest Post)
December 21, 20081 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.

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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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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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By 0 found this helpful
May 15, 2006

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

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Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

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By Dawn (Guest Post)
May 15, 20060 found this helpful

I make dog beds out of comforters that I buy and then cut in to 4 pieces. I can buy a queen size comforter at a thrift or discount store for $15. All 4 beds fit in the washing machine so I wash them once a week.

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May 15, 20060 found this helpful

I took two old pillows, loosely stitched them together, and as above an old comforter folded over the pillows, I used velco on the bottom to keep the comforter on as our little lady likes to find "just the right spot". Easy to come apart to wash the comforter & air dry in the dryer/hang on the line pillows.

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

I found that the one of our dogs who chooses not to sleep on the bed likes an old towel on the floor next to the bed. I alternate two, one in the wash and the other for Buttons to sleep on.

Not a bed, but she really likes it.

Laine

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By 0 found this helpful
January 26, 2012

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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May 12, 20140 found this helpful

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

By Susan S.

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

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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