Updated: May 20th, 2019
Making a DIY pet bed for your furry pet can range from sewing something simple to complex woodwork. No matter which DIY pet bed idea you choose, the process of making it can be loads of fun if you have detailed instructions. The best part about DIYs is that you can customize the most minute aspect of the bed to suit your pet’s likings and your home’s decor. However, the most important question to ask yourself before you pick a do-it-yourself pet bed idea is, “will my pet be comfortable in this bed? And is it safe?”
As we all know having a pet and maintaining it can be slightly expensive with the pet insurance, grooming and everything else. But with a pet bed, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make one yourself and take all the safety precautions to assure that the bed is as good as the ones available in pet stores or online. Search your attic for old drawers, broken end tables, crates, barrels, cribs, wagons, vintage suitcases, picnic baskets, TV consoles, laundry bags, etc, because you can turn almost anything into a fine bed for your pet.
Here is a list of cozy DIY pet beds that range from simple revamping to slightly complex woodwork. You are sure to find the perfect idea along with all instructions to make these pet beds. Pick an idea for a bed for your kittens, cats, dogs of all sizes right from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane, and not to forget, even your little hamster. Every DIY idea also includes safety instructions to make sure that the bed is safe and comfortable for your pet to rest.
An old drawer always makes a great bed for a pet!
Small and medium-sized dogs like Shih Tzus, Pugs, Spaniels, puppies, kittens and cats.
Old drawer, paint, saw, sandpaper, cushion or pillow, and four round bun feet. You’ll need a saw and sandpaper if you want a little entrance.
Keep your pet’s bed near a wall in your bedroom.
If the drawer has sharp edges, sandpaper it. Blunt edges are always safer for pets. Make sure that the draw doesn’t have splintered wood and ensure that there’s no metal protruding. Layer the base with a thick fabric to make the bed extra comfy.
Retro TV consoles make great furniture! It’s time to revamp that old console and make a cozy king-size bed for your pet.
Cats, small and medium size dogs. This DIY bed is perfect if your pet likes cozy nooks.
Old TV console, paint, quilt or a soft blanket, and few cushions.
Make sure there’s no broken glass or sharp edges. Line the insides with fabric so that the bed doesn’t look like the back of a TV. Add little curtains to make it even cozier.
Wine crates make classy pet beds.
Cats, small and medium size dogs.
A wine crate or any other crate, hammer, screwdriver, sandpaper, paint/wood polish, paintbrush, cushion and a soft rug.
Make sure you pick a crate that is big enough for your pet. Don’t get carried away by a small beautiful looking wine crate if you are making this for a medium size dog. Your pet’s comfort is more important than the bed’s looks.
Use furniture glides under the crate to avoid scratches on your flooring. You can drill holes into the bottom of the crate and use a hammer to insert the furniture glides into it or you could stick felt pads at the bottom. Even if you forget to attach furniture glides, don’t worry, your home warranty has such scratches covered.
Don’t forget to check for protruding nails and splintered wood before letting your doggie into it.
Whether it’s an old picnic basket or an unused laundry basket, it could make just the right bed for your kitty.
Kittens, cats, and small size dogs.
Old picnic basket or laundry basket, and small blanket.
This is one of the simplest DIY pet beds.
If the basket is made out of wicker or cane, make sure there’s no cane or wicker sticking out. And if you’re using a cloth laundry basket, take precaution to see that the metal from the frame doesn’t protrude to protect your pet from getting scratched.
Cats and small, medium and large dogs.
Old suitcase, pillow, rug, and table legs if your pet prefers a little height.
Make sure there are no metal buckles protruding, this could cause your pet discomfort.
Kittens and cats.
Firm cardboard, 2 metal hangers, cloth tape, scissors, pliers, and a T-shirt.
Make sure that the cardboard that you’re using is broad enough for your cat to sleep on comfortably. If the T-shirt that you are using has a very small collar, it might be difficult for your cat to enter it and come out. You can also stick fabric on the base of the cardboard to make it cozier.
Medium and large size dogs.
Chest of drawers and a dog mattress.
You can make the same bed under a study table as well.
These beds are very easy to make because you really have nothing to do. You can put a soft blanket or a cushion to make it cozy.
Safety and comfort tip: Make sure your dog doesn’t feel cramped inside. If it’s a big dog, you may have to use a larger chest of drawers. The number of drawers that you’ll need to take out depends on the height of your dog.
Cats and small dogs.
A table, cushion, ribbons or scarves, round bun legs.
Turn the table over and put a cushion at the bottom.
Make sure the table legs aren’t pointy and that the bottom of the table doesn’t have splintered wood, glass or nails protruding. The table’s legs need to be taller than the pet, if not your pet could get hurt when climbing in and out of the bed.
A cozy bed for a big boy or girl.
Puppies and small, medium, and larger dogs.
A wagon, pillow, and a rug.
Safety and comfort tip: Make sure that the wagon doesn’t have any metal sticking out. Use felt pads under to save your floor from scratches that can be caused otherwise.
Kittens, cats, and small size dogs.
Old sweater/long sleeved tee, yarn, large-eye wool needle, scissors, pillow/cushion and cotton/baby blanket.
Use a sweater or tee that has soft fabric so that your pet can rest comfortably.
Medium, large and extra large dogs.
Crib or toddler bed, dog mattress, a rug and a couple of cushions.
If you have a crib or toddler bed, that’s great!
Safety and comfort tip: If you’re making this bed for a large or extra large dog, check whether the legs of the crib/bed are still strong enough to handle your dog’s weight.
Popsicle sticks, 2 thin wood sheets (14 x 2 cms), 1 wood sheet (10 x 8 cms), 1 wood sheet (10 x 6 cms) glue, shredded toilet paper or tissue (unscented).
You can use any hamster friendly bedding for the bed. There’s no guarantee that your hamster will actually use this bed, but it’s definitely something you could try.
Dogs of any size. It is commonly used for large and extra large size dogs.
4 PVC pipes (1 ¼ inches), 4 corner pieces (1 ¼ inches), 4 legs (same PVC pipe 4 inches), a wrench, a minimum of 24 screws (6 for each side), and a thick square cloth for the base.
Make sure that the screws are under the bed and not on top. Spread another cloth over the bed for hygiene purposes as you won’t be able to change the base cloth.
Small, medium and large dogs.
Wine barrel, drill machine, screws, saw, pillow, wood polish, and sandpaper.
If you are making this bed for a small dog
If you are making this bed for a large dog
Make sure that the nails don’t protrude through the bottom of the barrel and there’s no splintered wood. If you can’t find a pillow to fit into the barrel. Cut foam to fit the dimensions of the barrel and sew a cloth over it.
In case you have forgotten to take precaution to attach furniture glides or felt pads under your pet bed, don’t worry. Even if you do have scratches on your floor that have been left by other furniture, it’s alright, because your home warranty has these damages covered. However, the scratches left by your pets on flooring and furniture are not covered under a home warranty, so don’t forget to get your pet’s nails clipped from time to time.
Home Warranty doesn’t stop at covering the repairs for your damaged flooring, it covers repairs and replacement of an entire list of items that make your everyday life hassle-free. Just like how it is required to check reviews and compare different pet insurance companies before choosing the right one for your pet, it is necessary to do the same for a home warranty.
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