Did you just get a new dog and want to give it a relaxing bed to curl in? Or maybe your furry friend was a good boy/girl lately, and you want to reward it with a beautiful and comfortable bed? Dogs love to nap a lot and spend more time in their beds than us. That’s why they deserve the best!
What’s better than the satisfaction of making a DIY dog bed and seeing your pet enjoy it to the fullest? If you are looking for a smart and simple tutorial, we are here to help! Keep on reading to find some easy DIY projects to make a dreamy bed for your pet that will fit with your home decor, but most importantly, one your doggie won’t get enough of!
DIY pet bed – Recycling old pillows
Your dog loves sleeping on your bed, right? And most of the time, you find it lying on your pillows. So why not make a dog bed made of pillows? Most of us have old ones somewhere in the closet or the attic. So why not upcycle them and save money? You’ll offer your dog a floor pillow, and you’ll also keep the ones on the bed for yourself. Double win, right? We will help with a step-by-step bed tutorial that will be so cute and comfortable your dog won’t be able to resist. Keep reading!
What you’ll need(besides a dog!)
- 2 big old pillows, you may use more for a large dog
- Sewing machine(optional)
- Sewing pins
- Reel of thread
Step 1: Overlap the 2 pillows
Make the pillow’s inside using 2 old pillows. All you need to do is just overlap them a bit. A 10-15 cm of overlap will be great.
Step 2: Sew the pillows together
Sew the pillows together along the overlap. You can do it by hand or use a sewing machine. Repeat the same process on the other side.
Step 3: Stitch in the centre
Help the 2 pillows stay attached to each other by stitching a little bit in the centre. Do that on both sides. Now the whole thing will look like one huge happy pillow.
Step 4: Get your fabric
Choose the fabric you want to use. It is best to be a washable material so that you won’t have any future problems. You can use washable pillowcases, covers, or even faded living room curtains you want to replace. It is essential to find a piece of fabric long enough to wrap around the pillow with several cm of overlap.
Step 5: Trim the fabric
Trim the fabric so you’ll remove the curtain tabs and the excess width. Now it’s time to start crafting!
Step 6: Craft the pillowcase
- Start by folding up the un-hemmed overlapping edge twice. If you are using fabric, this will be both edges, but if you are using a curtain, one will be already hemmed for you.
- Pin it every couple of cm. You can go the extra mile and iron this too, but just pinning it will be fine.
Step 7: Wrap tightly around the pillow
Lay it out again, wrap tightly around the pillow, and overlap the edges roughly in the middle. There is no need for exact measurements, so don’t worry. Be careful; you want everything “inside out”, so make sure the hems’ ugly side is facing up/out.
Step 8: Pin and sew the sides
- Pin one side closed, then slide the pillow out and pin the other one closed.
- Then sew along the 2 long edges you just pinned.
- Now turn the entire thing right-side-out.
Step 9: Complete your dog bed
The result of your sewing project will look like a giant sandwich baggie. Maybe some pillow shams in your bed have similar construction. All that is left to do is stuff the pillow into the cover, flip it over, place it where you want and let your pooch enjoy its new, soft and fluffy bed!
DIY dog bed from a recycled tire
A tire’s interior can be an excellent place for small dogs, or even medium-sized ones, to relax. Plus, they will love to rest their head on the hard rubber edges when they’re awake. Not only do you contribute to recycling, but this is also an easy and quick project to do; the longest part is waiting for the paint to dry! Change any old tire into a chic bed for your pet with the tutorial below.
- 1 hour (time needed doing the project)
- 1 hour (time needed waiting around)
- 2 hours (total project time)
What you’ll need
- A stiff bristle brush
- Soap and water
- An old tire
- Spray paint, designed to stick to rubber
- Sticky felt pads
- A round bed, a cushion or a big soft blanket
Step 1: Deep clean the tire
Paint won’t stick to dirt and dust, and you want your dog bed to be clean. So start by hosing the tire down and giving it a good scrub with some soapy water and a stiff bristle brush. Then, pick out any tiny rocks trapped in it using an old nail. Once you’re done cleaning the tire’s outer surfaces, rinse it off with clean water and leave it out to dry.
Step 2: Spray paint the tire
Once the tire is completely dry, set it up on its edge and lightly spray it with spray paint. Hold the can about 20 cm away from the tire while spraying. You should choose a paint colour that you like and combine it with the decoration of the corner where you’ll place the bed.
If you can’t paint all sides of the tire at once, you may need to do 4 “painting sessions”. Do 1 paint coat on the tire’s top half, then, once the paint has dried, rotate it and paint the “bottom” half. After the first coat is dry, do a second coat on the top half of the tire, then rotate again to do a second coat on the bottom half. After you are done, allow it to dry.
Step 3: Add extra paint for an original look(optional)
If you want to give your dog bed a fun and original look, you can use stamps to cover it in little paw prints. It is essential to use a tone that contrasts with the base colour. You may also write your dog’s name on the front of the bed. To get quick and nice results, use stamps and stencils.
Another fun way to paint your tire is to make it look like a doughnut. To achieve that effect, apply an irregular coating of paint to the tire’s top to look like icing. Use a brown tone on the bottom half to make the doughy base. Then, you can even create authentic-looking sprinkles using multi-coloured paint.
Step 4: Bring the tire inside
Once the paint is completely dry, bring your tire inside. You may want to use furniture sliders or little felt sticky feet to protect your floors from the tire and the tire’s paint job.
Step 5: Make a cushion for your pet bed(optional)
You can make your own cushion for the bed. Measure the tire’s interior diameter with a measuring tape to know how big your pillow needs to be. Using these measurements, sketch out the bed’s outline on the foam and then cut.
Once you’ve cut out the foam cushion, cover it with fabric. You can use materials you already have in the house, like bed sheets or old clothes. You can also go out and buy fabric for your dog bed. You’ll be amazed by the wide variety of materials and the colourful animal patterns.
Step 6: Complete your modern dog bed
Lay the tire down and stuff around the bed, a round cushion or a big soft blanket inside the tire. Now you’re done, and you can show your fantastic creation to your dog. You can also add one of your old sweaters or a t-shirt you no longer use to help it associate its new bed with you and make it feel more secure. Your pup is going to love it! Plus, if you have any tires left, you can make a DIY agility tire jump in the garden for your dog to play!
Recycle old furniture to make beautiful dog beds
Wondering what you can recycle around the house? Recycling old furniture, wooden boxes, and suitcases to make beds for pets can save lots of money and design unique home furnishings for your cat and dog. Here are some creative, practical, modern and attractive ideas for making dog or cat beds with old wooden dressers, side tables, suitcases and wooden boxes.
Use an old sofa’s empty side
Create an indoor dog house with a modern sofa design. If you have an old sofa, leave only the skeleton of its side to create a space within. Add a big cushion with sofa upholstery fabric in it to make a strong, inviting and comfortable bed for your dog.
Recycle old wooden boxes
Why throw away your old wooden boxes when you can make them into fantastic crate beds for your pets? All you have to do is fill them with a cushion with a removable cover to wash when needed. That way, your dog will have a comfortable place to rest, and you’ll end up having a beautiful new feature in your house.
Create a dog bed with an upcycled drawer look
Do you have an old dresser sitting in your basement? Choose one of its drawers and paint it. Then add a memory foam pillow in it, and you’re done. You can also get a personalised dog tag for your pet and create a unique bed!
Make a broken end table pet bed
Instead of throwing out your broken end table, use it to create an adorable bed for your favourite little pooch. Turn it upside down so the table’s legs make it look regal. Add some white paint and when you’re done, add something cushiony like a pet bed, soft pillow or even a cuddly blanket for your pet to sleep on.
Make a dog bed out of an old cabinet
Making a dog bed out of an old cabinet is also great to store all of your friend’s toys, collars, food, and necessities. You can easily make yours from an old nightstand or side table. All you have to do is add a coat of paint and something comfortable for the bed area. The result will be a personalised sleeping area for your little pup, and you’ll also have everything right there within easy reach.
Create a vintage suitcase dog bed
You can use an old suitcase or buy a vintage one from a thrift store. To keep the doggie safe, you’ll need to remove the lid and then just add a pillow and a bed cover. Depending on your suitcase’s size, a standard-sized pad will work in most cases. You can make this unique bed in under an hour. Just be careful when you are getting ready to go on a trip; you don’t want your dog thinking your travelling suitcase is its new bed!
There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a good night’s sleep. This isn’t true just for people, but for dogs, too. These lovely creatures sleep between 12 to 18 hours a day, depending on their age. So, they need to nap on a comfy bed, just like you do. If you own a dog, chances are you love your furry friend a lot. Show your love by making a unique and comfortable bed for your poochy and see its tail wagging in no time! The only thing left to do is manage to stop him/her from cuddling up against you in your bed! Find next: How to make a cat bed on your own!