I can feel your emotion for your favorite pet. As a pet parent, you must want to give the highest comfort to your dog and that is why you are here to check the ideas of DIY dog beds.
Today I have brought 5 simple ideas to DIY dog beds by your own. These ideas are easy to implement and also do not take much time to accomplish.
The tools and materials I have used in these selected projects are simple and available in our home. Yes, you may need to buy some materials and tools depending on the project you are choosing but those items are small in number.
Some projects require sewing skill. If you already have this skill then it will be easier for you but if you do not have this skill, then I will recommend taking the project as an opportunity to learn a new skill.
5 Simple DOG Bed Projects
1. Dog Bed from a Recycled Tire
Instead of throwing the old tire away you can use it to make a beautiful bed for your dog. You will need not more than 2 hours to turn an old tire into a colorful bed for your dog. The following tools and materials are required for this project:
- An old tire
- Spray paint for rubber material
- Sticky felt pad
- Round pet bed
How to Make a Dog Bed from a Recycled Tire?
The first step is cleaning because paint does not adhere to a dirty tire. So, at first, you have to clean the tire with soap and water using a brush. If there are any tiny rocks stuck in the tread clean those also using a nail.
The second step is drying. Once you have cleaned all the dirt, dust and tiny rocks from the tire and washed it with water you have to make it dry.
When the tire is dried completely it is time for painting with your favorite color. You cannot paint the whole body of the tire at once and it may need several sessions to complete the total tire.
After completing a session you have to make that part dry and then start the next session and in this way, you have to paint the whole tire.
Now it is time to bring the tire inside your home and laying the tire down stuff a round pillow or dog bed inside the tire. It is a good idea to use felt sticky feet or furniture sliders with the tire to protect the floor from sticking the paint on it.
And the bed is ready for your cute puppy.
2. DIY T-Shirt Dog Tent
You can make a cute tent from an old T-shirt for your dog. If your dog is not big in size you can take initiative for this project. You need the following tools and materials for this project:
- A medium size t-shirt
- A cardboard
- Safety pin
- Two wire hangers
- A large pair of pliers to cut and bend the hangers
How to DIY T-shirt Dog tent?
Firstly you have to cut off the squiggly ends of the hanger and give it a curved shape so that it goes from one corner to the other of the cardboard.
If the cardboard you are using has a crease in it we will suggest you to tape on a couple supports to the cardboard and tape all around the edges. It will increase the stability of your cardboard.
The second step is to poke a hole on each corner of the cardboard. The size of the holes should not be too large to fit the hangers.
The next step is to cross both hangers in the middle and tape those together so that they do not shift. While crossing both hangers make it sure that all the ends touch the surface you are working on. And then push the ends through the holes you have made in step 2.
After pushing the ends through the holes bend one inch on the rear part of each hanger so that it sits beautifully against the cardboard. Then tape the ends well so that it won’t snag the T-shirt when you pull it over.
In the previous 4 steps, you just made the frame of the tent and now it is time to make the tent. Bring the T-shirt you have chosen to make the tent and pull it over the frame you have made.
Position the T-shirt in such a way so that the neck hole remains in the middle of the front and the bottom part is trailing behind the frame of the tent. Then flip it up so the rear portion is facing you and the hole is pointing upwards.
Then fold up the excess portion of the T-shirt from the bottom part and tightening it up to add safety pin in the bottom place. After that pulling the sleeves tightly add their safety pin too so that it remains tightly over the frame.
The tent is ready for your cute little puppy.
3. DIY Vintage Suitcase Bed for Your Dog
If there is an old vintage suitcase in your home you can convert it into a comfortable bed for your dog. It is an easy project that needs the following tools and materials to complete:
- Old vintage suitcase
- Pillow and pillow sham
How to Make Dog Bed from Vintage Suitcase?
In some suitcases, the top and bottom part are hinged together and in some suitcase, both of the parts are attached by some other means. If the top and bottom part of your vintage suitcase is hinged together then the work has become easier for you. To loosen the top part from the bottom you just have to unscrew it.
On the other hand, if the parts are attached by some other means you may need to break it by hammering and loosen the top part from the bottom part.
The next step is to cover a pillow with a sham and place it in the suitcase and tuck the corners in. If the size of your pillow fits in the suitcase then you are lucky and if not you have to custom your own pillow.
Now welcome your dog to his new bed.
4. DIY Sweat Shirt Dog Bed
Here is another cool idea to make a comfortable bed for your dog. If you have a little sewing skill you can start this project. You need the following tools and materials for this project:
- Old Sweatshirt
- Sewing Machine
- Marker Chalk
How to DIY Sweat Shirt Dog Bed?
Turn the sweatshirt inside out gather the edges of the collar and sew the collars with a sewing machine. Do not forget to leave a small portion of it to keep open.
Then stretching the hoodie with pins mark a straight line with the marker chalk from one armpit to the other. Use the ruler to make the line straight.
Then sew it to join the front and back of the grid, following the marked line. After completing the sewing remove the pin that you have attached.
Then keeping the sleeves along the body of the sweatshirt pin to the sides. Keep the cuffs open since there is another task you have to compete with the open cuffs.
Through the open cuffs now insert acrylic blanket or foam into it. If there is any chopped leftover of fabric you can insert those through the cuffs also. Then fill the belly of the sweatshirt with a soft pillow.
Now sew the cuff together and join them. To cover the sewed portion you can cover it with a piece of other fabric.
The bed is ready to welcome your lovely dog.
5. DIY Drawer Dog Bed
If there is any unused drawer in your home or storeroom you can convert those into cool bed for your dogs. You need
- A medium size drawer
How to DIY Drawer Dog Bed?
The first step is cleaning the drawer. If the drawer is made of wood then it is better not to use water for cleaning purpose rather use a dry and clean rug to remove the dirt and dust from it.
After cleaning the drawer start painting it with your chosen paint but if the existed paint of the drawer is fine you do not have to perform this step, just jump to step 3.
Bring a pillow that nicely fits with the drawer. If you do not have any pillow in your collection that fits with the drawer then solve the problem by customizing the size of the pillow.
And the bed is ready to welcome your puppy.
After making a comfortable bed for your dog do not think that you have done your responsibility, you just have opened a new door of responsibility. To ensure proper hygiene do not forget to clean the bed on a regular basis.
It is better to keep more than one mattress, I mean keeping two mattresses is a good practice. If you do not keep the mattress or bed clean and dry your dog may get affected by so many diseases and a sick pet will cause you so many troubles and mental pressure.
Another most important thing you should not forget while making a bed for your dog is the size of it. If the bed is bigger than your dog’s size then there will be no problem but if the bed is smaller than its size your dog will not feel comfortable to take rest or sleep on it.