How to Make a Dog Bed: The Best DIY Hack for Your Pooch

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What do you do when your best buddy needs a new bed but you don't want to spend $50 or more? You learn how to make a dog bed on your own! It's actually really easy to take materials you likely already have laying around and turn them into a chic, fun craft experience.

The first thing you will want to do is figure out what materials you do have lying around to use. After that, it's easy to make a comfortable new nook for your furry loved one.

When you find out how to make a dog bed yourself and how easy it actually is, you'll wonder why you ever spent money on a dog bed, to begin with.

Safe Materials

When deciding how to make a dog bed for your pet, it's important to pick only safe materials. A lot of dogs suffer from allergies, and certain fabrics or stuffing materials can exacerbate these allergies.

It's also worth noting that loose ends could entice a puppy to chew on the bed itself, which could lead to him swallowing thread or fabric or even stuffing. That could lead to a blockage in his digestive system, so make sure you secure the stuffing really well inside his bed to make sure he can't get at it.

Memory foam

One great choice of stuffing for a dog bed is memory foam. We're all familiar with memory foam for mattresses, and for good reason. This super comfortable stuffing type helps to provide support while also adapting to your pet's body shape. It's also hypoallergenic and prevents dust mites.

Hypoallergenic pillow stuffing

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Memory foam can be expensive, so if you're trying to save some money, look into hypoallergenic pillow stuffing. Again, it's proven to reduce allergies due to dust and dust mites.

However, be very careful with this type of stuffing. It's easy for dogs to swallow it if they're chewers.

Strips of old clothes, towels, etc.

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Another option for stuffing is to cut up old fabrics you're not using anymore and use that to stuff the bed. That is a little safer than using polyester stuffing because your dog is less likely to swallow it, even if she does chew it.

Plus, she can fluff the pillow or bed to her liking, which is not really possible with memory foam -- though it should adapt to her most comfortable position anyway.

How to Make a Dog Bed out of Upcycled or Repurposed Furniture

One of the easiest and coolest ways to make a dog bed is to use broken or obsolete furniture.

Maybe you have a piece that doesn't really serve a purpose anymore due to outdated technology. Or maybe you broke the surface of a table or console.

It's easy to learn how to make a dog bed out of upcycled or repurposed furniture. All you need is your piece, some paint or stain, and the pillow you're using for her bed.


One of the easiest pieces of furniture to turn into a dog bed is a drawer. If you have a broken dresser with big enough drawers for your baby, all you have to do is put a pillow inside to make it comfy for Fido.

Don't have a ton of space? You can use rolling drawers that fit under your bed. Just roll it out at night when your pet needs to sleep and roll it back under the bed after she wakes up in the morning.

Broken end table

Another great option is a broken end table. Simply paint or stain it any way you like, then turn it upside down and put your dog's pillow inside for a sweet four-poster doggy bed.

TV console

Do you have an old TV console from way back when all that was available were tube televisions? It's easy to turn that into a decorative dog bed.

Simply put your dog's pillow into the space allotted for the television set. You might need to remove shelves or drawers if your dog is medium to large-sized. But the adorable and functional bed will be worth the extra effort.


You can also turn a nightstand into a bed, much in the same way as you do an end table. Some nightstands don't have legs, but they do have a cabinet with a door. It's the perfect little hideaway for your little guy. A similarly shaped end table can function the same way.

Upcycled Found Objects

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Okay, so you don't have broken or unused furniture lying around to make a dog bed out of. It's just as easy to learn how to make a dog bed using upcycled found objects.

Upcycling is the process of taking something that is no longer useful for its original purpose and adapting it in some way to make it useful for a different purpose. For example, sewing the bottom of a tank top together to make a bag.

There are so many found objects -- a.k.a. trash -- that you could repurpose for a dog bed that there's bound to be something you have available.

Old tire

The next time you need a new tire, ask the mechanic to give it back to you rather than throwing it away. All it needs is a coat of spray paint and a pillow inside to become the perfect dog bed for a small to medium-sized dog.

Plus, it's better for the environment anyway.

Wooden crate

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You might have an old wooden crate lying around. Or maybe you found a wooden pallet that you want to use. Just lay the crate or pallet down so that the hollow side faces up and put a pillow inside for your dog. You can always add short legs to it if you want to raise it off the floor by a bit.

If your dog is larger or if you use an entire wooden pallet, you might need to make your dog's pillow rather than using a standard pillow. However, you could also repurpose your old pillows when you buy new ones for yourself.

Old sweater

Let's face it: every dog's favorite bed is his owner's clothes. It's one of the sweetest things. They just love to relax surrounded by our scents!

If you have an old sweater you don't wear anymore, it's the perfect bed for a small dog. Stuff the torso with your stuffing of choice then sew the neck and the bottom shut.

Next, stuff the arms and sew them shut. Attach them to the torso and each other and voila! A cute little pillow that your dog will love to snuggle on.

Old suitcase

If you have one of those old suitcases without wheels, or the kind that had wheels but was still oriented horizontally (you know which ones I'm talking about!) then this is another incredibly easy future pet bed.

Open the suitcase and put in your dog's pillow. At this point, you can even decorate the inside of the open lid if you'd like. Add photos of your puppy, paint his name on the inside, whatever suits your fancy!


Remember those old Radio Flyer wagons from your childhood? Just take the wheels off, add a bed, and you have a super simple new bed for your best pal.

You can spray paint it if you want, but part of the charm of this particular method of how to make a dog bed is its nostalgia.

Easy DIY Beds

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Maybe you want to fully DIY your dog's bed. After all, you might not have an old something-or-other to turn into a bed. Or maybe you want to learn how to make a dog bed from scratch just because you're crafty.

There are many ways to make your own dog bed without using a pre-made option or repurposing something old. The beauty of these projects is that you can make it look exactly how you want. The downside is that you have to do the work yourself.

Sewing projects

There are many ways to sew a dog bed. Essentially, all you need is the fabric, a sewing machine, the stuffing of your choice, and a pattern.

The best part is that you can make your own pattern really easily. Let's say you just want a simple, circular pillow.

Just cut the fabric of your choice into two identical circles whose diameters are longer than your dog's length from nose to tail. Sew most of it together, inside-out, on your machine, leaving a few inches open to stuff. Then turn the bed right-side-out, stuff it, and sew that last bit by hand after it's full.

If you want a more technically difficult shape, like a rectangle or square, you can accomplish this really easily too. Just make sure that it's longer than your dog's length.

Make two identical rectangles on your fabric and cut them out. Then cut four narrower strips a few inches wide and about an inch longer than the lengths of your rectangles.

With the fabric inside-out, sew all four strips to one rectangle, then sew the ends of the strips together. Sew the other rectangle to three of the strips, leaving one open to allow for stuffing. Turn the bed right-side-out, stuff it, then sew the opening shut by hand.

Building projects

Maybe you're more a builder than a sewer. You can easily build a dog bed out of scrap wood. Just make a box that's a bit longer than your dog's length and at least two times his width.

Paint it however you'd like -- maybe paint your pup's name on the side. Put in a pillow and done!

Snuggle Time

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Now that you know how to make a dog bed for your pup in the easiest possible ways, it's time to see what you can do! Give your furbaby the best looking and most comfortable bed possible.

And the best part is it doesn't have to take a lot of money -- especially if you use objects you already have. So what are you waiting for? Let's get crafting!

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