Dog beds aren’t easy on the budget. Many cost $50-$100, sometimes more. But there’s a more affordable solution: a DIY dog bed.
Not only is a DIY dog bed cheaper, but you can also customize it for your canine. Stores have limited options for designs and materials. If you make your own, on the other hand, the sky’s the limit.
Here are 10 DIY dog bed tutorials to check out if you’re in the mood to make your own.
1. DIY No Sew Dog Bed
If you’re looking for a quick and easy DIY dog bed, this is it. No sewing or other special skills are needed, and you can quickly create a customized canine resting space in no time.
To get started, you’ll need just two materials: a piece of memory foam and fleece. Next, grab your measuring tape, a pencil or pen, and fabric scissors.
The video tutorial walks you through everything you need to know, including what size to select for your dog.
This project is a great choice for those looking for a high-quality bed that’s easy to make and won’t break the bank.
2. Old T-Shirt DIY Dog Bed
The main material for this project is something you no doubt have at home right now: an old T-shirt. Just grab a long-sleeved T-shirt you know you won’t wear anymore, plus a needle and thread, and you’re ready to go.
The best part is you don’t even need a sewing machine. The bed is created with the hand-sewing method that anyone can do.
As you’ll see in this tutorial, the result is a cozy, circular bed that looks like one you’d find online or at a store. No one will ever know it’s an old T-shirt.
3. Dog Bed Made with Pillows
A DIY dog bed made with pillows is an excellent solution if your furry friend needs extra support or is super snuggly and loves a good cuddle.
The best part is this quick and easy project is an excellent option for crafting beginners. No sewing skills are needed!
First, you’ll grab pillows, either at the store or lying around the house. How many you choose depends on your dog’s size and needs.
Other materials needed are pillow protectors, any material of your choice (fabric, a tablecloth, bed sheets, whatever!), and iron-on strips.
The result is a bed so comfy you may need to give it a try!
4. Adorable (and Affordable) Sofa Bed
At first glance, this pet sofa bed looks like it’s made of expensive materials and costs hundreds of dollars. The truth is it’s made from an old box and affordable fabric. Genius!
The tutorial walks through everything you need to know to create a customized canine bed perfectly tailored to your pup.
All you need is basic sewing skills, and you’re ready to go.
5. Ped Bed with Removable Cover
If you like to sew, this project is for you. Following these steps, you’ll create a pet bed with a removable cover that’s aesthetic and easy to clean.
Let’s face it: Dogs are messy. They shed, drool, throw up, and occasionally have accidents. That’s why a removable cover is so convenient. You simply pop it in the washer if your dog makes a mess.
Another benefit of this bed is you can pick any fabric you like. Stores have limited colors, but here the options are endless.
6. DIY Dog Bed with Fabric Scraps
Another option for people who know their way around a sewing machine is this scrap-filled bed.
This thorough tutorial shows you precisely what you need to create a high-quality dog bed with materials you have lying around the house.
Ultimately, your precious pup will love this beautiful bed. And you’ll get points for your eco-friendly approach to dog rest and relaxation!
7. $15 Designer Dog Bed
It’s hard to believe this bed only costs $15. The sleek style looks like it cost so much more.
A note that this tutorial does require a bit more skills to complete since it involves woodworking. But you’re golden if you know how to work a saw and a drill.
The result is a more aesthetic and stylish bed than anything you’ll find in a store.
8. Calming Pet Bed
Dogs are known to have anxiety from time to time. It could be anything from thunderstorms or fireworks to separation from a loved one or adjusting to a new lifestyle.
Seeing your dog in distress is discomforting. Fortunately, there are many solutions to help your frightened friend, including a calming DIY dog bed.
The tutorial shows you how to create the perfect peaceful getaway for a pup.
The best part is that you’ll end up with a comfortable, cozy getaway that calms your canine.
9. DIY Pallet Dog Bed
Are you looking for a sturdy and stylish bed? Know your way around a toolset? This project is for you!
Follow the instructions, and you’ll have a DIY dog pallet bed in no time.
As a bonus, the tutorial shows you how to attach wheels to the bottom of the bed, allowing you to roll the bed anywhere you need your puppy pal.
Your dog will thank you for giving them such a cool and comfortable bed.
10. Dog Cot with PVC
When you hear of PVC pipe, you probably don’t think of dog beds. But that’s the primary material in this DIY dog bed.
You’ll construct an elevated dog bed that’s cool and comfortable.
All you need to do is grab some PVC pipe, fabric, and a few other materials and ready your sewing machine.
This is for you if you live in a warm climate or your dog overheats easily.
What DIY dog bed is right for you?
Deciding on which DIY dog bed to make depends on several factors. Here’s what you should consider.
Are you a crafting queen? Or have you barely picked up a glue gun?
Your skill level and comfort with trying out new DIY projects will help determine which one is right for you.
But, if a project features skills you haven’t learned yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t try it. If you’re up for it, this could be a fun way to stretch your knowledge and learn a new skill.
Another important factor is your furry friend. What do they need in a bed?
Their size will play a part. For example, it’s easier to create certain beds for a smaller dog versus a large one.
Also, how does your dog like to rest?
Do they like to burrow up in their blanket? If so, a bed with raised edges might be cozier for them.
Or do they like to stretch out and relax? Then a flat bed is likely more their style.
Another question to consider is where the bed will be used.
For example, is it going in a kennel or placed directly on the floor? What room in the house, and is it warm or cold? Or is it going in a garage or other exterior building?
Also, how much space do you have? Do you have room for a large sofa bed? Or can you only spare a few feet?
Other DIY dog bed ideas
Creating a dog bed from scratch isn’t always easy. If you want to create a more customized option for your dog but don’t want to commit to building one from scratch, here are a few other ideas.
- Embroider your dog’s name on a store-bought bed. All you need is thread and a needle.
- Add embellishments. Ribbons, rhinestones, charms – anything that fits your furbaby. Just make sure they can’t chew and choke on any of the materials.
- Change the fabric. If your dog’s bed needs a refresh, change out the fabric to something that’s more your style.