10 DIY Dog Beds | DIY Formula

10 DIY Dog Beds

A great way to bond with your dog is to make your their bed instead of buying it from the store. This project gives a wonderful opportunity to upcycle materials you may already have lying around the house. The whole family can join in the fun, giving everyone a chance to create something your dog will use every day. More importantly, you get to design an entirely unique and inexpensive puppy bed that speaks to you and your dog’s personality. These DIY dog bed projects will assure the comfort of your beloved pet.

1. No-Sew Dog Bed

The fantastic thing about this project is its simplicity. The DIY dog bed itself only requires two materials. In addition, you can use of three essential tools that you can easily find at home. You can adjust the bed’s measurements to fit your dog’s size. Instead of stitches, the bed is secured by knotted fabric strips. Have your family members join in for the knotting party and make this project extra enjoyable. A simple no-sew DIY dog bed can assure their comfort without straining your budget.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Materials You Need:

  • Fabric (sheet, blanket, or tablecloth)
  • Poly-fill or cotton pillows, or polyester fiber fill
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Scissors

2. Snuggle Dog Bed

Most dogs instinctively burrow, so it should not be a surprise to find them hiding under your blankets. You can use an extra blanket and pillow you have lying around the house to create this cozy bed. With its pocket design, you don’t need to provide your dog with a separate blanket to stay toasty. This cheap dog bed is guaranteed to meet your dog’s snuggling needs!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Materials You Need:

  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

3. Sweater Dog Bed

You can usually find an old knitted sweater in the back of the closet. After, you can upcycle it into a comfy DIY dog bed that your pet will love. The project uses blanket stitches to close up sweater holes, hold together the sweater arms, and give the bed a tailored look. It’s an easy DIY dog bed that will require more time than skill.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour
Materials You Need:

4. Wood Crate Dog Bed

A wood crate dog bed gives a great way to feature extra personalized touches to your puppy’s crib. Use wooden letters to spell out their name as well. Don’t hesitate to get creative with color, fabric, and design elements with this DIY dog bed.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes; allow 4 hours to dry
Materials You Need:

5. Four Poster Dog Bed

Your beloved pet deserves to live the luxurious life complete with a DIY dog bed designed for royalty. This project upcycles that old nightstand or end table you no longer love. Adding the finishing touches to this project, such as the pleated ribbon trim, clear cabinet knobs, and the tulle canopy is part of the glam.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes; allow for 4 hours in between to dry
Materials You Need:

6. Tire Dog Bed

A pet with a rugged personality can best appreciate the DIY tire dog bed. This project is best suited for completion outdoors, as the tire’s treads soak up plenty of paint and require more drying time. The cool thing about this DIY dog bed is that despite its outdoorsy look, it can be painted to fit right in with your indoor furniture.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour; allow for 2 days to dry
Materials You Need:

  • Tire
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspapers
  • Cushion or pillow
  • T-shirt

7. Pallet Dog Bed

Learning how to make a pallet bed your dog takes a bit of woodworking skill, but the effort is worth it. As with any project that involves electric-powered woodworking tools, please adhere to safety guidelines. The clean and smooth lines of the DIY pallet dog bed rivals the elegance of your other furniture!

Level of Difficulty: Expert
Duration: 6 hours; allow 4 hours to dry
Materials You Need:

  • Pallet
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Jig saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Blanket

8. Elevated PVC Dog Bed

If you live somewhere warm, the elevated PVC dog bed may be the coolest choice. The PVC frame keeps your dog off the hot ground, and the sturdy fabric provides solid support. Although this DIY dog bed frame is relatively easy to complete, you will need a second person help to secure the fabric snugly. The elevated PVC DIY dog bed is light and portable.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour and thirty minutes
Materials You Need:

9. Drawer Dog Bed

Often, repurposing old unwanted furniture is the easiest way to give it a second life. The old drawer from a dresser or table can become your dog’s new bed. This DIY dog bed is very simple to put together, but is a striking statement piece once complete.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes, 4 hours to dry
Materials You Need:

  • Drawer
  • Sandpaper
  • Plywood – the size of your drawer
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Furniture feet
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pillow

10. Suitcase Dog Bed

One of the easiest DIY dog bed projects is the suitcase dog bed. If you have a vintage suitcase that can no longer hold up to travel, it can become a cute dog bed. With a fun printed fabric, an old suitcase can turn into a chic bed that your dog will love to curl into at night.

Duration: 15 minutes
Materials You Need:

  • Suitcase
  • Fabric
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Foam
  • Safety pins

The big secret behind a successful DIY dog bed is finding a new purpose for old things, much like how these projects used the spirit of upcycling and saving. A second big secret to DIY is the joy you get from sharing your successes and suggestions with people just like you. Don’t forget to add tips and tricks that made the project work for you. If you want, you can get fancy and add a DIY shabby chic bedding for a beautiful finish. A picture of your dog in their new bed is also helpful!

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