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DIY Dog Beds

August 1, 2023

Spoil Your Dog Day is coming up on August 8th! You certainly don’t need much of a reason to pamper your canine pal. Fido deserves to be loved, cared for, and maybe a little bit spoiled. We all know what Fido’s favorite things are. Treats, walks, toys, and bacon will all get that tail going. Another thing our furry friends love? Comfy beds. Store-bought products are fine, but you can also make your own. A local Cornelius, NC vet offers some DIY options in this article.

Old Suitcase

This is a great option for small dogs. You’ll want to divide the suitcase into two, removing the cover. Or, if you have an old hard-shell style one, separate the two parts. For a hard-shell type, you can also use paint or varnish to dress it up. Then, add a pillow or smaller bed.

End Table With Doors

An old end table with doors is also a great option for smaller pups. Remove the doors, and put some soft bedding inside. You can add a coat of paint or varnish to freshen it up and make it match your décor. Crates, whiskey barrels, and dresser drawers are more great options for little dogs.


Large tires can also make great doggy beds. First, you’ll want to thoroughly clean it. A good scrubbing is in order. You can then add paint or varnish. Then, put soft bedding inside it.


Do you have a larger dog? Look for a table with four legs. You’ll want to check the underside, and make sure that it will work as a bed frame. Fido won’t be very comfortable with a beam running through his bed.


Feeling a bit more adventurous? You can also make beds (and many other things) out of old pallets. There are different designs available, but they all involve deconstructing and reconstructing the pallets, along with adding a coat of varnish or paint.


Do you have any old blankets or comforters you aren’t using anymore? These can make great doggy beds. Just fold it into a square or rectangle, and sew the edges together. You can add foam or stuffing to give it some support. Or, if you want to start from scratch, you can find some cute patterns online.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Please feel free to contact us, your local Cornelius, NC pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!