How To Make A Dog Bed Your Pooch Will Love
And At A Price That Can't Be Beat!
How to make a dog bed? Hmmm... I hear you say. You're probably thinking, a homemade dog bed doesn't seem to have quite
the panache you'd normally associate with a pampered pet.
But don't rush to judgment, because actually it
can be a great way to let your dog know you are really "there" for him every time he lays down his weary
head. To be more specific, a homemade dog bed, can literally contain a lot more of "you" in it.
Okay, enough teasing, let's get down to business.
How To Make A Dog Bed - Materials
Take your old socks, your old t-shirts, old bed linens, your tired and tattered blankets and you have all
the makings for a dog bed that will make your pet think he's spending the night with you.
Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, so it doesn't matter how many times the materials are washed, your dog will
still be able to smell the essence of you, his beloved human. And that will be doggy heaven to him.
Now if you're having doubts about this make a dog bed idea, because you're one
who likes to impress the neighbors with well-recognized labels and hood ornaments, there's no rule that says
you can't have two beds.
So here's what you do.
Go out and buy that fancy designer bed and put in a place where your visitors will more or
less trip over it, or at least won't be able to avoid seeing it. And, that will take care of
keeping-up-appearances. But when the sandman calls, I'll bet your old rags, your dog will make a bee line
for his cheap dog bed where he can dream his little dreams feeling your presence all around him, safe and
How To Make A Dog Bed - The Benefits
So, let's take this another step and explore some of the no-so-obvious benefits that will make you feel
really good when you make a homemade dog bed.
- It's an environmentally friendly project that you can proud of.
- Your old clothing and bedding that you were going to throw out can now be recycled.
- Everything can be laundered and can easily fit in the washer.
- There are no unknown, potentially toxic, materials to worry about.
- It's a cheap dog bed - you don't have to buy anything.
- It's quick and easy to make.
Have I convinced you yet? I hope so.
How To Make A Dog Bed - Step By Step
So, let's begin. There's really not much to it. In fact you can probably figure out a couple of ways to do
My preference, and what I suggest, is to start with some old pillowcases to hold the filling. Nothing will
be more completely infused with "Eau de You" than something that you have put your head on night after
night. If you have a small dog, only one case will be needed. For a larger pet, split apart the seam on
one side of each case and join the cases together to make a larger case.
Before adding the filling materials you have collected, you might want to cut up any larger items into smaller
pieces first. The only thing remaining is the closure. One easy way to close the top is with a drawstring
inserted into the natural hem that is already part of the pillocases. Once the top is gathered together,
you can position this on the underside of the bed if you like, giving it a rounder look. Think of an ice bag!
Another method is to use velcro. Here's how. Cut open the two outer side seams of the case to the depth of
the pillowcase hem, making two flaps. Fold one flap to the inside. The other piece will be attached to the
outside with the velcro.
And that's all there is to it. You now have learned how to make a dog bed filled with love that will give your spoiled
doggy hours of pleasure.
If you want a fancier cover while still keeping the dog bed project inexpensive, you might be interested in
this very popular dog duvet cover:
Now if your heart's still set on the "wow" response
that a chic luxury bed will get, then there's no rule
about having more than one bed. So go check out some of these attention-getting
dog sofa beds!