Homemade dog bed ideas provide more choices than store bought!
Dog beds can be made from recycled materials you have lying around the house or pick up at a thrift store or yard sale.
If they wear out, they're very easy to replace.
Of course, you can also buy brand new fabrics to match any decor, giving you endless options!
One homemade dog bed idea is to make a washable dog car bed or dog pad for a crate or kennel by using an old quilt or sleeping bag.
You can also form a pad by making extra large pillow case from any type of fabric to encase a piece of foam.
Another DIY bed from all recycled materials is the Free Dog Bed (per above photo of Buddy).
We'd like to thank an anonymous contributor for sharing the following:
Dog Bed from Old Recliner
We had an old recliner that was ready for the landfill. We noticed the back was still in good shape even though the foot mechanism was broken and the seat and arms were worn. We simply removed the back (two clips on either side held it on) and placed it on the floor. It was big enough for our 70 pound Lab to lay on. 5 years later (with regular cleaning) our 3 Shih-Tzus have designated this the bed of choice over all the other beds we have purchased for them.
Before you begin, I suggest you take some measurements:
Generous visitors have contributed their own dog bed suggestions.
Super Easy Cedar Dog Bed from Kelly in Alabama
Easy and Cheap Dog Bed by Ashley in Texas and
Turn an Old Shirt Into a Pet Bed by Teresa from parts unknown.
Just remember that a homemade dog bed doesn't have to be perfect. Your dog is likely to be much more concerned with comfort than looks!
Along that vein, here's Linda Montgomery's idea (Russellville, AR):
How to Make an Enclosed Dog Bed
I took a small trunk bought at a yard sale and cut a small opening in the front using a power jigsaw. I painted the trunk and put a small dog bed inside the trunk. My Chihuahua gets cold from the A\C. With the top hinges closed on the trunk and a small blanket, he now stays warm. He also likes having an enclosed space inside his crate at night to sleep in...he feel much safer and secure.
Finally, if you're looking for even more photos and ideas, head on over to our Pinterest board on Dog Beds and Crates.