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Guest Post: DIY pet beds

March 20, 2012


This article was contributed by our resident home DIY expert, Kim Loring.

The second I saw an article online about DIY-ing this pet bed out of a vintage suitcase, I knew I had to try it!

My kitties have been known to squeeze into some crazier places than a suitcase. So I knew it had to work! When I spied a vintage suitcase at Goodwill, I scooped it up.

I picked up some finial heads (which usually cap the ends of curtain rods) at Home Depot, and a dowel at Hobby Lobby. The finials will become the “feet” for the bed, and I can even use the curtain rods to help prop open the suitcase.

First, I drilled holes in the bottom of the suitcase where the finials would screw in.

I purchased an inexpensive piece of egg crate from Hobby Lobby, and considered buying fabric to make a cover.

But, I decided instead to purchase an inexpensive pillowcase instead, so I can take it off and launder it whenever I need to!

Looks like a fun project, Kim! Thank you for sharing. Readers, what DIY ideas will you tackle this spring? Please share in our comments section.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 4:38 pm

    I love it! I really love it!!

  2. dianne permalink
    March 20, 2012 5:22 pm


    Great idea. I have an old suitcase that was destined for another project, but I like this one better. With one dog and 2 cats, I will need to get more.

    Currently I am using sofa/chair cushion covers that are found at Ikea’s clearance section. You might find an odd size but I have been fortunate to find rectangular covers. I just fill them with old pillows and they wear really well. Just toss them in the washer and dryer.

    Thank you so much.

  3. March 23, 2012 7:52 pm

    Reblogged this on TheForeverRemember.

  4. Fetesha Downs permalink
    March 24, 2012 6:19 pm

    My dog needs a new bed and this is so on the to-do list now.

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