Dogs love to have their own bed, a place where they can snooze and reenergize for the next action on their activity list. They are generally not picky or fashion-conscious and will probably just happily lay on an old towel around the corner to catch some Zs.
However, your dog is a part of the family and should have a little more attractive and comfortable bed. If you own a small pet that can fit into a suitcase, why not repurpose this old item, tap into your creative juices, and make your pup a suitable dog bed?
They are beautiful and inexpensive; if you start making one in the afternoon, your doggie can curl up in it by bedtime at night. This dog bed can be placed in the living room, bedroom or any other space in your home.
Why Make a Suitcase Dog Bed
Like humans, our pets love to nap on a warm bed to enjoy their sleep. This is vital to a dog’s brain development, learning capacity, memory, and immune system.
Although pet beds are sold in many online stores and markets, it is a good idea to DIY a cozy and fashionable one for your furry baby. A handmade bed is a superb way to show your pup how much you love him while saving some bucks as well.
Also, it will help you exercise your creative muscle. This doesn’t mean you will be producing the next big thing to rival Big Barker dog bed. However, activities like this can grow your creative capacity by 20, 30, or even 50 percent. Think about how effective you can be at your job or family with a creativity boost.
Materials and Supplies for Your DIY Suitcase Dog Bed
- Foam cleaning sponge
- Craft saw (optional)
- Hammer (optional)
- Pliers (optional)
- Paint or wood stain (optional)
- Metal polish (optional)
- Threaded furniture legs with screws
If you have more than one suitcase at home, pick one in good condition. Minor marks or scuffs are ok, but avoid a suitcase with large cracks.
If the suitcase has screws, unscrew using a screwdriver to separate it into two equal halves. If the suitcase comes with welded hinges, break them by placing a screwdriver into the hinge, then tap with a hammer to break the hinges. You can also use a small craft saw or a metal cutting blade to break the metal.
If your suitcase comes with a long, thin strip of metal that runs two sets of teeth., use a plier to pull out the strip of metal, then separate the suitcase into equal halves. Discard the upper part of the suitcase, you only need the suitcase bottom.
Using a foam sponge, clean fingerprints, smudges, and scuffs under the suitcase bottom. Shine the external parts with a metal polish.
How do you want the bed leg positioned? For stability, place the legs in such a way that they are less than 1 inch away from the suitcase edges and no more than about 2 inches from the edges. Using your pencil, mark the spot of each leg on the inside of the suitcase.
Stain or paint the furniture legs if you desire, leave them to dry. Drill a hole on the spots you marked for the legs in the step above. Screw the furniture legs in place firmly.
Measure the suitcase for pillow size. Most regular suitcases are a perfect fit for a queen or a standard size pillow. You can repurpose an old pillow or buy an inexpensive new one for the dog bed.
Repurpose an old pillowcase or buy a new one to house the pillow. Choose a color that complements your décor. Flannel is a good material; it is warm and cozy. If you prefer fabric or a cotton blend, pick a low thread count material. Materials with high thread count fabrics tear easily for a pet bed.
Position the pillow in the suitcase, tuck the edges of the pillowcase under the pillow.
Place the suitcase bed anywhere you want your pet to sleep. Invite him to curl up on an expertly crafted new bed.
This quick and DIY suitcase pet bed is sturdy and will last you for many years. The maintenance required is the occasional replacement of the pillow. This bed can be adorned with embellishments as you see fit. It is easy to clean and maintain – throw the foam and the pillowcase into a washing machine and wipe down the suitcase as the case may be.
If you love to travel with your pet, check out our review of the best travel dog beds of 2021. They are portable, functional, and easy to carry to your destination. Plus, they are super comfy!
To ensure your pet is comfortable in his new dog bed, choose a suitcase that is large and provides sufficient room to stretch and sprawl without his legs or head touching the edges. If you are purchasing a suitcase to craft the DIY bed, measure your dog from tip to tail to ascertain what size will be a perfect fit.
If you plan to adorn the suitcase pet bed with your dog’s personal items, choose colorful fabrics that match your dog’s personality and complement your décor. You can even add one or two customizations to make this bed very comfortable, something that should remind your pet of you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are suitcase dog beds comfortable?
The regular suitcase is lightweight and portable, designed to be moved from one place to the other. The comfortability of the suitcase pet bed will depend on the available room for stretching and the quality of the foam you place inside it.
Pillows come in different sizes and qualities. To be sure your dog will be comfortable in its new bed, consider purchasing a high-quality pillow with a good mix of comfort and durability. Alternatively, you can check our dog pillow beds reviews to find one that will lure your pet to dreamland without fuss.
What fabric is best for a suitcase dog bed?
You can craft your pet bed with any fabric you love. We recommend going for a durable fabric like flannel for indoor bed and canvas, duck, or durable Crypton fabric for outdoor beds. Crypton is easy to wipe down, odor-resistant and keeps fresh most of the time.
Is it expensive to make a suitcase dog bed?
A suitcase pet bed is inexpensive to make when you compare the amount you will spend to make it compared to a ready-made pet bed unit. You will even be spending zero dollars if you have an old suitcase, a pillow, and a pillowcase at home, all in good condition. A suitcase dog bed can also serve as a cat bed.