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20 DIY Dog Beds: How to Make One Today

Are you the type of person who loves to be crafty? Perhaps you enjoy working with wood and creating a functional piece of furniture. We’ve gathered 20 plans that teach you how to build a dog bed that range in skill level so you can find one that suits you the best. By building your own dog bed, you can save money — and increase your DIY confidence!

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1. The Gilded Horn Wine Barrel Dog Bed

Skill level: Advanced

This is a unique and fun dog bed from the Gilded Horn that your furry companion is sure to love. You will have to use a jigsaw to cut the excess wood and a drill for the hole supports. Once you have finished the barrel, you can buy a rounded dog cushion to fit in the bottom.

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2. Wooden Crate Dog Bed, From Home Frosting

Skill level: Intermediate

The Home Frosting blog offers a simple DIY bed. With some wood 1x4s and a couple of hours, you can make a crate for your dog. It can be adjusted to whatever size you need, from large to small, and it has wheels on the bottom that allow it to be moved easily from room to room since it is on the heavier side.

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3. Miss Frugal Mommy No Sew Dog Bed

Skill level: Easy

This no-sew dog bed from Miss Frugal Mommy is an easy way to make a comfy bed that your dog is sure to love. You can make it large enough for your dog to stretch out and enjoy day-long naps. You won’t need any power tools — just fabric scissors, fabric, and poly-fil.

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4. Wouldn’t It Be Lovely Wooden Platform for Large Dogs

Skill level: Easy

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely has great plans for this platform bed that is large and sturdy enough for large dogs. You can build this in one day, and the supplies are easy to come by. The nylon strapping for the base can be found on Amazon.

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5. Empress of Dirt Sweater Bed for Small Dogs

Skill level: Easy

If your dog loves to snuggle on your clothes, why not make a bed from an old sweater? The Empress of Dirt offers a quick and easy project that you can make with repurposed items — no need to go buy anything new for this dog bed! It is the ideal size for small dogs.

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6. Mox and Fodder Chew-proof Suitcase Dog Bed

Skill level: Easy

If you need a chew-proof bed, Mox and Fodder uses a vintage suitcase and turns it into a dog bed. The padding isn’t chew-proof, but the base can withstand some chewing. You can potentially make this bed any size depending on the suitcase you use, and you can make the pillow or easily buy one that fits.

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7. Southern Revivals End Table Dog Bed

Skill level: Easy

Perhaps you like to shop at garage sales or have an old end table on hand. With these plans from the Southern Revivals, you can make a unique dog bed in no time. You can even put legs on the bottom if you prefer to have it raised off the floor.

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8. Geometric Doghouse, From HomeMade Modern

Skill level: Intermediate

For a modern bed that is not as complicated as it appears to be, the geometric doghouse from HomeMade Modern is a great choice. You do need to be comfortable working with power tools and have some basic carpentry skills, but the plans are straightforward and easy to follow.

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9. Our Nerd Home Mid Century Dog Bed

Skill level: Intermediate

Our Nerd Home shows you how to make a replica of a mid-century piece of furniture that is an adorable dog bed. It is the perfect size for small dogs and offers a comfortable spot for them to rest. Some carpentry skills are required, but nothing is over the top.

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10. Drawer Dog Bed, From Liz Marie

Skill level: Easy

A repurposing project that won’t cost a great deal of money to make is the drawer bed from the Liz Marie Blog. You can use different sizes of drawers to accommodate the size of your dog. Making the burlap pillows is a simple task and looks great with the shabby-chic painted drawer.

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11. Little House Big Dogs Murphy Bed

Skill level: Advanced

Little Houses Big Dogs demonstrates how to make a murphy dog bed that is a great choice for those who don’t have a great deal of space in their houses or apartments. With a little bit of woodcutting and measuring, you can create a large bed that will easily fit two dogs.

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12. Burrow Dog Bed by Lia Griffith

Skill level: Intermediate

Here’s a great project for those who love to sew. Lia Griffith has patterns and instructions about how to make this burrow-friendly dog bed. You will need fabric, poly batting, and faux fur to get started. Once you create this bed, your burrowing dog will love you even more.

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13. My Frugal Adventures Dog Bed

Skill level: Intermediate

My Frugal Adventures shows you how to start out with a standard dog pillow or pad and build a wooden bed around that. It is easy to move around and complements the décor of your home. You will need 1×5 and 1×3 pieces of wood to get started.

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14. Sweatshirt Dog Bed by Sniff Design Studio

Skill level: Easy

This is similar to the sweater dog bed but made a little differently. Sniff Design Studio offers instructions on how to make this soft dog bed with minimal supplies and few sewing skills. You will find that it is an easy day project that you’ll want to pass on to your friends.

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15. Practically Functional Recycled Tire Bed

Skill level: Easy

Everyone loves to recycle old items into something new, and Practically Functional shows you how to take an old tire and turn in into a fun dog bed that your dog will enjoy sleeping on. If you don’t have a tire, you can purchase used ones from your local tire store. For the bedding, you can make a round pad or buy your own.

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16. DIY Network Plywood Dog Bed and Table

Skill level: Intermediate

DIY Network has a great idea for a dog bed and table two-in-one. It is a great space saver, as well as functional for your pet. Their simple step-by-step instructions make it easy even if you aren’t confident in your carpentry skills. Once you make this, your confidence will soar and you just may have to make another one.

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17. Console Dog Bed by Endorsed by Igor

Skill level: Intermediate

If you have an old console TV taking up space in your home or garage, why not turn it into a dog bed that functions as a house too? Endorsed by Igor offers suggestions and advice on how to do this the right way, and once you are finished, it can also function as a piece of furniture in your home that meshes well with the rest of your décor.

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18. LovePetsDIY Fleece Dog Bed

Skill level: Easy

Here’s another crafty project that results in a comfy fleece bed that your dog won’t be able to resist. LovePetsDIY gives instructions on how to cut the fleece and sew it together to create this bed. It does require confident sewing skills, but it won’t cost a great deal of money to create.

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19. Cross Legs No Sew Dog Bed, From DIY Cozy Home

Skill level: Easy

This unusual bed may be ideal for the dog who loves to cuddle in your lap. This way, your dog stays happy while you are able to finish chores around the house. No sewing is required, and the DIY Cozy Home has a video to show you how to put this together with an old pair of jeans.

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20. Luigi & Me Super Easy DIY Dog Bed

Skill level: Easy

This bed by Luigi & Me is for those who don’t sew nor have any carpentry skills. It is the perfect bed to make when you have a few hours of free time. You can make the bed any size just by buying larger or smaller pieces of fabric. You stuff it with old clothing or buy poly-fil.

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Conclusion

We hope that this list teaches you how to make a dog bed, and gives you inspiration. There is something for everyone on this list, and you can easily modify any of the plans to suit your dog and your style. Here’s to many hours of happy building!