DIY pet beds should be cozy, safe
There are as many ideas for do-it-yourself pet beds as there are kinds of pets. Projects range from simple sewing patterns to complex woodwork.
But the goal is a safe, customized bed that suits the pet, so that “your furry family members have a cozy plane to curl up,” says Camille Smith, website managing editor for the home design channel HGTV.
On the fancier side, some old vintage items lend themselves to eye-catching pet beds. Search your attic for a bulky old television from the pre-flatscreen era, for instance, or a boxy computer monitor once used for accessing MySpace. Remove the screen and gut the inside. Line the box with fabric and add a pillow so your cat or small dog can snuggle up inside.
Most pet-bed projects, however, don’t require you to track down hard-to-get items.
Many online tutorials suggest reclaiming a vintage dresser drawer and filling it with a cushion. Woodworker Scott Lavigne came up with a plan to build a custom drawer from scratch for his dog.
“I’m a builder just by nature,” says Lavigne, founder of the blog sawsonskates. com. Creating a sleep space for his lhasa apso was a labor of love.
“It’s essentially just building a simple box,” he says; even those inexperienced at woodworking could likely accomplish it in a weekend. By changing the size of the pieces of wood used, his drawer project can easily be adapted for large dogs. Detailed instructions are on his blog.
Design blogger Kelly Mindell, creator of StudioDIY.com, customized and revitalized an old dog bed by ironing on emoji shapes that she cut out of iron-on fabric.
“A huge part of the DIY movement is the ability to adapt and customize an idea to reflect your own personality or needs,” Mindell says.
“Since emojis are all made of simple shapes like circles, half-moons and hearts, it’s easy to take the concept and change it as desired.”
Homemade pet beds can be practical alternatives to store-bought ones.
“Dog beds are not inexpensive,” says Lavigne, who designed his project to fit a standard bed pillow, which can be tossed in the washing machine when necessary.
This undated photo provided by StudioDIY.com shows a dog next to a DIY pet bed project created by crafter Kelly Mindell of StudioDIY.com. Mindell transformed a large, plain yellow pillow into the emoji face with the help of ironon fabric pieces cut into the shapes to makeup the emoji expression.