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22 DIY Dog Bed Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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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 plans that teach you how to build a dog bed that ranges 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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Top 22 DIY Dog Beds

1. The Gilded Horn DIY Wine Barrel Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Thegildedhorn
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.

2. Miss Frugal Mommy DIY No Sew Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Missfrugalmommy
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.

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

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Wouldntitbelovely
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.

4. Mox and Fodder DIY Chew-proof Suitcase Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Moxandfodder
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.

5. DIY Geometric Doghouse From HomeMade Modern

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: 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.

6. Our Nerd Home DIY Mid Century Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Ournerdhome
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.

7. Little House Big Dogs DIY Murphy Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Littlehousesbigdogs
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.

8. DIY Burrow Dog Bed by Lia Griffith

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Liagriffith
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.

9. My Frugal Adventures DIY Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Myfrugaladventures
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.

10. Sweatshirt DIY Dog Bed by Sniff Design Studio

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Sniffdesign
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.

11. Console DIY Dog Bed by Endorsed by Igor

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Endorsedbyigor
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.

12. Luigi & Me Super Easy DIY Dog Bed

DIY dog bed
Image Credit: Luigiandme
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.

13. DIY Tire Dog Bed by Practically Functional

Tire Dog Bed by Practically Functional
Image Credit: practicallyfunctional.com
Skill level: Easy

This quick and easy upcycled tire dog bed project comes together in around two hours and doesn’t require you to be handy with power tools. You’ll need to get your hands on a tire that suits your dog’s size, and once that’s in your possession, you’re halfway done with the project. You’ll need to clean the tire and spray paint it if you want it to match your home’s décor. Then, put a pillow or round bed inside the tire, and your project is complete.

14. Repurposed Crib DIY Dog Bed by My Repurposed Life

Repurposed Crib Dog Bed by My Repurposed Life
Image Credit: myrepurposedlife.com
Skill level: Moderate

If you have an old crib kicking around that you don’t have the heart to get rid of yet, this project is perfect for breathing new life into it. Of course, you’ll need to be handy with power tools to assemble it, but most of your materials will come from the crib itself, so you won’t need to spend a fortune on new supplies.

15. Repurposed End Table DIY Bed by Laura Erickson

Repurposed End Table Bed by Laura Erickson
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Skill level: Moderate

This project uses an old table to create a stylish, comfy dog bed. Check out your local thrift shops or online marketplaces if you don’t have an end table. It doesn’t need to be in perfect shape, as you’ll modify it to suit your home’s decor. You’ll need to know your way around a sewing machine to make the pillow for the bed, but this allows you some creative control over the shape, size, and fabric for your pup’s new bed.

16. Vintage Suitcase DIY Pet Bed by Pjkumpon on Instructables

Vintage Suitcase Pet Bed by Pjkumpon on Instructables
Image Credit: instructables.com
Skill level: Easy

If you have a toy or small dog, this is the plan for you! This adorable vintage suitcase pet bed will add much character to your home. While the creator of this plan used it for their cat, a toy or small dog can sleep comfortably in this bed.

First, you’ll need to get your hands on an old suitcase, which should be easy to find at your local thrift or antique store. This project is customizable as you get to choose not only the suitcase to make the bed base but also the fabric for the interior and bed cover and the legs for the suitcase to sit upon.

17. Modern DIY Wood Dog Bed by Imee Made on Instructables

Modern Wood Dog Bed by Imee Made on Instructables
Image Credit: instructables.com
Skill level: Advanced

If you’re not into the vintage or farmhouse aesthetic, you might like a more modern approach to your home décor. This beautiful contemporary wood dog bed calls for crafters with a certain level of comfort with power tools, but if you have the know-how, the result is truly beautiful. In addition, this unique bed has many great features, like an interior bowl shelf and puck lighting.

18. Pottery Barn DIY Dog Bed Knockoff by The Inspired Workshop

Pottery Barn Dog Bed Knockoff by The Inspired Workshop
Image Credit: theinspiredworkshop.com
Skill level: Advanced

Pottery Barn is an American upscale home furnishing chain that carries a lot of beautiful furniture and home décor. Unfortunately, their price tags are often inaccessible for many families. This Pottery Barn knockoff will give you the look of a high-end dog bed without the outrageous price. However, you must be comfortable with power tools and confident in your wood-cutting skills to complete this project successfully.

19. Small Dog Crochet DIY Bed by Homemade Heather

Small Dog Crochet Bed by Homemade Heather
Image Credit: homemadeheather.com
Skill level: Easy

If you prefer a set of crochet needles over power tools, this crochet dog bed pattern will be right up your alley. It’s a relatively easy project, but definitely one that’s best suited for super small dogs. For example, the original creator crocheted this bed for her three-pound Chihuahua, so this pattern should be perfect if your pup is similar in size.

20. Elevated Modern DIY Pet Bed by Centsational Style

Elevated Modern Pet Bed by Centsational Style
Image Credit: centsationalstyle.com
Skill level: Moderate

This adorable elevated pet bed is easy to customize to suit your home’s décor and should come together in one afternoon. We recommend picking a fabric you like first and then choosing the paint for your bed afterward. Though you need some experience with power tools, this is one of the easier wood-based projects on our list.

21. Chaise DIY Dog Bed by The Pretty Mutt

Chaise Dog Bed by The Pretty Mutt
Image Credit: theprettymutt.com
Skill level: Easy

This dog bed looks more like a mini sofa than a bed, and that’s why we love it. This unique project features a cozy floor pillow base and matching side rolls for a touch of elegance. You don’t need much experience with power tools to do this project, so it’s great for the beginner DIY’er.

22. DIY Dog Bed With Storage by Uncookie Cutter

Dog Bed With Storage by Uncookie Cutter
Image Credit: uncookiecutter.com
Skill level: Advanced

If you need a dog bed with a conveniently attached storage space, look no further. This dog bed is quite big, so it’s best suited for households with large dogs. Though if you consider yourself a handyman or woman, you can probably scale it down to the size you need for your smaller pup.

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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!

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