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17 DIY Rabbit Beds Your Pet Will Love (With Pictures & Videos)

Jordyn Alger

By Jordyn Alger

Rabbit drinking from a water bottle inside cage

If you’re in the market for a new pet bed, you’ve probably noticed how expensive pet care items can be. If you can build a pet bed and save a little extra cash, why not take the opportunity?

In this article, we will look at DIY rabbit beds. While woodworking or sewing will be useful skills for some of these DIY plans, they will not be necessary for all of them. Whether you’re a DIY beginner or an experienced veteran of crafts, there is something on this list for everyone.

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The 17 DIY Rabbit Beds

1. DIY No Sew Rabbit Bed

Materials: Fabric
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting off simple, we have a DIY plan that involves no sewing at all. Pick out your desired fabric and make sure you have scissors on hand. After that, as long as you know how to tie a knot, you’re all set.

This concept requires you to fold a piece of fabric, cut the edges into strips, and then tie them together to create a folded piece of bedding. This bed is particularly useful for bunnies that sleep in corners, as it can be easily placed in the corner of a room or cage.


2. DIY Hop & Flop

Materials: Stuffing, fabric
Tools: Measuring tape, scissors, sewing pins, sewing machine, thread
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY project will require a bit of sewing, so be sure to brush up on your skills! If you’re new to the sewing world, the DIY Hop & Flop may be an ideal project for practice, as it only requires simple techniques.

This rabbit bed is made up of three portions. The two outer parts are filled with stuffing to provide a comfortable bolster for your pet, while the middle part offers a flat space for your rabbit to sleep. With this design, your rabbit can sleep closer to the ground or use the bolsters as pillows.


3. Tik Tok Hack DIY Rabbit Bed

Materials: Wooden crate, wooden sofa replacement legs, bedding
Tools: Hammer, hot glue gun, sandpaper
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you’re handy with wood, check out this DIY plan from Tik Tok. It can make good use of wooden vegetable or wine crates that you have lying around. If you don’t have a spare wooden crate, you can purchase one or make one yourself.

You will remove one or two panels from the front of the crate to create the entrance of the bed. How many panels you remove will depend on your rabbit’s size and needs. Some pet parents leave the bed as it is, and others add small wooden legs to the bottom to give it a slight height boost. Remember to sand down the surface so that your rabbit doesn’t get snagged or scratched.

While this plan suggests purchasing bedding, you can make it yourself if you prefer. Just remember to add fabric, stuffing, and sewing supplies to your shopping list.


4. Soft Bunny Bed DIY

Materials: Old blanket, batting, pillow stuffing
Tools: Scissors, sewing machine, thread, measuring tape, sewing pins
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Do you have an old blanket lying around? Repurpose it by making a soft bunny bed! In this plan, you’ll take a blanket (or another cloth such as a rug) and cut it into squares. After it is cut, you will stitch the fabric into a pillowcase shape to be stuffed. You can use whatever filling you like, but if you want the bed to be machine washable, use washable stuffing.

You’ll need experience with sewing and measuring for this project, along with basic sewing tools such as a sewing machine.


5. Sweater Pet Bed

pet sweater bed

Image Credit: empressofdirt

Materials: Old sweater, pillow, baby blanket, zipper/Velcro/snaps
Tools: Needle, thread, scissors, sewing pins
Difficulty Level: Moderate

We all have a sweater that’s far past its prime. Instead of tossing it out, give it a new purpose as your rabbit’s comfy bed. The sweater’s sleeves will be stuffed and wrapped around the front to create a comfortable bolster for your bunny to lean on. The circular shape of the bed offers a great space for your rabbit to curl up and snooze. Just don’t forget to snip away any loose strings or holes—if your bunny’s claws get snagged on it, the bed could slowly unravel.

This DIY plan is moderately difficult due to the sewing involved, but if you are already experienced, this project will be a breeze.


6. Reversible Pet Bed

Materials: Fabric, polyester fiber fill, ribbon or rope
Tools: Sewing machine, thread
Difficulty Level: Moderate

With this DIY plan, there’s no need to pick just one style. The reversible pet bed is ideal when you want to switch to another color or pattern. Since sewing is necessary for this project, you will need some experience with needlework. Still, this is a great project for beginners who want to practice their sewing skills, so don’t hesitate to tackle the plan if you feel up for the challenge.

While this project calls for fleece fabric, you can use any fabric you choose. You can also repurpose old towels or blankets to make this bed.


7. No Sew DIY Pet Teepee Bed

No-sew pet teepee
Image Credit: coffeewithsummer
Materials: Wooden dowels, jute twine, fabric, blanket/bedding/pillow
Tools: Scissors, hot glue gun, power drill
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Teepee or tent beds for pets are adorable, but they are pricey. Thankfully, there’s a way that you can DIY and save money, and you don’t even need to sew.

Next time you’re out shopping, be sure to pick up some wooden dowels, jute twine, and fabric. You can use a blanket or pillow you have at home or purchase new bedding while you’re out. Be sure that you have scissors, a hot glue gun, and a power drill on hand.


8. Cardboard Bunny Bed

Cardboard bunny bed
Image Credit: rainbowcabin
Materials: Cardboard, fabric
Tools: X-Acto knife, measuring tape, hot glue gun
Difficulty Level: Easy

If your bunny is a destructive little ball of fluff, you may want a DIY plan that is cheap, simple, and easy to replace. The cardboard bunny bed checks off all of those boxes.

The only materials you will need for this project are cardboard and fabric. With an X-acto knife, a measuring table, and a hot glue gun, you can craft a cardboard bunny bed that is shaped like an adorable doll’s bed. No worries if your bunny tears it up—this plan is so easy to recreate.


9. DIY Bumper Bed

Materials: Polar fleece, stuffing, fleece fabric
Tools: Measuring tape, scissors, sewing pins, sewing machine, thread, clips
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Is your rabbit having potty problems? When wetting the bed is a common occurrence, you’ll want a bed that is designed to withstand it.

The bumper bed contains three layers of fabric. Fleece is laid on top of a waterproof mattress, which is laid on another layer of fleece. The materials and stuffing used are designed to be machine washable, so they will be easy to clean up after your rabbit has an accident. You will need sewing experience to complete this project.


10. Natural DIY Rabbit Bed

Materials: Natural fiber cloth, cedar shavings
Tools: Scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine, thread
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Some store-bought materials may not be the safest choice for your rabbit. With the natural DIY bed, you won’t have to worry about safety. Instead of synthetic stuffing, this bed uses organic materials for filling. Examples include cedar shavings, hay, straw, twigs, and dried leaves. The stuffing will go inside a natural fiber like sheepskin or canvas.


11. DIY Towel Rabbit Bed

Materials: Old towel
Tools: Thread, sewing needle, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

The next time you are cleaning out your linen closet, pause before you throw away all of your old towels. One of those towels could be transformed into an adorable and comfortable bed for your rabbit. Plus, if the towels hold a bit of your scent, they can provide a soothing effect for your bunny by making it feel like you are beside the bed.

Crafting this towel bed is fairly simple. After folding the towel in half, you will roll the corners to form a bolster around the sides. You’ll stitch the two ends together, and voilà! You’ve just made your rabbit bed.

Although this project requires sewing, it is simple enough that it could be a great introduction to sewing if you’ve never tried it before. With the money you’ll save by not buying any fabric, why not give it a shot?


12. DIY Inexpensive Pet Bed

Materials: Cotton long-sleeved shirt, yarn, cotton pillow, stuffing
Tools: Yarn needle, scissors
Difficulty Level: Moderate

A long-sleeved cotton shirt can be used for many things, and a DIY rabbit bed is just one of them. As long as you don’t mind sewing, you can transform a plain shirt into a luxurious bed for your pet. If the shirt is your own, it may even carry a residual scent and soothe your bunny as a result.

By sewing the shirt to resemble a pocket, you can stuff the sleeves and insert the cotton pillow into the midsection. Not only is this bed comfortable and inexpensive, but it is also machine washable.


13. Pillowcase Bed

Materials: Pillowcase, pillow stuffing
Tools: Sewing machine, thread
Difficulty Level: Easy

For sewing novices, this project is a great way to practice your skills. For those with a little more experience, the pillowcase bed is a cheap and easy way to provide comfort for your pet.

The only tools you will need are a sewing machine and some thread. You can use an old pillow and remove the cover and stuffing inside. With a few quick sewing maneuvers, you will have created the perfect bed for your floppy-eared friend.


14. Round Bolster Bed

DIY Bolster bed
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Fleece material, stuffing, pillow/blanket
Tools: Scissors, sewing machine
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Although this design was originally meant for cats, many cat beds are the perfect size for rabbits. This round bolster bed has extra stuffing in the edges, giving your pet a plushy pillow on all sides. Whether your bunny likes to sleep curled up or with a place to rest its head, this bed provides the necessary room.

If you know how to sew, this project could be a quick and easy task. If you are still learning, the plan is simple enough to give you the opportunity to improve.


15. DIY Cube Bed

DIY Cube bed
Image Credit: Swoodsonsays
Materials: Fabric, woven cotton, fusible fleece
Tools: Rotary cutter, thread, quilt ruler, quilting clips, iron, small bowl, pencil
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Once again, this bed was originally designed for cats, but it works perfectly for rabbits as well. However, this DIY plan is more difficult than most of the others on this list. You’ll want to review the instructions carefully to make sure you have the skills needed.

The construction of the cube is somewhat simple, but the sewing requires a greater level of experience. Beginners can take on this challenge, but it certainly won’t be easy.


16. Cardboard Igloo

Cardboard Igloo for Pets
Image Credit: ideas2live4
Materials: Cardboard
Tools: Paper glue, pencil, cutter, compass, ruler
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If cardboard is the way to go for your bunny, the cardboard igloo is a creative and unique way to make that happen. You won’t need to know how to sew for this project, but you will need to take plenty of measurements.

There are countless designs that you can choose from that may vary the difficulty level of this project. It also gives you the freedom to create your own distinct igloo, modeling it to suit your own style.


17. DIY TV Tray House

DIY TV Tray House
Image Credit: liliardor
Materials: Wooden dowels, TV tray, fabric, string, felt, stuffing
Tools: Screws, drill, hot glue gun, sewing machine
Difficulty Level: Difficult

If you have a TV tray that’s just lying around, it’s time to give it new life. Your rabbit will be more than happy to use it as a tiny, house-shaped bed.

By turning the TV tray upside down and securing the legs with string, rope, or twine, you can create the base of your rabbit’s bed. Drape fabric over the sides to give your bunny some privacy. You can create the bedding yourself or purchase it.

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Conclusion

There are plenty of DIY rabbit beds for you to choose from. Considering your abilities, tools, and materials is a great way to narrow down the options, but don’t forget to consider your bunny, too. Thinking about the way your bunny sleeps will help you decide how the bed should be designed and which features it should have. By considering your rabbit’s needs, you can decide which DIY rabbit bed is the right fit for its hutch.


Featured Image Credit: Inna Reznik, Shutterstock

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