How to make a Zen Pet Bed

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This one is just right....thanks, Mommy!

I made this chic Zen pet bed using some newel posts. 

Here's how you can make one too, and/or the supplies you'll need to buy:

  • Make a wooden box for your pet bed platform.  I used a wood box I already had laying around.
  • Turn the box upside down.  
  • Attach newel posts on all four ends, by first gluing them, and then screwing them to secure them to the base.  I used newel posts I found at a yard sale for only 50 cents apiece.
  • Build the top canopy support using wood strips.  I found some scrap wood in my neighbor's garbage.  Cut the pieces to fit the top and screw them in place.
  • Make a mattress out of any foam piece.  I custom fit my pet bed by cutting a piece of an old gym matt I had.  I took off the top vinyl covering and cut the piece of foam to fit the base of the bed.  And then, I cut a larger piece of the vinyl to fit and tuck underneath the foam mattress, and then glued it underneath the mattress, with a glue gun. I used a portion of the vinyl that didn't have any holes, so no little critters can jump in and hide. 
  • Use any fabric you desire.  I took an old bathing suit cover-up and cut it into two pieces, using one for the bedspread, and the larger piece for the canopy, which also covers the back and sides of the bed.   This makes a cozy hideaway place for my kitty to feel safe and secure.
  • To keep the bedding clean, I can just take off the covers and wash them, and just wipe the vinyl bedding with a cloth, using a disinfectant cleanser.

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How to Make a 4-Poster Pet Bed

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I made this 4-poster pet (or doll) bed.  

Here's how I did it:

  • I used four old newel post I salvaged from someone's garbage, and used a shutter for the headboard, cutting off the bottom of the shutter for the footboard.
  • I used an old sign I found, which was a 1/4 piece of press-board, for the bed support, using "L" brackets to affix it to the sides.
  • Then I added extra support in the middle section of the bed to hold the weight of my kitty.
  • I primed it and painted it with black paint and then sanding it, giving a distressed look.

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How to make Leather Pet Bed

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I made this chic, but not so shabby pet bed for my kitty cat.

If you have a cat, I'm sure you've already noticed that cats love to jump into or crawl into boxes.  This gives them the feeling of being protected, like going into a cave.  This pet bed looks much nicer than a plain cardboard box lying around the family room. 

I made this one-of-a-kind custom leather pet bed out of an orange box, leather purse, old leather jacket, and some quilting batting. 

This bed would work great for a small dog too!

Here's how I did it:

I used a cardboard orange crate for the base and covered the sides with batting, so it would be nice and soft.


I cut an old black leather purse of mine in half.  This was the perfect size to put over the ends of the bed. 
I sized batting to fit the pieces I cut, but kept it a little smaller, about a 1-1/2 inch from the 3 of

the edges.

I cut up an old brown worn leather coat to use for the inside walls, and sides of the pet bed.

I used a glue gun to glue the pieces together.  I didn't use a sewing machine at all, or even a needle!

Notice the cording on the black portion of leather at the end of the bed.  This is the flap from my old purse.  I just glued the brown leather around the box and then glued the purse end over the top of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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