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Dog and Pet Beds Cheap DIY and No Fleas

Updated on April 11, 2011

Baby Girl Trying Her New Bed Before I'm Done

She is one of three rescue dogs I have and I wouldn't trade them for the world.
She is one of three rescue dogs I have and I wouldn't trade them for the world.

Dog Bed Drama

Want a pet bed that you can make in minutes? No fleas, mites, or bugs, it smells great and is easy to keep clean. Plus No sewing skills needed.
There are some diy jobs or crafts that you can literally spend hours upon hours on and not even mind. Making dog beds for my three knuckle heads isn’t one of them.
I love my dogs don’t get me wrong, but between the dirt, mud, baths after skunk chase (Ughhh) or pond dip, or horse chase and then them wanting to climb up in bed with me, is not something I always enjoy.
Now I’ve gone out and spent $20-40 dollars per bed on sale, which they enjoyed sleeping on, but after you wash them a few times (a necessity at my house) they’re shot. Sorry, but I just can’t afford to keep buying new beds all the time.

What I Was Looking For In A Dog Bed

Knowing that there were 3 main things I wanted in a bed, which were;
1) It had to be made of something I could easily throw in the washer when needed, without the stuffing falling apart
2) It had to be comfortable for the dogs, yet hopefully something that would repel fleas and bugs ( a problem here mostly in the summer)
3) It had to be something that didn’t cost a fortune every time I turned around.
4) It absolutely needed to be something quick and easy as far as up keep, and the project itself.
So I put my creative skills in overdrive and here is what I came up with

Here’s What You’ll Need

1) pillowcase or sham - Depending on the size of your dog will depend on the size of the pillow case or sham you need. I recommend the sham because it’s thicker. My dogs are medium to large so I used a king size. If you own an extra large dog I suggest California king or if you have a very small dog you could literally use a crib pillow cover. Depending how elegant you want it or don’t want it, (if there just going to get it dirty anyway) will depend on the cost. If you have some pillow cases or shams that don’t match or you just don’t use anymore, use those.

If you really want to make it easy to change, use the pillow and put the sham over it.  That way you can have a variety of colors and designs.

2) Cedar shavings You can get them at any feed, pet, or retail store, etc. The bag shown in the picture I got at a feed store for around $9.00 (incl tx) and I still have some left over after making 3 beds. So that’s about $3.00 a bed. The thing is, I only found big bags. If you have a small dog or only need one bed I suggest looking into the Amazon sizes below,

3) Sticky tape Velcro Now before I get a dozen emails or comments, if you have a dog you think is going to tear this bed up and eat it, I don’t know if the sticky tape will make them sick or not. My dogs won’t bother, they have better things to play with than their beds. The Velcro you can get at retail stores, sewing stores, dollar stores, amazon, etc., or if you get lucky like me you already have some in a sewing box (which hardly ever gets used along with the machine).

4) Ooops, almost forgot you'll need scissors.

Do NOT put the Velcro at the edge of the material before you match it up (Oooops) Look at the next picture

Close it up after shavings

And Walla Your Done

Alright Instructions

Ok this might take a while, ( kidding)

1) Measure and cut the Velcro to fit the open end of pillow case (turned inside out) or pillow sham. As you can see in the picture I didn’t turn the sham inside out so that I could make sure that the Velcro lined up when I applied it to the sham. There is an overlap (didn’t think about that at first as you can see in the picture) so you want to make sure it matches up.

2) Apply Velcro to both sides making sure one side has the fuzzy and the other doesn’t. Again, also making sure they are going to match up.

3) Stuff both sides with shavings, (or the pillow) making it as thick and firm as you like. My dogs like medium to firm :)

4) Close Velcro together and your done.

The great part about this is if you need to wash the pillow case or sham, just grab a garbage bag, empty the shavings and return them when your done. If the bed starts getting to soft or you want more of the cedar smell, just add more shavings. The cedar naturally repels fleas, and other unwanted bugs from breeding and setting up house in the bed. When you think it’s time to replace the shavings just use the leftovers or go get another bag and you have enough to do it 3 more times.

It smells wonderful, of course you have to like the smell of wood and cedar. I love it, I think I’ll make a big bed for me. (just joking/hmmm I think) Something for my think tank.

If you go and buy another bedspread to match the shams (exactly what I'm going to do) your dog beds will match your own. How sweet is that!

The variations are endless. You can nail 4 boards around it and paint a design, add different materials as a pattern etc.

You can even make this out of an old pair of jeans, if you sew. Just cut the legs off to the length you want the bed. The leftover leg pieces can be used as little pillows. Just sew one end together, apply the Velcro to the other end, stuff with shavings and close. Then cut the inseam all the way around including crotch and sew the front inseams together, and then the back inseams together, sew the bottom, apply Velcro to the top, stuff and close. You can even sew the waistline together and stuff the cedar through the zipper The pockets make a great place for toys and bones.

Well, have fun and let me know if you tried it and how it came out.

Have you hugged your pet/pets today?


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi AudraLeigh

      It is fun for not only you but your pet. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your uplifting comment

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      7 years ago

      This looks like a fun and easy project...thanks to your hub!

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi wetnosedogs,

      I'm glad you found it also and hope it will be helpful for our furry friends (family in my case). I love these beds and did another hub about making them with the jeans and wood. It is more time consuming but looks good. These are great though because you can throw them outside on the porch, living room, etc., etc.. Then if you get some shams on sale cheap you aren't spending a fortune.

      Thanks for taking the time to post your wonderful comments and share, and let me know if you try it. Have an incredible day.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama

      Wow, so happy I found this. I will need to check it out more when I have time(time to get ready for work). My dogs will be happy with this.

      Sharing this.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Dream On Thanks for stopping by and I hope your cats like it My dogs love them (made another one out of jeans). I don't even want to think about how much I've spent on dog beds. This is so easy to make and keep clean Let me know how they like it and thanks again for your time and comments. Talk to you soon.

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      You have a great idea and put it in one great hub.I have only cats but after the first two times they never use the cat bed again.Wasted money.One cat bed they did love it wore out and was pricey.Time to see if your incredible cedar bed will do the trick.Thanks so much.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Pamela So far they love them and I love the idea that cleaning and replacing them is so easy

    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is an excellent idea. Like you I've gone through several dog beds because eventually they fall apart from so many washings. Cedar smells great too.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Eve and Peggy It was actually fun to make them Peggy you know how it is and I loved your hub on CAP the pictures and hub were awesome.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great ideas in how to make dog pet beds cheaply. We have purchased many of them already made through the years. Useful hub and voting it so!

    • Eve Foss profile image

      Eve Foss 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Cool idea!

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you My 3 dogs and 2 horses are like my kids. I swear my hound dog talks back to me. Thanks again

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      How cool is that! EXCELLENT guide- the photos are great and your instructions are clear and useful. I don't have a dog, but if I did, he'd be getting a new, awesome bed pronto!


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