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Make a Cat Bed

Updated on January 12, 2017

Ideas for Cat Beds You Can Make

Modern Cat reader, Melissa, upcycled a vintage tv set into this incredibly awesome cat bed. Of all the cool diy cat bed ideas online, this is by far my very favorite so of course I had to lead off with it.

On this page you'll find more inspiring ideas for cat beds you can make for a favorite feline companion. Homeless animals in animal shelters and animal rescues need a place to sleep too, so you'll find there are several diy cat bed styles suitable for keeping those cats comfy while they are looking for their new home.

(Photo credit Melissa Oivanki via ModernCat)

Amazing Legs for a DIY Cat Bed

If you can't find an old vintage tv set to use as a diy cat bed, use your imagination and 4 legs to create a cat bed that is UP and off the floor. It will need legs....... :)

DIY Recycled Sweater Cat Bed via Pet Project
DIY Recycled Sweater Cat Bed via Pet Project

DIY Sweater Pet Bed for your Cat

(or dog too!) :)

I recently discovered the Pet Project blog online and on Facebook. Wonderful site! Here's an easy how-to they are sharing to make a diy cat bed with an old sweater. Isn't this great? :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

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Make a Cat Bed for a Cat
Make a Cat Bed for a Cat

(Photo of Nugget the cat via Hawaiian Humane Society)

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Cage Mat for Cat Bedding
Cage Mat for Cat Bedding

Sew a Cat Bed

I sew these simple cat cage mats for bedding and donate to my local Hawaiian Humane Society. They are made to size and fit the bottom of the metal wire cages to keep the kitties comfy when they aren't playing in the Cat House. I've published a tutorial here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

A Cat Bed Hammock to Hang Out In!

DIY Cat Bedding - Make a Cat Hammock
DIY Cat Bedding - Make a Cat Hammock

Cats do love hanging out! Find out how to make cat hammocks here.

(Photo via advocate Val Thomsen)

Cat Bed for the Non-DIYer :)

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed Small Sage 16" 4W
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed Small Sage 16" 4W

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Cat Hammocks I've Made and Donated - Just a few.....I'll add photos as I receive them. :)

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Kitty in Texas!Kitty in Hawaii!Two kittens sharing a hammock in Hawaii.Kitty named Donny in Warrenton, Oregon at Clatsop Animal Assistance.Kitty in Hawaii.
Kitty in Texas!
Kitty in Texas!
Kitty in Hawaii!
Kitty in Hawaii!
Two kittens sharing a hammock in Hawaii.
Two kittens sharing a hammock in Hawaii.
Kitty named Donny in Warrenton, Oregon at Clatsop Animal Assistance.
Kitty named Donny in Warrenton, Oregon at Clatsop Animal Assistance.
Kitty in Hawaii.
Kitty in Hawaii.

Crochet a Cat Bed with Fabric Strips

Crochet a Cat Bed with Fabric Strips
Crochet a Cat Bed with Fabric Strips

This is an easy project for anyone just starting in crochet. Fabric is torn into 1" wide strips and double knotted together at ends. Roll into a large ball to start. Go here for a free tutorial to learn how to cut an old sheet into one long continuous fabric strip to be rolled into a ball for crochet.

Use a Size Q crochet hook to create this very quick and comfy cat bed.....

Crochet Directions

To make a soft and chunky rectangular cat bed (like the one shown in progress) that can either be folded in half to fit into a Rubbermaid 12 Qt tub OR laid out flat if preferred, begin with chain 18.

OR if a different sized cat bed is preferred, simply chain an even amount of chains until desired width.

Row 1: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook, *chain 1, skip chain space, single crochet in next chain space; Repeat from * across, single crochet in last chain space.

Row 2: chain 1, turn; Single crochet in 2nd chain space from the hook, *chain 1, single crochet in each chain space of previous row all the way to the end of the row.

Row 3 - Row 18*

*Repeat Row 2 until desired length, bind off. Note: Bind off the crochet cat bed by finishing and starting with long fabric strips which can be woven through the finished piece using the crochet hook.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed

Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed via Camille Styles
Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed via Camille Styles

Claire of Camille Styles generously shares a super tutorial showing how she made a cat bed out of a vintage suitcase. Isn't this THE BEST? Love it!

(Photo credit)

My FREE Tutorial for My Corner Cat Hammock Pattern

It's available here. Please if you use this pattern, share the link so more hammocks can be sewn and hopefully, more animals can be helped. It's great for your kitty karma!!! :)

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    • Loretta L profile image

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      What a clever idea, to make a cat bed from an old tv set. And the end result is fab! I love it.

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      5 years ago

      I have an old tv, what a great idea and a wonderful way to recycle, thanx for the tips.

    • SPhilbrick profile image


      5 years ago

      Love all these ideas for cat bedding. You see so many cages at the shelters with little more than a towel when some of these seem simple enough and a heck of a lot more comfortable!

    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh my, all the suitcases I threw out! The cats seem to like the back of my sofa cushion, they have managed to crush it down so that it looks like a hammock.

    • hartworks lm profile image

      hartworks lm 

      5 years ago

      Love the hammock. I've made places and beds for our two house cats, let's see... two in the bedroom plus Moonlight crawls under the covers... they tuck themselves away behind my husband's desk in his office... one of our bathrooms is the cat bathroom with a tiny door into it through the regular door. That bathtub has a big pile of washable bedding and they often sleep there... my office has two beds each... one of the cats loves one of the dining room chairs, one with a pillow of course!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Scarlett has a cat bed: Mine! I think she'd love all of these just-her-size cat beds too! Love the suitcases and the TV!

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      Heather B 

      5 years ago

      I doubt my cat would use any cat bed I made for her. She sleeps in the oddest and most uncomfortable places!

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      5 years ago

      I love the idea of vintage suitcases converted to cat beds, but you are right, the old TV is the best!


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