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Five great DIY dog beds: Create your own doggie snooze zone

DIY Dog beds
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In case you are unaware, DIY dog beds are a popular concept across the blogosphere. And indeed, there’s a lot to be said for them.

While there are many excellent-quality specialist dog beds out there, the fact is that a lot of people simply don’t have the money to spend on something entirely new, especially at a time when many are feeling the financial pinch more than ever.

With this in mind, an increasingly large number of people are deciding to make their own beds – and as you will see when you read through this article, the results are truly impressive. If you're not sure what size your dog needs, you can check out our guide on how to choose the right size dog bed. If you don't have the time to make your own, then take a browse through our selection of the best large dog beds.

Some are contraptions made from leftovers saved from the junkyard, while others are more artisan in feel, with the creators letting their inner designer go wild. Some are themed, while others are a bit more random in design aesthetic. One thing they do share in common: their doggie residents look pretty darn snug.

With so many impressive DIY dog beds out there, it would feel remiss of us not to showcase some of the best ones we’ve seen here. Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration or simply want to indulge in some aspirational Pinterest action, we’re sure you will like what you see.

To keep things varied, we’ve gone for a mix in our list. Some of them are easy enough to make with things you can find lying around the house, while other examples might require that bit more effort to come to fruition. Once you’ve finished reading, why not attempt to create something of your own? Even if it’s not perfect, we’re sure your dog will appreciate it…

1) Dog cabinet bed 

Cabinet dog bed

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This fits the best of both worlds: some people like pet furniture to blend in with the human furniture, and some dogs like sleeping inside something that is a bit more enclosed, allowing them to feel safe and secure, hence why kennels are so popular. Here, an ingenious ready-made solution has been devised for dogs and humans with these particular preferences - simply remove some drawers from a cabinet, add some bedding, and you have a fully customizable doggie cave! It really is that straightforward. 

2) Hosepipe bed 

Hosepipe dog bed

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Those of you with big dogs will be aware of some of the pitfalls of owning one. As lovable as the big old lunks are, they do have a certain habit of, erm, destroying things. Especially flimsy-looking beds. Ideally, you need something durable for them, and what better than something designed to hold together in close proximity to burning buildings? Sure, this one’s a bit more of a challenge to create, and you could do with a handyman’s workshop, but this is one bed that is guaranteed to stand the test of time. Surprisingly comfortable too. 

3) Modern Pet Bed 

Modern pet bed

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If you’re the sort of person who wants your pup snoozing in style, then this is one project we would advise you to attempt to tackle. Made from plywood and possible to put together in an afternoon – should your DIY skills be of a reasonable standard – this is one surprisingly easy to put together dog bed. This one has an orange and white color scheme, although really you could go in any direction you choose, depending on your preferences. In any case, with this in the garden - or indeed, in the house - your pup will definitely look the part. 

4) Mid Century Style Pet Bed 

Mid Century0style pet bed

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There are times when things going wrong can lead to things going very right. When the wood used for this piece wouldn’t take to staining, the inventors of this creation instead decided to use their favorite Pantone paint – the rather snazzy retro-style results of which you can see right before you. Topped off with a rather appropriate Star Trek pattern decor for the bedding, and you have one bed that there’ll be no shortage of dogs willing to boldly go in. When it comes to DIY dog beds, this truly is the final frontier. 

5) Tire Bed 

Tire bed

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Our favorite ideas are the deceptively simple ones that turn out to be ingenious. Perfect for dogs that like sleeping in enclosed spaces, and for humans who just happen to have an old tyre lying around the place and don’t want to buy an actual dog bed, you can create an ideal sleeping locale here with minimal effort. Here, they’ve gone for pink paint, although you don’t have to be wedded to that one. You can probably easily have it finished in an afternoon, and then you’ll have something that even the most hardy dogs will be hard-pressed to wear out. 

Steve Wright

Steve has combined editing and writing for publications like SciFiNow, How It Works and All About History with being a doormat to various cats and dogs. He lodges with two moggies called Giles and Willow, and will be told off if he doesn't mention his girlfriend's magnificent pooch, Toby.