How To Make A Dog Bed

6 min read Jul 11, 2024
How To Make A Dog Bed

How to Make a Dog Bed: A DIY Guide to Comfort and Style

Want to give your furry friend the ultimate sleeping experience? Making a dog bed is a rewarding and affordable project that lets you customize comfort and style to your dog's needs and your own aesthetic.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Fabric: Choose a durable, washable fabric like cotton canvas, denim, or fleece. Consider your dog's size and shedding habits when selecting fabric.
  • Filling: Choose a comfortable and supportive filling. Some options include:
    • Polyester fiberfill: Affordable and easy to find, but may flatten over time.
    • Recycled cotton batting: A good option for eco-conscious owners.
    • Memory foam: Provides excellent support and comfort.
    • Old clothes or blankets: Great for recycling and adding a personal touch.
  • Sewing machine and supplies: Needle, thread, scissors, pins, and measuring tape.
  • Optional:
    • Zipper: For easy removal of the cover and washing.
    • Non-slip backing: For added stability on slippery floors.
    • Decorative buttons or trim: For a personalized touch.

Choosing the Right Size

The bed should be large enough for your dog to stretch out comfortably. Measure your dog's length from nose to tail and add a few inches for extra room. For a standard bed, the width should be about the same as your dog's shoulder width.


1. Cut the Fabric:

  • Cut two pieces of fabric for the top and bottom of the bed.
  • Cut two pieces of fabric for the sides, making sure they are tall enough to accommodate the filling.
  • If you are using a zipper, cut a piece of fabric for the zipper opening.

2. Sew the Sides:

  • Pin the side pieces right sides together.
  • Sew along the long edge of the side panels, leaving a small opening for turning.
  • Turn the side panels right side out and press.

3. Attach the Zipper (Optional):

  • Pin the zipper opening fabric to the bottom panel, right sides together.
  • Sew the zipper opening fabric to the bottom panel, leaving the zipper opening unsewn.
  • Attach the zipper to the zipper opening.
  • Sew the zipper opening closed.

4. Assemble the Bed:

  • Place the bottom panel right side up.
  • Pin the sides to the bottom panel, right sides together.
  • Sew the sides to the bottom panel, leaving a small opening for turning.
  • Repeat for the top panel, sewing it to the sides.
  • Turn the bed right side out.

5. Add the Filling:

  • Fill the bed with your chosen filling, making sure to distribute it evenly.
  • Sew the opening closed.

6. Add Non-Slip Backing (Optional):

  • Cut a piece of non-slip backing the same size as the bottom of the bed.
  • Attach the non-slip backing to the bottom of the bed using fabric glue or sewing.

7. Add Personal Touches:

  • Embellish your dog bed with buttons, trim, or other decorative details.


  • Wash the fabric before sewing. This will help prevent shrinkage.
  • Use a sturdy thread and needle. The bed will get a lot of use.
  • Test the fabric for colorfastness before sewing.
  • Make sure the bed is comfortable for your dog before giving it to them.

With a little time and effort, you can create a custom-made dog bed that is both comfortable and stylish. Your dog will love it, and you'll appreciate the satisfaction of creating something unique for your furry friend.