Make your own Dog Bed

In this page you’ll find tips and ideas to make your own dog bed at home with cheap or recycled materials.

My dogs taught me how to make comfortable and cheap dog beds out of recycled materials.

Whippets have little body fat and short coats and this makes them incorrigible comfort seekers but at the same time, when left alone they can indulge in reckless cushion hunting.

The bed filling seems to unleash their strongest killing instincts and gutting out the insides of a new, fancy dog bed seems to be one of the most cherished activities of my little hounds.

More than once I came home to a garden or a kitchen decorated in typical whippet style, with the bed filling scattered all over the place.

After these experiences I learn that designer pet beds are not always the best investment.

These are the best solutions I found to give my whippets comfy and cheap dog beds.


The easiest solution is newspapers. Buying your newspaper daily, not only you will keep updated with the latest news and trends, but will also provide a wonderful material for your dog’s bedding.

Newspaper make cheap, insulating, clean, disposable and totally chew resistant dog beds.

They can be used to pad a crate or dog house. First place a generous layer of newspapers at the bottom and then shred a few on top to make it cozy and soft.

My oldest whippet likes to burrow in them for warmth and comfort.

The downside of this arrangement is that the pieces of newspaper tend to fly and get scattered around the garden, giving it a messy look.

If the look of your garden is a priority, find here other solutions for indestructible dog beds.


To make your own dog bed in no time, you’ll need :

- 1 old bed sheet (possibly in a bright color)

- 4 old pillows

Open the sheet on a wide surface. Place on it the pillows like in the picture.

With two opposite corners of the sheet make a knot and then tie the other two opposite corners.

Turn the bed upside down and call your dog to enjoy the coziest bed he’s ever had.

This bed is easy to wash, heavenly soft but, of course, not for inveterate chewers.


A storage plastic box lined with few cheap fleece blankets makes a soft and welcoming den for your pet.

The sides of the storage box should be quite low for easy access but the box should be wide enough to allow your dog to stretch out.

A strong plastic box is virtually chew proof and the fleece blankets can be washed in no time.

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