DIY Doggie Bed

1 Hour
Let’s face it, with no kids and just a 7lb doxie, we can’t help but spoil her. So another dog bed it is! Even Billy helped make this one I like to think one day we will be busy zestin’ together for our little ones (less furry I hope)!

Grab you supplies:
  • Suit case (from thrift store)
  • Pillow (from garage sale)
  • Fabric (from my scrap pile)
  • 4 Furniture legs (Home Depot)
  • Nuts and Bolts (Home Depot)
  • Hammer (Home Depot)
  • Wood Stain or Spray Paint (Home Depot)

Original Blog Post

Meet Lucy. My little Doxie Diva. There she is workin’ her cuteness on her homemade crate bed. Now it's time to spoil her and make ANOTHER doggie bed!

Start out with your adorable vintage hardback suite case… snagged mine at the thrift store for $3!

You could leave the top of the suit case on and add your pup’s name to the back or even store dog toys in the flap, but for me it was a little too much green for my house. So time to crank out the hammer to disassemble….

See that beast? Yep, no screws. But not to worry we managed to figure out that you can wedge the hammer in to unhook the latch.

Brute Force- yep.

Next I snagged these furniture legs at Home Depot for about $3 each. Now let’s be real, my doxie is pretty short so even these legs will be a little too high (these are 6″) so I decided to cut them….

Chop away!

Now time to stain the wood!

Another option: you could also spray paint them a fun color!

Now it's time to add the legs! Drill in through the suitcase and then add a bolt to hold in the leg.

Snagged this pillow at a garage sale for .50 and then found some scrap Chevron print.

Yes, I will admit I didn’t even sew it! The pillow fits so snug I knew just folding it wouldn’t be an issue, but you could sew fabric or even use a pillow case, then it’s easy to wash.

And there she is workin’ it modeling again. Turned out pretty cute huh?

Here's a close look for ya!!

Caught the little peanut sleeping away in it, I think she approves!

Thanks for Zestin’!


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  • Beti Baganda Beti Baganda on Feb 21, 2017
    Understandably spoiled. But fogs prefer to sleep on cold floors because they have fur which keep them warm. Right?

  • Smr12235681 Smr12235681 on Feb 21, 2017
    Great idea, but how did you clean the suitcase before you put your pampered pooch in it?


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  • Penny-Marie Penny-Marie on Jun 03, 2018

    Just a comment. We got 2 Dachshunds from my aunt & uncle when they were stationed overseas & another 1 from their friends who were also going. We had just come back so my parents took them. One came with a bed & my father made bunk beds for the other 2. All 3 of them slept together in 1 though with our 2 cats also all snuggled up. When we moved to a drafty, cold farm house I had all 3 dogs sleeping with me, 1 on each side & the other keeping my feet warm. They were all short-haired standards so liked the warmth of blankets & me.

  • Ann Fennell Ford Ann Fennell Ford on Nov 03, 2018

    I would rather buy the cheapest pillow @ a store. The thrift store or garage sale pillow is prlbably FULL of gsrms/bacteria from who knows where!