How do I make a bed for my dog?

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How do i make a bed for my dog... he's a Great Dane!!!Beds for a dog his size, are extremely expensive and he needs to be on a cushion because GD are pron to hip problems, because of their weight. Any ideas?

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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jan 28, 2019

    Maybe search out an old crib mattress and start with that? You could get an old crib, trim it down and put short legs on it (if he needs it elevated), that way, all you need to do is find crib mattress covers (and the plastic protectors to deter bugs moving in) . Laying some lavender sprigs underneath will give doggie nice dreams and keep the bed smelling good :)

  • Margie Margie on Jan 28, 2019

    WOW! that is an awesome idea. and amazingly, i do have an old crib that's been in my attic for years; i might even have the mattress too, if not, i'll go to a thrift (second hand) store to find one.

    thank you "Y"!!!

    • My girlfriend did something similar. Make sure he or she has adequate support, you can always make an additional cushion from foam, quilt batting or polyester fiberfill. They are the weight of a person and need the same support we do.


      When they moved, they built a jumbo size master bedroom. I mean huge! That way they could have 2 king size beds side by side for themselves and 2-3 great Danes, as they also foster and rescue. People are shocked when they see it, but as a multi pet owner myself, it would be a dream come true.

  • Margie Margie on Jan 28, 2019

    Not too shocking for me as i too have 2 GD inside my house, they have their own room  . i will need 2 cribs - so again, i'll go to a thrift store to find the other one i'll need.

  • Katie Nordland Katie Nordland on Jan 29, 2019

    I made a dog bed for my old girl out of a crib mattress. The mattress is plastic, so I just swap out the 2.50 Walmart fleece blanket, wipe it down and no more smelly dog bed.

  • Margie Margie on Jan 29, 2019

    yes, seems like the crib mattress is the best idea.  i brought down the old crib and stared at it to see how i should make it work. but each having their own crib mattress is the way to go.

    thank you all.