How to Make Homemade Dog Beds

Dogs like sleeping in a bed too.
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When you make the dog bed, you get to choose how much money you spend and what type of filler, or stuffing, your dog sleeps on. You have the option to make a sweet-smelling cedar dog bed or use synthetic material. Additionally, you can make the bed as small or large, as fluffy or flat, as you and your furry friend like.

Step 1

Visit your local thrift or retail store and buy a pillowcase or sham that has a zipper to close. Buy the best size for your dog. For larger dogs, a body pillow cover works best.

Step 2

Unzip the case or cover and fill it with the stuffing of your choice. Cedar shavings work if your dog doesn’t have allergies. They have a nice smell and repel fleas. On the other hand, if your dog is allergic to cedar, choose a filler like polyester or polypropylene beads, available at your local craft store. Polypropylene beads will give you a bed like a beanbag, a nice choice for a dog who likes to curl up and be cozy. You can also combine materials. If you choose a natural material like cedar, sift through it first to remove any overly large chunks.

Step 3

Close the newly stuffed dog bed with the zipper. Spread out the filler and fluff the bed using your hands. Make sure the bed is high enough off the ground for your pup to sleep on comfortably, but not so high he has trouble getting on and off.


  • If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, watery eyes or itching, take the dog bed away and see if the allergies subside. If not, contact your veterinarian.


  • Wash the cover often to remove any odors and bacteria. You can simplify the process by using two covers and simply removing the outermost one for washing.

Items You Will Need

  • Zippered pillowcase
  • Filler