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Upcycled Dog Beds: 3 Ways to DIY

by Michael Rothstein, GRI 12/13/2021

A comfortable pet is a happy pet. But sometimes, pet furniture is not comfortable for your budget. Instead of overspending on a dog bed, consider the DIY approach. If you're interested in some clever ways to upcycle items into budget-friendly dog beds, here are some ideas to inspire you.

Wine Barrel Bed

Wine barrels are a favorite among the DIY community for their sturdiness, versatility and rustic charm. If you take half of a wine barrel and add a shallow cutout for your dog to climb in and out, it can make an excellent pet bed. Make sure you sand and treat the wood with non-toxic treatment and then add a comfy cushion or blanket of choice. If you have a smaller dog, opt for cutting the barrel lower down to make a shallower container.

Suitcase Bed

Do you have an old broken suitcase you haven't gotten rid of? Now's the perfect time to give it new use as a dog bed. If you have either a hard or soft shell suitcase, you can simply add a cushion and lay it open for your dog to sleep in. One of the advantages of this DIY idea is that due to the myriad choices of suitcase sizes, you can make a perfect bed for any breed and size of dog. Decorate and customize as you wish for a funky, upcycled bed your pet will love.

Dresser Drawer Bed

An unused dresser drawer can become a cute and funky dog bed with only a few DIY steps. Remove a drawer from an old dresser and add a soft piece of foam or cushion inside. Decorate or paint the outside and you have an instant dog bed ready for the bedroom or anywhere else in your home. If the drawer is made of wood, give the edges some extra sanding for safety and to protect your pet from splinters.

About the Author
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Michael Rothstein, GRI

Active in residential brokerage since 1985, Michael enjoys a loyal following of past buyers and sellers. Prior to entering brokerage, he studied culinary arts and managed restaurants in the Boston area. Born and raised in Newton, Michael is very familiar with the Greater Boston area. His seven-day-a-week commitment to his profession serves his clients and customers well. His educational background includes The Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute, The Lee Institute for Real Estate, and The Tom Hopkins and Floyd Wickman Sales Training courses. 

In recognition of his completion of the prescribed courses in real estate practice and ethics, Michael has earned the distinguished GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation. He continues his long-standing membership in the National Association of Realtors and is an avid fly fisherman, musician, and outdoor enthusiast. 

 Michael was recently honored by Ryan Gorman, president of Hammond’s parent company: "Congratulations! I am pleased to recognize you for being named among Realogy Brokerage Group’s Top 1,000 Sales Associates. With more than 50,000 sales associates across Realogy Brokerage Group, this outstanding accomplishment has earned you an elite standing amongst your peers. Your continued dedication to providing an unparalleled level of service to your clients, even in these unprecedented times, is an inspiration to us all.” Michael was awarded the International President's Circle Award for sales expertise, market knowledge, and dedication to clients for 2020 and 2021.