Crates and barrels make great small pet beds, whether they’re custom jobs or DIY projects.
As a non-pet person I wan’t focused on various types of furniture for our furry companions but Allison’s interest and enthusiasm taught me to keep an eye out for interesting designs, especially for small pet beds which would be suitable for dogs or cats.
One of the chicest I’ve seen is this oak cask repurposed as a pet bed [top] with an elegant round striped cushion. The barrel staves were neatly cut above and below two of the steel bands to create the niche and the oak on the exterior appears to be sealed with oil — the way an oak floor would be treated. A circular platform was fitted inside at the right height to hold the cushion, which crowns beautifully. Directionality is a great aspect of this bed — someone could take it for a rustic table from the back while the top remains usable for display.
A reinforced milk crate has wonderful decorative value as a pet bed. Angling out an entry on one side provides ample jumping up room for this pup. Legs used here look like repurposed old chair legs but no matter. Any style would do. Plus, the animal print cushion is a hoot.
Blogger Lesa Maloney built this adorable dog bed because she got tired of having her dog, Daisy, sleeping on her living room sofa. Using 1 x 4s left over from a furniture project, she sized the crate so an old feather pillow would fit as the cushion and added castors to make it portable. The wood was “weathered” by rubbing it with vinegar and steel wool and personalized with the dog’s name. While the post doesn’t include a tutorial, it shows enough construction details to be duplicated. The pillow cover is simple and can be removed easily for cleaning. Daisy, a chihuahua, is one comfy girl.
A stylish orange and white striped modern small pet bed is complete with steel legs purchased on eBay. There is a full tutorial with detailed construction and finishing photos both for the 28 x 38” bed which was scaled to fit the insert. Talk about the tail wagging. All the necessarys for constructing and painting this are provided on the Centsational Girl blog. This bed has been around for some time, and often reproduced, but the results are very pro and the bed is large enough for one or two dogs, which helps make it even more worth the work.
(Source: Phoenix Home & Garden, pineterest, Home Frosting, Centsational Girl)
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They are all adorable! It’s nice to find alternatives to blend in with our homes while keeping pets comfortable.