How to Make a Dog Bed? Crafting Comfort!

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Author: Jeanette Hampton

Does your pet deserve the best facilities? If your answer is yes then you are at the right place we are about to embark on an adventure to learn “How to make a dog bed?“🐶🛏️

How to Make a Dog Bed

From selecting the fabric to setting the covers, we are going to do it all. Without further delay let’s start, one treat at a time!

How to Make a Dog Bed?

Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable and supportive place to sleep. Dogs are den animals so they appreciate having a spot where they can relax, away from the hustle and bustle of your home.

A cosy bed🛏️ that cushions their bodies encourages pups to go to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. This is especially important for older dogs and larger breeds who need a bit more sleep than their younger, smaller counterparts. 

“A good quality dog bed provides cushioning for your dog’s body, especially the joints, and helps to keep pain to a minimum at night🌛 and during naps throughout the day. As dogs age, they may develop problems like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other joint issues“, says the experts at AKC.

dog sitting in dog bed

A dog bed is crucial to cushion your dog’s body and provide relief from the pain associated with age-related health problems. This table provides a breakdown of the materials and tools needed for making a dog bed:

Materials RequiredTools Needed
Fabric (choose a durable type)Scissors
Foam or paddingPins
Stuffing (e.g., polyfill)Measuring tape
Thread (matching fabric color)Iron and ironing board (optional)
Zipper or buttons (optional)Sewing machine

Choosing the Right Fabric

Canvas is a robust and durable option, perfect for dogs that are tough on their beds. It’s resistant to tearing and scratching, making it a suitable choice for active and larger breeds. Additionally, the canvas can often be machine-washed, which simplifies maintenance.🛅

Fleece is known for its softness and warmth, making it an ideal choice for dogs that appreciate a cosy and snuggly bed. It’s a great option for colder climates or for dogs that enjoy burrowing. Fleece is usually easy to clean and maintain.

dog sitting in dog bed

Denim is another durable choice, known for its ruggedness. It can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear and is resistant to punctures and scratches. Denim dog beds are suitable for active dogs or those with a penchant for digging and scratching.

For older dogs or those with joint issues, an orthopedic bed made with memory foam provides optimal support and comfort. Investing in the best orthopedic dog bed you can afford will help reduce your dog's pain

Measuring and Cutting

Let’s see how you can measure correctly to make a dog bed:

  • Length: Measure your dog from their nose to the base of their tail. Add a bit extra for comfort.
  • Width: Measure from their shoulders to the ground, then add some extra space for wiggle room.
  • Height: Decide how thick you want the bed. Thicker is cosier, but it depends on your dog’s needs.

Cut two pieces of fabric using the measurements from the above steps. Add a little extra for sewing. If you are using foam or padding, cut it to match the fabric size. Use scissors or a knife to cut neatly.

If you’re adding sides, cut strips of fabric to the width and length you want, and attach them to the main fabric pieces. Make sure your measurements are accurate before cutting. This way, your dog’s bed will fit them perfectly for a comfy snooze.🛏️

Sewing the Cover

Fold over the edges of your fabric by about half an inch (1-2 cm). Use your sewing machine or hand-stitch along the folded edge to create a neat hem all around.

  • Place the two pieces of fabric together with their right sides facing each other (inside out). Sew around the edges, leaving one side open.
  • This will be the opening for inserting the foam or stuffing. Ensure your stitches are secure by backstitching at the beginning and end of your seams.
  • This is usually done on one of the longer sides of the bed cover. Make sure the opening is large enough to comfortably fit your foam or stuffing.

Personalize the bed cover with your dog’s name or a cute design using embroidery. Attach fabric shapes or designs to the cover using stitching or adhesive for a unique look.

happy dog in bed

Inserting the Foam or Stuffing

To insert foam or stuffing into your dog bed cover, begin by preparing the foam or stuffing to fit the cover. Find the opening you left for this purpose, usually on one of the longer sides of the cover.

Gradually insert the foam or stuffing through this opening, making sure it’s distributed evenly, especially towards the corners and edges. Test the bed’s firmness as you add more material and adjust it to achieve the desired level of comfort[1].

Be cautious not to overfill, as it can make the bed too hard. Once you are satisfied, securely close the opening by stitching it or using a zipper.🐶

To maintain comfort and support, periodically fluff and adjust the filling, considering your dog’s needs, and invest in high-quality foam or stuffing for better durability. Keep an eye on your dog’s comfort and make adjustments as necessary.

happy dog in bed

Closing the Cover

Here are some steps to follow if you want to close the opening in the covers:

  1. Thread a needle with a matching thread colour.
  2. Begin by aligning the edges of the opening.
  3. Start sewing from one end of the opening, making small, neat stitches.
  4. Continue sewing along the entire length of the opening, ensuring that your stitches are close together for a secure seal.
  5. When you reach the end of the opening, tie a knot to secure the thread and trim any excess.

Why secure sealing? Well, think of it as the superhero cape for your dog bed. When you seal it up properly, you ensure that the fluff stays put, and your pup gets the snuggliest, comfiest throne in the house.🏡

Plus, it keeps the bed tidy and fresh – no dust bunnies or surprise messes allowed! And let’s not forget the style points; a well-sealed bed looks fabulous, like it just walked off a doggy runway. So, take your time with the closure!

Finishing Touches

Imagine a world where you can effortlessly toss the bed cover into the washing machine – well, that dream can be a reality with a removable, washable cover. You can also spice things up with stylish patterns or vibrant colours, think about adding your dog’s name or a monogram.

How to Make a Dog Bed

These final touches not only enhance the bed’s appeal but also transform it into a cherished piece of home decor that your furry friend will adore. So, let your imagination soar!

Imagining a world where you can effortlessly toss the bed cover into the washing machine – well, that dream can be a reality with a removable, washable cover. You can also spice things up with stylish patterns or vibrant colours, think about adding your dog’s name or a monogram. If my dog is sleeping a lot more than usual, I focus on maximum comfort with soft, cozy fabrics and plush stuffing.

Maintenance and Cleaning

To keep your dog’s bed in tip-top shape, follow these tips:

  • Regular Shake-Out: Give the bed a good shake outside to remove loose dirt and fur.
  • Spot Cleaning: For minor spills or stains, gently blot the area with a damp cloth and a pet-friendly stain remover.🧼🫧
  • Vacuum: Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove embedded hair and debris.
  • Washable Cover: If you have a removable cover, machine wash it following the care instructions. Don’t forget to zip it up securely after washing.
  • Foam or Padding: If your bed has foam or padding, spot-clean it or use a fabric freshener to keep it smelling clean.
  • Regular Fluffing: Periodically fluff the bed’s filling to maintain its shape and comfort. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, like loose stitching, and repair them promptly.

Regular washing removes dirt, odours, and allergens, creating a hygienic and comfy space for your furry companion[2]. It also extends the bed’s lifespan, saving you money in the long run.


❓Can I Make a Bed for My Dog?

Turns out, a dog bed is just a giant rectangle! Fold your fabric in half (inside out) around a pair of pillows, sew along the two short sides, flip the fabric right-side out, and attach a zipper to the remaining side if you’re feeling ambitious (and if simple projects make you wish to complicate them)

❓Do Dogs Want a Bed?

Like humans, dogs don’t technically need a dog bed. And there are plenty of furry pups that live perfectly happy lives without one. But dog beds do provide extra layers of comfort and support. And many dogs will find that comfort invaluable to their rather lengthy sleep schedule.

❓Do Dogs Need Blankets?

Your dog needs a spot to call their own. When chaos is thrust upon them, they need something, however small it might be, that they can depend on to provide comfort. A dog’s blanket is often just the thing that they need to provide that source of comfort.


In conclusion to “How to make a dog bed?” We’ve covered all the steps to make it happen, from picking the perfect fabric to fluffing up their comfort zone. Now, it’s your time to shine! Crafting your dog’s bed isn’t just a project, it’s a gift of love🎁 and comfort.

So, dive in, enjoy the process, and watch your dog snuggle up in pure happiness. After all, every wagging tail and cosy nap will be a reminder that you’ve made their world a whole lot cosier.🛏️

Crafting your dog's bed isn't just a project, it's a gift of love🎁 and comfort. Don't forget to follow the washing dog bed instructions to keep it looking fluffy and new.


  1. Colgate. (2022b). Make a homemade dog bed your pup will love. Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
  2. General dog care. (n.d.). ASPCA.
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Jeanette Hampton
Jeanette Hampton is a content writer at WWD and an expert on all things pets. She’s been writing pet blogs for over 5 years and knows everything there is to know about dogs. Jeanette enjoys writing about pet-related topics because she enjoys helping people learn more about their furry friends.

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