We Finally Decided to Make Our Own Dog Beds #DIY

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Dog Bed DIY, Molly Mutt

Zoey pee’d on a dog bed.

Then another one.

Then another one.

Then another one.

Then another one.

Despite these set backs, potty training is actually going really well.

We have no more dog beds (besides the ones in the house.  The dogs “condo” in the garage, where they spend their time when we’re away at work (and has access to their fenced yard), has three Kuranda beds with blankets on them, but no dog beds.  They don’t need them, but I like to have that extra cushion for them.  All the beds are now gone.

What’s funny is that Sydney used to pee on dog beds too when she was a puppy.  If it was raining outside or if she was sleeping and disoriented – she’d pee on a dog bed.  Sheesh.

I told my boyfriend about the cost of dog beds, because it’s not his responsibility.  I’ve paid for every single bed over the past four years, he can pick up a few at Costco.  But the Costco beds are all round – great, but we need rectangular beds and the ones in the pet store (last resort) are pretty much crap and way too expensive.  So my boyfriend had a great idea, we’ll make them ourselves.

Step 1 – find  a mattress store that custom cuts foam.  The reason dog beds in the store are so crappy is because foam is crazy expensive; the price goes up faster than fuel (according to our mattress guy).  We purchased 2 3-inch foams and were able to choose the thickness, strength and these beds will last years.

Step 2 – order a Molly Mutt Armor-Waterproof Dog Bed Liner for each bed.  We picked ours up on Amazon.com (they’re on the way).

Step 3 – order a Molly Mutt midnight train dog duvet for each bed. We picked these up on Amazon.com too.

All together, our dog beds cost $80 each.  Yes, that’s spendy, but when compared to the $80 dog beds at the pet store, ours are awesome and they will have a long life, which I’m happy about.

Now if Zoey has an accident on the dog bed, we can wash it away and move on.  We’re going to be picking up 3 of the round dog beds in Costco for inside the house and the ones we made are for the Kuranda raised dog beds in the garage (we’ll be making 2 more).

Yayyyyy!

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  1. That’s a great DIY project! The beds look great, and the puppies look very happy on them. For the reasons you list, we have long since stopped buying dog beds around here. Especially with a rotating door of foster dogs, all of our dogs now sleep on piles of fluffy blankets and towels from the thrift store. They do the job nicely, and they don’t cost a fortune to replace!
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  2. Clever. Dog beds are crazy expensive.

    I won a bed for Honey on a blog that costs $150 new. As I look at the cheap fabric and zipper, I’m appalled to think anyone would ever charge so much for something of such poor quality.

    If you do this project again, you might be able to find high quality foam in furniture being put out for the trash. Some neighborhoods have bulk trash day and put old couches and chairs out to be picked up.

    The key would be taking the dog with you. You don’t want to bring something home that’s already caught puppy accidents. And your dogs will let you know. I always have Honey do a smell test before I trash pick.
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  3. Very cute! I hadn’t heard of the Molly Mutt covers – love their designs, and I’m always down for anything Amazon Prime (instant gratification!). I have a queen sized 2″ thick mattress topper from our guest room bed that I’ve been saving to cut into dog beds – I think a few layers of that inside a duvet cover would be an awesome bed, plus recycling something that would have gone to the dump. Thanks for the tip!
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  4. See, I would have a hard time spending big bucks on foam because our dog beds tend to get torn (chewed) up. We didn’t have any good beds since the last one got eaten while Leo was being boarded in 2012 (NOT by Leo; the kennel let another dog eat it!). Mostly the dogs sleep on couches and our beds. But Rob got tired of Mia crowding him off his side of the bed, so we bought her a Midwest Pets Quiet Deluxe Mosaic Bed for about $50. I thought there was no way she’d go for it, but she likes it! So then we bought a second one for Leo.
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  5. Can I just say that those two are getting cuter every day? My gosh.

    I’m probably never going to take the time to make a dog bed. I’d rather just buy a few cheap beds at Costco and sometimes I use blankets. I love the beds you made, though. The patterns from Molly Mutt are really pretty. And the waterproof liner – yep, I can see the appeal to that! Perfect for puppies!
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  6. This is really cool! I have four beds but need four more for boarding. So far I’ve only had one boarding dog pee on the dog bed – she actually peed on the floor but it saturated the bottom of the bed. The waterproof lining is crucial so this will become a fun project for me!
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    • The boys don’t do it, but both Sydney (as a puppy) and Zoey did it – we haven’t had an accident on the beds in a while and I’m hoping it stays that way. I want to get waterproof liners for our Costco beds too. I wish I could say the same about the accidents. Were you just very vigilant? The puppies quickly learned from the dogs to go outside, because they were always following their lead, but if we didn’t watch them – accidents happened and we were out of the habit of watching a puppy. We came up with a system of taking them out every 30 minutes and that turned it around.
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      • Like in your situation, our puppies have all followed the lead of our grown dogs. When accidents happened I think it was obvious to the puppy that the grown dogs were embarrassed for them! However, a key ingredient is that I’m lucky enough to work from home and outside puppy breaks were roughly every 30 minutes. Yes, vigilance was key.
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  7. These are great. I would’ve never thought of going to a mattress store and having them cut foam for you (duh!). I think I’ll stick to our $15 TJ Maxx beds though because Rio eats the beds (he only gets blankets) and Lola has been through her fair share as well – although we’ve had the current one for about 3 months and I’ve only had to stitch it up once. Maybe once they are a little older :). Thanks for sharing these great ideas!
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    • I wonder what dogs are thinking when they destroy a bed. LOL

      What’s funny is that with the current inventory in our house, the dogs get really possessive of the beds – if I try to move one, a dog will jump on it. I bought it!! LOL
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  8. I met the Molly Mutt guys at Global Pet Expo and loved their duvets and the concept, too! They had some really pretty fabrics and prints. You’re using foam, but they also say the smell of your laundry, which some people use to fill the beds, is comforting to the dog. I just wonder if it ends up having enough support; might get kinda lumpy. Glad to know you’re loving yours. When we’re in the market for new beds, maybe we’ll try the Molly Mutt.
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