You love your pets. They deserve the best. But the best doesn’t have to be expensive. It can simply be a creative DIY project that expresses your affection for your fur baby, like this vintage suitcase turned into a comfy dog bed.
This stylish bed — suitable for small dogs as well as cats — has cool vintage character and only costs a few dollars to make. You can find an old suitcase at a local thrift store. Then it’s just a quick trip to the hardware store for the rest of the materials, and you’re ready to get to work.
- Hard-shell suitcase
- Sponge and natural cleaner
- 4 foot plates with screws
- Pen or pencil
- 4 furniture feet
- Plastic screw covers
- Blanket or pillow
Disconnect the top and bottom of the suitcase. To remove the top, use a screwdriver to force off the hinges from the exterior edge.
Clean the interior and exterior of the bottom half of the suitcase with a sponge and some nontoxic cleaner.
On the bottom of the suitcase, position the four furniture foot plates, one in each corner. Using a pen or pencil, mark the screw holes for each of the four foot plates.
Once your marks have been made, drill into each hole. Then reposition each foot plate and drill in the screws.
Once all of the screws have been added, screw in each furniture foot.
Turn the suitcase over. Place the screw covers on the sharp screw ends that have poked through the suitcase.
Add in the bedding. A comfy blanket or standard pillow works well for most suitcases.