DIY: How To Turn a Vintage Suitcase Into an Adorable Dog Bed

A vintage suitcase turned into a dog bed

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.

Materials Needed:

  • Hard-shell suitcase
  • Screwdriver
  • Sponge and natural cleaner
  • 4 foot plates with screws
  • Pen or pencil
  • Drill
  • 4 furniture feet
  • Plastic screw covers
  • Blanket or pillow

Step 1
Disconnect the top and bottom of the suitcase. To remove the top, use a screwdriver to force off the hinges from the exterior edge.

Suitcase dog bed step 2

Step 2
Clean the interior and exterior of the bottom half of the suitcase with a sponge and some nontoxic cleaner.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
Once your marks have been made, drill into each hole. Then reposition each foot plate and drill in the screws.

Suitcase dog bed step 5

Step 5
Once all of the screws have been added, screw in each furniture foot.

Suitcase dog bed step 6

Step 6
Turn the suitcase over. Place the screw covers on the sharp screw ends that have poked through the suitcase.

Suitcase dog bed

Step 7
Add in the bedding. A comfy blanket or standard pillow works well for most suitcases.