DIY Raised Dog Bed – A cozy place to take a nap is a safe way to induce relaxation for you and your dog. Both young and old dogs appreciate a raised bed for wooden dogs. Raised beds protect your pet from cold floors in the winter as well as from the summer heat. You do not require specific knowledge in construction to create this comfortable place for your dog to sleep. A smaller scale model is ideal for those who have feline friends.
Measure your dog to determine the best size for your DIY raised dog bed. Measure the dog from tail to tail and add 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) for the length of the bed. Use the dog’s length for the width of the bed. Choose cotton or polar for the bed. Make sure it is a cotton or polar that supports frequent use without spending too fast or forming balls of residue. Cut two rectangular panels of the material of your choice in the length and width you need for your dog. To make the cut lines on the fabric, use a washable label to mark the rectangle before cutting.
Line up two pieces of material with facing rights. Pin them all around the edges of the two panels to hold them together. Place the pins about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge of the material to allow sewing. Sew the two panels together on three sides of the rectangle. Use a sewing machine or sew the pieces by hand. Once you have three sides sewn, sew three fours or about 11 inches (28 cm) from the remaining side.
Remove all the pins from the material and turn the bed into the remaining space. The right side is now out. Fill the DIY raised dog bed with your filler material of choice; you can use straw, wadding, newspaper, corn husk or plastic bags. To help control fleas and ticks, you may want to consider mixing cedar sawdust in the filler mixture, as the cedar odor repels those pests. Turn the remaining material by folding the seam inwards. Sew the material once you have filled the cushion. For best results, sew the remaining hole by hand instead of a sewing machine.