Picture of No-Sew Pet Bed with Cardboard Bolsters
So, I got a puppy a few months ago. After spending a few bucks on store-bought dog beds that the puppy viewed as giant chew toys, it seemed like a cheaper option to put something together myself.

And so the no-sew pet bed was born.

Design features:
  • replaceable fleece cover
  • cardboard bolsters
  • MDF base for some weight
  • no sewing
My puppy is a bulldog, so she's got an evolutionarily disadvantageous body shape. Her head and shoulders are disproportionately bulky, and she likes to rest her chin on available raised surfaces so she can lay down and still look around. The bolsters are great for this, and the cardboard doesn't seem to be too firm for her.

She is also a puppy, so she's still prone to gnawing on the bed if she can't be bothered to seek out a more appropriate chew toy. She's also peed on it a few times. Good thing that fleece cover is replaceable.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
I was able to source everything at the nearby orange big box home improvement store and a craft/fabric store that belongs to a fine woman named Joann. You probably have similar stores somewhere near you.

  • one sheet of 1/8" MDF
  • 3 yards of fleece fabric (this was enough for two bed covers)
  • 4" thick craft foam
  • duct tape
  • cardboard shipping tube
  • staple gun + staples
  • scissors
  • sharp knife
Where can you buy larger pieces of foam for larger dogs
Mixey 1011 year ago

great idea i will have to try it :)

chickchoc2 years ago
LOVE this idea. How did you get the fabric to conform to the tubes on the inside of the bed? It looks like the fabric is smooth on the foam, then comes up the side of the tubes without making a "ski slope" shape.
wilgubeast (author)  chickchoc2 years ago
The fleece actually sticks ever so slightly to the foam. Wish I could take credit for it, but it just sorta worked out that way.

I initially stapled the fleece to the cardboard on the underside of the cardboard cylinders, which may have helped to shape the fabric. (After finding one pulled out, I went ahead and pulled the rest of the staples from the cardboard on the surface.)
HollyMann2 years ago
Too cute and fancy too!
sunshiine2 years ago
She is so cute and the bed is adorable! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
SinAmos2 years ago
This is really good!
very nice ,My 2 jack russells are jealous lol
Wynd2 years ago
She's so cute!! And I love that bed :D Going to make some for my cats [my dogs are huge and one eats anything, like actually eats, anything that isn't metal or glass].
wilgubeast (author)  Wynd2 years ago
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Wynd wilgubeast2 years ago
Will do! :)
SHIFT!2 years ago
Congrats on the new puppy! Penelope looks adorable, especially on her patterned pet bed.
yourmom19992 years ago
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Amazing job Wade!!!
Yay Penelope! She seems pretty stoked about her new bed. Good job, dog dad! :D
Penelope is the best name.
You have my vote.