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This is a simple project that your cat (or other small pet) will enjoy and appreciate! This Instructable will show you how to create a stylish pet bed from a hard-shelled vintage suitcase. I personally have a small collection of vintage American Tourister suitcases, and love that I could put one of them to good use finally!

Materials Needed:
  • Vintage hard-shelled suitcase
  • Pliers & Hammer
  • Drill
  • Tape Measurer
  • 4 Table Legs (available at any hardware store)
  • 4 Top Plates - either angled or straight
  • Paint (Optional, if you decide to paint the legs)
Cost to Create:
The suitcase I used was only $1 at my local Salvation Army Thrift store. The table legs I purchased were from Menards, and they were $1.50/leg = $6.00 total. Finally, the Top Plates included 4 screws and were about $1.50 each, or $6.00 total. So, my total cost was $13.00 - but I think you may be able to get the materials much cheaper if you shop around. I think you could also buy a cheap round table and detach the legs to use them for this project.
 
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Step 1: Pry the Suitcase in Half

Picture of Pry the Suitcase in Half
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This is the only difficult part of making the pet bed and requires some creativity and determination. These old suitcases are made to last - it seems - hundreds of years. So, good luck in prying it apart at the hinges! I tried to bend the metal that was covering the hinges to expose the long metal rod in between it, but it was not possible. I had to bend and contort the suitcase to loosen up the hinges enough so I could break them off. The old suitcase I had, is an American Tourister, and for some reason it already had four holes drilled into it. I just ignored them as I needed to take proper measurements and make new holes for the legs.
JFabor1 year ago
Nice! Here's the one I made using your instructable. I painted mine with spray paint and attached some legs I swiped from a couch out behind the dumpster.
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maboy2 years ago
Great idea! This is what makes instructables great. Great people with creative ideas. 5 stars and a vote in the wood challlenge.
HollyMann (author)  maboy2 years ago
Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it! :)
Love this! It's so cute. I wish I hadn't donated the horrible pink suitcase I had when I moved. My girls would have loved it.

I'll have to go thrifting!
HollyMann (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks for the comment! The pink suitcase sounds like it would have been so cute as a cat bed!
hjjusa2 years ago
My dogs have a stuffed bed they use regularly. Recently though, they have discovered how much fun it is to ripp out the stuffing and scatter it all over my yard. I began today to think up a wooden pet bed I could just line with carpet.
I have an old oversize suitcase no longer in use that is now going to get lined with carpet. Thank you.
HollyMann (author)  hjjusa2 years ago
You're welcome! I love the carpet idea - dogs and cats both seem to like the feel of it too and won't be able to rip it apart! :)
gempje2 years ago
thats awesome, but i'm affraid my cat won't like it... he never likes awesome stuf
HollyMann (author)  gempje2 years ago
Aww that's too bad :( they always like to lay everywhere but their cat beds it seems...but so far my one cat likes the new bed.
omnibot2 years ago
Awww, I am in love with this. But I think I'll keep the lid on the case propped up for extra cuteness (and just one kitteh)
HollyMann (author)  omnibot2 years ago
Good idea! :)