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.

Step 1: Pry the Suitcase in Half

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.


Top half of suitcase is the bed. Bottom half is a toy box for the cat. ????
Top half of suitcase is the bed. Bottom half is a toy box for the cat. ????
thats awesome, but i'm affraid my cat won't like it... he never likes awesome stuf
<p>*Drop some catnip in it!!!! ;)</p>
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.
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.
Great idea! This is what makes instructables great. Great people with creative ideas. 5 stars and a vote in the wood challlenge.
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. <br /><br />I'll have to go thrifting!
Thanks for the comment! The pink suitcase sounds like it would have been so cute as a cat bed!
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.<br>I have an old oversize suitcase no longer in use that is now going to get lined with carpet. Thank you.
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! :)
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)
Good idea! :)

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Bio: Army Vet. I love learning & being creative.
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