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When you're crate training, it's nice to give your pup something soft to sleep on. The problem is that most pups will have accidents, so anything fabric is pretty much going to get ruined, including every commercial crate cushion I've ever seen. But, with just a little bit of time and $15-20 you can make an awesome custom crate cushion. Your pup will love it!
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Step 1: Gather supplies

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You only need a few supplies:

Egg crate - the kind you use as a mattress cover; a twin size will do. Mine cost $10.

Shower Curtain - get a sturdy vinyl one, not one of those flimsy shower liners (your dog will be able to scratch/bite through a flimsy one). They make so many different patterns and colors you can even pick one to match your decor. I got mine on clearance for $8

Duct Tape ($3)


Step 2: Cut the egg crate

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Cut the egg crate to be the same size as your crate (minus 1/4" to account for the bars on the inside). I have a super jumbo sized crate so I started by cutting it in half and it's just an inch or two short of filling the whole length. Your crate is probably smaller so you should be able to cut to peices to fit the crate exactly (maybe three if you have a really small crate).

The easiest way to do it is to lay it on top of the crate and cut the edges so you don't have to measure.

Step 3: Trim the shower curtain

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Spread the shower curtain out on the floor, design side down.

Place the egg crate peices on top of one another with the bumpy side down. If there's a specific part of the shower curtains design that you want shown, place the egg crate on top of that.

Then wrap the curtain around the egg crate and trim off the excess shower curtain, making sure to leave a little on each side for overlap. Also make sure that you trim off the area with the metal rings.
CJSudduth3 years ago
Egg crates are used to give extra support to your back and it fits over a mattress.. Most hospital at one time use them for those having to spend extended time in bed .... Have a great day
staffakita4 years ago
i like the idea but what is "egg crate"
Lady Nixie5 years ago
You may also consider taking the plastic liner (black tray) out to cut the egg crate to make it the right size. :)
kempnr126 years ago
I made this item thinking my two puppies wouldn't be able to destroy it like every other cushion-type item I've put in their kennel so far. And I'm sorry to report, they have destroyed it completely within an hour. Bummer for me, but thanks for the great idea!
Babyshoes7 years ago
Nicely done, and cute pup!
Ditto. Is that a Saint Bernard puppy? Sooo cute. And a very helpful and innovative Instructable. Thanks!