Four-Poster Pet Bed




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If you were a dog or cat, odds are you'd rather have a fancy four-poster bed over your basic puppy pillow. With a table, some paint and fabric, and a few other items, you can make sure that felix (or fido) sleeps in style.

Note: This bed was inspired by a post on - pretty darn cool stuff there!
Also Note: My deciding to make this might also have something to do with this.

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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

For the bed:
  • - a smallish side/end table (the one used here is 18"x21" and 19" high). Because it'll be painted, you don't need to worry about any scratches in the finish much. Also, the most important thing is that it have nice legs - I think the turned ones look particularly nice
  • - 4 finials (the ones used here are ends for a curtain rod that were just the right size)
  • - 4 smallish ball feet
  • - a piece of crown molding cut to fit between two of the legs and form a headboard (mine ended up being 11 inches)
  • - small can paint (flat white used here)
  • - paint brush (I used a sponge brush, but if you're worried about streaking you might want to go with a small roller)
  • - wood glue
  • - a paint pen for detailing (I used silver)
  • - newspapers to paint on

For the cushion:
  • - about a yard and a half of fabric (cut from a bolt at a fabric store - measures about 46" across. A pretty black and white damask is used here)
  • - a trash bag or paper to make a pattern
  • - trim (optional - I went with some black trim and needed about 2 yards of it. . .I kind of wish I'd gotten red, but it still looks nice I think)
  • - a small zipper (also optional, the one here is 6 inches)
  • - stuffing! (about half of a 32 oz bag)
  • - pins
  • - needle
  • - thread

Step 2: Making the Cushion

  1. Make a pattern to fit the inside of table when it's flipped upside-down. A trash bag works well when folded over on itself and pinned in place
  2. Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut out two sides of the cushion
  3. Cut strips about 5 inches wide for the sides of the cushion
  4. Pin the strips along the edge of the top piece. If you're using trim, place it between the pieces of fabric. Make sure to always pin and sew the fabric with the right sides together
  5. Sew the pieces together
  6. Pin on the other side, including the zipper on one edge
  7. Sew the pieces together like on the other side
  8. Turn the fabric right sides out
  9. Add stuffing until it's as firm as you'd like and zip it up

Step 3: Making the Bed

  1. Flip the table over so it's sitting on its top
  2. Screw the finials into the bottom of each leg of the table
  3. Paint the table, the ball feet, and piece of molding (I had to apply about 3 coats since I didn't use primer)
  4. Once dried, flip the table over and paint the top
  5. Glue on the ball feet in each of the corners of the top of the table
  6. Glue the molding in place between two of the legs. You'll want to leave some space below it so that it isn't covered up by the cushion
  7. Use the paint pen to add some details around the legs and on the molding
  8. Let it all dry for a while

Step 4: Finish It Up!

Then just flip the table back over so it's sitting on the ball feet and add the cushion. Now your cat can nap like a princess!

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    3 years ago

    What if I take an end table with a shelf and turn into a bunk bed. Would that work and look nice?

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    I'm afraid I'm not sure that this would work since the table is flipped. I would suggest adding a board or similar to create a top bunk.


    3 years ago

    Please tell me if you think I could make a bunk bed for my two cats by buying such an end table that contains a shelf. Thanks so much!


    I haven't tried a larger table, but it should work too - please do post photos of your completed beds :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    THANK YOU! i have some tables perfect for this, but they have glass tops...cats love hammocks to maybe i can still make it work. GREAT idea thank you so much.

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! I'm thinking about trying it out myself for my new kitten, but I'm having trouble tracking down some of the materials. I can probably improvise on the molding, but where can I buy finials and ball feet? Are finials commonly sold separately, or do you have to buy the whole curtain rod with them? Any advice would be appreciated!

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    Please do post pictures once it's done! I was able to find all the materials (except the table and fabric, etc.) at Home Depot, so likely any woodworking-type store should carry both the finials and ball feet. I didn't have to but a curtain rod with them, but I'm really not sure what might be available in other areas.


    10 years ago on Step 4

    As you can see from his expression, Dammit (AKA Mr Adventure, who also "answers to" Bubba) is into everything - all the time. He's the one more likely to literally walk all over me, push me out of "his" spot, and generally wreak havoc. Panther (I couldn't resist - he's all black, even his whiskers!) is FAR more reserved; hence HRH. Chasing a laser is way beneath his dignity! He's the one who always claims the top of the cat tree! I can't tell you how often my response, to one or the other, is "Oh, all RIGHT already!" So I'm guessing I have to go looking for TWO tables to turn into four-poster beds - and they'll probably still want wherever I'm trying to sleep.

    Mr Adventure - Dammit.jpgHRH - Panther.JPG
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    10 years ago on Step 4

    A labor of love, to be sure. Unless, of course, it is indeed the result of smug feline manipulation! Oh, if only I had a bed as nice - for myself. But then, my Panther (the prince to your princess) would only nudge me out of it. I think your creation is wonderful!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    Thanks so much! I think considering how nicely it turns out, it's really worth it! I'd love to see pictures of your kitty (with or without a bed).


    10 years ago on Introduction

    ROFLOL - you don't think outside the box, you think upside down in the box! I clicked on this thinking you made this from scratch - this is even better, since it's "recycled"!

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    Thanks! I'll bet it'd be pretty easy if you brushed glue instead of paint onto the legs and then wrapped them with rope - could even work with a table with straighter legs.