In this Instructable I show you to make a cat bed from an old suitcase.
Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!
In this video I show you how to make the suitcase pet bed.
Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-) Youtube Video
Step 2: Gather Your Materials.
For this project I use the following materials:
- An old suitcase (I like the vintage style suitcases but you can use any you like).
- Something to elevate the suitcase. I used some wood poles.
- Varnish for the wood (optional)
- Foam filling for the mattress (you can also use a pillow instead).
- Fabric and zipper to sew a sheet. Or if you don't want or can't sew, you can just use a pillow case.
And I used some tools like screwdrivers and pliers, a knife, A sewing machine and a saw.
Step 3: Remove the Top
I first remove the top.
It depends on your suitcase, but in my case the hinges came loose pretty easy and I was able to pull them out.
You can also keep the top, but make sure it's secured in some way so I won't close when your cat is inside.
Step 4: Make the Mattress
I get the measurements from the suitcase and cut the mattress in the right size.
So it's fitting nicely into to the suitcase.
Step 5: Making the Bed Sheet
Next step is going to the sewing machine and make a nice little bed sheet.
I added a zipper so it will be easy to wash it later when the cat used his/her bed.
If you don't have a sewing machine you can also replace the mattress and sheet for a nice fitting pillow and case
Step 6: Attach the Legs
Get or create 4 legs. You can make them yourself or get them from an old stool or so.
If you're suitcase is not super stiff you can add some plywood to make the bottom a bit stronger.
Screw the legs to the suitcase (and plywood)
To give the legs a bit more of a 'vintage' touch I varnished them.
Step 7: Fit the Mattress
Not all left to do is for the mattress and look at your result.
Step 8: Let's See If the Cat Likes It..
That's it :-)
Thank you for checking out my Instructable!
Of course every suitcase is different, but I hope it this tutorial could inspire you to also make something nice for your pet.
Please also check out my youtube channel.
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