DIY: Make A Pet Bed With An Old Suitcase

Here’s another thrifty DIY project that would make a nice gift.  It can be as fancy or as simple as you want it.  You can attach feet or not  Sew a custom pillowcase or just wrap an old, washed pillow in a sweater, bathmat, or blanket.  Remove the “top” of the suitcase or leave it in place and make the bed more portable.  You do need to ensure the lid won’t slam shut trapping your pet or injuring them.  Here are four tutorials to inspire you.

(Interested in more nifty DIY projects?  Check out this collection of previous posts.)

A strap attached to the “top” and the underside of a hardsided suitcase keeps the lid open in the DesignSponge suitcase bed tutorial.

The ReadyMade bed tutorial uses an old suitcase with a soft, flexible top folded under.

JewelFaerie’s bed tutorial uses a hardsided suitcase and used a hook & eye to attach the “top” to a wall to keep the lid open.


An old, hardsided suitcase with the “top” removed is used in the Natural Home suitcase bed tutorial.

A hat case works great for a little dog.

Your imagination is the limit.

28 Replies to “DIY: Make A Pet Bed With An Old Suitcase”

  1. you know what my husband travel and the pets always want to be in his suitcase, it was right in front of me and I just couldn’t see, thanks for the great imagination, sorry for the spelling:)

  2. I’ve got a suitcase on the floor in my room, the cats claimed it as a bed a loooong time ago- theres always one out of 3 in it! I didn’t even have to do anything to it. But still, this is cute 😉

  3. The first thing I think of is the lid falling on top of a pet and injuring it… -shudders-

    (Note from PetProject: Actually, the tutorials deal with this issue as described.)

  4. i keep imagining a doberman in this and it is funnier each time. just wanted to share the mental image with you all.

    great post

  5. OMG Love It! Never can pack the darn suitcase without the tossing the cat out of it at least 3 times! Perfect idea for a cat bed!

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. Great ideas.
    I’m going to give them a try.
    I have 4 dogs and 5 cats, I don’t now how I’m going to cope with this, I only have an old suitcase…

  7. These are really cute. You can pick up nice suitcases at the Goodwill or resale shops really cheap.

  8. I don’t think you’re supposed to use the suitcase for anything else, again. And you would use washable bedding, if that is a concern.

  9. I love this! I am going to re-post on my blog…you should install the “Share This” button so this idea can be spread around!

  10. These are too cute! What a great idea. It’s definetly a great way to reuse something that would just go waste otherwise. I found some other neat things that were turned into pet beds on this website called guffly. They have things like sails and stuff. Pretty neat what you can do with old stuff!! Thanks for the idea!

  11. What a super idea! Every time I get ready to pack my suitcase for a trip the cat gets in it like he wants to go too. I bet he would love a suitcase bed!

  12. Great Idea to make pet beds. I have a few old suitcases that I would like to convert for my dog Annie and my cat Fluffy.

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