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frenchbrandles
« on: December 09, 2010 09:04:07 PM »

I've been looking into those fancy orthopedic dog beds for my Lab Sam, because he's a big boy and I'm trying to take it easy on his hips so he won't have problems later in life. (He'll be a year old in January, so he's got awhile.) Unfortunately those beds run from $90-$300 for Sam's X-Large size, so I decided to do it myself.


I went to Wal-Mart and bought a twin-size and a full-size of their cheapest foam mattress pads. I cut the twin in half and the full in quarters, stacked them, and stuffed them in a custom bed cover I sewed with piping and a zipper in the back (my first time using either). Sam's new bed is a hefty 7" thick and not even his 100-lb butt can flatten it  Cheesy


All in all, Sam's new bed cost around $30. That's even cheaper than most X-Large pillow beds that flatten out after a week. Sam certainly seems to like his Christmas present! And by like I mean give me the evil eye so I'll quit taking pictures and let him sleep...

Just for comparison, this was Sam's old Large-size pillow bed; the new one is definitely an improvement!
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2010 10:13:38 PM »

Oh, what a pretty boy!!

Also, great idea! I'd totally steal your idea if it wouldn't be pointless. We have a freakin' couch in our room, and only one of our three dogs actually sleeps on it. One prefers laying with his body on a pillow and his head on the floor, and the oldest won't give up curling up with the pile of shoes at the end of the bed. Sigh. Too bad, this bed looks great. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2010 06:41:59 AM »

What a great idea to get the foam pads! It turned out to be a wonderful project and obviously he loves it!

My old dog has suddenly been sneaking in our bedroom and sleeping on our bed! After 11 years, I guess he no longer wants to sleep on his couch (I am guessing that it is too tall for him to jump up on now and our bed is a lower platform bed!)...

What type of fabric is that?  Did you make the cover removeable for washing? Did you use any adhesive to keep the two parts of the foam together?  I was thinking of using that spray on adhesive but I am worried that it might be smelly and he won't use the bed...

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010 06:57:21 AM »

The fabric is a cotton print I picked up from Wal-Mart on sale, with a coordinating blue/green cotton print for the piping. I think the fabrics were originally part of a quilt kit...

The cover has a 36" zipper along one of the long sides (the side against the wall in the picture) so it's removable for washing. I didn't use any adhesive with the foam because the friction between the layers was enough to keep them in place! It actually made it difficult to stuff evenly, hence the lumps of some of the edges you can see in the picture.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010 07:02:24 AM »

Good point!  One piece would be hard to stuff into the cover!! I know on my chair cushions I use batting around the foam to even out the lumps...but for a dog, I don't think it matters to them! Cheesy

Again, thanks for the info...you did a wonderful job!  My dog will also thank you if I can make him a new bed for the 2011! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2010 07:03:00 AM »

Oh, what a pretty boy!!

Also, great idea! I'd totally steal your idea if it wouldn't be pointless. We have a freakin' couch in our room, and only one of our three dogs actually sleeps on it. One prefers laying with his body on a pillow and his head on the floor, and the oldest won't give up curling up with the pile of shoes at the end of the bed. Sigh. Too bad, this bed looks great. Smiley

Thank you! Marcus, the little dog in the last picture, likes to lay all stretched out with his head hanging off of something. He's a weird kid. Sam, on the other hand, prefers to lay anywhere cushy, and his old bed was just not up to the challenge of a rhino sleeping on it  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010 07:05:31 AM »

Good point!  One piece would be hard to stuff into the cover!! I know on my chair cushions I use batting around the foam to even out the lumps...but for a dog, I don't think it matters to them! Cheesy

Again, thanks for the info...you did a wonderful job!  My dog will also thank you if I can make him a new bed for the 2011! Cheesy

Thanks! Yeah, I probably could have taken extra time to trim the foam edges a little more, or mush in some polyfil, but I figured Sam's big butt would do the evening-out for me over time.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010 08:04:50 AM »

yep--plus mine drags stuff around and pushes things up against the wall...it would never stay nice and neat anyway.. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011 09:00:53 AM »

Bravo on this project!  I'm planning something like this.  My dog is only around 70 lbs, but the nice cushy dog beds are just too spendy for me.  I have scoured TJ Maxx and thrift stores, and all I can find is the usual thing ones stuffed with polyester batting.  I know they'll flatten in no time.  As Finley just turned 13 and is no longer up for the leap onto our 4-poster bed, he spends more time on his own bed.  I called an upholstery shop, with the idea to take their cast-off bits of foam and make a big cushy, supportive pillow for him.  By chance they had some old couch cushions (big ones!) that they can't (by law) reuse, so they gave them to me for free!  I'm planning on cutting a large rectangle of foam, wrapping it in batting (to soften the edges) and making a cover for it like you did. 

For any one else thinking of doing this, call upholstery shops.  You never know what they'll have!

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2011 11:39:05 AM »

wow i love this! my pup will love if i do it for her too lol
do you think you can take a picure of the zippered side for me? i am new to zippers (new as in i have only sewn one lol) and i think its be easier if i saw it to figure out how to do it
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