A crib mattress dog bed works perfectly indoors or outdoors! It provides support to sleep on, it’s waterproof, it’s nice and sturdy plus it isn’t plush or easy to rip or chew.
Aww, look at Toby. Almost a year old and such a sweet little guy. Toby loves to sleep on soft things: pillows, blankets, towels, clean clothes pile. You get the drift. If I was a dog, I would rather sleep on things like that too. He has a nice soft bed in his kennel that he sleeps on at night, but I decided to get something for him to use downstairs and outside.
How to Make a Crib Mattress Dog Bed
If you don’t have a crib mattress that your little one has outgrown, Craigslist is a great place to find one for a deal. That’s the nice thing about crib mattresses. They are waterproof so it is easier to find one in great condition vs. a regular mattress which would be Eww. I found mine at my neighbor’s yard sale.
The best part? When your DIY dog bed gets dirty, just take the crib sheet off and wash it!
Here is a quick tutorial for a homemade crib sheet if you don’t already have some on hand. I made it out of fleece so that it would be soft and cozy. Crib sheets are so simple to make.
To make a crib mattress dog bed cover you will need:
- 1 crib mattress
- 2 yards fabric
- 3 yards of 1″ fold over elastic
Cut a rectangle 45″ x 67″. Then cut an 8″ square out of each corner.
Bring the corner sections together and sew in place. Repeat for the other 3 corners.
Fold over elastic is what makes this project quick. No hemming, casings, etc. Sandwich it over your fabric edges and begin to stitch.
STRETCH the elastic as you go, pulling hard. This will make it stretchy and bounce back when finished. Overlap the elastic when you get back to your starting point and backstitch to finish the seam.
His bed is a nice little space of his own.
We love Toby. He is a member of our family and we don’t know what we would do without him! I even enjoy making things for him.
Can you wash a crib mattress dog bed?
Yes! Crib mattresses are waterproof so you can wipe them down. The sheet is also machine washable and much easier to wash than a traditional dog bed.
How durable is a crib mattress dog bed?
This is the most durable bed that Toby has had. That being said, a dog can chew up just about anything if he wants to. Even if that happens, you are still out less money than you would be for a fancier dog bed.
Can you use a crib mattress dog bed outside?
Yes. The mattress itself holds up great to weather, but the sheet isn’t waterproof and will need to be in a covered area to stay dry.
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