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2014_May-Dog-Bed

Elevated pet beds made from PVC pipes and durable fabrics are becoming quite popular. We’ve heard from several customers that they are making these beds for animal shelters and their own pets, so we figured we’d make one and share the tutorial with you!

Some pets and pet owners prefer these cot-style beds to the more traditional pillow-style beds. Elevated beds do have a lot of perks. They are great for dogs who like to chew, because they won’t easily be torn up. Pet cots are also more comfortable for dogs with joint pain and keep pets cooler in the summer.

For our PVC pet bed we chose to use a durable Sunbrella® Sling Fabric. We like this fabric because it is strong enough to support dogs of all sizes, is easy to clean, and pet claws won’t easily rip it. Phifertex® mesh is another great fabric option with similar properties. Really, the most important part is choosing a durable fabric that will support the weight of your pet.

There are different methods for making these beds, but for ours we chose to sew pockets for the PVC pipe with one zippered pocket for easy assembly. We wanted the bed to be taut so when a dog climbs on the bed won’t sag. This, however, makes the assembly of the pipes more difficult, since the fabric is pulled so tightly, so we added a zipper along one pocket to aid in installation. This also makes it easier for you to remove the fabric to wash. If you’re concerned about the pipes scratching your floor, you can always add rubber caps to the bottom of the pipe feet.

To find the full tutorial and materials list for this project, visit Sailrite.com and search #200639XHT.

Have you ever made an elevated pet bed? Did you use this technique or another? Share your tips and ideas with us in the comments!

2014_March-Dog-Bed

Has your dog’s bed seen better days? Pet beds see a lot of wear and tear both from our pets and from frequent washing. If you’re in the market for a new pet bed, why not make one yourself? We have a great tutorial today for a simple-sew dog bed that your pooch will love.

Making your own dog bed is great because it allows you to customize the bed for your home and your pet. You can choose your color combination or even use a patterned fabric to fit your home’s décor or your pet’s personality. We used Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric for our pet bed because it is stain resistant and easy to clean.

This style of pet bed features four sides and a removable pillow as the center padding. A bed of this style would be great for a cat or other pets too. In the video, we make a bed for a small dog, but you use the same methods and adjust the size for dogs of all sizes. Here are some recommended dimensions for dog bed sizes:

  • • Extra Small: 17’ x 17”
  • • Small: 28” x 18”
  • • Medium: 37” x 24”
  • • Large: 43” x 30”

For the full video tutorial and materials list, visit Sailrite.com and search #200635XHT.

What pet related projects have you made? Has anyone made a pet bed before? Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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