Make a Durable Dog Bed for Less Than $25

We stripped out the carpeting in our house this fall and replaced it with hardwood floors. The one most affected by this decision is our favorite dog, who is now more limited in where he can comfortably nap, so I quickly got about making a new dog bed for him to make him feel a little more at home.

My favorite materials for making a dog bed are actually very easy to come by — spoiler alert: I use a memory foam mattress topper and outdoor fabric — and they’re not all that expensive. With a little sewing know-how, you can make one of these too for <$25.

Happy dog on a DIY dog bed.

If you’re looking for a travel-friendly dog bed solution, you’ll want to check out the DIY car pet hammock that I made last year!


Step 1

 Open GalleryUse a memory foam mattress topper and outdoor fabric to make your DIY dog bed.Purchase a 1-inch-thick memory foam mattress topper and 2 yards of outdoor fabric. The mattress pad will cost markedly less than high density foam at your craft store. I bought a 1-inch topper in the Twin XL length, and then folded it in half to create a 2-inch thick cushion for the bed. I’ve found that outdoor fabric holds up really well to pets, and washes well too. I always recommend splurging on it over regular cotton fabric or upholstery material.

Step 2

 Open GallerySew together the fabric for your dog bed.Essentially, what you’re going to do is make a pillow case for the memory foam mattress cushion. Flip the fabric inside out and cut it to size to fit your folded mattress pad. This is going to be a rectangular dog bed, so if you’re looking for something round instead, refer to this dog bed tutorial for additional direction.

Step 3

 Open GalleryInstall the zipper on one side of your DIY dog bed.Sew all but one side of your dog bed, and incorporate a zipper into the final side. The zipper I used is a 22-inch length. Keep in mind that the wider the zipper opening, the easier it will be to remove the insert and wash the fabric cover.

Step 4

 Open GalleryMake a DIY dog bed using outdoor fabric and a memory foam mattress topper.Flip the finished bed correct side out, and stuff it with the folded memory foam mattress topper. Voila! Here’s a sleepy dog who is annoyed that I woke him from his nap to take a picture.


  • Thread
  • Zipper (22″+)
  • 2 yards of outdoor fabric
  • Memory foam XL Twin mattress cover


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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9 Responses

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  4. Isabelle says:

    Love this idea. If you’re not super crafty (like me…) there are a few etsy stores that sell pre-made covers. One of my favorites is the Foggy Dog (, I got a bed from them for my goldendoodle and it’s held up well.

  5. Great article for durable materials. Thanks for sharing such a nice helpful article here. Keep sharing.

  6. Ian says:

    Emily, do you happen to know how much this pad weighs and how tightly it can roll up? I've been looking at making a pair of lightweight, compact dog beds for backpacking with our two dogs. The beds we have now are Chuckit! brand and, while nice and comfy, they weigh over 2 lbs each and pack larger than our sleeping bags!

  7. theglobes says:

    We have a full size Kong bed for our gsd which has lasted the test of time, but he hangs off that thing like a loaf of bread. He also enjoys the full sized couch, a leather chair, but rarely the floor.

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  9. Barb D says:

    nice bed ! I might be tempted to do this for my Bernese -Tony :0)

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