I have to admit that I don’t normally spend a lot of money on dog beds for Luna. Mostly because they have ended up like this:

Luna's destroyed bed

and this:

Luna's destroyed bed

And when they aren’t in multiple pieces they are usually squished and lumpy.

Luna’s speedy response to “into bed” often results in her squishing her bed, so I was on the hunt for an option that could better withstand her force. I was also really excited about making something out of the simple wooden crates that are available at so many stores. I have seen the wooden crates for sale at craft stores like Michael’s and AC Moore as well as Walmart and Home Depot. They usually cost about $12, but craft stores often have 40-50% off one item coupons, so be sure to check the ads or online!

If none of those stores are located near you, Amazon also has a few wooden crate options (affiliate link).

I actually bought one a few months ago in hopes to make a DIY wooden crate dog bed, but since I don’t have my own sewing machine it has just been sitting and waiting for me to find a comfy bed to place inside.


Then I found out that AllPetNaturals has pillow beds from West Paw Design that were the perfect size!

If you don’t want to make the splurge on the West Paw Design, you could definitely make the bed out of an old pillow or any of these other DIY dog bed options.

So here is the finished product:

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

Because of the crate size, this is intended for dogs 23 lbs and under or cats! I’m sure there are larger crates available or you could also build your own out of scrap wood or a wooden pallet.

Assuming you have a pre-built crate, there are just 4 easy steps to a new dog bed.

First, remove the three extra horizontal planks from one side of the crate. This will be the entry point for your dog or cat.

I did this by wedging the crate up against a hard surface. Something like a sidewalk curb should work. Then I hit the extra planks with a hammer on each side until they came loose from the rest of the crate.

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

After all three extra planks are removed, clean up the area by removing any remaining wood fragments or staples. Pliers work great for this!

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

Next, sand and paint your crate. Be sure to sand the crate well, so there aren’t any rough spots that may irritate your pet.

I used a can of Bordeaux (aka Burgundy) colored spray paint to match my wine inspired living room. I recommend avoiding the super cheap spray paint because it won’t cover as evenly. Better quality spray paints also typically have better applicators that don’t make your fingers feel like they are going to fall off.

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

You will probably want to do at least two coats of paint, while letting the crate dry in between.

You could also elect to keep the crate natural colored or stain it to look like a darker wood.

After you have painted your wooden crate, then all you need to do is place the pillow pet bed inside!

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

DIY Wooden Crate Pet Bed

However, for full disclosure – I’m pretty sure Luna still prefers the $5 bed I bought from Walmart last Christmas.

What does your pet’s favorite bed look like?

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Cathy C Bennett

    Very good post, I am not handy at all – but you explained it really well. Love the color selection too! Hope Luna enjoys it…

  • That’s adorable! We had a bed-shredding issue, too, until I switched to the Molly Mutt duvets stuffed with old clothes/towels/sheets. I think there is something about that polyfill that entices them to chew. The great thing about this project is it could be used with almost any bed! Thank you for the super tutorial!

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  • Glamista Home

    Cute! I like the idea, simple enough and pretty inexpensive. And when you do it yourself you can customize the size to the needs of your pet.
    I am afraid my dog wouldn’t even look at, she considers our bed her sleeping quarters as well. But my cat might like it.

  • Lola The Pitty

    This is so cute – I love the West Paw bed. We can *finally* put padded beds in Lola’s crate and she will leave them alone (but we went through our fair share in earlier years). Rio can still not be trusted with one in his crate but LOVES soft, fluffy beds so this might be something to add to my list of dog crafts I want to complete…

  • LittleMonsterx14

    this is so cute! I really want to make one for my cat!

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  • Katty k

    I so need to try this
    do you think it can be used for rabbits??

    • beaglesbargains

      I don’t see why not. I’m sure rabbits like something soft to lay on too. It probably wouldn’t fit in a cage though.

      • Katty k

        for my rabbits it will they are in a baby play pen so it will fit

  • Susan Pertierra

    For cats – all you would have to do is turn it on it’s side with the top being where they would enter. Or leave it as an open style box – all you need is a pillow.

  • Ruth Epstein

    Love the idea, I used a box like that to make Layla an indoor kennel as such cos I live in a tiny studio and this way she has her own cave but never thought of doing it the way you did = awesome pawsome my next project 🙂

  • Christine Aiello

    This is really cute. I think I am going to have to try to make this!

  • Danielle Murgia

    I might have to try this. I really like the way it looks and it would be the perfect size for my Sissy.

  • Helga

    Luna looks like a regal queen sitting on her throne – love it.

  • What are the dimensions of the crate you used?

    • beaglesbargains

      It is the standard crate you can get at craft stores and home improvement stores. I believe the dimensions are about 12″ x 9.75″ x 18″

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  • sandy weinstein

    this is a great idea for small dogs and cats. you can also line the insides so it will be soft, just use the filler and cover with fabric.

  • Linda

    such a great idea, love it!

  • Layla has the wooden crate bed, I made it from an old wooden fruit box that I found on Craigslist – she loves it 🙂

  • I made Layla a box bed from an old wooden fruit box 🙂 She loves it

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