This month on Beau and Roux’s corner I have a fun DIY pet bed you can make from an old suitcase. I’ve seen a bunch of them on pinterest, and I just happened to find a bright red vintage samsonite suitcase at an antique mall for $5 a couple of months ago, so I just had to try one of my own. I would have loved to have bought some retro legs for the bottom of the bed, but did not want to spend a lot without knowing whether it would actually be used by the little fuzzies, so I used wooden ball feet I bought at the craft store and painted aqua. I love how easy it was to make, and if you are a savvy shopper, economical too!
Here’s what you need:
* A Suitcase
*A Pillow and Pillowcase
*Wooden Ball feet or furniture feet of your choice
*A ruler, pencil, and drill
Step 1: Take apart suitcase- My suitcase had a piano hinge which we were able to just pull out easily with pliers. If your has rivets, you can try to hammer them out.
Step 2: Mark bottom for feet- Measure from each corner where you want your feet. I measured in 2.5″ from each corner for mine
Step 3: Attach Feet- Drill screws through the bottom to make the pilot holes. Then, flip the suitcase over. Put a washer on your screw and screw into the bottom of the suitcase a bit. Take your foot and screw onto the screw a few turns, then hold the foot tightly with your hand while you tighten the screw down all the way until tight. Repeat with other feet.
Step 4: Finish- Finish off your pet bed with a fluffy pillow and a sweet pillowcase. My pet bed fit a standard pillow.
And there you have it. Easy peasy! I love how cute this turned out, and it only took about 20 minutes to make. Beauregard, our dog, really likes it so far! I used one of his favorite pillows from our bed and one of my favorite vintage pillowcases from my stash. Overall a cute, and fun craft for you top make for your favorite furry friend!