Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DIY Dog Bed/Children's Chair

Every child, dog and cat know that there is nothing more fun than an empty box. All it takes is a little imagination for a box to become a rocket to Mars, a school bus, or playhouse. The possibilities are endless!
What if I told you that making a child’s chair or a pet’s bed is one of the simplest handy dandy craft you can make? Well, hold on to your hats because that is exactly what we are making today. 

This DIY project came about when our granddaughter began coming to visit. We wanted her to have a chair for her room and one she could sit in to watch television. Being first-time grandparents, we were worried she could fall from a regular size chair and get hurt. That’s when we remembered a large box that was left over from our move and had a splendid idea!
Basset hound in box
She loved the box chair and both granddaughters are still enjoying it today. The only problem is the girls aren’t the only ones who love the box. Bentley sleeps in the box all of the time. When he was sick a few months ago, we could hardly get him to get out of it. That’s when we knew it was time to get another box!
I think the high sides give him a sense of security and it is quieter for him snuggled down inside the cardboard box. If your grandchild, dog or cat would love their own box chair/bed, it is super simple.
Basset looking at table
Bentley is sure he could make his own box bed but he doesn’t have thumbs and you really need them for this quickie project. All you need is a cardboard box the appropriate size for whoever is going to be using it. Fetch your scissors, marker, and a pillow. You are ready to go!
Making a dog's bed out of a cardboard box
 I cut one long flap from the top and fold the other three down. Using the marker, draw a “U” shape that will be the opening. Make sure it is low enough for easy entry and cut along the line. You can use a box cutter for this if you have one. 
box with flaps folded
 There you have it! You can decorate the outside of the box with fun contact paper or colorful wide masking tape to really make it fancy. 
Add a pillow or your pup's bed in the box
 For the chair and this small bed, I used a standard pillow. Bentley’s box in our bedroom is big enough for his dog bed to fit inside. I use a sheet to cover his bed and the box so it is easy to wash.
dog sleeping in box
He can be caught snoozing in his bedroom box both day and night.
dog hanging out of box asleep
 Bentley has always slept “downhill” in his beds. It looks so uncomfortable but from the sounds of loud snoring, I think he is quite content.
Westie in a box bed
As you can see, Pierre is excited to have his own box bed. Bentley will be glad that he won’t be stealing his anymore!
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  1. that is a super idea!!! we love that this is still en vogue!!! we made castles and a ship from a box and it was so great to build it ...

  2. That worked out pretty well for everyone!

  3. That is super cool and it sure looks comfy!

  4. We rarely get time to fix up a cardboard box; Da Boyz jump in and take over while it's still plain!

  5. Wow, those box beds look pretty awesome. And we can see that Pierre and Bentley LOVE theirs. :)

    1. And it's clear your cute-as-a-button granddaughter approves, too. :)

  6. Totally Cute! Doesn't matter if the "kids" are on two-paws or four-paws, these are winners all way round. (PS ... international box day for our pets is coming up on June 19 ...)

  7. Great idea! I'm sure my kitty cat cousins would like it too!

  8. What a great idea! Chewy boxes are the best!

  9. That is a great idea. Your granddaughter is adorable.

  10. What an amazing and fun invention!

    Love and licks,

  11. Oh, that is super duper cool! I would break it though....I likes to hump my bed.....☺
    Ruby ♥

  12. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea with us. With getting most of our stuff for the house online. We have plenty of boxes coming in and will be looking to make one of these this upcoming weekend. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

  13. That's ingenious! It's so simple, but I never would have thought of it!


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